Review | Sightwitch by Susan Dennard

“Paths do not come to you. You have to find them for yourself, and sometimes, you have to carve new ones entirely.” 

Susan Dennard, Sightwitch

Synopsis

Before Safi and Iseult battled a Bloodwitch…

Before Merik returned from the dead…

Ryber Fortiza was a Sightwitch Sister at a secluded convent, waiting to be called by her goddess into the depths of the mountain. There she would receive the gift of foretelling. But when that call never comes, Ryber finds herself the only Sister without the Sight.

Years pass and Ryber’s misfit pain becomes a dull ache, until one day, Sisters who already possess the Sight are summoned into the mountain, never to return. Soon enough, Ryber is the only Sister left. Now, it is up to her to save her Sisters, though she does not have the Sight—and though she does not know what might await her inside the mountain.

On her journey underground, she encounters a young captain named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he got there. Together, the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, their road filled with horrors, and what they find at the end of that road will alter the fate of the Witchlands forever.

Set a year before TruthwitchSightwitch is a companion novella that also serves as a set up to Bloodwitch, as well as an expansion of the Witchlands world.


Review

As a massive Susan Dennard fan, I’m a little surprised by how long it has taken me to read Sightwitch.

Originally, I didn’t have much interest in reading the novella simply because it’s just that: a novella. Also, knowing that it wasn’t going to be the point of view of Safi, Aduean, Isuelt, and Merrik really turned me off to it.

But let me tell you guys. This novella is awesome! I absolutely love Ryber — a character we have only gotten small glimpses of in the previous two novels.

Even if you’re not a fan of Ryber though, the novella is incredible in clarifying some aspects of the world for readers. It explains the wells of magic more thoroughly and clarifies some of the lineages of other characters.

In addition to the story, readers are given amazing illustrations in the book that just really bring concepts to life. There are images of devices that have been talked about throughout the series, which completely changes the readers understanding of what these things look like and how they are utilized.

Straight up, if you’re looking for a quick read with amazing illustrations, check out Sightwitch.

I gave it 5/5 stars because I don’t think I’ve ever read a Susan Dennard book I didn’t love.

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