Susan Dennard

Windwitch : The Witchlands

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The follow-up to <i>New York Times</i> bestselling <i>Truthwitch</i>, next in a breathtaking YA fantasy series hailed by Alexandra Bracken as &quot;a world you will want to inhabit forever.&quot;

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The follow-up to New York Times bestselling Truthwitch, next in a breathtaking YA fantasy series hailed by Alexandra Bracken as "a world you will want to inhabit forever."

Susan Dennard returns with a follow up to New York Times bestselling novel Truthwitch.

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

Specifications

Series Title
The Witchlands
Publisher
Tom Doherty Associates
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
384
Author
Susan Dennard
Title
Windwitch - Hardcover
ISBN-13
9780765379306
Publication Date
January, 2017
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.50 x 6.45 x 1.25 Inches
ISBN-10
0765379309

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I loved this book. Tru...

I loved this book. True, I didn't like it as much as [book:Truthwitch|21414439], but I think it's a solid second edition into this trilogy? Series? I'm not sure what it's going to be. It for sure has a different feel than the book before it, I'm not going to lie, and it didn't go at the same break neck pace, but it still kept me interested and I actually gasped out loud one (Holy, Isuelt! WHY?). This tugs with emotions and it was great to see the two best friend apart and then somewhat back together again at the end. I'm looking forward to Bloodwitch and figuring more out about Owl and see if what Safi does when she earns her Freedom. I hope Merik and Kullen can be saved too. I would recommend this book. 5 out of 5 stars.

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This is the 2nd book i...

This is the 2nd book in the Witchlands series and I enjoyed it. There are four books planned for this series. I enjoy this world and the characters but am struggling a bit as to what the point of the story is. This book jumps around a ton between POVs. You will sometimes get three or four POVs in one chapter. We hear from Safi, Merik, Aeduan, Iseult, and Vivia. I struggled with this some because as soon as I got into one character's story I was ripped out of it and thrust into a different character's story...sometimes only a page or two in. This made it very hard to engage with the characters. The above gives the story a very epic fantasy feel (lots of viewpoints and a story that spans broad distances). I really do love this world and some of the magic present here. I just wish the story didn't jump around so much. Additionally since the story is so fractured I had some trouble figuring out what the point was...I know there is war brewing and there is something to do with these magical Wells... The writing style is very readable and flows well. The characters are interesting and Dennard focused less on Safi and Iseult's relationship as Threadsisters and more on how Iseult and Aeduan interacted. The addition of Owl (the small girl they find) was a good one and I am wondering where that will lead to. Things end at a good point and left me curious as to where things are going. Overall this is a very creative fantasy story with some amazing world-building....I just wish it didn't jump around so much. I plan on continuing the series because I am very curious as to where things are going but I hope the next book is more cohesive.

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I really enjoyed this ...

I really enjoyed this sequel to Truthwitch. It was a solid book with lots of world building and character development. I enjoyed how the plot progressed, and that the bigger picture was being built up for us for the rest of the series. I really enjoyed the addition of Vivia's voice to the cast of characters. It was really interesting to see her POV and what had been going on in Lovats. It also helped foreshadow things that were going to happen later on in the book.I really enjoyed the fact that Safi and Iseult were separated in this book - which is an unpopular opinion I know. But it led to us getting to see that they could be strong on their own, and their own people without the other one there. They definitely have a strong relationship which still shone throughout the story with their thought processes and decision making - but they battled on their own and with themselves. It was great. The plot was a bit slow moving - but this was sacrificed for the greater good of the world we got to see. Because everyone was scattered across the Witchlands, we got to see new areas and countries, which added depth to this world Dennard is creating.Overall, this was a great second book, and I cannot wait to read more!

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Windwitch is the secon...

Windwitch is the second in Susan Dennard's Witchland series. Things are starting to get complicated. The story picks up a not long after where book one ends with all of the characters scattered. Prince Merik has survived an assassination attempt where his ship exploded. Horribly scarred Merik is stalking the streets of Lovats in the guise of the Fury, determined to find proof that his sister is behind the attack. Going from the frying pan and into the fire, Safi and the Empress of Marstock also escape as their ship is being blown up only to be captured by the Hell Bards, who have been sent to retrieve Safi and return her to be married. Bloodwitch Aeduan is looking to retrieve his stolen money and has accepted a contract to find Iseult. Poor Iseult. Desperate to find Safi, Iseult stumbles across an injured Aeduan and convinces him to help her track down Safi in exchange for his lost money. Hidden in shadows, the Puppeteer's power is growing. Something strange is happening with the dead, the effects of which are starting to spread throughout the Witchlands. The story has a different tone from the first one. While Safi and Iseult's friendship is still a driver for their character's actions, it is no longer the focus of the plot. The story constantly jumps between five POV characters: Safi, Iseult, Aeduan, Merik and his sister Vivia. Merik/Vivia and Iseult/Aeduan are the more interesting stories while Safi's suffers. With Merik and Vivia, we see how family relations can be twisted out of proportion by not bothering to understand one another. This is also the story that has the bigger chunk of the world politics. Aeduan and Iseult are beginning to learn more about each other and have a tentative trust between then. There are hints that there may be a romantic spark forming but it's not quite there yet. Iseult is also learning she may be more than just a Threadwitch, whether she likes it or not. Poor Safi is kept as a prisoner for most of the book. Her parts feel more like marking time in an attempt not to leave her out but not too much is done with her other than to gradually get her to where she should be physically in the world. Since all the characters are fairly spread apart, there is virtually no romance plot. Dennard expands on the world building. We see other aspects the various witcheries. Vaness's Ironwitchery is astonishing. She has such fine control over her element! There is also better distinction between a Waterwitch versus a Tidewitch. There is a scene towards the end that has a blend of many types of witcheries that was cool to see how they could work together. More of the politics between powers is starting to come into play as well. I like the hints we have that there is something deeper going on that most people aren't aware of yet. We are given a peek into the Hell Bards society and an even smaller glimpse into two of the pirate factions. The setting is slightly different as well, being focused in two separate cities and a large contested territory. Dennard has started blending in the world's history and mythos which are great touches. While the book overall is great, I find that I dearly miss Safi and Iseult's interactions. It was their friendship that made the first book for me and got me interested in the series. Susan, please make sure these two can get back together in book three. And while you're at it, write faster! I need to find out what happens next.

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Recently I read the pr...

Recently I read the prequel to the The Witchlands series, Sightwitch, and looking back through my reviews I realized that I read Windwitch over a year ago with promises to review it soon. Hmmm, well a year is soon right?? Oopsie, that's a bit of an oversight on my part, one which I am going to rectify, right now. Never too late, am I right?! Windwitch is the second book (technically now third) book in The Witchlands series and it picks up directly after the ending of Truthwitch. The main characters from Truthwitch, Safi, Iseult, and Merik have been separated are on different and unique journeys. Although Safi's and Merick's portions were interesting and added to the overarching plot, I wasn't too interested in their personal journeys. What drew my interest in this story was the surprising relationship that developed between Iseult and Aeduan. Iseult and Aeduan were enemies but came together out of mutual need. I loved that aspect. Having to find a way to travel with someone you completely mistrust?! Definitely very interesting times. I also very much appreciated that Iseult and Aeduan didn't go from enemies to lovers because honestly that would not have been as interesting as what did develop between them. Which was essentially that they became frenemies with maybe a possibility of possibly more. Nothing is set in stone or even on the horizon really. Very tantalizing indeed. The parts with Merick and Safi were filled with political maneuvering and machinations related to such environments, although Safi's part did pick up interest for me towards the end. I liked the resolution between Merick and his sister towards the end of the book but otherwise I could have done without his part. Not that any of this badly written, I just didn't feel for him because he could have had a better attitude and done much more. Overall, I liked Windwitch and will continue with the series because I am looking forward to more between Iseult and Aeduan and to see if Safi and Iseult are finally reunited. Also, I want to see what the story is with the character Owl.


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