Bloodwitch (ARC) by Susan Dennard

Today is Bloodwitch‘s “book birthday”, so it seemed quite fitting to share my review of Susan Dennard’s newest book today! Bloodwitch is the third full-length novel in Susan Dennard’s New York Times bestselling, young adult epic fantasy Witchlands series. Bloodwitch continues with the story of the Bloodwitch Aeduan, though all readers’ favourite characters are back in action – including Safiya, Iseult, Ryber, Merik, Vivia, and more.

High in a snowy mountain range, a monastery that holds more than just faith clings to the side of a cliff. Below, thwarted by a lake, a bloodthirsty horde of raiders await the coming of winter and the frozen path to destroy the sanctuary and its secrets. The Bloodwitch Aeduan has teamed up with the Threadwitch Iseult and the magical girl Owl to stop the destruction. But to do so, he must confront his own father, and his past.

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Sightwitch by Susan Dennard

Released in North America on February 13, 2018, Sightwitch by Susan Dennard is an illustrated novella set in the Witchlands a year before the tales told in Truthwitch and Windwitch. The story is told through Ryber’s journal entries and sketches – a voice which will quickly capture the reader’s attention, and keep them hanging on until the very last page.

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.

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Windwitch by Susan Dennard (FULL REVIEW)

Windwitch is the much anticipated second book in Susan Dennard’s Witchlands Series, picking up where Truthwitch left off. As with many readers, I have been eagerly waiting to crack this book open since closing Truthwitch about a year ago. The following review will feature spoilers – for those of you who would like a spoiler-free review, you can find that review here.

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies. 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. (Chapters.Indigo.ca)

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Windwitch by Susan Dennard (SPOILER FREE)

Windwitch is the much anticipated second book in Susan Dennard’s Witchlands Series, picking up where Truthwitch left off. As with many readers, I have been eagerly waiting to crack this book open since closing Truthwitch about a year ago. The following review will be spoiler free – for those of you who would like a full review (including spoilers), you can find that review here (link will be updated when the full review is released on Thursday 01/12).

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies. 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. (Chapters.Indigo.ca)

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

“If you wanted to, Safiya, you could bend and shape the world.” – Dom Eron (Truthwitch by Susan Dennard)

I picked this book up on a whim while I was at the book store a couple months ago (mostly because I couldn’t find anything else of interest in the tiny bookstore near my university), and it was one of the best impulse-book buys I have made in years. Honestly, this book is absolutely fantastic. Dennard weaves a wonderfully fantastical, yet believable, world, with an equally intricate plot and well-developed characters.

In the Witchlands, some individuals are born with a “witchery,” a magical skill that sets them apart from others. While the types of witchery vary greatly, some are more common than others. Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. TruthwitchSafiya’s witchery is also the rarest of all. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires. Her Thread-Sister, Iseu
lt, is a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her. Iseult is the cool, wary balance to Safiya’s hotheaded impulsiveness; which is always getting them in trouble. After a failed heist, the girls must run for their lives; however, while Safi has her noble blood to protect her, Iseult’s Nomatsi blood damns her. Yet in a shocking turn of events, Safi’s noble blood turns out to be just as dangerous as Iseult’s foreign blood. Once again on the run, the girls must trust the help of the cunning Prince Merik of Nubrevna to get them safely beyond the grasp of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, Emperors, Princes, Queens and mercenaries, all of who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

 

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