Bloodwitch, by Susan Dennard: A Review

Bloodwitch, by Susan Dennard, is my pick for Popsugar’s 2019 Reading Challenge prompt #26. a book published in 2019. I discovered this series with my first reading challenge in 2016, and I’ve read one each year as they’ve been released.

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying this series, and I anticipated this book in particular for quite awhile. The third installment of the Witchlands series, Bloodwitch focuses on the character Aeduan. We first met Aeduan in book one, where to all appearances, he was the enemy. As the action develops, however, we learn there is a lot more to Aeduan.

The Witchlands series opened at a breathtaking pace, and Dennard does not let up. Bloodwitch continues where Windwitch left off. In this book, Aeduan is forced to confront many truths about himself and is faced with a decision with potentially far-reaching consequences.

I’m still loving this series. I’m not sure what’s coming next, but I will await it with eager anticipation. If you enjoy epic fantasy, magic, tons of adventure and just the right amount of romance, I would encourage you to give this series a try.

Windwitch, by Susan Dennard: A Review

This book is #23 from my 2017 Reading Challenge, a “book with an appealing cover.” I was first drawn to this series last year when the first book, Truthwitch, joined my reading list. It was the book’s beautiful cover that first captured my attention, and book two is just as lovely.

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Jacket art on both books is by Scott Grimando.

In Windwitch, Susan Dennard continues the story she started with Truthwitch. A deeper threat emerges as the four main characters, Safiya, Iseult, Aeduan and Prince Merik each struggle to survive in a world devolving rapidly into massive war. Where we got only a glimpse of the darker forces at work in book one, more is revealed in this book.

While Windwitch follows the ongoing adventures of Safi, Iseult, and Aeduan, the focus is on Prince Merik, a Windwitch. Throughout this book Merik is presumed dead after the ship he commanded was destroyed. His crew, his family, and his entire nation believes him dead. Disfigured from the fires that destroyed his ship, Merik becomes a creature of the shadows as he tries to uncover who is responsible for the attack.

The story broadens out in this book, as it should as the series progresses. We are introduced to more characters such as Vivia, Merik’s sister. Merik is convinced that Vivia is the one behind the attack, and he sets about trying to prove this is true.

Dennard writes with a breathtaking intensity. Each chapter comes to an end in such a way as to compel the reader forward. This book is very difficult to put down.

And so, while the cover may have initially attracted me to this series, the beautiful characters and the outstanding action and suspense are what keep me coming back for more. I am now eagerly awaiting book three and the rest of the series, which according to Ms Dennard’s website, will ultimately have five books. The next book, Bloodwitch, is due out in the fall of 2018. (Can I do a little fangirling here? Aeduan is my favorite!)

Truthwitch, by Susan Dennard: a Review

Truthwitch, by Susan Dennard
Published by Tor Teen, released January 5, 2016
Jacket art by Scott Grimando

The Reading Challenge 2016 includes a book published this year. For this part of the Challenge, I chose to read Truthwitch, by Susan Dennard. I first ran across this title among a list of upcoming novels, and thought it looked interesting. Yes, I was drawn first by the beautiful cover art Scott Grimando. I then found a prerelease review and decided I definitely needed to add it to my reading list. When this Reading Challenge came up, Truthwitch jumped to the top of my list. In a word, fun!

Truthwitch is book one of The Witchlands, a planned four book series. At its heart, this is the story of two friends, Safiya and Iseult, who share a bond as close, if not closer, than any family bond. They are young women, only just coming into their own as adults and trying to find their place in the world. They definitely have their own ideas about what that place is, and they don’t simply take the advice of the adults around them, even when it might seem to be for their benefit.

The story takes place in a rich, detailed world filled with magic, adventure, empires, beleaguered nations and a variety of people groups with interesting cultures and an intriguing history. Dennard has set the scene for a fantastic epic adventure. It opens at a run, and maintains this breathless pace throughout the novel, with the girls getting into trouble at every turn.

Written from four different points of view, the two main characters, Safiya and Iseult, as well as Prince Merik and Aeduan, the antagonist, the reader is given the opportunity to experience this incredible world from different angles. I am most intrigued by Aeduan whom I found myself liking immensely, despite his role as the bad guy. His is a back story I definitely want to know more about.

In short, I loved this book. I will read it again. I will recommend it to others. And I will wait impatiently for the next book. In the meantime, I think I’ll check out Susan Dennard’s first series of novels, beginning with Something Strange and Deadly.

Find out more about Truthwitch and the Witchlands here.
Or visit Susan Dennard’s website here.