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.

Sightwitch, by Susan Dennard: A Review

My choice for a book published in 2018 on the 2018 Reading Challenge list was among the easiest of all the categories. Two years ago, Truthwitch was released. I found that book via Twitter and knew I wanted to read it and it joined my 2016 reading list. In 2017, Windwitch was released and I read that one too. Therefore, knowing Sightwitch was due to be released in 2018, I knew I would read it anyway, list or no list.

Though Sightwitch wasn’t the Witchlands book I was hoping to read this year – super excited for Bloodwitch! – I didn’t hesitate to pick this one up as soon as I could.

Sightwitch is written as an illustrated journal that tells the story of Ryber Fortiza. In it she relays her story of how she became the last Sightwitch. Interspersed with Ryber’s journal entries are the writings of another Sightwitch who lived long before Ryber’s time. It includes drawings, maps and passages out of other books, all that help bring Ryber’s story to it’s conclusion.

This is a short, but powerful interlude in the Witchlands series. It gives more background into the magic that exists in the Witchlands, and my understanding is, it sets up at least part of what is to come in the next book.

I wasn’t sure how I’d like the unusual format. For the first part of the book, at least, it was a little difficult to follow what was happening. But it is woven together very well, and I was easily drawn into the narrative.

It was a quick read that I enjoyed very much. Though I am still anxiously waiting for Bloodwitch to be released.

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!)