December 25, 2016 by ceresbooksworld
Windwitch by Susan Dennard
Book two in The Witchlands
Publisher: Tor Teen
Source: Arc sent by the Publisher
Rating: Evil Love
Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…
When 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.
This review will be very hard to write for me because I love this book so much and I don’t want to spoil anything for you. I won’t talk about the story, I will only talk about my feelings or at least I will try.
I like the general atmosphere of this book, the characters are all interesting and although at first some may seem appalling, in the end they turn out to be honorable. As you know I always had a weakness for Aeduan and Iseult, know that nothing has changed and that it’s even stronger. I think they have changed so much, Iseult has become stronger, she has grown to maturity. Aeduan is aware of certain things and I like his way of reacting. I find that their relationship is constantly evolving and I love it.
Safiya wants to save Merik has embarked on a great adventure, she is still as intrepid but she also evolves and realizes that her character can play tricks on her. We discover the Empress of Marstok, thanks to Saifya, and it is a personage that I like very much. She is faithful to her words and we can count on her.
Merik is the character we see the most in Windwitch, he discovers certain things about his sister and another person whose name I don’t shake and that’s upset him. I find that he changed too, he is stronger, he takes his responsibilities towards his people even more to heart than in Truthwitch. He lost Safiya but he wants to save his people.
We discovered Vivia, at first this character didn’t inspire me particularly confidence but she is a WaterWitch and for that reason I can only love her. She tries to do everything in her power to save her people, her father is not very useful but is still present to motivate and support her. She is a character who asks only to be loved and I think she deserves a beautiful place in this story.
I loved Truthwitch but I think that with Windwitch, Susan surpassed herself, allowing her characters to evolve separately. Even if it’s hard to see them separated, it’s also very nice to meet new people and see them interacting together.
I finished this book a very short time ago and I already want to plunge back into the story. I’m really looking forward to reading the next volume even though I know we’ll have to wait.
In any case one thing is for sure is that I am delighted to be part of the adventure with my Waterwitch Babes and that this adventure will continue as long as Susan will want us.
Thanks to Susan and Tor Teen for this Arc.
About the author
Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. Working in marine biology, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to you yet, Asia!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor.
She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series as well as the New York Times bestselling Truthwitch, and when not writing, she’s usually slaying darkspawn (on her Xbox) or earning bruises at the dojo.
She lives in the Midwestern US with her French husband, two spoiled dogs, and two grouchy cats. Learn more about her crazy thoughts and crippling cookie-addiction on her blog, newsletter, twitter, or instagram.