Tuesday, December 27, 2016

ARC Review: Windwitch (The Witchlands #2) by Susan Dennard


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. (Via Amazon.com)

Pages: 377

Expected Release Date: January 10th, 2017

Rating: 5/5 Stars


Last year I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of Truthwitch at San Diego Comic-Con and you can read my review for Truthwitch here. This year I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy of Windwitch from Tor Teen as a thank you for being a part of the Truthwitch Street Team. In addition to the ARC of Windwitch, I also received a pair of Windwitch inspired socks in addition to a Windwitch and a Tor Teen button. If you live in either Canada, the United States, or the United Kingdom and would like to receive a pair of Windwitch inspired socks as well as a Windwitch inspired patch and a bookplate signed by Susan Dennard, preorder a copy of Windwitch and submit your designated preorder form below.

Windwitch Preorder Goodies

Windwitch is the perfect sequel to Truthwitch, readers are reunited with all their favorite characters and meet new ones along the way. While the Witchlands series is based in a massive world with an intricate magic system, the series is also based on the characters themselves. The world is truly intricate with vast landscapes and numerous types of magic; however, the real magic is the characters. I cannot deny that I was confused while reading Windwitch due to some of the fantastical elements and geography; however, that confusion is due to how fast I inhaled Windwitch and possible errors since the copy I read was an ARC. My point is, whether you love fantasy or not, the Witchlands series is meant for readers who cherish the characters and their struggles. The series is based in a phenomenal setting; however, that is simply the setting. The books are so much more than their magical environment. The characters and their interactions are the true magic. If you have yet to read Truthwitch due to its genre being fantasy, ignore the label. A novel is so much more than it's tag-line or label. 

Truthwitch introduced me to wonderful characters, my two favorite are Aeduan and Iseult. In both Truthwitch and Windwitch, readers realize how lonely they both are. While I will not be spoiling anything from either Truthwitch or Windwitch, both Aeduan and Iseult develop over the course of both novels and it is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. I cannot wait to read about the rest of their journeys as the series continues to unfold. Merik's journey and the journey of others around him were both heartbreaking and heartwarming. They were the most unexpected. Safi's journey also had some twists. It was amazing how past incidents in Truthwitch were incorporated into her journey in Windwitch.

While that was probably the most cryptic review I have ever written, Windwitch was an amazing sequel to Truthwitch. Windwitch surpassed all my expectations and I love it even more that Truthwitch. Susan's writing, the character development, and the expansion of the Witchlands gave Windwitch and the overall series a spot in my absolute favorites list. The Witchlands series has barely begun, but I can only imagine where the series will go before the end. Susan Dennard is the new Queen of YA Fantasy. Laini Taylor, Sarah J. Maas, and Leigh Bardugo better watch out.

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