Windwitch (#2 of 4) by Susan Dennard
Published Year: 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy
Subtitle: Great (3.5 stars)
Book 1: Truthwitch 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.
First things first, I am so happy to be back in this world, and second things second, I am so sad to wait so long for book three. For those of you who are not aware, book three is set to come out beginning of 2018, and I am devastated. I mean, I already had to wait a year for this one. Come on, SD, what do you have to do, write the thing?
Alright, so none of our lovely MCs are together when we start Windwitch, and this is such a huge change from the dynamics in Truthwitch. A lot of my favorite things were how the characters interacted with one another. But, in this one, we really are learning them for individuals. And to be fair, I am still absolutely obsessed with Iseult. Safi is growing on me (because sass, and I like a good sass), but I think the story lines with Iseult will absolutely be my favorite always. Her character is so fascinating. Aeduan (the bloodwitch) is also equally fascinating. I think there's something very similar about how SD has presented Aeduan and Iseult as contrasts to Safi and Merik's storms. But there is more intrigue and mystery in their calm!
From what I can tell from the title, this is supposed to be Merik's book (I guess?). However, SD didn't really wrap up any of Safi's story lines, or really any of Merik's. The most I would argue is that she's naming the book based on which character grows the most, but I want a book on Iseult as she's my favorite. But really, this book isn't any more about Merik than it is about anyone else, if you ask me.
I will be really interested to see how SD ties everything together. Windwitch seemed to actually open a lot of plots in my mind, and to be honest, I didn't really see anything loop back around from Truthwitch. It was more like she set her characters running on paths and they are running further from each other. I would have loved some more crossover (with each other of course), but even with a greater narrative that I can see at this point. I know it's a traditional fantasy and everything makes more sense at the end, but I'm too impatient for that!
Clearly, I'm very ready for Aeduan's book, aka book 3, aka The Bloodwitch. Maybe Iseult will get book 4. A girl can dream.
3.5 stars out of 5.