Windwitch is the second book in The Witchlands series by Susan Dennard. This review may contain spoilers.
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.
The first thing that I realized about Windwitch, while reading the book, reading from all the different point of views
there are so many point of views. There are at least 5 different view points; Merik Nihar, Safiya fon Hasstrel, Iseult det Midenzi, Viva Nihar, and Aeduan. While they are all interesting, I think Iseult was my favourite view point within Windwitch.
I appreciated that early on into reading Windwitch we realize how many view points there are, how many different lives, story lines, yet every single character is connect in some way to another character. The points of view we read from changes almost as soon as we read from them.
There was a quite a bit of action throughout the book, which was great. There was hints of romance here and there, but above all else: friendship.
The story; while moving slowly during the first quarter, eventually picks up enough speed during the last three-quarters of the book that I feel like I could say that this story line moves pretty quickly. Actually, it makes a lot of sense to say that Windwitch moves incredibly quickly when you find out that this book covers two weeks after the events of Truthwitch.
I loved how easily I could fall into this magical world. The world is rich in history, steeped in colour and emotions. Windwitch is almost more brutal than the last book, since the last book (Truthwitch) was almost boring. I didn’t really like the first book, so imagine my surprise when I found myself really enjoying Windwitch.
There are some questions that I have that I hoped are answered in the next book as well.
I ended up giving Windwitch, 3 of 5 stars on Goodreads.