Windwitch

Windwitch

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After an explosion ruins his ship, Prince Merik tries to expose his sister's treachery while fighting for the weak on the streets of the royal capital. Meanwhile, Aeduan, a Bloodwitch, and Iseult, a Threadwitch, form an unlikely alliance and travel together looking for Safiya, who has been shipwrecked with the Empress of Marstok in a land of pirates and is living every moment balanced on a knife's edge, trying to keep the pirates from unleashing war upon the Witchlands. -- Adapted from book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Tor Teen, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780765379306
0765379309
9780765395795
0765395797
Branch Call Number: YF DENNA-S
Characteristics: 380 pages : map ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Wind witch

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megoscar
Jul 17, 2018

I liked this book, but I found the pacing to be strange. It would go at a snail's pace for parts and then speed ahead without warning. Other than this, I found this book to be entertaining but not amazing. Plot was decent, character development was there, but still, I found it to be a little lack-luster. Especially since I did quite enjoy the first book in the series.

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dove123_
Jun 14, 2018

This is my favorite book in her series so far, although I'm sure Bloodwitch (set to be released in 2019 I think) will be amazing. It's a great story, with characters that leap off the pages. Everything is not what it seems, and each twist and turn of the story makes the world and it's characters become more alive and wonderful than before. A great read for any fantasy lover! Also, Susan Dennard is an amazing writer who gives advice on her blog for new writers. You should check it out for sure.

spl_merley Apr 23, 2018

This action packed sequel builds upon Dennard's first book with more action, more suspense and plenty of surprises. I was intrigued by the complicated alliances between enemies and the way that supposed villains become imperfect heroes. It took me a little while to call back to mind the world and character building from the first book but once I had I couldn't read fast enough to find out what happened next. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

What attracted me to read this book was the setting described on the back. I didn't flip through the book or judge it by its cover, so from the summary on the back, I was led to believe there would be an intricate conflict formed in a vast and interesting universe focused upon the heartfelt struggles of a single individual.

The reality was quite different. There was not just one plotline, but 3. The story begins with Merik, the prince of the Nubrevnian (I think) empire who survives an assassination plot who he thinks was coordinated by his sister, who wishes to claim the throne. Believed to be dead, for the majority of the book, he is helped by a sailor on his ship by the name of Cam and together, and they mainly spend time taking stuff from people (documents and food) to survive and eventually discover the organizers of the assassination plot. Meanwhile, his sister, Vania, expresses sentiments about her mother and family, thinking about politics, and wondering about a cave (??). She ultimately finds Merik after they discover the villain in the plot (which is not Vania, but some previously unintroduced shadow organization) and they are happy to see each other I guess. Meanwhile, in a plotline completely independent of the latter, Safi is a person stuck with a person from another kingdom who gets captured by another set of antagonists and spend the entire book walking. Her sister meets someone trying to kill her and the settle their differences to...umm.

I'm sorry but the plot is so complex that explaining it all would require another book. Speaking of which, I was completely unaware (nowhere in the book does it indicate the order of the series), that this was not the first book. The problem with this was that all the characters were difficult to sympathize with and the language of the book (places, expressions, people) are extremely overwhelming. In addition, there's seems to be no significance in the plot as all contentions and characters were introduced in the first book (which I have not read). The universe and conflicts themselves are interesting. The protagonists all have some sort of magical ability related to elements and the conflicts between the empires seem well thought, however, any sort of explanation of mechanics, history, sense of justice, or character is poorly expressed. Merik has drive and compassion that is dryly conveyed in his violent actions and poor judgement. Vania seems ironhearted and ambitious yet is limited to a quiet and already high position in the empire, discussing topics that don't seem suited to her character. The other plots are so connected with the previous book, I can't even offer a concrete explanation.

In the end, I really can't give a positive review of this book from the perspective of someone reading it without reading the series. A lot of unnecessary information could be removed to focus on the juicy bits of the plot (albeit few, the book still made me want to know the ending) and give space to develop characters and setting. There seems to be an intricate plot and interesting universe, but it is not really addressed. On a rating of 1 to 5 stars, I would give it a 2. By last third of the book, I just wanted an ending.
Reviewed by YH for the Cloverdale Teen Book Review Project

Captivating and suspenseful, first lead in one direction and then another. Nothing is as it appears to be. First Prince Merik Nihar is presumed dead by many after an attempted assassination he suspects is his own sister’s doing. Second the Marstoki ship carrying Safiya fon Hasstrel and the Empress of Marstok was attacked in a similar way as Merik’s own demise. After escaping before they could share the same fate as all the crews, they flee. Only to end up being captured by the Hell-Bards of Cartorra. Third as Iseult det Midenzie is on her journey to find her thread-sister Safi, she makes a deal with a demon itself Aduean, a Bloodwitch that can track Safi’s scent. This continues until Aduean rescues a small child which he names Owl. Due to these developments Iselut must choose between Owl’s safety and her thread-sister. Ultimately her choice leads to the acceptance, to some extent of her true witchery. As the book progresses Merik is conflicted as he is haunted by a rhyme that talks of a wicked crab queen and two brothers, Fool brother Filip and Blind brother Daret. It’s about how Filip is blinded by greed and wealth, as he only sees what he wants to, as is the case with Merik. He only saw his sister Vivia as the reason for his recent circumstances and leading Cam blindly into danger as she submissively follows, instead of seeing the bigger picture and realizing that Vivia was an ally all along. In the end he discovers that the rhyme has a happy ending as does Merik, when he is finally able to leave his country in his sister’s more than capable hands. This is as he heads off with his friends by his side in search of the truth. For people who like a bit of thrill, action and character self discovery, this book is for you.
Reviewed by NB for the Cloverdale Teen Book Review Project

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 23, 2018

If readers thought they enjoyed the previous book, this one will give them quite a delight! Throughout it, I was enthralled and utterly amazed at how creatively the author pieced together all her pieces in the story. The characters are given more depth from the first book, and more are introduced. I think that if one enjoyed Sarah J Maas' Throne of Glass series, he or she would like this one too. Many of my friends have yet to read this book but it is truly a beautiful masterpiece. I can't wait for the second.
- @Siri of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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akzfineart
Feb 16, 2017

WINDWITCH by Susan Dennard was incredible from start to finish. Filled with action, heartache and some of the greatest moments of character development I’ve ever read, this book is sure to become a favourite of 2017. The world-building is so rich, it practically leaps off the page. Enemies become allies and allies become enemies in this stunning sequel to TRUTHWITCH.

I want to take a moment to talk about the writing. It was so beautiful that I’d take the time to analyze every paragraph, every sentence, and every word. I feel like, in a way, Dennard’s writing can be compared to the gorgeous, imagery-like writing of Laini Taylor. I’ve never really considered this before, but the world-building and character development is so complex, so rich, it’s reached that level. This is the best Dennard book to date.

Like in TRUTHWITCH, this novel is told in 3rd person, multiple POV’s. We have characters already familiar to us: Merik, Safi, Iseult, and Aeduan. However, Dennard adds a 5th voice: Vivia Nihar, Merik’s older sister. Having this many voices in one book can go really wrong, but Dennard is flawless. In fact, WINDWITCH is one of the best examples of a book told in multiple POV’s. The transitions were so smooth, that when character A’s POV ended, even though I wanted to know more about character A, I was satisfied enough to continue on with character B. There have been times when I’m reading a book with only two different POV’s and the voices weren’t different enough. I understood that these two characters had different personalities, traits and ambitions, but the voices sounded too similar; as if I were reading a book with 1.5 POV’s rather than 2. I’m really astounded at how flawlessly Dennard pulls this off. Like I said, this is one of the best books with multiple POV’s and if you’re writing a book like this or planning to, I’d recommend you study Dennard’s style. I think it’d be really helpful for writers to see why this style worked for Dennard and whether or not it could work for you.

The character development is so amazing, along with the sort of relationships we see between different characters. This book is Merik’s arc and the focus is mostly on him. He has so much rage and grief and regrets, that it’s funnelled into a new identity: the Fury. There’s also a focus on Vivia, and Merik & Vivia’s relationship as siblings/rivals. This relationship was the most prominent and I loved every moment of it!

Iseult/Aeduan fans will be very happy with this book. These two create a temporary alliance and start traveling together in the Contested Lands. Their chapters ended up being my favourite, mainly because Aeduan is my all-time favourite character! There was the makings of a slow burn romance and I mean slowww, but this book starts them off as could-be-friends and allies, which is something I’m really happy about.

Some readers might be a bit disappointed because, in a way, that strong friendship between Safi and Iseult, the one that drew readers to TRUTHWITCH isn’t as prominent. Safi and Iseult are definitely fighting to reach each other in WINDWITCH but it ends up more about how these two fight for survival without the other. These two characters are so strong together, but how do they fare without the other to lean on? Some very tough and heartbreaking decisions are made in this book. The reader ends up seeing a different side of the relationship we first encountered in TRUTHWITCH and I really liked that. WINDWITCH takes the characters we loved from the first book and has them forging new, exciting and sometimes difficult paths.

The last couple of chapters, the POV’s would change three or four times in one chapter and my heart was actually racing. All I could think about was getting to the end, it was so good! I’m very excited for book #3 BLOODWITCH – which happens to be Aeduan’s arc 🙂 – and now plan to re-read TRUTHWITCH. I cannot recommend this series enough.

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Chelsea016
Feb 08, 2017

Loved this sequel!!

Susan included all the things I fell in love with in Truthwitch and built on it beautifully!

All the characters had awesome growth and I loved watching all of their journeys.

I did get a little angry with Merik for being so blind to what was right in front of him, but as he got yelled at, and started to see that maybe he had been blind, I started to feel better about him. Loved seeing Vaness and getting to see behind her mask!

Can't wait for book 3!

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KimoV
Jan 14, 2017

Great sequel! It's everything I loved about Truthwitch and more. Dennard takes readers deeper into the intriguing world of the Witchlands--full of surprises and interesting tidbits of history that I have a feeling will come into play in future books. I liked getting to know Vivia better and watching her interact with Merik. She's not the heartless, power hungry "witch" I thought she was. I can't wait to see where the truce/alliance between Iseult and Aeduan goes. I'll be not so patiently waiting for book 3!

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dove123_
Jun 14, 2018

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