Series: The Witchlands #2
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release date: January 10th 2017
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.
Windwitch picks up after the whirlwind ending of Truthwitch, proving to be a good sequel to Susan Dennard’s YA Fantasy series. The novel is action packed, fast paced, introduces entirely new settings and enriches the world-building established in the previous installment.
As the title implies, the book focuses more on Merik, although it is not only about him. Windwitch is told from five different POVs, some of which we are already familiar with; Merik, Safi, Iseult, and Aeduan are unique voices that help tell this story, and the addition of Vivia adds depth to the narration as she turns out to be a pretty important character to the plot.
Dennard does a great job juggling all these different POVs. The narrative flows nicely, and each character sounds different from the other. It is actually really fun meeting these characters again, even more so since they find themselves all in different places, facing their own obstacles and trying to reach their goals. In that sense, the character development is also great.
Some POVs are more interesting than others, which is to be expected. I still dislike Safi, and her arc did very little to keep me interested. Merik’s chapters are heartbreaking and fascinating, and he is one of the characters that ends farther away from where he began. We get to know Vivia a lot better, as well as come to understand her motivations. Iseult continues to be one of my favorites, and her chapters continue to be interesting and engaging. And Aeduan, the love of my life, still brings a little darkness and more about his very intriguing past.
One thing that does come as a little bit of a surprise is that the book focuses very heavily on the adventure the characters are going through and that there is basically no romance! Coming from Truthwitch, we see some important connections have been established, but in this installment the characters don’t fall dead first into it. I hope this means Dennard is taking her time developing the relationships between said characters, so that they won’t overshadow certain plot points.
Overall, Windwitch is a pretty satisfying second installment. It takes the plot where it needs to go, the writing is gripping, and it answers some questions left open in Truthwitch. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loved the previous book, as well as fans of Fantasy books that focus a lot on the action/adventure side of things.