Review: Windwitch

WindwitchWindwitch by Susan Dennard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 is a fantastic action-charged sequel to Truthwitch, where the political intrigue deepens and a threat that arose in the previous book gains prominence. The book starts with Merik’s ‘death’ and his subsequent quest for vengeance against his sister and those that conspired to have him killed. He has been proclaimed dead, so he walks around with a new face and a new identity – that of a God. Meanwhile, his sister (this is the first time we get her POV) is trying to carve a place as a woman and a Queen in her court. She is tasked with protecting a secret in the kingdom, by her mother and she is strategizing how to use it to her country’s benefit. Meanwhile, Safi is re-evaluating what her place is and what she wants to do with her life. Iseult is on the run from a clingy Weaverwitch who insists they are kindred souls, and strikes a bargain with Aeduan (who reveals some secrets of his own) to track down her lost Threadsister.

The plotline of Windwitch is a little more spread out than Truthwitch, since it involves more character POVs and more kingdoms. More political maneuvers, uprisings and chances of war. There is a lot going on, and the way I was reading it (leaving and coming back – I was pretty distracted) was probably not the way to read it. This book demands your attention, and does a good job of keeping it. It still does feel, at some times, like it is all over the place. There are so many plot threads, and while they come together often enough, the fact that they do so does not feel organic every time. The ending delivered some big punches and I am interested in finding out what those will mean in the future of this series.

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