Review of Windwitch by Susan Dennard

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By: Susan Dennard
Release Date: January 10th 2017
Publisher: Tor Teen
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

My Rating:
star

Summary:
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.

My Thoughts:
First, that cover. Wow, that is glorious and incredible. I was so excited to receive this book for review. I enjoyed Truthwitch but I felt that this sequel was even better. I loved all the tension this book had and didn’t feel that it suffered from middle book syndrome at all. It was action  packed, full of character growth and I loved the character’s relationships with each other. I loved how Dennard threw unlikely companions together.

Even in Truthwitch Aeduan, the Bloodwitch, caught my interest. He was easily the character I was most intrigued by. I needed to know more about his story and this book gave me glimpses. I loved reading from his point of view and also learning a bit about his past. Also, how can anyone not love him and Iseult together? These two have chemistry and I love what aspects they draw out of one another.

I’ll admit that in the first book I was a total black sheep and didn’t love Safi.  I don’t know why but she just didn’t resonate all that much with me but in this book she did! I loved seeing her thrown in an unexpected circumstance. She was bold, brave and badass. I loved how she interacted with others and I was just really swept away in her story.

I loved that though the content of the book was action packed and tense there were moments I laughed out loud. And Dennard did the action scenes so well! I could vividly imagine all the details and it felt like watching a movie as I read. The setting was well described which helped make this book that much more tangible. Of course the magical system continued to be impressive and really, this book has been one of my favorite fantasy novels I’ve read in a while. I’m so happy I chose to pick it up and read.

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Final Thoughts:
If you read Truthwitch you must read this sequel- and if you are new to the series I highly recommend it. I can’t wait to see where Bloodwitch, the third novel, will go.

TruthRider Tour in Katy TX + Giveaway

Truthwitch Riders ReignofShadows

Event

Veronica Rossi, Susan Dennard and Sophie Jordan in one place- what could be better? I wanted to alert my Texas friends that all three of these amazing authors will be at Morton Ranch High School Commons for the #FantasYA Event in Katy, TX on Sunday, February 28, 2016 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm. You can find out all the details HERE.

Giveaway

For everyone in the US and Canada I have a giveaway to celebrate. Enter to win a swag package including

    • Signed Riders poster
    • Signed Truthwitch bookplate
    •  Riders bracelet
    •  Truthwitch poster

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Truthrider Tour Stops

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Stacking the Shelves

What a week in bookmail! I received three of my most wanted arcs this week so I’m super happy. I’m expecting one more but I’m a tad nervous it got lost in the mail. eeps! Always scary when USPS says they delivered something but you never received it.

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

Books

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 Truthwitch by Susan Dennard- Thank you Susan and @Truthwitch for the giveaway! I still can’t believe I won
Weightless by Sarah Bannan and The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore- Thank you St. Martins!
Ink & Bone by Rachel Caine thank you Penguin
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo- Thank you Leigh and Macmillan! I already started it and LOVE every word.

Last Week’s Posts

  • Review of Tangled Webs by Lee Bross
  • Blog Tour– Interview + Giveaway of A Book of Spirits and Thieves

You might be thinking- wow Kristen, you barely posted this week. You’re right. I’ve been working on a Twitter Chat for this Sunday with 2016 debut authors. I’ve also started to create a Lego cover for Truthwitch. Boy this one is challenging.

Check out the blog tomorrow for more details about the Twitter chat!

 

If I Were Going to BEA- The Books I’d Want + Giveaway

Another year, another BEA I can’t make. This will be my third BEA since I started blogging and though it’s sad and a tad lonely it is still such an exciting event for the book blogging community (even when you’re at home).

I did this last year and it was so much fun so I figured I’d do it again. This year Crystal at Bookiemoji is joining me and we’re each doing giveaways.

Ironically enough this original post (last year) was inspired by Jenna from Jenna Does Books post BEA 2014 My Most Anticipated Titles Who now co-blogs with Crystal.

Not in order of desire…

These I KNOW Will Be at BEA

SixofCrows Truthwitch Soundless

Maybe at BEA

LegacyofKings FrozenTides WalktheEarthaStranger

TheImmortalHeights ThisMThing

As far as I know these are the titles that I’d be wanting to grab if I was going to BEA. What am I forgetting!? I’m sure there are many, many books I’m forgetting.

Giveaway

One of my readers will win a pre-order of one of these above titles! This giveaway is international (if Book Depository ships to you)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Be sure to visit Bookiemoji to check out Crystal’s wish-list and enter to win another pre-order!