Windwitchby Susan Dennard
Series: The Witchlands #2
Published on January 10, 2017 by Tor Teen
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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.
I had a rough start with Windwitch. I don’t know why seeing as I started it almost immediately after I finished Truthwitch. I mean, I didn’t finish it immediately because A Court of Wings and Ruin came out and then I entered my slump, but still. I can’t really say what went wrong.
I think it was the fact that none of the characters really had an endgame. Yeah, Merik was trying to accuse Vivia of killing him, and Iseult was trying to get back to Safi, and Safi…I don’t really know why she was there in this one. She wasn’t doing anything important really. I felt like Windwitch was kind of just a throw away book and that made me sad.
Merik got on my nerves so much in this one. He was letting his anger cloud his judgement and he wasn’t listening to the one person who actually believed in him. I understand that this was supposed to be “his book” since it’s titled Windwitch and all, but I would have much rather spent the entire time trailing Iseult and Aeduan. I hated how Merik took the name of a God. He acted like he was above all because he was “dead” and disfigured, but he wasn’t. He was just making mistakes left and right that Cam had to clean up.
Oh Cam. I loved them so much (since I don’t actually know if their preferred pronouns are he/him, I’m going to use they/them). Despite everything Merik put Cam through, they still stuck by his side and it was admirable, because Merik didn’t deserve it. I’m interested in learning more of their story!
Iseult and Aeduan….I could have followed them forever. Even though they weren’t doing much other than trekking through the woods, their interactions were to die for. I loved that Aeduan is from a Nomatsi background too and that Iseult would only talk to him in the Nomatsi language. They are both so stubborn and it’s great. But they are also such a good team! I’m intrigued to see what happens with them and the little girl.
Safi and Vaness’s story was just a little unnecessary to me. I mean I understand that they needed to be there so we knew what they were up to and that they weren’t just dead, however, I wish it would have been just a little different. I did like that Safi kinda came full circle with the Chiseled Cheater from the beginning of Truthwitch and I am interested to see what happens with them in the next novel.
All in all, I liked Windwitch, but I didn’t love it and thought it could have been just a little better. It fell prone to sequel blues. But I am looking forward to the next installment. I hold high hopes! It will be interesting to see how they incorporate different aspects that came into play during Windwitch. I’m also interested to see what happens to Merik because it felt like the end for him a little bit in this one.