Windwitch

Windwitch

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 b...

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Title:Windwitch
Author:Susan Dennard
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ISBN:0765379309
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages

Windwitch Reviews

  • Alyssa
    Nov 08, 2015

    3.5 stars.

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    Windwitch by Susan Dennard

    Book Two of The Witchlands series

    Publisher: Tor Teen

    Publication Date: January 10, 2017

    Rating: 4 stars

    Source: ARC sent by the publisher

    Summary (from Goodreads):

    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 re

    3.5 stars.

    ***

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    Windwitch by Susan Dennard

    Book Two of The Witchlands series

    Publisher: Tor Teen

    Publication Date: January 10, 2017

    Rating: 4 stars

    Source: ARC sent by the publisher

    Summary (from Goodreads):

    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.

    What I Liked:

    One-line summary of my review: Windwitch is a good, non-sequel-slump novel, but not as strong as its predecessor Truthwitch, and seriously lacking in the romance department.

    This sequel novel picks up some time after the insane ending of Truthwitch (how much time passes is not specified). Merik is burned and badly injured beyond recognition, and haunts Nubrevna as The Fury, fighting for the weak and trying to help the city. Safi and Vaness barely escape the explosion of the ship they were on, and are captured by legendary Hell-Bards. Aeduan seeks his silver talers, but he is also tasked with finding the Threadwitch, Iseult. And Iseult... Iseult is desperate to find Safi, so much so that when she comes across a badly injured Aeduan, she strikes a deal with him: help her track Safi, and she'll return his silver talers to him (which she found and hide). All four of the protagonists are so close yet so far away from each other. Meanwhile, a fifth protagonist emerges, and proves to be an extremely important player in the political game. All the while the Puppeteer's power is growing, and something strange is happening to dead men, and a war that will sweep across the Witchlands is about to unfold.

    This book is told in third-person, limited to five protagonists. It's a lot, but so many narrators actually really works for this series. We know four of them - Merik, Safi, Aeduan, and Iseult. The fifth is Vivia, Merik's sister. Of the five, I liked Aeduan and Iseult's narratives the best, and probably Safi's the least. Her part of the story was the most boring. But I'll get to that.

    This book is titled Windwitch and so you expect it to be mostly about Merik - and you'd mostly be correct. It starts with him and ends with him. He is badly burned and his facial features are utterly disfigured. He has adopted the title of The Fury, which is actually a figure in legend. Merik is somewhat aimless, though he doesn't realize it. When he learns that the ship that Safi was on exploded, he loses it (he thinks she's dead). Merik's narrative is the most heartbreaking, and the most cruel. My heart broke every time he came across someone that should know him, but didn't recognize him. However this series turns out, I hope Merik gets a satisfying ending.

    Safi's part of the story is the most boring, in my opinion, though I was interested in it. She and Vaness are captured by Hell-Bards after they survive the ship's explosions. From there, the Hell-Bards take them to Saldonica, the Pirate Lands. Like I said, her part of the story is the most boring, because she and Vaness are just prisoners the entire time.

    Iseult's narrative is very interesting, especially towards the end. She is running for her life initially, and then she stumbles upon Aeduan. She doesn't know that Aeduan is charged with finding her and bringing her to Corlant, alive. But she needs him to track Safi, and he agrees. Iseult and Aeduan don't necessarily get along at first, but they work well together and save each other many times.

    Finally we get a really good look inside Aeduan's head! Besides Merik, he's probably my favorite. He has quite the past, and an intriguing lineage. I'm curious to see how that will come into play in future novels. Aeduan is an interesting guy.

    Vivia is the final protagonist; her narrative is interesting but not the most interesting of the story. I love that we get to know her better, because I hate her a looooot less. In fact, I really understand her and started cheering for her as the book went on. She isn't heartless and cruel, nor is she malicious towards Merik.

    I like that Dennard takes each of the different parts of the story to different places. Vivia and Merik are in Nubrevna (unbeknownst to each other - well, Merik knows that Vivia is there), Safi is traipsed all over the place, and ends up in Saldonica, Iseult and Aeduan are tracking Safi and travel everywhere. There is a lot of ground covered, in this book.

    On that note, hats off to Dennard for the intricate and fascinating fantasy world that she has created. Things get a lot bigger and crazier in this book. Dennard is taking the story in the direction of chaos, ruin, and war, and she's weaving all of the magic, politics, and legend together extremely well.

    On the romance front, this book doesn't seem to have any. Iseult and Aeduan get to know each other more and definitely trust each other more than in the previous novel. Unfortunately, on the Merik/Safi front, there is nothing. There is a tiny inkling of a Vivia romance with someone.

    The ending isn't wrapped up (obviously; there are two, maybe three more novels to go), but it ends on a somewhat positive note. There were a lot of bombshells dropped in the last one hundred pages or so, and the stakes are definitely a lot higher than they were in the beginning of the book. But the end is not bad. It's not really a cliffhanger. I'll be looking out for book three, in 2018!

    What I Did Not Like:

    Unfortunately there were some things that I didn't quite like, in this book. The first one hundred pages or so really dragged, for me. Part of it could have been me dreading certain things I anticipated (and I was right). Part of it could have been that the first hundred pages just weren't that interesting.

    I am so frustrated with the romance. There is none, in this book. That works for Iseult and Aeduan because perhaps that relationship will develop over the next two books (if at all)? But it doesn't work for Merik and Safi because Truthwitch established that they have a powerful connection.

    It's frustrating because Merik and Safi do no interact a single time during this entire book. What's more, they both believe that the other is dead. They barely even think of each other (granted, they had other things to worry about, like staying alive). I was so sure that they would be endgame, in terms of romance. Now I'm not. I could see the author taking them into two diverging paths, possibly developing other romances for each of them. Which is frustrating. I'm not saying I'm sensing a love triangle for each character, but I AM saying that I could see them never interacting romantically again and possibly developing feelings for other people (people we may meet in future books, people we already have meet, I don't know). I guess I'm just annoyed because they interacted not one time during this book. Not once! It didn't even have to be romantic! Catching a glimpse of each other as one sails in the opposite direction, or something, that would have been nice.

    In Truthwitch, Merik/Safi seemed obvious. But in Windwitch, not so much, especially since both Merik and Safi believe that the other is dead. Maybe I shouldn't be so worried about this? Maybe I should trust Merik and Safi's powerful Threads connection that Iseult witnessed in Truthwitch, or Kullen's note about Merik and Safi's witchery reacting to each other meant something powerful (again, in Truthwitch). I don't know, and not knowing frustrates me.

    There are also no Safi/Iseult interactions, which was frustrating too because the powerful female friendship was a huge selling point, in Truthwitch. Honestly I hope the rest of the series really makes up for the scarcity of interactions there are, among certain characters.

    Would I Recommend It:

    Tricky tricky. I did like this book (though not as much as I LOVED Truthwitch). I'd definitely recommend this sequel if you read and liked Truthwitch. HOWEVER. I would seriously consider waiting to possibly binge-read this one and the next one, or the entire rest of the series, if I were you. I read Dennard's debut trilogy and I'm sorry to say that I don't 100% trust her to dish out a "fair" ending. With this being a four-, possibly five-book series, a lot can happen that we don't see right now (like love triangles, or ridiculous protagonist deaths).

    Rating:

    3.5 stars -> rounded up to 4 stars. But seriously, it's 3.5 stars. I liked Truthwitch a lot more, despite both books getting the same final rating. Truthwitch was a 4.5, Windwitch a 3.5. This one isn't a new favorite, but it was worth the read and I enjoyed it. I am very much looking forward to reading Bloodwitch and am excited to receive my preorder of Windwitch. Huge thanks to Tor for allowing me to read this book early!

    EDIT: November 28th, 2016

    Happy Sock Sunday!

    EDIT: May 3rd, 2016

    GUYS I CAN'T!!!! MERIK!!!!!

    November 8th, 2015:

    WHY TRUTHWITCH WHYYYYYYY!??!?!??!?!?!?

    (You see, I just finished Truthwitch. And I loved it. Except that now I have to wait for this bad boy to publish OVER A YEAR FROM NOW. *sobs*

  • Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
    Jan 24, 2017

    Well... that was a disappointment. Truthwitch was one of my favorite books of 2016 and I was already anticipating Windwitch before I even got through the first book. It was one of the first books I read last year and the wait for the second book was unbearable! But sadly, this was not what I was expecting. :( I expected fast-paced, action-filled storylines but instead we got quite the opposite. Everything that I came to love in Truthwitch was no

    Well... that was a disappointment. Truthwitch was one of my favorite books of 2016 and I was already anticipating Windwitch before I even got through the first book. It was one of the first books I read last year and the wait for the second book was unbearable! But sadly, this was not what I was expecting. :( I expected fast-paced, action-filled storylines but instead we got quite the opposite. Everything that I came to love in Truthwitch was nonexistent in Windwitch.

    I figured going into Windwitch that this book would be very Merik-centered. But because I loved Merik in Truthwitch, I had no complaints. In fact, I was even thrilled to finally see and learn more of the prince! BUT. Unfortunately, his chapters were the most boring and the dullest of the bunch. Where was the Merik that I came to love in book one?! I am not exaggerating you one bit when I say that I fell asleep after every chapter because this book could be summarized in one word: S-L-O-W. Truthwitch was info dumpy in some areas but it was nowhere near this slow and boring.

    On top of that, we also got a set of POINTLESS POV chapters from Vivia, Merik's sister. The only other character that was even duller than Merik and a pack of bricks was VIVIA. I'm sorry but why, oh, why does Vivia have her own POV and why in the world should we care about her struggles? Her chapters reminded me a lot of Amara and Lucia from the Falling Kingdoms put together, and it doesn't help Vivia's character one bit considering how I despise both of those characters. The only thought I had the whole time I was "reading" (skimming) her chapters was why this irrelevant character was worthy enough to even get her own chapters. All that effort should've just been put into making those Vivia chapters into AEDUAN chapters because you can never have too much Aeduan.

    MOST IMPORTANTLY, WHERE IN THE WORLD WERE THE SAFI AND ISEULT SCENES??? Because there were literally NONE. So don't get your hopes up of getting a reunion in this book because you'll wind up having the biggest disappointment ever. -___-

    The only good thing that I loved about Windwitch were the Iseult and Aeduan interactions. But even they couldn't save the sinking ship that was Windwitch. Safi was my favorite character in Truthwitch and I was even bored with her chapters. I've waited a whole year for Windwitch and I didn't expect to be this disappointed. I don't know what happened, but this book possibly suffered the worst case of middle book syndrome. The whole time I was just wondering what in the world are these characters doing and WHY. I loved all four main characters but I... just... didn't... CARE about them in Windwitch. This whole book just felt kinda pointless and was just all around a filler book to make this a four book series. I'm just so mad and bitter because of how much of a letdown Windwitch was and because of how many times I wanted to actually DNF it. :/

    Susan Dennard is an amazing person and a great writer. I wish I didn't have to give this a two star rating because Truthwitch truly did make its way into my favorites, but I feel like we could've gotten so much more in this book. This was not her greatest work but I can only hope for better in Bloodwitch. And since it's named after Aeduan, I'm hoping we get a major improvement in the third book. Aeduan is a fantastic character that needs more attention, and I feel like Susan can do no wrong with more Aeduan. Hoping for the best in book three!

  • Lucia
    Jan 09, 2016

    Those of you who follow my reviews regularly know that

    was one of my favorite reads last year and main protagonists Safiya & Merik even made it to my

    . To say that I was super excited to read sequel, would be an understatement. I simply could not wait to get my hands on Windwitch. So imagine my disappointment when it did not meet my expectations...

    Those of you who follow my reviews regularly know that

    was one of my favorite reads last year and main protagonists Safiya & Merik even made it to my

    . To say that I was super excited to read sequel, would be an understatement. I simply could not wait to get my hands on Windwitch. So imagine my disappointment when it did not meet my expectations...

    The only positives when comparing Windwitch to Truthwitch were that we got

    more Aeduan+Iseult scenes and

    plenty of Merik's POV (this guy is breaking my heart and he is definitely my favorite character in this series).

    Usually, I don't have a problem with multiple POVs but in this case all those plotlines and POVs didn't work in the favor of the book as a whole. Safi's storyline was the least exciting one, even boring at times (pointless I dare to say). Which is sad since her POV was my favorite one in the first book. Same goes for new POV. Vivia's POV just did not touch the right buttons for me and I didn't care much about her.

    Even though pacing and flow of the story were weird, world-building and writing itself was still strong and I look forward to third instalment which hopefully will bring more of what made me fall in love with this series in the first book.

    Meanwhile, I'm going to think about this book as a filler, unnecessary evil to get the plot going to the right direction of another awesomeness to come.

    (I refuse to believe that this series will lose its potential so early in and throw away everything that made it special to me).

    I'm counting days until release of Windwitch. I need to spend more time with these awesome characters that I fell in love witch in

    !

  • Nastassja
    Jan 14, 2016
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Jan 11, 2017

    3.5 stars. I had completely forgotten how Susan Dennard writes such delightfully vivid and hilarious characters:

    This book felt a bit like the Falling Kingdoms series in that there are so many different characters and stories going that everyone only gets a little bit of progress in the book overall. There were definitely a lot of POVs in this story and I didn't particularly care much about some... like Merik's transformation into the Fur

    3.5 stars. I had completely forgotten how Susan Dennard writes such delightfully vivid and hilarious characters:

    This book felt a bit like the Falling Kingdoms series in that there are so many different characters and stories going that everyone only gets a little bit of progress in the book overall. There were definitely a lot of POVs in this story and I didn't particularly care much about some... like Merik's transformation into the Fury or Vivia's struggles. And I wasn't too into Safi's story, but still adore her as a character. So much sass.

    But I LOVED every part with Iseult and Aeduan. The main thing I remembered from the first book was that I shipped those two for sure, so I was thrilled when their stories converged. And I love Iseult's stutter -- it's just awesome to see such a tough character struggle with that.

    I don't want to say too much about the plot because it's all a continuation of some reveals in the first book. I guess I was more into the events in the first book, but also felt like the writing and pacing were a bit stronger here...

    So if you weren't into Truthwitch this will probably be more of the same for you. It

    a pretty typical (albeit complex) YA fantasy story, which will either be annoying or really fun based on your taste. I personally really like this world, elements like the ships and jungles, the characters, the magic, the politics, and the writing! These books would make some seriously great movies.

  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    Jan 19, 2017

    The problem I sometimes face with multiple PoV books is that sometimes it feels like nothing is happening.

    . Windwitch starts out with a bunch of dire things happening and for the first few pages it felt intense, like super intense and it was amaz

    The problem I sometimes face with multiple PoV books is that sometimes it feels like nothing is happening.

    . Windwitch starts out with a bunch of dire things happening and for the first few pages it felt intense, like super intense and it was amazing and then for a long time it just seemed like nothing happened until the last third of the book that felt like EVERYTHING happened. Pacing is really hard with Multiple PoVs and there are a few authors that do it seamlessly and others who might struggle a little. I think Dennard is still finding herself here.

    The other issue I have with Multiple PoV books comes in the waiting.

    ☞ - Waiting for Safi to find Isuelt

    ☞ - Waiting for Safi and Merick to find each other

    ☞ - Waiting for Isuelt and Aeduan to run into each other

    ☞ - Waiting for some explanation about the magic system and how it works.

    ☞ -

    that there is not some stupid love triangle that happens with the Chiseled Cheater

    ☞ - Waiting for some answers about the Cahr Awen

    before starting this because I felt like I had forgotten a lot. But alas it is my 2017 resolution to not reread every book series that has a new book coming out in it unless it is the end of said series and it looks like this will have 6 books total so I’ll need to wait.

    But don’t let me be a negative Nelly (

    ) there were some really great moments. I think I would have focused on those a little more if I knew that some of the people in this were not going to make it even close to back to one another in this book.

    ❤ - Isuelt and Aenuan traveling together #justkissalready

    ❤ - Owl and her witchery

    ❤ - Cam (she cross dresses as a boy AND stands up to Merick)

    ❤ - Isuelt figuring out how her power can really work and totally busting it out. #thatwasAWESOME

    ❤ - That thing at the end with the guy that I wasn’t sure we were going to show up and the revelation that brought with him about Merick and the decision Merick made…

    Overall this is a decent fantasy story.

    (

    ) between Isuelt and Safi. Since they spent 99.9% of this book apart I missed that connection. There is a ton of potential in this world and story so I’m pretty excited for the next book because I think it will conclude a natural minor arc.

    - Please PLEASE have some sort of glossary of terms in the next book with a few explanations of some of the stuff that is magic related that has been revealed. Like Hell-Bard. I little one line refresher would have been appreciated. The different elements that witches come from and a small synopsis on each. The only one I remember vaguely is the VOIDwitch but I know there are like 6 or seven and I can’t remember if they are just simple like Water, Earth, Fire and Air or something else.

    So for those of you who might have forgot a few of the things from Truthwitch...

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  • Lindsay Cummings
    Dec 28, 2016

    WOW. Susan, you have outdone yourself. I loved Truthwitch, but THIS BOOK has far surpassed book one. The characters. The drama. The intense, high stakes mixed in with the mystery and the world-building, and the "my heart hurts from this book" and...good grief. I am so impressed!!

    Dying for book 3.

    I NEED IT NOW, SOOZ!!! So proud of you!!

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    Jan 27, 2017

    This is going to be a short review because I didn't like it too much and there is nothing much to say.

    I'm really happy for those that liked or loved the book. There is nothing like loving what you read

    For me this sequel just wasn't for me. I liked the first one good enough BUT I just couldn't really get into this one.

    I love Iseult and Aeduon! I was hoping to read more about them. I loved little Owl and since I'm not going to read any more of the series, one of my friends will have to tell me

    This is going to be a short review because I didn't like it too much and there is nothing much to say.

    I'm really happy for those that liked or loved the book. There is nothing like loving what you read

    For me this sequel just wasn't for me. I liked the first one good enough BUT I just couldn't really get into this one.

    I love Iseult and Aeduon! I was hoping to read more about them. I loved little Owl and since I'm not going to read any more of the series, one of my friends will have to tell me all about them.

    I love Merik and Cam. I thought Cam was pretty awesome.

    I didn't much care for Safiya's parts or what's her head - Merik's sister.

    Anyway, I have it two stars for the characters I loved ❤

    Happy Reading Everyone!

  • Bil
    Jan 13, 2017

    A three and a half to four stars to a great sequel.

    took me to an eventful trip back to the

    . As

    has said, this is a world that I would want to inhabit forever.

    This novel jumps back in where the

    ended if not a bit farther into the future. All four main characters: Safi, Iseult, Merik, and Aeduan, are separated creating a multi-perspective narration for the readers with one more character added. As the subplot for each character progressed, I dived

    A three and a half to four stars to a great sequel.

    took me to an eventful trip back to the

    . As

    has said, this is a world that I would want to inhabit forever.

    This novel jumps back in where the

    ended if not a bit farther into the future. All four main characters: Safi, Iseult, Merik, and Aeduan, are separated creating a multi-perspective narration for the readers with one more character added. As the subplot for each character progressed, I dived in further to the realm crafted by Susan Dennard. I am introduced to more characters with great diversity. The world-building gets thicker and makes the narrative more vivid.

    The storyline might seem confusing at first because of the many point-of-views but it gets seamlessly woven chapter after chapter. Every ending of a chapter presents a connection to the next character's standpoint. In result, the narrative maintained an increasing pace but only slowed down in Merik's part which is understandable because this is his book. Dennard's writing laid out foundations to the world-building that are somehow not that stable yet. The diversity of characters is well-thought out and the prose seemed to cross the line between young adult and adult fantasy.

    Not only did I explore further into the

    but I also went deeper into each of the characters' own journeys. I saw good character development from each witch, save maybe Safi. The central theme of friendship is still there but the subject of family is what struck me, specifically the Nihar siblings. I enjoyed Iseult and Aeduan's chapters most since they were more thrilling compared to Safi's or Merik's. The problem is that it was Merik's book and he should have stood out the most. I was not entirely convinced on his growth, not until the latter half of the book.

    was one of the very first fantasy books that I have read since I started being serious about my reading game last year and I completely loved it! Overall, this was a good follow-up and I cannot wait to read

    next!

  • Samantha
    Jan 22, 2017

    I loved this addition to the series but it didn't quite match my obsession with Truthwitch. It felt like the forward progression of the story stalled a bit. But with that being said, I can tell a lot of new foundations were laid in this book and I CANNOT WAIT for the next book! Video review to come.