Published January 2018
The Witchlands #2
I have been looking forward to this book since the moment I finished Truthwitch back in May 2016. I preordered this beauty, and immediately started reading it as soon as I had it in my hands. (Which actually is abnormal for me, usually I horde said preorder for a few weeks before finally getting around to it.)
Anyways, I finished this book almost two weeks ago, and I have struggled with writing a review since then. I am torn on my feelings for the novel, and have simply come to the conclusion that I will just have to write a semi, but not super cohesive review.
Before I start this though, if you haven’t read Truthwitch, just turn around now. You will be completely and utterly lost because I cannot speak in generics with this book I’m sorry!
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.
So, the best way to start this off is by saying that if you loved Truthwitch, and are expecting the same type of story, you’re going to be disappointed. Let me explain:
On one hand, I really liked the development of the overall plot for the series. In Truthwitch, I fell in love with our four main protagonists, their interactions, and their adventures, but as far as an overall series plot line, I was unsure of where it was going. But I didn’t really care because I lived for Safi and Iseult’s friendship, and Safi and Merik’s banter. In Windwitch, that changed. I now have a clearer understanding of the overall picture for the series and I can start to see an endgame. BUT, Windwitch was missing the aspects that I loved so much about Truthwitch: all of those character interactions, the romantic tensions and banter, our girls getting up to no good… POOF GONE.
I was really disappointed to find out that I didn’t care at all about Merik’s or Safi’s storyline. Yes, you read that right. Safi’s POV bored me near to tears. Safi was her usual sassy self sure, but her story line seemed to hit a brick wall and was lacking the adventure and wildness that I loved so much in Truthwitch. And Merik. I don’t even know what to say about my favorite grouchy prince. Oh, he was still a giant grouch that is for damn sure, but his POV lacked direction, I found myself skimming through most of it.
And since this is a review all about balances, let me say that Iseult and Aeduan’s story lines were far more interesting than they were in Truthwitch, especially when their paths collided and merged. I (unlike everyone else) was also a really big fan of Vivia and her plot thread in Windwitch. I think there was an incredible amount of development when it came to these three characters: their personalities, their quirks, their motivations.
I love the potential in this series, but overall I can only describe Windwitch as a filler book. Does that mean I am done with the Witchlands? Hell. No. I am so intrigued and fascinated by the magic system in this fantasy series, and with the introduction of all of these moving parts and politics in this book, I think the rest of the books are going to be better. Windwitch was the book to move all the pieces into position. At least that is what I am going to tell myself.
We have until Fall 2018 until Bloodwitch is released. I guess we will reevaluate then, Lord help me.