Author: Susan Dennard
Status: Book 2 of The Witchlands
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 didn’t enjoy Truthwitch (review here) but since I had bought Windwitch already, I read it. It was better than Truthwitch, but I didn’t find that much improvement.
We pick up a little after the ending of Truthwitch, with some key events that happened in the middle time gap. I was pretty confused in the beginning because we saw the consequences of those events before knowing what exactly happened. And considering how confused I was in the first place, this just made me dislike the series more.
This book was all about Merik, who is a windwitch. He did have major flaws but he had a lot of character development which I liked.
What I did not like:
The whole book consisted of Safi, Merik, Iseult and Aeduan traveling for different reasons. Until the last 200 pages, its was just travel and I was pretty bored.
The romance between Iseult and Aeduan was slow burn. VERY VERY slow. I guessed at the romance in the first book itself and expected something to happen here, but it didn’t really. There was just more travel. I think I would have preferred if the romance was developed as it would have made the book more interesting.
What I did like:
The last 200 pages, basically. Events happened, there was action and characters redeemed themselves. I don’t want to say what happened because I’ll spoil it, but I’m glad that the relationship between two characters was mended. And one of the characters I disliked became one I liked because we finally got her POV.
The last 200 pages aren’t enough for me to like the whole book. I am planning to read the third but I’ll probably borrow it from the library when I can get it.