Series: The Witchlands, #2
Author: Susan Dennard
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: January 10th, 2017
Length: 384 pages | 14 hours 43 minutes
Source: Borrowed from the library
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 am so grateful to all of you who reviewed Truthwitch, because that spurred me to read it. And I loved it. And this, its sequel, I also loved.
As you might guess from the title, this book focuses primarily on Merik. We get a lot of story about him- which is nice, considering his motivations in the first book were pretty straightforward. He’s a good character, although not my favorite, and he’s definitely got a path to tread. He’s also disfigured now, and the author doesn’t pull punches with it…you just know it’s going to become a hangup of his when he and Safi meet up again (which I’m hoping happens in book 3).
This book also included the ongoing adventures of Safi (now with Empress of Marstok for added spiciness), Iseult (who is becoming much more central to the building tensions throughout the book series), and Aeduan (who has become my favorite character of the series). Everyone is going in a different direction throughout this story, and there are a handful of new side characters to keep track of. But Dennard handles it all deftly, and I never once felt overwhelmed (and frustrated that, because it was an audiobook, I needed to flip back a few chapters for a reference). The plot moves forward, and everyone plays their part- separately. But by the end, you can see the notes becoming a symphony, and the pieces starting to snap together.
I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but the character development in this one was prime. And the tension was constant, no matter which character had the perspective at the moment. I’m still totally engaged in the plight of the world Dennard has expertly fleshed out, and will absolutely continue reading the series.