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Windwitch

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After reading Truthwitch earlier this year, I was dying to return to the Witchlands. In Truthwitch I found a book that set up a whole new, exciting world with diverse, interesting characters. You can imagine my joy when I received an ARC for the second book in this series, Windwitch.
 
I sat down yesterday morning and started reading. Boy, it did not disappoint. Even now, about five hours after I finished, my head is still reeling. In a good way!
 
Windwitch picks off about two weeks after the events in Truthwitch, and you’ll see the same characters from the first book: Safi, Iseult, Merik and Aeduan—along with characters who have a bigger role in Windwitch than in Truthwitch, and very interesting new characters that I immediately loved.
 
And let me tell you, the character development is phenomenal. For ALL of them. Yes, you read that correctly. I love, love, LOVE the story, the world, the Witcheries—EVERYTHING—but the thing I love most of all in this book is the character development. As the story continues, each of the characters has their own struggles. Sometimes they face it alone, sometimes in the company of others, sometimes they are close to each other without knowing, and sometimes they cross paths. But each character has its own story to tell, its own development to go through and Susan Dennard delivers. She really, really does.
 
My favourite character? I can’t even tell you. I love all of them. Their quirks (they are so typical!), their strength and weaknesses, their differences--everything about these characters is on point. And bonus points for the diversity in this spectacular fantasy world.
 
With Windwitch, Susan Dennard keeps building the world she set out in Truthwitch, and it’s written in a way that is both natural and incredibly vivid. It’s in the little details, added with a subtlety only a skilled writer is able to do. The pacing, phrasing and flowing is just there. It never falters. It never stumbles. I love this world. I can imagine every landscape, every city, every Witchery. I can smell it. I can feel it. I can hear it.
 
Talking about this incredible story—can someone just make sure this gets turned into a TV series or a movie? Because if someone is able to capture what I see in my head, it’s the next hit.
 
If you enjoyed Truthwitch, make sure to pick up Windwitch. It is a masterpiece. 
(If you haven’t read Truthwitch yet, please, please, please fix that. You will not regret it.)
 
Published: 10 January 2017
Rating: 5* (but I wish I could give it 10!)
Source: ARC from the publisher. (THANK YOU!)
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My heart is so full after finishing Windwitch. This book is absolutely worth the wait! Explosive, riveting, it was a damn awesome read! I couldn't get enough.

Since the characters were all separated at the end of Truthwitch, we follow three different paths in this sequel. Ms. Dennard slowly builds each story up while sneaking in foreshadows to the future. As the climaxes hit, I was all in. All the POVs were equally as exciting though personally I had my eyes on one particular pair~

I am so content with the slow progression of my two favourite characters. I loved every interaction between Iseult and Aeduan in this book. Nothing romantic really happens but they established rapport and trust in each other. Aeduan surprised me with his soft side and Iseult gave me hope with her determination. Seeing the two of them work together made my heart gallop. They'll be the most lethal force yet to sweep through The Witchlands ;)

Merik does the most growth in this book, aptly named Windwitch. He has a hard time coming to terms with the losses and betrayals in his life. He's repeatedly put to the test. Especially when a threat reveals itself in a familiar form. Though he has a loyal follower in Cam, he struggled to stay sane. Eventually, with more allies on his side than expected, Merik finds his way; a purpose to keep him going on the right path.

Vivia, Merik's sister surprised me with her complexity. She was a welcomed POV- a total force to be reckoned with. Despite all her insecurities she shows she's more than fit to be a queen. I look forward to her vision of Nubrevna.

Danger has a way of finding Safi. The majority of her story was spent in the company of a certain mysterious and deadly force. They gave me the chills but at the same time I want to know more about their plight. Safi's had a trying journey with the Empress of Marstok albeit getting to explore unfamiliar territories and to learn its histories was exciting. Iseult's never far from Safi's mind (and vice versa). I'm glad to see even without her Threadsister by her side, she's still got her sarcasm and wit about her.

With the introduction of new characters more relationships are added. Most notably I'm seeing a shift in the romance department. I won't name names but I see endless possibilities. All the relationships are still very much up in the air so I guess I'll trust Ms. Dennard to steer my heart towards the best ships~ And of course all that comes after saving The Witchlands!

After the amazing sequel that is Windwitch I have no doubt Ms. Dennard will continue to bring us even more magic and adventures. Just like with this sequel, I'll be here (im)patiently waiting for the next book to come out!
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