What a witchery. Windwitch (by Susan Dennard), the sequel to Truthwitch, kept me on the edge of my seat literally. While the first hooked me, this one blew me away.
The book continues on with Safi held captive by Empress Vaness, Iseult searches for Safi but encounters Aeduan, the Bloodwitch who tracked and tried to kill her. Both Safi and Iseult grow to become allies with their enemies. Meanwhile Vivia tries to maintain order in her home and Merik tries to save and protect it unseen. But a shadowy man of powerful magic haunts the place.
Things I liked:
– Friendships, strong enough that they dug into my heart and flooded it with feels. And yes boys and girls can be just friends too.
– The romances are such teases. We have Vivia and Stix having intimate moments that feel so close but so far away because…priorities. Iseult and Aeduan might have feelings for each other, and Safi and Merik…[cries]
– Worldbuilding is more solid than in the first book, and we get to see more witches and their powers
– Women run the world. So many are in important positions 🙂
– More diversity – intersectional too, e.g Vivia and Stix are poc and lesbians [heart eyes]
– Character development. The characters are more complex this time
– The Hell Bards. You need to read the book to understand why they’re interesting
– The mountain bat. Enough said.
Things I have mixed feelings on:
– The story is a bit slow and confusing at times (a lot is happening) but it does build up to something huge
Anyway, this Aetherwitch is happy and can’t wait for the next book – the title was recently announced. It’s Bloodwitch!