Bloodwitch: The Witchlands Paperback – 14 July 2020
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- ISBN-13 : 978-0765379337
- Paperback : 480 pages
- Product dimensions : 13.69 x 3.05 x 21.08 cm
- Publisher : Tor Teen TR (14 July 2020)
- Reading level : 13 - 18 years
- Language: : English
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The Witchlands series is back with higher stakes, new tricks and a deeper dive into this already epic world. Readers are in for a treat as more of the world is explored and Dennard continues to dazzle with nonstop action, beautifully crafted characterization and stunning prose. Fantasy at its best as the last page leaves your adrenaline pumping, heart broken and a yearning for more!--Katie Stutz, Anderson's BookshopIt's hard to find a book in which I can't wait to read every character perspective, but with these characters -- each connected by threads of friendship, love, and loyalty -- I couldn't wait to see what would happen next! Placed in Dennard's stunning world and amidst her compelling plot, they had my heart racing and oozing emotions! Bloodwitch is the best Witchlands book yet!--Meghan Vanderlee, Schuler's Books Brace yourselves for this heart pounding, gut wrenching, spellbinding third installment to the Witchlands. You may even need to stop and catch your breath.--Melissa Lee, Blue Bunny Books, Boston Praise for the Witchlands Series: Worldbuilding after my own heart. It's so good it's intimidating.--Victoria Aveyard, #1 New York Timesbestselling author of Red Queen "A world you'll want to inhabit forever!"--Alexandra Bracken on Windwitch A richly imagined magical world, ruthless politics, steamy romance, and characters who grab you and won't let go.--Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times bestselling author, on Truthwitch "Featuring vibrant characters and an innovative system of magic...a fast-paced adventure and a wonderful tribute to the power of the binding ties of friendship."--Jacqueline Carey, New York Times bestselling author, on Truthwitch A cake stuffed full of your favorite fantasy treats: highway robbery, swordplay, deep friendships, treachery, magic, piracy on the high seas, and romance. This book will delight you.--Robin Hobb, New York Times bestselling author, on Truthwitch [Dennard] sets scenes so skillfully that the descriptions of the geography become immersive, and the characters continually develop along familiar lines. The plentiful action in this exciting fantasy almost makes it feel like one is in a multiplayer online game.--Booklist on Windwitch "Dennard's rich descriptions, insightful characterizations, and breathtaking action sequences will keep readers on their toes."--Publishers Weekly, starred review on Truthwitch Intense friendships and burgeoning romances...Epic adventure and steamy smooches make for a crowd-pleasing formula."--Kirkus Reviews "Dennard has upped her game."--Deseret News on Windwitch "5 stars: Emotionally charged... with complicated politics and personal relationships that are full of surprises."--RT Book Reviews, on Windwitch "Susan Dennard is taking the reins of the genre that is fantasy, making it apparent that she is here to stay and I cannot wait for more of her amazing writing in the future of this series."--TeenReads on Windwitch
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I haven’t read the first two books in the series, though they’ve been on my To Read List for years now, when the opportunity to read this came up, I had to jump at it. There are a variety of points of view we follow; Safi the Truthwitch, Vivia the Queen-in-Waiting of the Nubrevan throne, Merik a Windwitch, Iseult a Threadwitch and Aeduan the Bloodwitch. Each character is in dire situations that captivate the reader from the first page.
The magic system of these books was intriguing, from witches that can use magic to control the elements to people that wield unique magic like sensing the truth, controlling blood or feeling the Threads of people. The Threadwitch’s powers were slightly confusing since I hadn’t read the previous books, but I was still intrigued to figure out how it all worked. Some of these witches are incredibly rare like the Truthwitch and Bloodwitch, each the only person of their magic.
To save her people, Safi agreed to serve the Empress of Marstok, and now she must test each of the Empress’ people to find the rebels who plot to assassinate the Empress. Safi misses her Threadsister Iseult and is horrified by the punishments the Empress doles out on the liars of her court. Determined to be free, Safi puts her mind to buy her freedom without endangering her people. Safi was an interesting character, with her determined and strong personality and unique magic. Though a glorified slave, she passes witty quips with the Empress, making me chuckle at her bold humour.
Vivia has clearly gone through her own struggles as she attempts to provide and protect her people. If she wasn’t already stressed enough, she must deal with her father takes credit for her deeds and the awkwardness between her and her best friend, Stix. Moving her people into the underground bunker below the city, Vivia explores the expanses of the ancient hidden city while still trying to make diplomatic deals to provide resources for her people.
After the terrible events of the past instalments, where Merik’s best friend Kullen was Cleaved, becoming destroyed by his own magic and transformed into The Fury, a ferocious monster. The Fury pursues Merik and the rest of his crew across the land, determined to capture him, though he longs to kill Merik, killing him would mean The Fury would kill himself. Stuck in a stalemate, Merik can only run while the Fury snaps at his heels. As Merik’s situation becomes hopeless, he is drawn into a position he never expected. I enjoyed learning about the Cleaved and was desperate to see Merik escape his deadly situation, it was one of the most enthralling and exciting points of view in the book.
After chasing Iseult across the entire Witchlands, sworn enemies, Iseult and Aeduan, are forced to work together after the climactic battle of the previous book. Now charged with caring for a young Earthwitch girl called Owl, they travel in hopes of finding the girl’s parents all the while avoiding those who would gladly capture the Threadwitch. Despite the tenuous situation, Iseult and Aeduan are both developing feelings for one another while they struggle not to let their emotions complicate things. Their story and budding relationship were intriguing, from enemies turned allies to perhaps something more. Each was raised within strict organisations, and the reinforced behaviours make it hard for them to connect with each other, for example, Iseult’s tendency to control her emotions and school her features into a blank mask. Even with everything against them, I still hoped Iseult and Aeduan can be together, and I hope to see this in future books.
I loved this world and magic system paired with the diverse and exciting cast of characters. I’d heard this was a good series, but this book went beyond my expectations. The writing was enjoyable while the characters, though numerous and drastically different, were each developed and shown in-depth throughout the novel. I am excited to read the first two books, and I give this third instalment 5/5.