Waiting on Wednesday: Windwitch by Susan Dennard

WoW
Hosted by Breaking the Spine

Windwitch

Written by: Susan Dennard
Release Date: January 3rd 2017
Pages: 419, Paperback
Series: The Witchlands #2
Add on Goodreads

Book

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery,” a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

Windwitch continues the tale begun in Truthwitch, with a focus on Merik–cunning privateer, prince, windwitch, and reader favorite.

WIWOkay fine we don’t have an official synopsis, but we DO have a cover, AND LOOK AT THAT COVER. LOOK AT IT. LOOK AT MERIK. LOOK AT HIM. UGH.

It’s no secret that Truthwitch has come to mean a lot to me but still guys, this series is amazing and I just need this finished book in my life so I can sit it with Safi and I can read it and I can just keep going with this amazing journey that Sooz has started.

Sondra

Book Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Written by: Susan Dennard
Release Date: January 5th, 2016
Pages: 416, Hardback
Series: The Witchlands, #1
Add on GoodReads

Book
On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

LetsTalk

My review of this book is as follows: ALSEKRUALSDFJSDF *High pitch keening sounds from across the globe*

Alright, alright fine, I’ll settle down and write up a real review. If you read my really feelsy Truthwitch post(here) you know this book means a lot to me. In fact it means so much that I was really afraid that I wouldn’t even like this book. There’s been a LOT of hype around it, and I know often times hype makes people nervous. No one wants to be that blacksheep that hates the book everyone loves.

I’m so very glad to say I wasn’t a blacksheep with Truthwitch. Of course this book is so solid that I’m rather confident that if you enjoy the books that I read, you’re gonna enjoy this one. If you enjoy high fantasy even you’re really likely going to enjoy this one. The book is just that solid.

Not to mention RELATIONSHIPS! Not just romantic relationships either. Powerful friendships and I adore seeing that in print. I know that was Dennard’s point with this book was to work with friendships but still. This book excels at it.

Continue reading

Truthwitch Street Team!

thumbnail
So I’ve been a little hush hush about this but I’m so excited to announce that I was chosen for the Truthwith street team!! If you’ve been around the blogsphere you might’ve heard of this one. Just maybe. On the off hand chance though that you haven’t heard about it lemme enlighten you!

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

Yeah, you’re on board now right? So quick! Go add it to your GoodReads

But more importantly than that if you really want to keep up with all things Truthwitch go add yourself to Susan Dennard’s email list: Misfits and Daydreamers. That’s where she’ll be talking all about the book, along with tips for writing and querying, and all around it’s a great newsletter to subscribe to!

Right now there’s not much more for me to share with you, but I can say this: Start getting excited! Things are about to start happening!!

Book Review: Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard

Written by: Susan Dennard
Release Date: July 22, 2014
Pages: 387, hardcover
Series: Something Strange and Deadly #3
Add on GoodReads

Book
In the conclusion to the trilogy that Publishers Weekly called “a roaring—and addictive—gothic world,” Eleanor Fitt must control her growing power, face her feelings for Daniel, and confront the evil necromancer Marcus…all before it’s too late.

He took her brother, he took her mother, and now, Marcus has taken her good friend Jie. With more determination than ever to bring this sinister man to justice, Eleanor heads to the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt in hopes of ending this nightmare. But in addition to her increasingly tense relationships with Daniel, Joseph, and her demon, Oliver, Eleanor must also deal with her former friend, Allison, who has curiously entangled herself in Eleanor’s mission.

With the rising dead chomping at her every move and Jie’s life hanging in the balance, Eleanor is convinced that her black magic will see her through to the bitter end. But there will be a price. Though she and the Spirit Hunters have weathered every battle thus far, there will be consequences to suffer this time—the effects of which will be irreversible. And when it’s over, only some will be able to live a strange and ever after.

Susan Dennard will leave readers breathless and forever changed in the concluding pages of this riveting ride.

 

LetsTalk

I finally read the last book in Susan Dennard’s Something Strange and Deadly series! I discovered the series thanks to YAReadAlong over on twitter and found it unique and tightly plotted, with engaging characters and relationships and a particularly feelings-inducing romance. All of these elements were present in Strange and Ever After, but for some reason I didn’t…feel this book as much as the first two. For the most part, I’m chalking this up to my being in a reading slump for the first part of this months, though I did have a few issues that I’ll discuss later. However, it was a good book, and a good note on which to end the trilogy. Continue reading