Oh my goodness, I so wanted to like this book. It has everything I could ever love in a fantasy book, but it fell incredibly flat for me. I don’t even know why! Maybe because I listened to it via audiobook? Perhaps I’ll have to try again with a hard copy? *cries*
Title: Windwitch (Truthwitch #2)
Author: Susan Dennard
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release date: January 10, 2017
Genre: Young adult, fantasy
Length: 382 pages (hardcover)
Synopsis: (from Goodreads) “Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…
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 really, really, really wished I liked this. But I can’t force myself to like things that I simply didn’t feel anything for. I was in no way motivated to even finish this book, but I pushed through it because I’ve heard so many good things about this series. While I gave Truthwitch 3 stars, I’m definitely in the middle with this sequel. I wouldn’t say it suffers from “second book syndrome”–I think it just came down to me not really feeling anything for the characters or the plot. But I will say the entire concept of this book is unique, and I love how the readers discover how unique the characters are as well, especially since there’s a revelation in this book in regards to one of the characters and the overarching plot.
I think what disappointed me the most was not having the two main character, Safi and Iseult together. I absolutely loved their friendship in the first book. Yes, I understand that after the events of Truthwitch, they were separated, but I still wanted more of them together. Yet I will say that I enjoyed Aeduan with Iseult, and Safi on her own (sort of). I’m still a little confused about the Carawen and the countries that might be at each other’s throats. I felt nothing for Vivia, even when she was reunited with Merik toward the end. I will say, however, that I enjoyed Safi’s travels with the Hellbards and the empress and the slight twist in the end. I just don’t think this series is something I will keep an eye out for or add to my own personal library.
I wish I could say more, but for some reason, I’m finding it so hardly lately to write reviews about books I don’t care for. I enjoyed the writing, and I’m tempted to check out Dennard’s previous YA series, Something Strange and Deadly.