- Page Count: 400
- Release Date: January 10, 2017
- Publisher: Tor Teen
- My Rating: 4 stars
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 had completely forgotten how Susan Dennard writes such delightfully vivid and hilarious characters: “do all Hell-Bards waddle like a duck, or is it just you?”
This book felt a bit like the Falling Kingdoms series in that there are so many different characters and stories going that everyone only gets a little bit of progress in the book overall. There were definitely a lot of POVs in this story and I didn’t particularly care much about some… like Merik’s transformation into the Fury or Vivia’s struggles. And I wasn’t too into Safi’s story, but still adore her as a character. So much sass.
But I LOVED every part with Iseult and Aeduan. The main thing I remembered from the first book was that I shipped those two for sure, so I was thrilled when their stories converged. And I love Iseult’s stutter — it’s just awesome to see such a tough character struggle with that.
I don’t want to say too much about the plot because it’s all a continuation of some reveals in the first book. I guess I was more into the events in the first book, but also felt like the writing and pacing were a bit stronger here. So if you weren’t into Truthwitch this will probably be more of the same for you. It is a pretty typical (albeit complex) YA fantasy story, which will either be annoying or really fun based on your taste. I personally really like this world, elements like the ships and jungles, the characters, the magic, the politics, and the writing! These books would make some pretty fun movies, too.