Publisher: Tor Teen
Author: Susan Dennard
Release: February 12th 2019
I received a copy of Bloodwitch from BookishFirst in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Bloodwitch is the third novel in the Witchlands series by Susan Dennard. I’ll be honest with you here; I only discovered this series a few months ago, but I’m so hooked. I read all three novels and the novella in short order, and now I’m already experience withdrawal from the series. I honestly can’t wait for news about the next Witchlands book.
In the short amount of time I’ve been following this series, I’ve seen the fans begging for Aeduan to get a chance to tell his story. As you can probably tell from the title of this novel, it’s finally his turn. I’ll admit that I’m also exceptionally fond of Aeduan, so I may have joined in on the excitement to see his side.
I loved everything about this novel. It was everything I had hoped for, and so very much more. It expanded on all of the plots and characters I’ve come to love, and even let us know more about a few others that I hadn’t thought much about. The insight was perfection.
Obviously, I was thrilled about the Aeduan perspective and focus. That was pure perfection. Aeduan had been a fascinating character before, but Bloodwitch brought him to life. He rapidly became a character worthy of his own book – heck, I wouldn’t mind a whole series just for him.
I loved reading about Aeduan’s past and learning more about what drove him. It helped show us just how conflicted he’s become in recent times. So many different allegiances are pulling him all over the place – it’s no wonder he was introduced as a more grayscale character at first.
The tension between him and Iseult was beautifully written. Their relationship is so wonderful and yet so believable. I love how gradual the changes were. I honestly don’t think either character would have been able to point out any of the changes as they happened, but that’s what made it all so perfect and real.
Safi’s plot was absolutely amazing as well. I loved everything about it. From her trying to find a solution to her current predicament…to her trying to learn more about her abilities and their limitations. I personally am fascinated by her truthwitchery, so I particularly loved these parts of the story.
The new perspectives were oddly refreshing. I still loved every chapter dedicated to Aeduan, Iseult, Safi, and Merik, but I also really enjoyed learning more about the other characters involved in this very complex story. Their perspectives helped to provide a better idea of what was happening in other locations, as well as showing us the depth of the dangers occurring.
This was a tense and brilliant read. I feel like every chapter built on the previous one. The worldbuilding in the first books helped support
I ended up reading Bloodwitch in one sitting, and I’ll be honest with you. I kind of regret that. Because now I have no more Bloodwitch to read, and I can’t exactly read it for the first time again, now can I? It was absolutely worth the read and even worth the wait. Now the only problem is going to be waiting for the next novel. I know who I’m hoping it’ll be focused on…