Review: Witch King by Martha Wells

Author: Martha Wells
Released: May 30, 2023
Received: ARC

Book Summary:

Waking up can be surreal in the best of times. Finding yourself locked in a tomb (yes, you read that right) will certainly not be a good time. Yet that is precisely the situation Kai finds himself in, as he wakes to realize he has been murdered and locked away.

Who could have locked Kai away? Whomever it was would have to know how to do so, which limits the number of people significantly. Which begs the question – who betrayed Kai, and why?

My Review:

I’ve been a fan of Martha Wells for quite some time. One of the things I love the most about her writing would have to be her expansive worlds. The second thing I love about her work? Just how unique and creative each world she creates is.

On that note, Witch King is nothing like MurderBot Diaries. Don’t enter this read expecting a science fiction romp featuring a robot with an existential crisis. This is a high fantasy novel, and it is pure excellence. Kai’s journey is complex and intricate, and I loved every minute.

The story bounces around between two points in time. Effectively, there’s the present (post-murder/betrayal), and then there’s the past. The two weave together in beautiful and surprising ways. There were times when I found myself more invested in the present and times when I was upset to leave the past timeline. In other words, the tension was balanced pretty evenly between the two.

I’m not going to lie – Witch King is a dense read. It’s 432 pages (I believe), and it has a plot that is just as thick. That said, I seriously recommend this book to anyone who enjoys high fantasy, epic tales, and rich worldbuilding. Witch King is that and so much more. I quickly grew to love many of the characters and sincerely cannot wait for the next installment of this series.


  • High Fantasy
  • Complex World
  • Friendship & Betrayal

Trigger Warnings:

  • Violence
  • Death
  • Enslavement

Thanks to and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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