Friday, February 15, 2019

Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard

Title: Bloodwitch
Author: Susan Dennard
Genre: High Fantasy
Source: PanMacmillan

Fans of Susan Dennard's New York Times bestselling Witchlands series have fallen in love with the Bloodwitch Aeduan. And now, finally, comes his story.

High in a snowy mountain range, a monastery that holds more than just faith clings to the side of a cliff. Below, thwarted by a lake, a bloodthirsty horde of raiders await the coming of winter and the frozen path to destroy the sanctuary and its secrets.

The Bloodwitch Aeduan has teamed up with the Threadwitch Iseult and the magical girl Owl to stop the destruction. But to do so, he must confront his own father, and his past.
Review by Nara

Bloodwitch is Book 3 in the Witchlands series, and damn, Susan Dennard does an amazing job of keeping up the momentum throughout the books. None of the three (and a half) released currently show any sign of suffering from lack of ideas, and each just makes me more excited to read the next.

I find it so interesting how this series doesn't have a very obvious villain. It's more about different conflicts within the world, and it's so fantastic how Dennard uses the different points of views to portray different aspects of each of the characters. You can't necessarily trust one character's perspective of another, because of the inherent bias in that character's thoughts about the other. So fascinating how the author is able to play this off.

I have to mention the Iseult x (B)Aeduan ship. Honestly, you can definitely tell that Dennard loves her slow burn romance, and damn is she good at it. The way the relationship develops slowly between these two over a period of so many books.

The Witchlands series is definitely one of my favourite high fantasy series. I would highly recommend it to all.

Overall: 9/10
Plot: 4/5
Romance: 4/5
Writing: 5/5
World Building: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Cover: 3/5