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Witchshadow by Susan Dennard -a review

witchshadowWitchshadow (The Witchlands #4) by Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard’s New York Times bestselling fantasy series continues – with the story of the Threadwitch Iseult.

War has come to the Witchlands . . . and nothing will be the same again.

Iseult has found her heartsister Safi at last, but their reunion is brief. For Iseult to stay alive, she must flee Cartorra while Safi remains. And though Iseult has plans to save her friend, they will require her to summon magic more dangerous than anything she has ever faced before.

Meanwhile, the Bloodwitch Aeduan is beset by forces he cannot understand. And Vivia – rightful queen of Nubrevna – finds herself without a crown or home.

As villains from legend reawaken across the Witchlands, only the mythical Cahr Awen can stop the gathering war. Iseult could embrace this power and heal the land, but first she must choose on which side of the shadows her destiny will lie.

Witchshadow is the fourth book in the Witchlands series by bestselling author Susan Dennard.

Published 29 June 2021|  Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia  |  RRP: AUD$12.99

Buy it at: Dymocks |  Booktopia |  A&R  |  Abbey’s  | QBD

My Blurb (4.5 / 5 stars)

Wow, definitely worth the wait though I feel it to be a shame that I read it so quickly (2 days) to read when it took 2 years between 3rd and 4th book to get to me. Witchshadow (all 464 pages of it) is such an immersive read that pages flew past and before I knew it, I reached the end of the book.

If you’ve been following the series, you’d know that it’s an utterly complex world with multiple threads that just keep unspooling. I did wonder if I’d manage to enjoy this read without rereading earlier books but while I struggled with minor characters and certain threads, I managed to follow the story just fine and without too much confusion. There were soo many threads floating around and some timelines going back and forth that I’m totally amazed that I wasn’t confused. Such tight structuring speaks well of both author [and editor]. By the way, if you need it, author has recap summaries on her website.

It feels like fans have waited forever for Iseult’s story. The Witchlands begins with Safi’s story in Truthwitch and that was in 2016; 5 years ago. I can promise you though that it is worth the wait because Iseult’s story is absolutely epic and fairly earth-shattering! Safi is her usual whirlwind self but Iseult and her stasis is facing some tough challenges with encountering strong enemies and discovering things about herself. But as they say, what doesn’t break you makes you stronger. I can’t wait to see what these Threadsisters get up to next.

My thanks to Pan Macmillan Australia for this paperback copy of book in exchange of my honest thoughts

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Review: Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard


Bloodwitch (The Witchlands #3) by Susan Dennard

Loyalties will be tested as never before.

The Raider King’s plans to claim the Witchlands are under way. Now, his forces sow terror in the mountains, slaughtering innocents. After finding the slain, Aeduan and Iseult race for safety. And despite differing goals, they’ve grown to trust one another in the fight to survive. Yet the Bloodwitch keeps a secret that could change everything . . .

When Merik sacrifices himself to save his friends, he is captured by the Fury. However, Merik isn’t one to give up easily, and he’ll do whatever it takes to save those he loves. And in Marstok, Safi the Truthwitch agrees to help the empress uncover a rebellion. But those implicated are killed and Safi becomes desperate for freedom.

War has come once more to the Witchlands. Perhaps if Safi and Iseult were united, their powers could bring peace. But chaos is not easily tamed.

Published 12 February 2019 |  Publisher: Pan MacMillan Australia  |  RRP: AUD$16.99

My Blurb (4 / 5 stars)

This review is in relation to book 3 of the series and I have done my best to avoid any spoilers. 

I loved Truthwitch & Windwitch (books 1 & 2) so much so Bloodwitch was a highly anticipated release for 2019. I was sooo excited when it arrived, all shiny and beautiful and best of all, the thickest book of the 3! Woot! There was a lot more to read this time around.

Bloodwitch picked up not long after Windwitch and in retrospect, I should have re-read the first 2 books because whilst I have no trouble remembering the main 4 characters, I struggled a little with the rest so it didn’t start that well for me. I only remembered enough of what happened at the end of Windwitch.

As the author acknowledges in the book, this story is so complicated and after reading this book, I agree completely. With Bloodwitch, this series became ever more complex in its worldbuilding so in a very real way, it has exceeded my expectations. With 1 unexpected mind-blowing twist and 1 heartbreaking expected scene, I have enjoyed this book quite a lot. There was a lot of things happening so it felt to be a very busy book but I just didn’t get the same feels as I did from the first 2 books. I have to note here that I think I’m in a reading slump (nothing really picked up my interest *sighs) and unfortunately, this book didn’t pick me up either :/

I do feel, however, that this book deserves a re-read so I will be re-reading the whole series when I’m in a better reading situation. If you loved the first 2 books, you’d definitely read this, hey! and if you didn’t particularly find the first 2 books to be enthralling, well, this one may prove to be a better read for you because it just didn’t stop!

Thanks to Pan MacMillans Australia for copy of book in exchange of honest review

About the author

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. Working in marine biology, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to you yet, Asia!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor.

She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series as well as the New York Times bestselling books Truthwitch and Windwitch, and when not writing, she’s usually slaying darkspawn (on her Xbox) or earning bruises at the dojo.

She lives in the Midwestern US with her French husband, two spoiled dogs, and two grouchy cats.

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