It’s quite sad when the second book doesn’t live up to the first one.
I read Truthwitch last year and I absolutely loved it. For a YA Fantasy, which I usually dislike, it was great, with awesome characters, an intriguing magic system and an exciting plot (you can read my thoughts on it here ). So naturally, I was beyond excited to read Windwitch.
Sadly, it was kind of underwhelming. I found the book really stalled and dragged, and most of the story lines bored me to no end. All of our characters are separated throughout this novel, so we see all of them in a different setting and dealing with different problems. Maybe that’s what made the book not great for me: the lack of main character interactions. I loved Merik and Safi’s dynamic and especially Iseult and Safi’s dynamic in Truthwitch. And we saw NOTHING of that in the continuation. Obviously, the plot did not allow it, but still, I really missed those interactions.
Next, we did not see a lot of exploration on the witchery aspects. That was my favorite part about the first book, the magic system, and I was looking forward to seeing more on it in this book. But there was little to no witchery explanation in this book. The same goes for the world building. It just wasn’t used enough. And there was room for it. This was my main issue with the first one, and I excused it by saying that there will be more world building in the second book, but there wasn’t.
The plot did not do much for me. Safi’s story bored me incredibly and I dislike all of the new side characters that were introduced in her part of the story. Merik’s story line was more interesting to me, because I love him as a character, but it was so slow and so much of the same thing over and over again that I was annoyed by it as well.
I will say that there were some great stuff. For example, Iseult and Aeduan. I LIVED for their interactions. They are my absolute favorites in the book and I was there for every second of their banter and their growing bond. I also really like the addition of Vivia’s character. She was really awesome and made the story so much better. There was a lot of ground work for the next books in the series, and some fun stuff happened by the end, but I was already done with the book to properly enjoy it. ALSO, the mountain bat thing was on point.
However, I am excited for the continuation of this series and to see where the story goes, I am just not to keen on this particular addition to the series.
Final verdict: 3 hopeful stars
Let me know if you’ve read Windwitch and what were your thoughts on it!