Book Review: Witchshadow by Susan Dennard
Witchshadow by Susan Dennard
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Series Number: 4
Published: 24 June
Page Count: 464
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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.
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Like all Witchlands fans I’ve been waiting impatiently for this book to come out after finishing Bloodwitch and somehow I managed not to skip all my other book reviews to run straight to Witchshadow. Now it’s time to find out what’s instore for Safi and Iseult and the rest of the Witchlands cast, and part of me isn’t sure if I’m ready??? (Or ever will be?)

This book was provided for free by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for this opportunity.

First Impressions

I read through the Witchlands series at the start of the year so it’s very much still fresh in my mind, and while I’ve not had to wait that long for the next book in the series, I have been desperately waiting for it. The events of the last book were game-changing and even though Iseult and Safi have been reunited this book’s synopsis promises it’s only a short one. That’s not much of a surprise, to be honest, their journies have diverged so much and each one of them has new responsibilities now. This book is going to be both terrifying and amazing, and I’m not sure I’m ready for it but here I go.

Book Review: Witchshadow by Susan Dennard

The Review

I went into this book ready for Safi and Iseult to kick some ass and… got really confused. First I wondered if I was reading the wrong thing or if I’d missed a book without realising it because Witchshadow does not start how any of us expected it to. I have to be honest I was pretty damn angry with Susan Dennard because here I was ready for the girls to get together at last and I was forced to a halt by flashbacks?! It’s a writing technique and not one I have to say I was overly fond of, especially when it took over 62% of the book before events finally matched up and things finally got to where I expected the book to actually start.

And yet, I’ve given the book a full five stars.

Yes, that is how damn good the remaining 48% of the book is. As irritated by the technique Dennard used I can’t deny that it ramped up the drama and anticipation to a boiling point, and then when everything started to happen… wow. I couldn’t take my eyes off the pages. I had expectations for certain things to happen in this book, and some of them happened, and then there are things that I never saw coming. They weren’t even in the same solar system let alone in my mind.

I am still reeling at the implications of some of the reveals in this book and what they mean. I finished Bloodwitch with a certainty of what would happen next and honestly? I have no bloody clue what to expect next. With Witchshadow Dennard has not just pulled the rug out from underneath this universe for me she’s taken the rug away and burned it. The whole board had been wiped clean. In a way, it’s a brand new world and yet in so many ways, it’s really not. There are the same characters we know and love fighting the same fight they always did, but the forces at play that were lurking in the background are no longer lurking. They’re right in the middle of things and there’s no sticking one’s head in the sand anymore.

As usual Dennard’s evocative writing brings to life the struggles and joys of her character’s stories, and as the cover denotes Witchshadow is Iseult’s book. It explores her coming to terms with who and what she is, learning about the power she has and a lot more things that I can’t say because of spoilers. As with all the in the Witchlands series you’re in for a treat.

Book Review: Witchshadow by Susan Dennard - My review for Witchshadow the brand new book in the Witchlands series by Susan Dennard.

Conclusion

What else is there to say? Each book gets better and better as Dennard reveals the tightly woven threads of the Witchlands. They are more complex than I realised and this already epic fantasy series has just reached a new level of epic in Witchshadow. It does not disappoint.

Susan Dennard
Meet the Author

Susan Dennard

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

She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Witchlands series as well as the Something Strange & Deadly series. When not writing, she can be found slaying darkspawn on her Xbox or earning bruises at the dojo.

You can find out more about her work over at her website. You can browse her on Goodreads. Or connect with her on social media; she’s on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube!

Over to you

Thanks for reading my review for Witchshadow, the fourth book in Susan Dennard’s Witchlands series! If you’re new to the series you can check out my reviews for book one, Truthwitch, as well as all the other books in the series. I keep all my reviews spoiler-free so you can read them without ruining the story for you.

If you have read the Witchlands series, are you looking forward to Witchshadow?

Witchshadow is out in the US tomorrow and out in the UK on the 24th!

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