Hello Humans! Well, first things first, let me just say that I know this is a little late coming. I got massively behind on review writing (there’s been some personal stuff lately and it was so hard to will myself to sit at my laptop and actually write). But I’m here now, I’m doing much better and I’m excited to work through my review backlog – and let me tell you there are some great books in that list. So today I’m writing down my thoughts about Susan Dennard’s Bloodwitch. I read and reviewed the previous two books in this series last year and quite enjoyed them, so I was excited to see what came next.
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.
I think, of all three books in this series, this one was my favourite. Thinking back on the previous two books, everything that I wished had happened in those stories pretty much came together in this one. You can really feel how the characters and the storytelling have developed to get to this point. Honestly, it’s my favourite thing to see a writer’s progression across a series.
I will say that, for me, this series is not one of my favourites. I have a hard time hanging on to multiple storylines and as soon as there are more than about five characters I have to keep an eye on I get a little bamboozled. In this case, you not only have to keep a brain for the characters but also pretty complicated politics in various nations and my poor little frazzled head can’t quite cope. That’s not a critique as much as it is an explanation for why these books didn’t work for me (it’s the same reason ASOIAF didn’t quite gel with me). But I know heaps of people who love those kinds of plots and multi-character stories and it does not surprise me that a good portion of them adore these books.
Bloodwitch is more than just a story about Aeduan, it’s the drawing together of a story that has been being woven through the previous two books (are there enough thread metaphors in this review yet?). It makes sense of a lot that has previously been a mystery and it challenges the characters and the reader in ways that are sometimes quite difficult to read! I think I possibly need to re-read this entire series now that I have a better handle on what’s going on, something to plan into the year when my TBR is a little less ‘loomy’.
Throughout this series I’ve been impressed with the variety of characters, the myriad stories and the creative magic system in these books. That absolutely holds true in Bloodwitch and I cannot wait for more people to discover this amazing series.
My rating: 4/5 stars
I received a free digital advanced review copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
What say you? Have you read Bloodwitch? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!