Review: Windwitch

Hello booklovers! It’s me again, back with a review of one of 2017’s most anticipated releases: Susan Dennard’s Windwitch!

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Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

Like many in the bookish community, I read Truthwitch in 2016 and LOVED IT so much. Truthwitch was one of those magical hyped books that was actually worth the hype, which is always a pleasant surprise. I fell hard for Safi and Iseult, their wonderful threadsister bond and the elaborate system of magic and witcheries. But as with all hyped things, expectations will run high when there’s a sequel on the horizon…

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Review: The Impostor Queen

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Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Sixteen-year-old Elli was only a child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic in service of her people. The only life Elli has known has been in the temple, surrounded by luxury, tutored by magic-wielding priests, preparing for the day when the queen perishes—and the ice and fire find a new home in Elli, who is prophesied to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between her love for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must choose the right side before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.

*Sigh* Feast your eyes on this cover, my friends. I’m so enamoured with this cover. Not only is it visually compelling, but there’s some nice symbolism going on there too with the mask. The text placement is also unique and unexpected. The girl on the cover actually looks like the girl in the book!

Oh, look at that. I’m judging a book by its cover. How disgraceful of me.

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