Book Title: Bloodwitch
Book Author: Susan Dennard
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Would I Recommend: Yes!
Hello, Book Friends! I hope you all have been having an awesome month! Mine’s been filled with way too many family events, social events, and working with people and I just wanna crawl back into my introverted space for about a year or so, mmkay? >_<
My reading life has taken a back seat to everything, and I was hoping to be able to include it more, but noooooooooo. Life happens. Anyway, I’m here to talk about Bloodwitch and not myself so here we go.
I recieved a copy of this e-book sampler from the publisher through Netgalley. Any opinions expressed here are my own.
I chose to request this sampler copy WAYYYYYYY back in January, (has it really been that long ago?) because I enjoyed Truthwitch and Windwitch. Honestly, I was really surprised that I got approved for it and it was an unexpected read for me.
For some reason, I kept putting this off, until one day in February I finally decided to sit down and read it. As I started to read it, I realized that I had forgotten everything about the first two books. I knew who the characters were, but I had no idea where they are and why. I needed to go back to the first two books and refresh my mind on what was going on.
Apparently, it’s a good idea to read Sightwitch first. I didn’t, so I don’t have a background story on some of the characters.
At first the writing seemed slow, and from what I did recall from the prior books, the characters have not been moving very fast throughout the series. Don’t get wrong, there’s a long going on – it just seemed like it was in slow motion to me for some reason? So I read some of it. A lot of the sampler. (I think it has a lot of pages for Sampler or was that just me?) I couldn’t finish it.
About a month later I picked it up from the library, because I figured it’s been a few months – why not just try reading it in book form instead of e-reader format. And it sat on my desk for weeks. I didn’t want to pick up. I think I’m in some sort of book slump because I’ve only ONE book in April.
Determined I finally sat back and decided to take another stab at reading this book. I finally finished sampler part of it. (Nineteen chapters, I think it was?) And at the last two chapters of the sampler is where everything really started to pick up. So, naturally I had to know what happens next. It wasn’t long until I finished the rest of the story.
If you’ve read any of the previous books, you know that this story has many points of views. I really enjoyed reading about Aeduan’s story. And yes, I’ve definitely been looking forward to his story. There were plenty of things happening among the other characters story arcs as well, so you weren’t left in the dark with everyone else. I enjoyed Iseult’s story. There could have more action to Safi’s side and I was disappointed with Merik’s story. (I can’t say too much more about that without spoiling it!) I’m amazed that some of this stuff hadn’t happened before now. It was a very long journey for some of them.
There was plenty of action after the first half of the story and I am all for action! The writing style flowed really well, and I followed along seamlessly as our characters always seemed to fall into despair. This is why we love them though! The writing has definitely improved since the first book! 🙂
The world-building in the book is amazing. This book is darker than the first two, but I think that makes it awesome. And those plot twists that came out of no-where, especially towards the end were golden.
Of course this ends on a cliffhanger (I’m dying for the next book over here!), and I can’t wait to find out what happens to our beloved characters next! 🙂
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It read slowly for me in the beginning, but picked up around chapter seventeen, and that’s when I became invested in the story once again. I couldn’t put the book down after that. The world-building and plot were amazing, and the character growth was amazing too. It was darker than previous ones, but who doesn’t love a dark story? The plot twists were fantastic. It ends on a cliffhanger and I can’t wait to find out what happens next in the story! 🙂