Genre: Fantasy Age Range: YA Star Rating: 3/5 stars Series: Yes - book 2.5 in the Witchlands Series (novella)
Ryber is a Sightwitch Sister waiting to be summoned by the goddess into the depth of the mountain to receive the sight. The summons never come for Ryber.
One day, Sisters already possessing the sight are summoned into the mountains, and don’t return. More and more are called until Ryber alone is left.
It’s up to her to save her Sisters, venturing into the mountain without the Sight to guide her. There, she meets a young airwitch captain with no knowledge of how he got there – or who he is. He is not the only secret the mountain holds, secrets that will alter the fate of the Witchlands forever.
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Even though this book is set before TRUTHWITCH, it should be read after WINDWITCH because it sort of spoils an event in TW and therefore WW.
This book has a very different feel and layout to the rest of the series. It’s written as diary entries and scraps of annotated textbooks. The pictures are gorgeous, and gives a sense of layout in a way that the other books don’t. I loved the maps in particular.
It also jumps about in time from Ryber’s present diary to excepts from her past diary and then thousands of years back in time to the paladins and the origins of magic. That was a little jarring at first, but it really fleshes out the history of the Witchlands and adds a depth to the challenges faced by the characters, and import to who they are. In particular, it really changes how I viewed Kullen and makes me very nervous about what Susan Dennard is going to do to him.
I would say it’s not a necessary read, but a fun novella to tide you over until BLOODWITCH.
Read my reviews of other books by Susan Dennard:
The Witchlands (this series):
Something Strange and Deadly: