Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard

Title: Bloodwitch (The Witchlands, #3)

Author: Susan Dennard

Release Date: 12 February 2019

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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I knew, just knew, I would regret finishing this as fast as I did. But I literally couldn’t help myself, I flew through this book.

We picked up right where we left off, with Iseult and Aeduan searching for Owl’s tribe, and Safi returning with Vaness to Marstok.

The characters are still as amazing as before and I found myself loving them even more! I even like Safi now, which is a miracle the author managed to give me.

I cannot begin to tell you how hard I ship Aeduan and Iseult.

But I’m not here to fangirl, I’m here to review.

So, let’s get started.

Good Underlying Messages/ Themes:

  • You shouldn’t feel bad that you’re different.
  • Do what you think is right.
  • Even faced with impossible odds, you must keep trying.

A whole star for this category!

Realistic characters and growth:

The stand out character for me in this book was Vivia.

She went through such horrible things in this book and still she pressed on. Her father took credit for her hard work and he dismissed her logical, sensible plans for his own. I was so angry reading her chapters. It’s not something you understand until you read it yourself. It’s that unyielding, inexplicable rage that you can’t let out or you’ll lose your mind. It’s the kind that stems from helplessness.

And I think I got so mad because Vivia’s battle is one many women face today.

She stood up to her father and told him no, she was in charge and that she would make the final decisions. It took only one word from him to make the entire council abandon her. But she still pushes on and she now has my deeply earned respect.

They were merely wolves in a world of rabbits, who had forgotten that rabbits were important too.

Iseult is still my favorite. She was faced with so many things and she still kept fighting. She had almost no allies or friends, and the few she had weren’t always there. I’m actually glad she and Safi were reunited.

I felt so sorry for Aeduan in this book. We explored what had brought him to the monks, how he had grown up without friends, and how he had found his father. He didn’t deserve all the bad things that had happened to him and he just had horrible luck. But I really hope and pray that he finds Iseult in the next book. Otherwise I just might have a fit.

Merik’s story was a strange one for me. I don’t really like him anymore, but I couldn’t help but have sympathy for him. His story with Esme was an intriguing one, as we finally got a bigger glimpse of the vague Puppeteer. She’s unsettling, I have to admit. I’d like to find out more about her and I really liked how Merik left her at the Well to heal.

I have no idea how to feel about the Fury or how his and Merik’s story ended. I honestly don’t really understand what happened, but I think the novella will shed some much needed light.

A whole star for this category!

Interesting Story:

I feel like there was no linear story line; only all the characters trying to figure out their problems. I’m not complaining, though. They have a lot of problems, but their paths still connect with each other.

Loss was such an abstract thing until one was pressed beneath it and forced to stare into her dead eyes.

I felt like in this book there wasn’t such a clear direction in which the story was heading, unlike the previous book.

Half a star for this category.

Fantastic World-Building:

I didn’t think there was anything else the author could add, but I love it when people surprise me.

Marstok was an entirely different country than what I expected. The author does a fantastic job by showing how there is love for Vaness, but hate as well. The author shows how politics are rough and the empress is trying to keep her country together while feigning an impressive mask.

It must be very lonely indeed to be loved and hated, yet never seen.

The author also showed us how there was hate and prejudice against different races, and how this has been fought against but still not destroyed entirely.

A whole star for this category!

Emotion:

As I mentioned before, Vivia’s story fills me with rage. It’s been while since I’ve felt this angry because of a book, not because it was bad but because the characters just had bad circumstances.

I literally jumped up and down with excitement when Iseult and Aeduan had their moment after Aeduan was healed by the Well.

If this doesn’t convince you that this book evokes emotion, I don’t know what will.

A whole star for this category!

That’s it!

Have you read Bloodwitch? What did you think?

Till we meet again!

Xx Alexia

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