Hey, guys! I am so freaking excited to talk about Susan Dennard’s new book, Sightwitch. This is the prequel novella to the Witchlands series, which is a series I am absolutely in love with. I am a part of this blog tour because I volunteered to help promote this book. I was not sent this book or anything. I bought it and wanted to read, review, and help promote this book as a favor to Sooz, and I absolutely loved it. I read it in one sitting, and it was just so epically amazing! But let’s just go ahead and jump right into the review!
“Before Safi and Iseult battled a Bloodwitch…
Before Merik returned from the dead…
Ryber Fortiza was a Sightwitch Sister at a secluded convent, waiting to be called by her goddess into the depths of the mountain. There she would receive the gift of foretelling. But when that call never comes, Ryber finds herself the only Sister without the Sight.
Years pass and Ryber’s misfit pain becomes a dull ache, until one day, Sisters who already possess the Sight are summoned into the mountain, never to return. Soon enough, Ryber is the only Sister left. Now, it is up to her to save her Sisters, though she does not have the Sight—and though she does not know what might await her inside the mountain.
On her journey underground, she encounters a young captain named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he got there. Together, the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, their road filled with horrors, and what they find at the end of that road will alter the fate of the Witchlands forever.”
This book was so unexpected. I didn’t really know much going into it, just that it was a prequel novella to the Witchlands series, but I am so glad I decided to pick this one up because I absolutely loved it. I was so fascinated by the Sightwitch Sisters, and it was really interesting to see the world and fall in love with the characters both in the past and present. They all felt very authentic and real to me, so I just really loved this story.
This really emphasized the bonds of friendship and family, which I really loved. Something I wasn’t expecting, though, was how dark this tale would end up being. It was very creepy and scary in some parts, which I definitely was not expecting. This is something I would love to reread around Halloween because it just gives off that creepy vibe that I love. We don’t really get to see that in the other Witchlands novels, so it was really interesting to see it pop up in this story!
I also just really loved the journey Ryber takes us on as we learn all the secrets of the Witchlands and what happened with the Paladins. It was very interesting to sort of go back in time to a millennium before Ryber came along and everything with the goddess happened. It was interesting just drawing the lines between what happened in Eridysi’s time and what was happened in Ryber’s time and how history does repeat itself in a lot of ways. I honestly just love learning about the world of the Witchlands series because it is so fascinating to me!
While nothing really romantic happened, I did really enjoy the glimpse into what is to come for Ryber and a certain someone that we see quite a bit in the rest of the Witchlands series because they have been through so much together, and I just love knowing that things ended up working out. I love them, and I think they are absolutely adorable. Also, their banter and his constant flirtation with her was my everything…
Overall, I really loved the writing, the world, the characters, and the storyline. This just makes me even more excited to continue on with the Witchlands series, and I cannot wait to read even more from Susan Dennard!
Who is Susan Dennard anyway?
I’ve come a long way from small-town Georgia. Working in marine biology, I got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (I’ll get to you yet, Asia!)—before I settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor.
I’m the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series as well as the New York Times bestselling Witchlands books, Truthwitch and Windwitch, and if I’m not writing, then I’m busy slaying darkspawn or earning bruises at the dojo.
And there you have it! That was my review of Sightwitch by Susan Dennard. What is your favorite high fantasy novel(la)? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this review today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!