Review: Sightwitch, by Susan Dennard

Sightwitch

 

Title: Sightwitch
Author: Susan Dennard
Series: The Witchlands book 2.5
Publisher: Tor
Format: Hardcover
Pages:  240 pages
Publication Date: 13th February 2018
Rating: 5 Stars (Unmissable!)

My Truthwitch Review

Summary

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.

Set a year before Truthwitch, Sightwitch is a companion novella that also serves as a set up to Bloodwitch, as well as an expansion of the Witchlands world.

My Thoughts

This book blew my mind. I was not prepared for this. I’m going to just say right now that this novella is essential to the Witchlands series, and should not, under any circumstances, be skipped. So much important information is revealed in this book, it’s a complete game changer!

Sorry, I got a bit carried away, I’ll try to stop shouting now. Anyway, Sightwitch is a novella set in the Witchlands, covering events that take place a year before Truthwitch. However, it is supposed to be read between Windwitch (book 2) and Bloodwitch (book 3). This is because to fully appreciate everything in Sightwitch, you need to have read the first two books, and have some understanding of how the world works. It will completely change the way you view so many things that have happened in the previous instalments and explain some pretty important historical back story. Like I said before, this book is game changing.

What makes this novella different from the rest of the series is its format. It’s structured as a diary, with entries written in first person inter-spaced with diagrams, sketches, and the occasional ‘found’ documents and scraps of paper. It works really well for this particular story, and I found it made for really compulsive reading.

For most of the book we follow Ryber, a young sightwitch sister, waiting to be called by the goddess. Her story takes place a year before the events of Truthwitch, and through her we learn a lot about the forgotten Sightwitch convent, and the history of the Witchlands. She goes through a lot, and I feel like I understand her character much better now. While Ryber is the main character, there are also diary entries from other characters included occasionally throughout the book. Most notably are the ones from Eridysi, a sightwitch from a thousand years ago. Through these extracts we learn about the twelve paladins, and what happened before magic spread throughout the Witchlands.

This novella forces you to re-evaluate everything you thought you knew about the Witchlands and its history. There are answers, but also so many more questions raised, questions I didn’t know to ask before. I love it. If anything, this book has only made me more excited for the rest of the series. I cannot recommend it enough.

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