Bloodwitch (The Witchlands #3), by Susan Dennard
Publish Date: February 12, 2019
Published by: Tor Teen
Length: 464 pages
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)
High in a snowy mountain range, a monastery that holds more than just faith clings to the side of a cliff. Below, thwarted by a lake, a bloodthirsty horde of raiders await the coming of winter and the frozen path to destroy the sanctuary and its secrets.
The Bloodwitch Aeduan has teamed up with the Threadwitch Iseult and the magical girl Owl to stop the destruction. But to do so, he must confront his own father, and his past.
Holy moly. This book. THIS SERIES. I just….I swear with each book it just gets better and better. The intricacies of the world-building and plot. The complexity of the characters. The slow-burn, scream-at-the-characters-to-just-kiss-already romance that is so much more than just romance, its soulmates. The high-paced action and gut-dropping twists and turns. If you haven’t caught on by now, I LOVED this book.
I don’t know how Susan takes a plot that lasts only 3 days or so and stretches it so that it feels like it’s so much more, but she does and I love it. Because SO MUCH HAPPENS and the characters go through so many changes, and yet it’s only actually been a few days. She packs it all in, with everyone dealing with their own personal problems – that actually connect to one another of course – so that the reader feels like there is no way every storyline can find its own conclusion in time but they do. Because Susan is a boss. And I loved it. In some cases splitting storylines like this can be confusing or even dragging at times, but in this case it wasn’t. Because more often than not each storyline was engaging and kept you on the end of the seat and then you would be thrown into another character who you are also completely invested in and you just want them all to be safe and okay but also to find out more about whatever answers might be appearing.
[SPOLER] I was a little saddened by the Habim and Mathew thing because obviously it hurt. But it also was a strong point for Safi since it showed her to look at people and events anew, and to make her own decisions about right and wrong. I hope we know more about what the full plan was, because I definitely need some redemption and forgiveness there. I do, however, absolutely hate the trope of parents not telling their kids anything and just expecting them to go along with what they say because they assume they know best and that kids can’t make their own judgments for themselves. Especially when that kid is nineteen years old. Seriously, it’s such a frustrating trope.[END SPOILER]
And of course, Iseult and Aeduan. Their storyline was just jam packed with so much character growth and pain and their obvious love for one another and my heart bled for Aeduan’s personal struggle with himself. Seriously, all the characters and how much they grow and learn in these long days. Merik and Vivia both especially dealth with some personal things that made me so proud of them.
There are still PLENTY of unanswered questions (the Rook King??!!) and problems that still need to be solved, new and old, and I can’t believe there is only one book left? Honestly I could easily keep reading more of this series. It’s gorgeous in its world-building and character development, with a plot that kills and storylines that slay me. It’s…a masterpiece, is what it is. A complicated mass of intricate storylines that intertwine like Threads and leave the reader breathless and aching for more. More of the characters, more of the history, more of the feelings that are sparked to life by this story.
Finishing the Series 2019: 6 books read, 4 series finished