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Book review of Windwitch, a sequel to Truthwitch: A treat for fantasy lovers

Windwitch is the sequel to Truthwitch in the Witchland series by Susan Dennard. The Witchlands enchant you with their magic and power—however the real magic is their characters.

books Updated: May 19, 2017 11:36 IST
Lakshana Palat
Lakshana Palat
Hindustan Times
Windwitch,Truthwitch,Susan Dennard
The second sequel to Truthwitch, Windwitch focusses more on Prince Merik, and his quest for revenge.

Welcome to the Witchlands, where there are different types of magic waiting to entrap and enthrall not just the characters—but the reader as well. The first book revolved around Safi, the Truthwitch, who had the powers of discerning truths from lies, her strong friendship with Iseult, the Threadwitch, who can see the invisible ties forged between people, and chemistry with Prince Merik, the Windwitch who has elemental powers. The second sequel to Truthwitch, Windwitch focusses more on Prince Merik, and his quest for revenge.

For Witchland fans, they are once again reunited with their favourite characters and meet strange new ones along the way. The story picks up where the previous one left off. The book starts with Merik, who has just survived a lethal explosion and a shipwreck, is seething with revenge and wishes to expose his sister’s treachery. However, when he returns home he finds that his palace is flooded with refugees. He adopts the title of the Fury, which is a figure in legend. The once-upon-a-time arrogant Merik becomes the champion of the weak. Merik’s arc is written in a very gripping and heartbreaking manner—especially when he comes across people who don’t recognize him anymore. Those scenes are written beautifully, and tugs at the heartstrings. There are several other plotlines and characters as well. Safi’s and Iseult’s friendship suffers several setbacks in this book, and the two have almost parallel storylines for a while. However, sometimes it is difficult to keep track of all these arcs, and Dennard is unable to give the same magic to some characters. For instance, Safi who was a powerful female character in the first book appears to be slightly dull in this one. All said and done, the Witchland series is a feast for fantasy lovers, and one awaits the next book with baited breath.

First Published: Mar 15, 2017 18:05 IST


  • Title: Windwitch
  • Author: Susan Dennard
  • Price: Rs. 399
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan