Sightwitch by Susan Dennard
Publication Date: February 14th, 2018
Publisher: Tor Teen
RATING: 5 Stars
Sightwitch is a companion novella set two years before Truthwitch. It follows Ryber as she unravels the mystery that left her the last remaining Sightwitch. On her journey, she meets Kullen and together they discover more about their pasts than they could ever have imagined.
The story is told with Rybers journal entries, sketches, snippets of song, notes, and excerpts from texts. I was concerned that this method of storytelling would be disconnecting, but the past/present, patchwork of sources, only lends to the atmosphere of mystery. The whole time I was reading I knew I was being given new pieces to the puzzle that I had yet to see how to fit together.
With only 233 pages the pacing never lags and once the action starts it doesn’t stop. It left me all nervous and excited and “ah ha!” for Bloodwitch – I can’t wait!
What I liked:
I loved getting to know more about Ryber, Sightwitchs and Kullens backstory. Susan reveals a little bit more of the Witchlands with each new book and I just can’t get enough. You can tell that she knows this world and the people in it well beyond what she reveals on the pages.
The Witchlands series gives me the same feelings I had when I read Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson for the first time. They both have worlds that blow me away and become richer with every page. The characters are flawed, complex, and the kind you can’t help growing attached to. But best of all is the puzzle you constantly feel right on the edge of solving and the twists that you never see coming. I am so excited to be reading books that give me the same feelings I had when reading one of my all-time favorite series.
What I Disliked:
That I have to wait till 2019 for more!
Thank you for reading my review of Sightwitch by Susan Dennard, and also to the publisher for this review opportunity. I hope you enjoyed my insights and look forward to more reviews from me in the future.