Friday, March 9, 2018

Review: Sightwitch

Author Susan Dennard
Format e-book
Print Length 208 pages
Publisher Tor Teen
Published Feb. 13, 2018

From New York Times bestselling author Susan Dennard, Sightwitch is an illustrated novella set in the Witchlands and told through Ryber’s journal entries and sketches.

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 Opinion

This novella is set a year before Truthwitch. I do recommend reading the series in publication order though, it flows very well that way. The focus of the novella is how Ryber becomes the last Sightwitch and her connection to Kullan. What a connection it is! The book is written in a journal style, although one has to be careful because Sightwitch journals can change. It does not only have writings from Ryber but also from Tanzi and from Eridysi (we get introduced to her in this one). I loved the Sightwitch rules and how Tanzi and Ryber argue in writing in the book. Overall this was an interesting way to write a story and I can almost image the author siting in a comfortable huge chair with a leather journal book writing away with a cup of tea.

Ryber spent her whole life devoted to the goddess Sirmaya, all the Sightwitches are devoted to her. Ryber has waited her whole life to be called to the mountain to receive the gift of foresight, and yet the call never comes. It does for her Threadsister, Tanzi. It does for her friends, yet not for her. Ryber waits for their return and none of them do. This is especially hard on Ryber as she has gone her whole life being told that she was special, and will one day be the greatest Sightwitch to ever live. After a period of time following the rules, she decides that she has had enough and goes into the mountain unsummoned. It is here that she meets Kullen. 

Their relationship is not insta-love, more like insta-distrust. Can you blame her though, when a random guy with no memory of who is shows up in the middle of your protected, glamour mountain? Who in the Goddess, is he and why is he here? He is sick and she cannot just leave him there but she does not have to trust him. The chemistry between these two is slow burning and I cannot wait for it to pick up some.

I loved learning the history of the magic of this land, the story of the 12 paladins and how they cause a schism to occur. The way Ryber was raised, how much she believes in the Sightwitch cause and how devoted she is to the goddess was an interesting touch. Kullen’s role in everything is also made a little clearer, although there are still many questions left for our lovely Captain.

Sightwitch is a magical story that captivates the reader. It is a great companion to the Witchland series and gives the reader many answers to unspoken yet important questions. It also allows us to see how important each of the players in the story really are. Sightwitch is labeled a novella but at 208 pages it could be considered a small book. 

My Rating 5 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote “There are no coincidences, and there is no changing what is meant to be.”

Other People

Tanzi- Ryber’s Threadsister, Sightwitch
Hilga- Ryber’s mentor, Sightwitch
Eridysi- famous Sightwitch
The Rook- magical bird, steals the show

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