Friday, November 23, 2018

Review: Sightwitch (The Witchlands #2.5) by Susan Dennard

Sightwitch by Susan DennardSightwitch
(The Witchlands #2.5)
by Susan Dennard
February 13, 2018
240 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
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.


The Witchlands series is one of my all time favourite fantasy story so Sightwitch was definitely on my TBR when I first heard about it. Even more so when I learned it plays a big role to the overall storyline.
I shouldn't have been surprised by how much I loved Sightwitch but I was. Probably because I hadn't expected much from it but it ended up giving me a lot. Despite being labelled a novella the story had all the workings of a full-length novel. As a visual person the illustrations accompanying parts of the story greatly enhanced my reading experience. Not only was Sightwitch interesting it was very informative.

With two stories unfolding at the same time Sightwitch is a tragic yet hopeful tale. Told through a few different POVs it follows two young ladies' quest to help others. Without giving too much away each kicked ass in their own way- breaking down mental barriers and battling concrete obstacles. I was surprised by the presence of a romance. It was a small part of the story but I found it very heartwarming and sweet.

I love how Sightwitch and Truthwitch are bound together. Aside from the obvious character connections I'm eager to link more of the puzzle pieces together. I can tell there's still so much in the Witchlands to be explored and discovered.

Sightwitch is just another example of how captivating the Truthwitch world is. Thank you Susan Dennard for writing this imaginative tale. Thank you for giving us more to love about this series. Bloodwitch cannot come soon enough!

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