“Maybe today will be different” ( Bloodwitch, Page 1, Sentence 1).
“Fans of Susan Dennard’s New York Times bestselling Witchlands series have fallen in love with the Bloodwitch Aeduan. And now, finally, comes his story.
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” (Goodreads synopsis).
I love, love, LOVE this series. Just to be clear, this is the THIRD book in the series, but there is a prequel story that came out between this and the second book!
For current YA fantasy series, I think I may only love Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series more. Dennard’s world building is phenomenal, her characters are fierce (particularly the female ones), and her action scenes leave you biting your finger nails wondering what’s going to happen next. With Dennard’s books, you literally have no clue how she’s going to twist the plot. If you are a fan of Lord of the Rings, I think you’d love this book. Dennard has weaved together such an intricate plot, I almost suspect she’s a threadwitch herself.
This book hits all the notes of an epic fantasy novel–her action scenes are perfectly timed, the language is so vibrant that you can almost see the world shimmering just beyond the pages, and you get swept along on each character’s adventure. Just as a warning, this book is STRESSFUL to read. I was an anxious mess every time a set of characters would have to run for their lives (and it happened a LOT).
Read this series if you like high fantasy series like: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Remnant Chronicles by Mary Pearson, and the Lotus War Trilogy by Jay Kristoff.