Thanks to Tor Teen who has partnered with me for this giveaway of the Witchlands series today.
Hello dear reader friends! I hope you are all doing amazing. Me, personally, I finally have a minute to catch my breath after selling our house, closing on our new house, moving, dealing with a hitchhiking family of mice (who built a nest in one of my boxes of books in storage). Thank goodness the box did not include my review samples of Truthwitch and Windwitch by Susan Dennard.
I almost feel like Susan Dennard does not come close to getting her due recognition in the book world. And well — you would be missing out if you didn’t read her books. Today FYI I am partnering with Tor Teen to help you get your hands on the Witchlands Series, but before we talk about the contest, I just want to talk to you about SBD.
Why Should You Read Her Books?
- Strong lady leads. I know it is 2018 and we are allegedly over strong lady leads, but I am not over that yet. Truthwitch stars Saffi and Iseult. There’s a robbery which leads to a bloodwitch being on their trail. Adventures ensue. The two are an amazing pair and so compelling. ALSO what does not get as much attention but totally should are her Something Strange And Deadly books. These books star Eleanor and are set during the Reconstruction era. There’s zombies. There’s romance. Eleanor is so headstrong and direct and I love her and you need to just buy or borrow the full series from your library.
- Richly built worlds. The world of the Witchlands is one that demands more than one book to fully explore. There’s different machinations, different types of witch powers, and omg even just the geography is interesting. If you like richly detailed places, get on this series.
3. SHIPS SHIPS SHIPS. Enough said — I won’t spoil anything.
4. She has a finished series. One thing I have been doing now that I have seriously cut down on accepting is just marathoning series. I like knowing that a lot of the time I won’t have to wait for installments and can read a series from beginning to end immediately. Her series – Something Strange And Deadly – is finished. You can get them all immediately and actually start and finish a series WITH NO WAITING.
5. There’s still ANTICIPATION. I mean, some of us like having a new book in a series to look forward to, on the other hand. We like getting to see our dear friends (characters from the series) again and just having that group conversation as the book comes out and everyone is reading it at the same time. Bloodwitch, the third book in the series releases in February and now you have plenty of time to catch up and read it with everyone upon release — especially if you win this contest.
6. She seems like a cool person. So, okay I like seeing all the great advice Susan Dennard gives on twitter about writing and age. She also has this amazing list of Writing Resources. I like when people reach out a hand to pull others up with them. Based upon what I see on twitter, she seems the type. Thus she is worthy of my reading time.
Now I know you literally all came here for a contest, so here is what I have for you:
Catch up on The Witchlands Series! One (1) winner receives:
- Book #1: Truthwitch
- Book #2: Windwitch
- Prequel novel: Sightwitch
Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Tor Teen.
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About the Series
A favorite of booksellers, reviewers, and readers alike, Susan Dennard has become widely known for her young adult epic fantasy saga set in the imaginative world of her New York Times bestselling seriespublished by Tor Teen, The Witchlands, told through Truthwitch, Windwitch, the special illustrated novella Sightwitch, and the forthcoming Bloodwitch (February 2019). The Witchlands is set on a distant continent, in which some are born with a “witchery,” a magical skill that sets them apart from others. The series follows best friends Safi (a Truthwitch) and Iseult (a Threadwitch), as well as the cunning ship captain Prince Merik (a Windwitch), and the mysterious and powerful Aeduan (a Bloodwitch) as they must navigate warring empires, political machinations, and mercenaries who seek to use their magic for selfish gain.
Any fan of a gripping and fast-paced fantasy saga will be captivated by the wonderful world of The Witchlands, where Dennard focuses on the true power of magic, bravery, and most importantly, friendship.
On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.
In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.
Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.
Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.
Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
The second novel in the New York Times bestselling The Witchlands series, now available in trade paperback, an epic fantasy adventure hailed by Alexandra Bracken as “a world you will want to inhabit forever.”
Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…
After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.
When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?
After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.
Set a year before Truthwitch, Sightwitch follows Ryber Fortiza, the last Sightwitch Sister as she treks deep underground to rescue her missing best friend. While there, she encounters a young Nubrevnan named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he wound up inside the mountain. As the two journey every deeper in search of answers, and as they brave one close call after another, a tentative friendship forms between them—one that might one day grow into something more.
Sightwitch is told through Ryber’s journal entries and her sketches, as well as through supplementary materials (such as other journals, pieces of songs, clippings from history books, flashbacks, etc.). Though meant as a companion novella, this story serves as a set up to Bloodwitch as well as an expansion of the world.
About the Author
SUSAN DENNARD is the author of the New York Times bestselling The Witchlands series as well as the Something Strange and Deadly series. She has come a long way from small-town Georgia. Working in marine biology, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. When not writing, she can be found hiking with her dogs, slaying darkspawn on her Xbox, or earning bruises at the dojo.
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