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Review: Sightwitch

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Title:Sightwitch

Author:Susan Dennard

Series:Book 2.5

Rating★ ★ ★ ★ 

Note:Review for Book 1 and Book 2.

Synopsis

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 TruthwitchSightwitch is a companion novella that also serves as a set up to Bloodwitch, as well as an expansion of the Witchlands world.

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Ryber was dedicated, brave, and very faithful. I loved getting to know her better!

Kullen was kind of flat in this book. He was funny and kind, but other than that I felt like we didn’t get to really know him.

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We value things more when we know they won’t last forever. 

This was the third book I read in the series and honestly, it was probably one of the ones I enjoyed the most. Part of it was because I felt like this book actually answered some questions that had been developing in the previous books. Another reason was that there was less going on in this book.

When I say “less” I don’t mean action. The story might’ve started out a little slow with Ryber in the convent, but once it picks up it keeps a steady pace. This book mainly focuses on Ryber and Kullen, which was a refreshing break from the main books the follow several characters at once. Narrowing the character field in this book really helped with the relationship development between the characters and to not overwhelm the reader (which has generally been my experience with this series).

Ryber seemed like a very minor character in the previous books, so I also enjoyed getting to know her character more in-depth. Her bravery and dedication are so admirable, but it makes me wonder why they didn’t show more of it before. Honestly, before reading Sightwitch I would’ve considered Ryber a very flat character, but this showed us a different side of her that I hope to see more of in the future.

When it came to Kullen, however, I felt like we didn’t get to know him any better on a personal level; the only information that I feel we really gained about him was in his relevance to the plot. He only developed as a plot device, but as a character, he was still distanced from the reader. This was due in great part to the fact that his character had a limited memory in this book, but also to poor writing. I think there was plenty of potential for his character to develop on a personal level when he ran into Ryber, but they felt pushed together by circumstances and need to drive the plot—which I would’ve been fine with if both characters developed more. However, because one character was stagnant it gave me an overall sensation of being heavily plot-driven (and I personally prefer more of a balance so I guess if that’s your cup of tea this won’t bother you as much).

While not perfect, I think Sightwitch’s greatest value comes from its expansion of the overall Truthwitch plot. We definitely gain some important information about some characters as well as added some new theories about where the plot is headed. Overall I think anyone interested in reading the Truthwitch series will find Sightwitch is a must-read for the plot value. Hopefully, Bloodwitch answers even more!

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What’s that last book you read out of your comfort zone that you enjoyed?

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