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Sightwitch (Preview) – Susan Dennard

“In the name Sirmaya, I vow to protect the future that is shown, for the sleeper knows all, and there is no changing what is meant to be.”

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Blurb: “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 ever 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.”

*This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was sent a “preview” copy meaning that it is only roughly half of the book so I cannot judge the book as a whole*

Sightwitch is a companion novella to the witchlands universe. Its content takes place before Truthwitch –the first book int the series- with the intention of setting up for the upcoming 2019 release of Bloodwitch.

Once again, Susan Dennard continues to baffle and amaze with the scope and detail of the world she has created. In this novella, we learn of a secret coven made up of sightwitches: beings with the ability to look at something once and remember it forever. There are three perspectives in total: Ryber, Tanzi and Eridysi (though I admittedly failed to see the importance of the latter) and told through diary entries and sketches.

Sightwitch has been pitched as very much an illustrated edition to the universe but I had a lot of difficulty reading the E-ARC I was sent. There were a lot of blank elements –which I’m assuming are where drawings are to be added later- and the formatting of the text made it very hard to read some of the more historical elements. For that reason I can’t judge on the more visual elements that I’m sure will be very appealing in the physical version.

One of Dennard’s absolute strengths in her writing is creating strong female friendships. Ryber and Tanzi were a pleasure to read and it’s impossible not to feel the strong bond between them. It was one of the main factors that kept me pushing through the story.

Sightwitch may only be short, but it will most certainly fill the void until readers can finally get their hands on the next instalment in the Witchlands series.

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2 thoughts on “Sightwitch (Preview) – Susan Dennard

    1. There were two types of ARCs available: the full and the previews. But there were a very small number of the full novella given out (Susan Dennard really had to push for there to be arcs at all). So in a way I found it difficult to fully judge this but it certainly fills the gap until the next installment is out!

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