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.
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This books starts of a bit after where the last book ended. The ending from last book gave am a bit of hope for the characters. But it is soon apparent that things are not turning for the better that was first believed. Much like last book this book was very story and characters, but we also get a great amount of action here. We also learn so much more background of both story and characters.
As with last book we get a couple more POV in this one and you would think it be confusing but it really is not and adds so much more to the story. The crew is still separated for the most part and everyone is trying to find and save someone.
Of course a parts is centered on Aeduan and Iseult but also, I think, equal parts all the other people. The truce was broken as we know and with that the war is raging. Everyone is fighting and trying to escape somewhere.
There are plenty of twist in this book, I got to the point that I didn’t know who to trust, and mostly did not see things coming. The last 150-200 pages were insane and nonstop action, surprises and emotional.
There were also some really interesting characters developments, that I didn’t see coming but ended up really likening.
The end was brutal. What a hell of a cliffhanger. If you are not good with cliff hanger maybe wait for the next book to release.
Several characters we know and love may or may not make it …. That is pretty much where she left us with. That is all I can say, without spoiling things.
Overall I really loved this book and highly recommend this series to any and all fantasy lovers. Even with the major cliffhangers.
I give this book full 5 ★and now will ever so penitently wait for the next book.