This is the second novel in the Witchlands series by Susan Dennard. A phenomenal series full of magic, sass and friendship. If you haven't read the first book I suggest you skip this review. Nobody likes being spoiled.
The first book takes place with every country on the precipice of war, amidst that chaos two Threadsisters are simply trying to survive. Safi is a Truthwitch, though she's never said those words out loud for fear of being exploited. Her particular type of Witchery is incredibly rare....and very useful. Iseult is a Threadwitch able to see the ties that build, break and bond people. After a gamble goes awry the Threadsisters end up crossing the path of a rather nasty Bloodwitch. Their story beings there.
This novel beings in the perspective of Prince Merik, one of my favourite characters from the first book. In this novel we see a different side to him, one that includes the infamous Nihar Rage. I enjoyed seeing more layers of his character but missed the cheeky banter he had with Safi.
Which brings me to my second point, the group from the first novel weren't together at any point in this book. Instead they had ended up on separate journeys that, I assume, will converge in the next book. Seeing the main protagonists in such different circumstances was wonderful but I did miss seeing Safi and Iseult together. I adored Iseult and Aeudan, their dynamic was so fun to read about. The little snippets we got about Aeudan's background really intrigued me, I can't wait to learn more about him. His affection towards Owl melted me. (Owl is also another character I can't wait to learn more about.)
The part of the novel I think I enjoyed most was Safi and the Hell-Bards. In the previous book we met Safi's uncle Eron who was a Hell-Bard but we knew very little about them as a group. Windwitch gave us more of an insight into how their magic worked and what their purpose is. Although, we only learnt about one Hell-Bard in particular, Caden. I absolutely adore him.
With regards to the plot I was quite confused at times, mainly towards the end of the novel. The main antagonist in this novel and most likely future novels was called The Shadow Man. Initially, I couldn't tell how he fit into the novel, it seemed like such a sudden addition. The further on I read the clearer it became but for a good thirty pages I was very very confused which is why I didn't rate this this as high.