Sightwitch (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Witchlands Series)

Sightwitch (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Witchlands Series)

by Susan Dennard

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Sightwitch (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Witchlands Series) by Susan Dennard

From New York Times bestselling author Susan Dennard, Sightwitch is an illustrated novella set in the Witchlands and told through Ryber’s journal entries and sketches. This B&N special edition also includes an exclusive excerpt from the hotly anticipated Bloodwitch!

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250184283
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 02/13/2018
Series: Witchlands Series
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 38,797
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Susan Dennard 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. She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series, as well as the Witchlands series, which includes the New York Times bestselling Truthwitch and Windwitch. 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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Sightwitch 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Scarls17 More than 1 year ago
I love a novella that can stand on its own and isn't just a leftover story from another book. SIGHTWITCH is a cleverly written book presented in a diary format that tells an important part of the Witchlands history. I really enjoyed it! The creativity with the drawings and use of journal entries was great.
Adriyanna 25 days ago
SIGHTWITCH by Susan Dennard is a book like no other. The third book in Dennard’s fantasy series, this illustrated novella is set one year before TRUTHWITCH and is made up of journal entries, sketches, maps, letters, notes, and records as well as songs, prayers & rules pertaining to the Sightwitches. There is so much to this novella, but it is never overwhelming. Dennard’s writing skills have reached new heights. SIGHTWITCH is one of the most creative forms of the novel. This book has two main POV’s: Ryber Fortiza, a character we met in TRUTHWITCH and WINDWITCH, and Eridysi, a Sighwitch Sister who lived a 1000 years ago. Separated by time and connected by the thread of fate. The character development Ryber experiences is incredible! At the beginning, Ryber wants so bad to be summoned and given the Sight. That desire was so strong and I wanted that for Ryber, so badly. This desire to be summoned by Sirmaya is one of the strongest I have ever felt from a character, in all the books I’ve read. Then Ryber goes on this journey and she grows so much – I loved being able to witness it all. She also meets Kullen Ikray, an Airwitch we first read about in TRUTHWITCH. I loved having him in the book because we saw a deeper, more honest side of him. He is truly a precious cinnamon roll. I don’t think I could ever read a Dennard book and be disappointed – the character development was phenomenal. The development of Eridysi, a character who lived a thousand years ago, was also great because we learn about an actual person, and not a legend or someone’s over exaggeration of Eridysi’s life. I connected so much with this character that I wouldn’t mind an entire book (or series) from her POV. World-building is always my favourite and I especially loved the way I got to experience it here. The journal entries and sketches made up most of the book and were amazing to read. However, it was the notes and the songs and the Sighwitch rules written to the side that completed my experience. Being able to learn about the Witchlands and Dennard’s characters in this way was undoubtedly one-of-a-kind. Here’s a quote from the finished copy that I love re: the world-building: 38. THE RULE OF DISPUTED TRUTH Oftentimes, Memory Records offer different accounts for the same event. As such, all Memory Records are true and all Memory Records are false, for what is life except perception? Page 118. SIGHTWITCH has changed my perception of the Witchlands – both past and future. Which brings me to my final point: we are introduced to a darker, more ominous side of the Witchlands, a side we saw hints of in the first two books. The suspense I felt in this book, the way my heart raced, other books cannot even compare. There are Death Maidens and shadow wyrms and much, much more. Fans of TRUTHWITCH and WINDWITCH will not want to miss this highly anticipated, new release from Susan Dennard. Sighwitch: The True Tale of the Twelve Paladins. The illustrations in this book were created by Rhys Davies. My recommended reading order: Truthwitch, Windwitch and then Sightwitch. Although Sightwitch is set a year before Truthwitch, I feel your reading experience will be much more positive if you’re already familiar with the world of the Witchlands. Also, things happen in Sightwitch that would be kind of spoilery to people who haven’t read Truthwitch or Windwitch. I received an eARC from the publisher. This has in no way altered my honest opinion of the book.
Kyera More than 1 year ago
Sightwitch takes place one year before the events of Truthwitch, as well as one thousand years in the past. It is not strictly a new book in the series or a prequel, but a way for the author to further expand the world and mythology of the Witchlands. It was fascinating to read how the Witchlands found itself one day with magic as the "True Tale of the Twelve" Paladins unfolds. Despite the fact that this is a novella, it does not feel lacking and brings a deepening of the world that we have grown to love. The story is written as if it is a collection of journal entries, collected to form a cohesive narrative with the addition of illustrations made by the authors. It primarily switches between Ryber's and Eridysi's points of view, which adds a wonderful dimension to the story as they lived 1,000 years apart. Ryber found her way to the Sightwitches when she was only four years of age and has always been told that she will have the strongest Sight. She follows the rules and doesn't laugh often, but cares deeply about her Sightwitch family and her path. It was nice to see allusions to or even appearances from characters that we are familiar with from the main series. It helped to bridge the storylines and grow a sense of wonder that makes you curious as to how this will tie in with the third book, Bloodwitch when it comes out. And I'm sure it will all come full circle. I was fascinated by the mythology that she wove into this story. It gave us a depth of understanding about the powers in the Witchlands that we didn't have before. Despite the fact that it is a novella, it packed a satisfying amount of information into its pages and makes me so excited for the next book in the series. I was so happy to re-inhabit this world and highly recommend the book (and the series) to anyone who hasn't discovered it yet.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Sightwitch by Susan Dennard Book 0.5 of the Witchlands series Publisher: Tor Teen Publication Date: February 13, 2018 Rating: 5 stars Source: Review copy from the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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. 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. What I Liked: I have a thing about novellas - I don't tend to read them. Novellas are often a little too short, and overpriced, and don't actually add much to the overarching story, the characters, or the series in general. However. When I saw the details of Sightwitch - that it would be a 200+ novella, that it would be published in hardcover, that there would be illustrations - I knew I would be reading this novella. This is basically an almost-novel, given the number of pages, and the fullness of the story. If you're like me and generally avoid novellas, break your rule for once and check out this one! Sightwitch is an intriguing and heart-stopping addition to the Witchlands series, and it'll leave you wanting to both reread the previous books, and pine for the third book. This novella is set a year before Truthwitch, and it tells the story of how Ryber became the last Sightwich Sister, and how she met Kullen. All of her Sightwitch Sisters had gone deep underground in the mountain, and she must find them because despite their disappearance being something indicated by the goddess Sirmaya, Ryber knows something is very wrong. She goes into the mountain to find her Sisters, and encounters much more than she ever expected. Books written in journal-style are typically hit-or-miss for me, but this one was definitely a hit. It's Ryber's diary, and it has entries from Ryber, as well as clippings from textbooks, maps, illustrations, and also entries from Tanzi (Ryber's Threadsister), and Eridysi Gochienka, a famous Sightwitch who lived a thousand years before Ryber. There are ripped pages from essays, the rules of the Sightwitches, and Nubrevnan messages. Everything adds up and makes sense as the story goes on, so this will seem random to someone reading my review, but everything is important to the story. I liked that there were different POVs, despite the story being told from Ryber's journal. We also see entries from Tanzi in the past, and from Eridysi (a thousand years ago). Both sets of POV are very important to the story, even if they may not seem so at first. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Beths-Books More than 1 year ago
Welcome back to the Witchlands! I've always been drawn to this series. Its magical elements and intense story lines are things only an amazing author can think up. This story showed another side of the Witchlands, with some old and new characters. It was a great short read and I can't wait to see what will come next from Susan Dennard. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
KittyTheVicariousBookworm More than 1 year ago
Okay so this is one of the few books I preordered this year because Katie got me hooked on the Witchlands series. After having read the other two books currently published for the series, I’m already fairly certain I will reread them at least once each, so I went ahead and preordered this one to read. And wow am I glad I did! (Though now I have to wait for Katie to catch up before we can flail about it together because her copy hasn’t arrived just yet….) While we already knew a little about Ryber, most of the other characters we got to see were entirely new. We also got a great deal more background on Ryber and Kullen during Sightwitch, which brings me so much joy and I’m trying really hard not to flail here about it because I refuse to knowingly add in spoilers so JUST KNOW IT’S GREAT, OKAY?! I also really liked getting to know the various characters to do with the Sightwitch Convent and Eridysi’s background since she’s spoken of quite a bit in the novels. It could easily have been overwhelming to have so many characters developed in such a small span, but Susan Dennard does a masterful job juggling the multiple points of view to create a clear picture of the story as a whole. Returning to the world of the Witchlands honestly feels a bit like coming home. I did enjoy seeing the new addition of the Sightwitch Convent along with its various eccentricities added into the Witchlands mix. I feel like the world building was really well done. It felt a bit like viewing the same world from a different angle and I really enjoyed it. The plot in Sightwitch doesn’t really become clear until a little ways in. In fact, I was worried for a bit that there wouldn’t be one because everything at the beginning almost feels a little random. However, it quickly pulls together in a way that had me hooked and wanting to find out what happened next. While the use of multiple points of view is similar to the other books of the series, Sightwitch is the only Witchlands novel that uses multiple points of view from different times. In fact, one of the timelines occurs a full thousand years before the other, which added to the seeming randomness in the beginning but by the end brought an amazing fullness to the story. Sightwitch so artfully written that it’s honestly hard for me to think back on all that happened and come to the realization that it’s a novella and not a full novel. There were quite a few questions at the end of the novel that are left unanswered, which did affect my bookworm rating a bit. But… I feel like I should at least mention that there isn’t a doubt in my mind, given my existing experience with Susan Dennard’s writing, that these questions will be answered in subsequent novels in the Witchlands series. While I did listen to the other two in audiobook format, I’m glad I read this one in physical format because of the way it’s laid out on the page. In this specific case, I feel like something of it could be lost in a translation to audiobook formatting. Not at all surprisingly, I enjoyed this novella thoroughly and I’m so happy that Susan Dennard decided to give us this amazing story while we wait for the next book in the series to be ready for publication.
jkelly526 More than 1 year ago
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!! I thought that I couldn’t possibly be more excited for Bloodwitch, but then I read Sightwitch and oh my!! The ending!!! This is a MUST-READ for Witchlander fans! If you haven't read Truthwitch and Windwitch yet then pick it up and get reading!
KaileyReadsYA More than 1 year ago
There are many things I loved about this book: how much we learned about Ryber, how much we learned about Kullen’s story, what is means to be a Heart-Thread, how deep and far back this conflict our favorite inhabitants of the Witchlands are dealing with, among many more. It sets up the entire world in a way that made me want to re-read Truthwitch and Windwitch, and left me with more excitement for Bloodwitch than ever. There are so many things I could say about why people should read this book but it boils down to the fact that it’s a rich and layered novel that you won’t be able to put down. Truly a fantastic addition to the Witchlands series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is a 0.5 novella something that you should read in a series? Well it depends on the series in question and for the Witchland series I would say definitely yes but you don’t want to read it first. That is also the tricky part of adding a prequel to a series later. When should your readers actually read it? For Sightwitch I would say that you should have at least read Truthwitch to have a semi-understanding of threads, cleaving and some of the basic lore for the series. But as long as you have one of the full length novels under your belt you’ll be fine. Novella’s that are companions to series usually aren’t my thing. Except for a few of my absolute favorite authors and worlds I don’t normally make a point to read them. But when I saw that this was how Ryber and Kullen met I was intrigued with their story. However, this is so much more than just that, it is also an explanation to some of the lore behind the Witchlands Series and the twelve Paladins. The story is all told as journal entries and that does take a moment to get used. But we don’t just get Ryber’s entries, there are some from Tanzi and one Eridysi one of the Sightwitches from over a thousand years ago and a few other small entries. Ryber and Tanzi are best friends and even more than that Threadsisters so when Tanzi is called into the mountain by The Goddess and never comes out again Ryber is determined to find a way to save her from the sleep that has claimed her. While I liked learning what it was like at the convent that Ryber grew up in part of the real meat of the story for me was the journal entries from Eridysi. These tell the tale of life with the twelve Paladins and how six turned on six and then one turned on them all. When that happened there was a huge war and that is when the magic of the world changed again. We got to learn of the Paladins and how they live many lives and I think it will be interesting to see how that will play into Bloodwitch. The beginning takes a little to get into as it is just the day to day life of Ryber and establishes her connection to the Sightwitches and her Threadsister Tanzi. But once she goes into the mountain to save her sister witches it is a lot of action. I received the first 100 pages from Netgalley as preview and then bought the Audio for this after that. The Audio is really fantastic. There are two narrators one specifically for Ryber’s journal entries and then another Eridysi’s journals from the past. Both really perform the story and I especially liked that Ryber’s narrator used an accent that seemed to come from some Islands. The narration completely added to my enjoyment of the second half of the story I listened to.
SammiiTX More than 1 year ago
Asteria55 More than 1 year ago
Set before the events of Truthwitch, Sightwitch offers a glimpse into areas of the Witchlands world that haven't yet been explored while still providing depth to those mentioned in Truthwitch and Windwitch. Dennard adeptly told the story through the eyes of Ryber—and a few other surprise characters—in a diary format, complete with amazing illustrations. If you're looking for a story with heart-stopping and heartwarming moments, look no further. Sightwitch is not a book you want to pass up on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a winner of an e-galley of Sightwitch. I loved the POVs in the book especially Ryber’s. She was strong, smart, and loving. It was interesting and fun learning about the Sightwitch Sisters. Plus the history, rules, and rhymes does not go on for pages to the point where you are bored or forgot what you just read. Their history flows naturally into the story. As the story progressed my pulse gradually quickened. After each diary entry I became more and more engrossed into the story and the disappearance of the Sisters. Sightwitch made me sad, hopeful, it gave me goosebumps, and all I want to know is what is going to happen to Ryber and her Sisters. I also liked seeing the beginning of Ryber and Kullen’s relationship. I loved how they went from wary strangers to two people trying to survive together to something a little more. The illustrations and little notes enhanced my reading experience. I enjoyed Sightwitch a lot and cannot wait for Bloodwitch.
JenLBW More than 1 year ago
Sightwitch was freaking amazing and it’s not like I didn’t expect it to be, because I did. I actually procrastinated reading because I knew I wouldn’t want it to be over. I really didn’t want it to end when I finished reading. It’s a shorter book but This story is set prior to Truthwitch and gives us such a great insight into the Sightwitch sisters history as well as all of the Witchland history. I enjoyed all the Sightwitch sisters and learning about them through different journal entries. Of course I also loved The Rook too. I’m obsessed with Ryber. I love her, maybe even more than I love Iseult and Vivia. I want to reread the first books in her POV. She is just an awesome character. I can’t gush enough about her! She makes me laugh that she is such a rule follower and she is also smart, clever and witty. Her interactions with Tanzi and Kullen make me want to say can you be my friend too? Love love her. I also really liked reading the entries for Eridysi. Sightwitch adds so much to the rest of the series. So many things!! I loved getting this little bit of history from a thousand years ago. It was so interesting!! The World Building is solid and it happens in such a small space when you think about it. The Covenant and the Mountain are our backdrop. These places were so flushed out though and they came vibrantly to life in my mind through the illustrations and descriptions. It made me love the style that this book is written in even more. I love the Witchlands. I always feel like I’m in a video game and I love feeling that way. Although the skull spider thing just kept making me think of Skulltulas that are in Zelda, I’m pretty sure that’s not what they look like but I couldn’t get it out of my head. I'm always a fan to see what creature is going to come out of the woodwork, or ice in this case. The Shadow Wyrms are freaky!! I could gosh about this book all day. I really loved it and what it adds to the series. It makes it that harder to wait for Bloodwitch but it also made me want to reread Truthwitch and Windwitch to catch all the things I probably didn’t the first time. Especially armed with this new information.