The Witch King by Martha Wells

The Witch King by Martha WellsThe Witch King by Martha Wells
Published by Tor on May 30, 2023
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 433
Format: Hardcover
Also by this author: Network Effect

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I adore Martha Wells SF Murderbot Diaries. I mean who wouldn’t love a neurodivergent cyborg who just wants to be left alone to watch its tv shows instead of constantly rescuing the dumb humans? 

When I saw that she’d written a new epic fantasy, I was excited and intrigued.

My thoughts about The Witch King

THE WITCH KING is rich, detailed world building with complex magic systems, lots of political intrigue, and diverse people. I was hooked from the opening chapter! Kai, the demon, inhabiting a human body, slowly regains consciousness after being held captive in a water trap. Now a magician is waking Kai up in hopes of making him a familiar. Not a role Kai is willing to accept. Now, he’s awake, angry, and looking for answers.

The author does a fantastic job using flashbacks to give us Kai’s backstory and set the stage for current day intrigue as political aspirations and double crossing endanger Kai and his loved ones. This was such a fantastic rollercoaster ride of a book! I couldn’t put it down and what a book hangover afterward. 

Revenge, found family, witches, demons, intrigue – all of the epic fantasy elements for a five-star read.

In closing

Martha Wells is an incredibly talented writer. Be on the lookout for the fantasy books she wrote before the Murderbot Diaries as Tor is re-releasing them.

Thank you Tor Books for the ARC of THE WITCH KING.

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About Martha Wells

Martha Wells has written many fantasy novels, including The Books of the Raksura series (beginning with The Cloud Roads), the Ile-Rien series (including The Death of the Necromancer) as well as YA fantasy novels, short stories, media tie-ins (for Star Wars and Stargate: Atlantis), and non-fiction. Her most recent fantasy novel is The Harbors of the Sun in 2017, the final novel in The Books of the Raksura series. She has a new series of SF novellas, The Murderbot Diaries, published by in 2017 and 2018. She was also the lead writer for the story team of Magic: the Gathering’s Dominaria expansion in 2018. She has won a Nebula Award, two Hugo Awards, an ALA/YALSA Alex Award, a Locus Award, and her work has appeared on the Philip K. Dick Award ballot, the USA Today Bestseller List, and the New York Times Bestseller List. Her books have been published in eleven languages.

She has had short stories in the magazines Black Gate, Realms of Fantasy, Lone Star Stories, Lightspeed Magazine, and Stargate Magazine, and in the Tsunami Relief anthology Elemental, The Other Half of the Sky, Tales of the Emerald Serpent, Mech: Age of Steel, and The Gods of Lovecraft.

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