Book: Truthwitch by (NYT BESTSELLER) Susan Dennard
Goodreads Summary: On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.
In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.
Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.
Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.
Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
*composes self* Right, then. Onto the review in words.
THIS BOOK. THIS BOOKTHISBOOKTHISBOOKTHISBOOK.
There’s been a LOT of hype for Truthwitch on Twitter leading up to its release date on January 5. Well-deserved hype.
But the hype scared me a little. What if I didn’t like it? So I put it off and read other things for a bit until I was facing its cover at the top of my TBR. It took a little bit for me to get into the story. I LOVED the beginning, but it wasn’t until Chapter 10 that I really started to hold my breath and wonder, “Oh gods, how are Safi and Iz going to get out of this one?”
The character relationships are A++++. I’ve got new OTPs, BROTPS, ALL THE SHIPS. Their interactions are spot on. And every character is their own person. Even the secondary characters we don’t see much of are fleshed out and 3D. Safi and Iz are incredibly likeable and so very, very real. Also, Merik + Safi? TOTALLY A THING. The characters drive the story more than anything else and THAT PLOT. IS A+.
But there are a few things I wish had been different.
While the rotating character view for the chapters is nice, I can’t help but wish for more of Iseult’s and Aeduan’s chapters. They’ve got wonderful and horrible things happening to them and so many mysterious things going on. I want to know them more, so hopefully they’ll get some more time in Windwitch (Book 2).
Another thing was suddenly being tossed into a magic system with little explanation.
It’s a fascinating magic system and has so many cool things, but Truthwitch left me with a slight feeling of non-understanding in the beginning. Once I got a bit of a clearer picture about the magic, the book really started heating up for me. Once again, though, there was that feeling of want and intense curiosity about the magic system.
But hey, that’s small stuff and we’ll probably see more in Windwitch.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
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