RELEASE DATE: January 5, 2016
AUTHOR: Susan Dennard
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Romance
PUBLISHER: Tor Teen
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.
This book was freaking awesome! I picked it up because of the hype and it definitely lived up to it. I was instantly sucked into the story the minute I started reading it and from then on it was totally unputdownable. I’m a huge fantasy reader and the world-building and the crafting of characters are too important to me. Safiya and Iseult are really wonderful characters and they really have a strong bond of friendship between them. I liked the elemental magic system in it and the world building is simply fantastic. All the characters are so well built that I liked each and every one of them. What I really liked most about this book was the female friendship portrayed in it which is the important aspect of this book. Honestly, I loved reading it! The author really did her best in crafting such wonderful story with great world building and characters.
Safiya and Iseult are thread sisters who always looks out for each other. Safiya is a truthwitch who can able to detect lies and reality from deception which is a rare power because the last recorded Truthwitch had died a century ago. Even born as a noble, she doesn’t want to take part in any of the responsibilities comes with it and chooses to live the way the she wants. Iseult is a threadwitch who can detect emotions and threads that bind people. She’s an outcast from her tribe and always despised by everyone just because she belongs to a nomatsi tribe. Both threadsisters wants to escape the life they were living and decides to flee to another city but fate brings them to a trouble in the form of bloodwitch, a deadly assassin feared by many witches. A bloodwitch is someone who has the power to track a person with only their scent and to escape from him, Safiya and Iseult seeks the help of prince Merik, a windwitch who is also naval admiral of Nubrevnan and captain of the ship Jana . To save his starving country, Merik does a trade agreement with safi’s uncle in exchange to give safi safe passage to Lejna. So, Merik and his crew sets on a journey to give her a safe passage while being hunted by a bloodwitch, mercenaries and also by the emperor of cantorra. With the end of 20 years truce contract between the countries, Merik tries to prevent any violence between the countries but war finally descends upon them.
Safi, Iseult, Merik and Aeduan are the four main characters of the plot and each of them has their own unique personalities that made me like them. Both Safi and Iseult are strong characters in the plot, where as safi is hot-headed, stubborn, and sassy, Iseult is quite opposite who is very calm and reasonable. I really liked their friendship and how they understand each other like true sisters. They also have great fighting skills which I really enjoyed very much. Merik, with his short temper and stern personality makes him charming in his own way. Aeduan, the bloodwitch is quite an interesting character who has this dark and mysterious personality that makes us want to know more about him. There’s no insta-love and any annoying trinagles in the plot which is a added bonus. Loved the slow burning romance between Merik and Safi which began with their constant bickering and there’s lot of sexual tension too. I really enjoyed them together and definitely ship their relationship. There’s also another another female kickass character named Evrane who I really liked and I think she’s the great addition to the plot.
The plot is intriguing with so many twists and turns with every turn of the page. The story moved in a fast pace with lots of adventure, action and romance that’ll make the readers engaged till the end. The writing style was outstanding and I quite enjoyed reading it especially the amazing action sequences which was very descriptive and vivid. The world building was awesome but I was a bit struggled to understand it. The book was written in four POV of the main characters which never bothered me through the book because it was written extremely well.
All in all, it was fabulous read and I think it’s a great start for a new fantasy series. After reading this amazing book, I can’t wait to read the second book titled Windwitch but it’s sad that we had to wait for a long time.
Truthwitch is a fast paced YA fantasy novel with two kickass female leads and highly recommend to everyone.
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