Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Series: The Witchlands #1
Publisher: Tor Teen
Published January 5th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, YA
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.
Iseult, is a threadwitch – she can see those threads that link other people together, unfortunately she can never see ties of her own but that is something to be expected.
Safiya is a truthwitch – which means she can always tell if someone is lying or telling the truth.
They are best friends and threadsisters. But, truthwitches are rare, so she always had to keep her ability a secret because it would put her and her loved ones in danger if someone discovered. They swore to always protect each other until the end.
When Safi’s secret is discovered her life is in danger. And both girls have to run for their life because, not one person is after them, but nations.
I will start by saying how much I love this cover! It’s seriously beautiful!! And there are a lot of covers that I love, but just for you to see how much I love it – I bought a Hardcover. YES, a hardcover! Now, that may seem quite normal for some. But for me that is something very rare! First of all they are extremely expensive in my country and second of all, way too heavy. So after actually trying a couple of times reading hardcover books (mainly when there’s no other way) I can definitely say that I am not a fan of it. I love paperbacks and I just couldn’t find this cover in paperback so I just had to. And I do NOT regret. My wrists may hurt and my wallet might be a lot emptier but I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!
Enough babbling and to the review.
I really hoped I would love this book and…. I kinda did… because I truly loved the story. However, I did have some problems with it. Mainly the world building that was very complicated to understand and sometimes, I found myself a bit lost.
The beginning was very hard to get in, but when I finally did I really enjoyed the ride.
This book is packed full with action. Like 90% of it is action. Sure, it was mainly about everybody after Safiya, but it was still exciting (although after so much action, I am quite worried about what some characters will have to endure in the next book…). It also had some darkness in it that was very welcome to change a bit from the central characters. But a thing I did not understand in the plot is why is she so valuable. I mean, if it was me I would go for a bloodwitch for example, not her (hopefully that will also be explained).
The book has truthwitches (obviously), bloodwitches, windwitches, threadwitches, water, fire and hearth healers, glamourwitches, tidewitches, and more. It was exciting to see new powers coming up all the time and some of them were actually really exciting!
About the characters, I liked to see Safiya and Iseult together but I still would hope for a bit more of a connection other that being threadsisters. Because in all the book they were either separate or together, and one was badly injured. They were always in some kind of danger and always trying to help each other and I can’t say they don’t care for each other but I didn’t feel that they actually needed each other.
My favorite character was the bloodwitch and after that Evrane. The first, because it actually surprised me (although I am still trying to understand him) and the second, because she was so secure of herself and had such strong believes (that were actually not explained either, which I really wanna know!!).
Like I said, the word building was very confusing. It got a tidy bit better towards the end but still not enough to catch up in all the action. I hope the second book will be a bit clearer because it definitely has potential.
Even after so much confusion, I can’t say I didn’t like it. I just hope the next one gets better in the points I mentioned.
So, overall, it was a confusing but extremely exciting read, since I love everything about fantasy and magic and especially witches. So I already pre-ordered Windwitch, which I will start as soon as it reached my mail box!
If someone got some answers for me in my doubts I would love to read!