Truthwitchby Susan Dennard
Series: The Witchlands #1
Published on January 5, 2016 by Tor Teen
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.
Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.
Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she's a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden - lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult's true powers are hidden even from herself.
In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls' heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
I don’t really know where to start with Truthwitch. There were parts of me that loved it with all my being and there were parts of me that was just a little meh with it. The beginning for example was a little rough. There was so much going on and there were so many terms to follow that I ended up being a little lost. It was unclear who was who and why they mattered. I feel like there were so many side characters that possibly weren’t as important as they seemed to be? I mean maybe they’ll come into play later in the series, but for the beginning of the book it was a bit much.
Once I got a decent way into it, however, it really started to get good. Unfortunately, I kept having to put the book down so it took me a little bit longer to get through this than it probably should have, but I’m definitely looking forward to bingeing Windwitch.
I really loved Safi and Iseult’s relationship and I loved how the Threadsister bond worked. It was amazing to see a friendship that was so strong they were basically family. There was a part of me that wished they were Heartthreads, but their bond was so much more than that. They balanced each other out – Safi with her compulsiveness and action and Iseult with her strategy and caution. They were two halves of the same coin. I guess that’s what makes them the perfect team! I connected with Iseult a lot more than Safi because she was the more cautious one and so am I when it comes to my friends, but there were parts of Safi that I loved more than Iseult. I loved her loyalty and her hardheadedness that would make her an amazing ruler.
In terms of other characters…Merik and Aeduan were my other two favorites. They were just key parts of the narrative and I think they are each other’s opposite as well. I think that has been a main theme in this book. A “dark” and a “light”. Iseult isn’t necessarily dark and Safi isn’t necessarily light, but that is how they are portrayed in the legends. I pictured Merik wearing all black but being on the side of the good and Aeduan’s robes are white, yet he fights for his father on the side of the bad. I don’t know how this will play in later, but I have a feeling we will see it later.
With everything that happened in Truthwitch it’s hard to pick just one thing to talk about. I liked that it was such a fast paced book because we were able to see a lot more take place in just a 400 page book, but at the same time SO MUCH to follow. I think it would be nice to have some novella’s or something to explain things a bit more. Other than that, Truthwitch met most of my expectations. I had heard so much about it and I am really glad I finally decided to pick up the book.