Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Published: January 5th, 2016 by Tor Teen
Source: Hardcover, 415 pages
Series: The Witchlands, #1
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.
Rating: I gave this 3.5/5 stars on Goodreads!
As a first thought, I really did enjoy this book! I did expect to like it a lot more than I did because of all the hype surrounding it, but it was still a great read, regardless.
This did take me a while to finish, about 2 weeks. I know that isn’t that long, but for me, it is. When it takes me longer than a week to finish a single book, it really puts a damper on my mood for it. I think that it why I have a lower rating for this one.
My biggest problem with this book is that we are immediately thrown into this complex magic system in a complex world with many empires. There are SO many characters introduced so quickly. Half the time, I sat and was just like “Who is this person, again?”. I had a hard time remembering who did what and how the characters fit with each other. By the end of the book, I still am confused as to who some of the characters are and how they fit into the story.
Also, there are SO MANY different types of witches. And not all of the witches that fit into the same category do the same thing. For example, there are two characters that are Windwitches, yet one of the characters has different and stronger powers than the other. That is super confusing to me. I wish that the author would have started a little slower, and would have written some sort of backstory. I just do not understand the magic system as a whole at all.
It is a super interesting one, and I love the idea of it. I just wish I could understand better.
That is one of the main reasons I think it took me so long to read this because it took a while to get into the book, and it gave me a headache to read sometimes because it was just so much information so fast.
Now what I really loved about this book are all the characters. Our two main ladies, Safi and Iseult are great. They are absolutely friendship goals. I really liked reading a story with two female leads. It was definitely a change from what is the norm in YA fantasy.
The character development in this was really, really good. There are two ships that I am all for, and I just know that one of them is going to destroy me! But, I cannot wait to see how the relatioships turn out.
There are so many questions that I have, and SO many things left unanswered. I have a feeling that the next books are going to be much better for me, personally because I think that since we already have sort of an understanding for the world and the magic, then the next books will be able to expand on that and it won’t be so hard to read and get into. So needless to say, I will be continuing on with this series, and I cannot wait to see where it goes and how everything and everyone ends up!!
I wish I could expand on the things left unsaid, but I definitely don’t wait to spoil anything! Just read the book, then we can talk about it!!
Have you read this book? What did you think?
Thanks for reading! (: