Review||| Truthwitch by: Susan Dennard

January 17, 2016

Rating: 5/5

Series: (The Witchlands, #1)

Format: Hardcover

Page Count: 416

Published: January 5th, 2016

Publisher: Tor Teen

"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.


Before I even get into the review I just want to say that I had some worries about Truthwitch. There was a MAHOOSIVE amount of hype months before this book was even released. MONTHS. Being me, I didn't read reviews for the book (or even the synopsis...haha whoops.) But like the majority of people in the book community I was itching to get my hands on the book... or basically anything related to the book. 

After months and months of anticipating and waiting for the book I finally got my hands on it the day it came out. (Yes it took me awhile to finish since I'm a little bit of a slow reader.) BUT having just finished it yesterday I can assure anyone and everyone that I had nothing to be worried about in the first place.
This book was FANTASTIC.

I felt as if I was going on an epic adventure through the Witchlands right along with our badass main characters. 

The world building was extremely vivid. It's always daring for an author to create their own world completely from scratch but I think Susan did it well. 
I will admit that their was a plethora of information readers need to be able to pick up at the beginning but it was all worked into the storyline so it wasn't as much to take in. (Think of it as eating cinnamon on french toast opposed to eating cinnamon straight out of the container.)

The characters. Can we just talk about THE CHARACTERS.

Safi and Iseult are threadsisters (and honestly one of my favorite best friend pairings EVER.) We have Safi who's described of being that opposite of Iseult, as far as their looks. Safi is sassy and she knows what she wants. (Plus she can wield a weapon or two *wink, wink*)
Iseult, though more reserved, was definitely still a badass. She really knew how to get things done (and can we talk about her crescent blades of amazingness?!?!) 

Together they compliment each other so so well. Honestly, when I think of the two of them I think #friendshipgoals.

Merik and Kullen were also perfect threadbrothers. They had contrasting personalities, much like Safi and Iseult, but it worked in all the right ways. Merik more closely resembled Safi, as far as personality, while Kullen more closely resembled Iseult. 

Ryber who, simply put, is Kullens soul mate was great as well.  She seemed like that type of person that you automatically want to befriend just because of her loyalty and dedication.

Aeduan, I mean Baeduan, was killing it the entire book. He's fierce and he's out for blood. (*cough* and something else?)
I am personally wishing for some novellas following him because I'll take any story involving Baeduan.

Truthwitch is told from multiple POV's.
I'm not always keen on the switching POV's because they are often not done right. (i.e don't knows who's talking, or just bland overall.) But Susan took the changing POV concept and absolutely slayed it. 

Whereas in other books I usually grow tired of one POV, that never happened in Truthwitch! I was excited every chapter, no matter what POV's were included in that chapter. 

In Conclusion....

Susan Dennard is basically a wizard.

Okay, that's very true but...

Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy, best friends, or badasses. (*whispers* or dangerously good-looking people.)

Favorite Quote(s):

"Sometimes justice was all about the small victories."

"Mhe Verujta"

"It wasn't freedom she wanted. It was belief in something-- a prize big enough to run for and to fight for and to keep on reaching toward no matter what."

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!

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