Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard ~ Review


Hardcover416 pages
Published January 5th 2016 
by Tor Teen
Source: Hardcover from Publisher
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars




Goodreads Description:

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.


Review:

Thank you Tor Teen for sending me a copy of Truthwitch for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

Truthwitch was one of my most anticipated reads. It is funny the names involve the label witch since there is no casting of spells or anything you associate with a witch. Their powers remind me more of the way x-men where people have abilities that are different based on their gene. This was more a mental and elemental abilities these characters possessed.

 I wish there had been more of a backstory and how they became different from other people. I am hoping that more is revealed as the series continues or that we will get a prequel short story.

This story had amazing characters. That is something Susan seems to be exceptional at writing. I actually can not name one character I did not like. I even liked supporting and side characters. I also really enjoyed the dynamics of friendship and loyalty above all else. There was no inst love. Maybe insta-attraction but that was very refreshing. Safi was a very fierce character that draws you in. 

While I love their friendship, Iseult like her personality took time for me to warm up to her story. At first the friendship was holding her characters interest for me but then as the story progressed I got more layers of Iseult and came to adore her. 

Ha now playboy Merik was fun and flirty but his devotion to his country and people made him that more lovable. Yes there were serious sparks between Safi and Merik but it never overpowered the story. Some moments were predictable and I think I know where some of the story in the next books are heading. However it still had moments of surprise. I never saw the ending coming and it definitely leaves you wanting more.

If you are a fan of Graceling then this is the type of book you will devour. It is a fantasy world unlike any other, with fierce females that can take on any man and bring them to their knees. 



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About the Author

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. With a masters degree in marine biology, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor.

She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series (from HarperTeen) as well as the  Witchlands Series (Tor, 2015). When not writing, she can be found hiking with her dogs, exploring tidal pools, or earning bruises at the dojo.

You can learn more about Susan on her websiteblognewsletterTwitter, or Pinterest.

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