Truthwitch – Susan Dennard


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.

5 out of 5 

Truthwitch a story of two kick-ass female  best friends thread sisters who stick by eack other through everything and end up on an epic adventure to save there world from a war.

Iseult is a thread Witch able to see the threads of a person connecting them to the world itself as well as their emotions and feelings towards others. Safi is a Truthwitch able to know if a person’s intentions are truthful and also (of course) if they are telling the truth.

I fell in love with all the witch’s gifts and how they work. There is no all powerful witch with no problems at all which is what I want from a magical character. I feel without limitations they become somewhat un-relatable (I’m looking at you superman)

Instead there are witches that get their powers from different sources of the earth or void, some to heal, some to convince or compel etc… and all of these can be heaped under a broad category, it has an airbender feel as most Witchs can use a different element. There are water healers that can only heal with liquid (blood and the like) Fire healers that can repair muscles all working together they’d make a powerful and peaceful world but the first was caused the clans to keep to themselves and look down on each other.

There is still so much to learn about this world and all the powers and different clans, the wars, the peace treaties and what they all want as an end game.

The strongest parts of this book were the fight scenes, perfect timing, perfect descriptions. I knew where everyone was and what they were doing and the scenes flowed effortlessly.

My favorite scene was the fight at the lighthouse. Back to back, looking fierce as anything, Dark and Light coming together. The imagery was so powerful I was thinking of Sailor moon when they transform, thread strings moving around them glowing brilliantly with different emotions.

The romance wasn’t bad but also not to much of a feature. I like Merick and think he is a good love interest to Safi, there love is a bit Disney and insta love but hey you can’t win them all.

Iseults a bit different though, being a thread witch she is not as easy to get to know as Safi but I believe her love interest with Aeduan could be so epic! I’m a sucker for an anti hero and I have high hopes this pair will come good. OFFICIAL SHIP

Final thoughts

I have to say together Safi and Iseult are the “best” friend characters I’ve read about in a while although alone I like them a lot differently.

I feel if we only had one main protagonist I would choose Iseult, she is quick headed and able to handle herself she doesn’t get suckered in and is always on the watch for trouble, yes we see her stumble and stutter with nerves but never does that stop her from doing the right/bravest thing. Safi on the other hand just stumbles around making messes, sometimes cleaning them up sometimes making them worst BUT towards the end of the book she accepted herself, decides on a plan and sticks to it.


5/5 Stars – Such an epic read to start 2016 with I can’t wait for the next books! Straight to my favorite lists.

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