January 24, 2016 by ceresbooksworld
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Book one in The Witchlands series
Publisher : Tor Teen
Publication Date : January 5th, 2016
Source : UK hardcover and UK arc
Rating : Evil Love
Synopsis (From Goodreads)
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.
If you are following my blog, you know that I’m part of the street team since july, 2015 as a Waterwitch babe. This book was my most anticipating for 2016 and it didn’t deceive me.
First of all I have the UK hardcover which is gold and blue with the water symbol, I also have the UK Arc cover which is absolutely gorgeous (no I’m not trading it, or selling it) and I will have the US hardcover because it’s Truthwitch baby!
So let’s talk about real thing, this book is fantasy, with four leading characters and POV, Safiya and Iseult who are Threadsister, Merik who is a Prince of Nubrevna and Aeduan, the bloodwitch.
As I don’t want to spoil everything, I won’t talk about the story, I will just let you know what I like in this book and why you must buy it.
Safiya is a truthwitch, she can tell if a person tells her the truth, it’s a very rare power and it’s very desired. She’s impulsive and doesn’t think before acting of speaking. Of the blow she finds herself in rather funny situations. She will have to fight for what she wants and for her freedom.
Iseult is a Threadwitch, she can see the thread between people, she a Nomatsi and people in the Witchlands doesn’t like Nomatsi. She’s very smart and she’s the one who plans things. She will learn some things about her tribe and she will have to help Safiya.
Merik is a Nubrevnan prince, he’s a captain of a ship, The Jana, he’s hot and he’s a windwitch. He will have to live with Safiya, which is a really hard thing to do.
Aeduan is a Caraven Monk and a Bloodwitch, everyone thinks that bloodwitch doesn’t exist but he’s the proof that is real. He can smell the blood and follow people.
My favorite characters are Iseult and Aeduan, Iseult because she’s smart and strong but has some weakness. I love that she used moon-scythes to fight, I like her power too, I think it could be nice to see thread between people, sadly she doesn’t see hers. Aeduan is MY guy, I like him, yes we don’t seeing him a lot in the story but all his apparitions are powerful. He’s strong but in the end he has a heart, sometimes.
I like Safiya and Merik too, I had so much fun with these too and their fights, dialogs, sexiness. Merik wants the best for his people and Safiya wants her freedom, in the end I like that she’s becoming more mature and stop thinking about herself.
I really like the secondary characters too, Kullen, Ryber, Gretchya, Alma, Mathew, Habim and Evrane. They are important in the story and even if we don’t see some of them a lot I think there is hope for the future.
This book is a powerful story about friendship, real friendship that can transport you everywhere and never break. I love the relation between Safi and Iseult, it’s a beautiful relation full of love.
The romance is not very present but I like it, it’s very nice to read a book that hasn’t love triangle.
The end is intriguing because many questions stay without answer and some have the beginning of answers and are more intriguing. Like the one with Iseult and Aeduan.
Susan Dennard is really an amazing author, she has created a full world, with maps and good characters. I love her writing style and I would love to see her one day. She’s also a wonderful person, I have passed 6 months with her in the street team and I can tell you one thing, she’s the more involved author in her Street team, she’s always answering when you send her message, she always here in the social media and she’s doing a very good job with her fans.
I like everything in this book and I recommend it to all the people who love magic and fantasy. Be prepared for Love, Magic and Mysteries.
PS : If you haven’t read Truthwitch or if you are like me and want to read it again, The Waterwitch Babes have planned a readalong in February. Go HERE for more information.
About the Susan Dennard
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 forthcoming Witchlands Series (Tor, 2015). When not writing, she can be found hiking with her dogs, exploring tidal pools, or earning bruises at the dojo.