Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard
Publication Date: January 5th 2016
Details: Hardcover, 415 pages
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.
Going into this I wasn’t sure what to expect. I hadn’t read anything by Susan Dennard before, but I had heard good things about her books. A lot of people were saying great things about this one. Mostly about the female friendship in it. I can understand why because their friendship is amazing.
I found the first two hundred pages a bit slow but I was still enjoying it. It was well written and the plot was interesting but it was just going to be a three star for me. However, about halfway through I started to really get into it and I didn’t want to put it down. The second half of the book was a five star for me.
I really enjoyed this book I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one, Windwitch. I’ve always been interested in reading something by Dennard, but now I want to read everything.