Monday, January 18, 2016

Review: "Truthwitch" (The Witchlands, #1) by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary 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.




I've been seeing and reading the hype about "Truthwitch" since the day its cover was revealed. True, the summary was great, the cover gorgeous but I was hesitant. Not because of the author (I like Susan very much, she gives great advice on her newsletter) but because I did get excited about another book (see "Red Queen") and in the end I was disappointed.

So I began reading cautiously and I after Merik's POV, the subcategories of the Witches AND the mythology behind the world's beginning I was convinced that I had a book in my hands, equally worth the works of Sarah J. Maas, Marie Rutkoski and Mary E. Pearson.

Safiya and Iseult are Threadsisters, bonded with threads of friendship to the point of considering each other family. Safi can tell truth from lie while Iseult can see the threads of all people around her; from fear and lust to hate and love. I noted especailly the Heartthreads because there was a great mention in the story which made me feel for Ryder.
Also the use of the threads can relate to the japanese version of the "threads of destiny" which are red and connect each person with another. That shows how well researched the author is.

Merik is a Windwitch and also a Prince who has to find a way to save his people. He is strong, yet in some occassions he could be pretty annoying. Yet I realised that there were other reasons behind his animosity. He is swoon-worthy, that's for sure, and despite his years he carries himself as an adult.

Now, the Bloodwitch is a part of nightmares. He has his own agenda but I couldn't help to think that towards the ending of the book he might-kind of develop feelings for Iseult. Sure, Safi and Merik are their own ship, but it was Iseult and the Bloodwitch who made me root for them.

There was one scene which made me read faster than usual and it involved a certain creature. Let me tell you that it pretty much reminded me of Pirates of Carribean and I'll leave it there.

But above everything, we have TWO strong heroines who want to shape their world, depend on each other and are brave, faithful and with knowledge. I liked that very much and I really want the next book!

If you like the authors, mentioned above then this book is for you!

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 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.

You can learn more about Susan on her website, blog, newsletter, Twitter, or Pinterest.