Written by: Susan Dennard
Release Date: January 5th, 2016
Pages: 416, Hardback
Series: The Witchlands, #1
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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.
My review of this book is as follows: ALSEKRUALSDFJSDF *High pitch keening sounds from across the globe*
Alright, alright fine, I’ll settle down and write up a real review. If you read my really feelsy Truthwitch post(here) you know this book means a lot to me. In fact it means so much that I was really afraid that I wouldn’t even like this book. There’s been a LOT of hype around it, and I know often times hype makes people nervous. No one wants to be that blacksheep that hates the book everyone loves.
I’m so very glad to say I wasn’t a blacksheep with Truthwitch. Of course this book is so solid that I’m rather confident that if you enjoy the books that I read, you’re gonna enjoy this one. If you enjoy high fantasy even you’re really likely going to enjoy this one. The book is just that solid.
Not to mention RELATIONSHIPS! Not just romantic relationships either. Powerful friendships and I adore seeing that in print. I know that was Dennard’s point with this book was to work with friendships but still. This book excels at it.