Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Teen
Total Pages: 416
Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.
Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.
In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
It took me 50 days total to read this book (thank you, Goodreads, for the information). Normally, that would make me a little panicky, because it never takes me that long to read a book that I actually enjoy. This book, however, is the anomaly. I adored it! Recently, I’ve been in a contemporary YA kind of mood (summer usually does that to me), but I just couldn’t stop myself from starting Truthwitch too. So I took my time with it, only reading it when I was in the mood for a fantasy because I didn’t want to not enjoy it just because I didn’t want to be reading a fantasy. I knew this book deserved my undivided, unbiased attention, so I accepted that I’d be reading it for a long time, and that that was okay. So now, onto the good stuff…
THIS WORLD, YOU GUYS. In one of my recent TTT posts, I admitted that I totally want to live in this Witchlands, and I stand by my statement. It sounds SO great. I mean, sure, there seems to be a little conspiracy and some war and what not, but the magic! So many different KINDS of magic too! Reminded me of the Red Queen series where everyone has their “specialty”. Obviously seeing all these different types of magic made me think about the type of magic that I would want to have, and again, as referenced in my TTT, I think I’d choose Airwitch. How cool would it be to FLY?! Also, while I don’t think I fully understand the purpose and use of the magical wells that are referenced throughout, they seem really badass, and I wish I could visit one and swim in it. Do they have an exercise well that helps you shed some pounds? – I’d take a dip in that bad boy! Overall, I had fun reading about and “exploring” this world as Safi and Iseult adventured all over the place. Loved hearing about the different areas and the different people, and am totally intrigued with the idea of Safiya and Iseult being threadsisters. Though not a completely new concept (similar to parabatai in The Mortal Instruments), I’m really digging the closeness and connection that threadsisters (and brothers) have.
THESE CHARACTERS, YOU GUYS. So much YES! for all of them (yup, even Auduen). The depth that was given to each main character was amazing. I found myself completely invested in them, concerned for them, and adored seeing them develop, evolve, and grow as witchy humans. Merik is a heartthrob, I’m all about him. I love his badass attitude and love for his country and his people. AND… the sexual tension between Safi and him is just, GAHHHH! I’m shipping it. Isn’t everyone, though?
THIS WHOLE STORY, YOU GUYS. Honestly, what a great introduction to what is certain to be a kick ass series. Each story line is catchy, and I can’t wait to see where they all go. There are so many freaking possibilities, I just want the second book NOW! Aside from wanting Merik and Safi to fall in love and make babies, I honestly think that Auduen’s story line is the one I’m most looking forward to the most.
But wait, Kayla, you only gave this book 4.5 stars and all you’ve been doing is praising the crap out of it, so what gives? Well, I’ll tell you! I deducted .5 stars because I do have some unanswered questions and some things that I’m uber confused about. Maybe the confusion was intentional and will be resolved in other books, maybe I’m forgetting details since I took forever to read this, I don’t know. Like, I’m getting that the whole Cahr Awan thing is a big deal, but I don’t really know whyyyyy. Also the magical wells, just a little confused about their significant and stuff. I think they’re just like huge beacons of power, but I may be wrong. So yeah, that’s why I took away .5 stars, because I’m missing some things.
Overall, an amazing read. Love, love, LOVE all around. Book two, now, pretty please?
Which magical power would YOU choose?