AUTHOR: Susan Dennard
SERIES: The Witchlands
GENRES: Fantasy, Young Adult
PUBLISHED: January 14th 2016
In a continent on the edge of the war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.
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 meet 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 friend will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
What I Think
It wasn’t freedom she wanted. It was belief in something—a prize big enough to run for and to fight for and to keep on reaching toward no matter what.
I kind of wasn’t supposed to even read this book. I tend to avoid all the hyped books maybe even more than books with many bad reviews. But I, pretty accidentally, saw this was at our library and just put it on hold. Well, what happened with Truthwitch is pretty much the reason why I tend to avoid hyped books. I didn’t see this as worthy for all the hype it gets.
At first I felt really overwhelmed and confused with all these different types of witches and doms and domnas, threads and everything else. For me it felt just too much at once. But as the story went on, I got a hold of what’s what and how everything works. From that point, it was enjoyable to read.
As for the story, plot and all that, it was good. Sometimes fast paced but sometimes I felt that the story dragged forward slowly. There’s four (don’t shoot me if I remember wrong) different POVs in this books and sometimes it was just frustrating to read about the same thing just from a different POV.
I really liked the characters though! They were all different from each others. I especially loved to see how Safi grew from the beginning to the end. At first she was kind of like a typical teenager/YA who doesn’t think about the consequences before acting but at the end she realized that and really changed the way she acted. Iseult I didn’t mind that much, but I still liked her. Merik was one of my favorites too.
From the start I kept hoping for certain Heart-Threads to form! And damn it frustrated the living out of me when nothing happened and then we got a little “teasing” and that’s it. Gosh I hate when that happens.
I truly liked this book and enjoyed my time reading it but it still fell flat for me and stayed in the meh category. I still plan on continuing with the series at some point.