Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard
Publisher: Tor Teen (January 5, 2016)
Print Length: 415 pages
Audiobook Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
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.
Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) is a YA fantasy novel that tells the story of Safiya, a Truthwitch, and Iseult, a Threadwitch, as they maneuver their way through the Witchlands in order to find freedom from their respective quandaries.
Dennard’s Witchlands had me absolutely captivated regardless of Truthwitch’s information heavy first few chapters. Unlike other YA fantasy novels, Dennard’s Truthwitch doesn’t include a brief appendix or anything so I would say the first five chapters or so you might struggle to find footing in this rather complex world. However, once Dennard lays the foundation, the world, the magic system, and the for-coming war absolutely encapsulating. Speaking of the magic system, each character of Truthwitch is ‘blessed’ with a specific abilities that include being able to tell when someone is lying, being able to see peoples futures, manipulation of the elements, and being able to track other witches. It was a unique world, and although some compare the system to the Falling Kingdoms series, I see enough difference to appreciate both series separately.
It is very rare for me to say this, but, I actually like all four of the main characters in Truthwitch. Each had a purpose to be there, both together and on their own, and unlike other YA fantasy novels I found that not a single one of them fiend a ‘why me’ whine. Also, lets talk about the strong female friendship between Safi and Iseult, shall we? I was completely enthralled with this friendship, and I rather enjoyed that, even though Dennard eventually introduced a romance between Safi and Merik, the friendship between the girls remained a huge focal point within the plot. I also found myself rooting for the romance between Safi and Merik. Safi and Merik’s relationship was not easy, in fact I found them challenging each other more than making lovey dovey eyes to one another, which made it one of my favourite romances in a YA novel I’ve read this year. Finally, I hope that Aeduan, being the antagonistic Bloodwitch in Truthwitch, switches allegiances to aline with Safi, Iseult, and Merik, because boy oh boy did he scare the pants off of me chasing the other three through out this novel.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
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And those are my thoughts on Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard. Have any YA fantasy recommendations you think I should check out? Leave them as a comment below and help my TBR grow.