- Series: The Witchlands (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Tor Teen; 1st Edition edition (January 5, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765379287
- ISBN-13: 978-0765379283
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 342 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Truthwitch by Susan Dennard is like a cake stuffed full of your favorite fantasy treats: highway robbery, swordplay, deep friendships, treachery, magic, piracy on the high seas, and romance. If you like any or all of the above in the fantasy tales, this book will delight you." (Robin Hobb, New York Times bestselling author)
"Truthwitch has it all, strong female characters, adventure, magic, romance, and non-stop action that will leave you breathless!" (Maria V. Snyder, New York Times bestselling author)
"Truthwitch by Susan Dennard is so, so, so great - epic fantasy, epic adventure, epic friendship." (Kate Elliott, World Fantasy Award Finalist)
"A masterfully told tale loaded with political intrigue, magic, harrowing fight scenes and escapes, mythical creatures, legendary prophesies, breakneck adventure, and even romance, this book will have readers breathlessly awaiting the sequel." (School Library Journal)
Starred Review. "Dynamic storytelling and a fully imagined magical world...Dennard's rich descriptions, insightful characterizations, and breathtaking action sequences will keep readers on their toes." (Publishers Weekly)
About the Author
Before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor, Susan Dennard traveled the world as marine biologist. She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series as well as the forthcoming Witchlands series, and when not writing, she can be found hiking with her dogs, exploring tidal pools, or earning bruises at the dojo.
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What is Truthwitch about?
Truthwitch follows two main characters, Safiya and Iseult. Safiya grew up as a domna, expected to eventually rule her uncle’s estate. She’s a truthwitch who can tell a truth from a lie, a fact she keeps hidden to avoid being used politically. Iseult is of the Nomatsi tribes. She left her tribe to apprentice in the city but can't escape the persecution that she faces because of her culture. She’s a threadwitch meaning she can see the connections between people. The two best friends want nothing more than to live a simple life, though for them a simple life involves a bit of conning and thievery. But a failed robbery involving a Bloodwitch, and her uncle's involvement in the possible end of the twenty-year truce, throw that plan into chaos.
What I Liked
This book is as much about the characters as it is about the story. Safiya and Iseult have such an amazing friendship. It’s so refreshing to read a book where the friendships are so much more important than the romance (not to say that there isn’t some great romance!). They’re also very different people which makes it easy for any reader to find one of them you can identify with.
I LOVE the magic in this book. While every witch falls into a category, they may have different strengths and weaknesses in that category. It’s a very practical take on magic with witches joining trades based on their talents. So much of the technology is magic based which is awesome. It’s just so cool seeing new types of witches and seeing the creative ways that they each use their power and that the world has adapted to the power existing.
In short: If you call yourself a fan of high fantasy in any capacity, this needs to be on your priority list for this 2016! It's a must read filled with a compelling world and magic system and characters whose journey will make you crave a reread as soon as you put it down.
I was lucky enough to pick up a copy at the Book Expo of America this past June and I devoured it immediately upon returning home. And I have to say....I'm 6 months since my first read of the book and pretty much every month since I just had this very strong urge to reread it already. And I'm not a person who feels that way often.
I think Truthwitch is perfect for people who have been reading high fantasy for 10 years+ and crave some of those classic high fantasy type stories just as much as it is also perfect for readers who are newer to the genre. There's an elaborate world and magic system (which is incredibly enthralling and unique) and, while I found it a little slower for me to get REALLY into the world in the first 50-75 pages or so, I could NOT put it down -- I love the world, the magic, the action, the emotions, the struggle and most importantly the AMAZING characters. I'm honestly still in awe of how truly incredible this book is.
So let's break it down shall we:
1. The world and magic system Susan weaves is incredible: I was so fascinated by all the different witcheries and magic! I loved learning more about how it all worked and specifically how all the witcheries were rooted within the elements. We've got Windwitches, Truthwitches, Threadwitches, Bloodwitches and more! As I said, it took me a little bit to get my bearings with it all in the first 75 pages but once you do it’s like so absorbing and you will not want to come up for air. True story..I didn't.
2. Truly unforgettable characters: I love the main characters so much it's probably borderline a problem. I love books where I can 100% feel the characters struggles and emotions. This was entirely one of those kinds of books. These characters are all fighting for something or really grappling with something big in their life and you can FEEL it. You understand it. They are just characters who have so much heart. They are so incredibly complex and you see that in their individual pursuits as well as the ones that they end up sharing. You can feel the conflict to protect themselves but also to work together. I really loved how well that was clear when Safi and Iseult meet up with Prince Merik and his crew. They all have different goals and things they are pressing matters and I could feel that tension pushing and pulling them in their actions. Even the baddies are compelling as much as the people you are rooting for!
3. Badass ladies abound: What I loved about Truthwitch is how badass all the ladies are in this book -- the main ladies and the side characters alike. And it's not all physical shows of badassery -- they are smart and brave and cunning. I loved seeing all sorts of badassery represented because there were some seriously inspiring ladies.
4. FRIENDSHIP: This book is just rooted in friendship. It's a friendship story...nay...really it's #friendshipgoals. I'm serious though. I love good, solid friendships and this book had a really great friendship in Safi and Iseult as well as Prince Merik and Kullen. The friendships were real and honest and they made me quite emotional at times as you saw the pure love that flowed between each pair.
5. SO MUCH ACTION I CAN'T EVEN: SO MUCH GOES DOWN. SO MUCH. I don't want to give any of it away but there were so many scenes that made me flip out/gasp/sit straight up from my lounging position/die.
Read it. This is a high fantasy series you are going to want to get into.