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Truthwitch: A Witchlands Novel (The Witchlands) Paperback – January 10, 2017
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Make room on your all-time favorites shelf: "Truthwitch" is an instant new classic. It reminded me of why I started reading fantasy in the first place: its fierce and vibrant world, richly-drawn characters, and dazzling intrigue harken to the best of Megan Whalen Turner, Robin Hobb, and Jacqueline Carey. And while it pays homage to the epic fantasies that have come before it, it also lays the foundation for a bright new chapter in the genre. I haven't been so enthralled and inspired by a book since I first read Lloyd Alexander's "The Book of Three." Do not miss out! "Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series"
"Truthwitch" has all of the elements I savor-a richly imagined magical world, ruthless politics, steamy romance, and characters who grab you and won't let go. At its heart, a partnership between two strong young women who might change the world. "Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times bestselling author of The Seven Realms series"
Featuring vibrant characters and an innovative system of magic, Susan Dennard's "Truthwitch" is a fast-paced adventure and a wonderful tribute to the power of the binding ties of friendship. "Jacqueline Carey, New York Times bestselling author of the Kushiel s Legacy series"
Sometimes, from not even halfway through a book, you know that you're going to make everyone you know read it. It's a book that, by the time you get to the end you crave the next book as if it were the most addicting chocolate on the planet. "Truthwitch" is that book for me. Gorgeously written, elegantly built, and perfect for ANY reader-"Truthwitch" is something you will not want to miss. Seriously. "Rachel Strolle, Andersons Bookshop"
Full of magic, unbreakable friendships, and purpose, "Truthwitch " is absolutely everything I look for in a fantasy. Dennard's stunning prose weaves a lush and wonderful adventure tale that has already hooked this reader and will utterly enchant everyone else. "Gaby Salpeter, Books of Wonder""
About the Author
Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. Working in marine biology, she got to travel the world -- six out of seven continents (she'll get to Asia one of these days!) -- before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series, as well as the Witchlands series, which includes the New York Times bestselling Truthwitch and Windwitch. When not writing, she can be found hiking with her dogs, slaying darkspawn on her Xbox, or earning bruises at the dojo.
Visit her on the Web at www.susandennard.com.
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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.
Rating: 5 Stars
Truthwitch centers around two female witches, Threadsisters, Safiya and Iseult. They fall on opposite ends of the spectrum in the world of class and such but they are bound and best friends. After a mishap they end up wanted and searching for them is the Bloodwitch, Aeduan, who can track anyone anywhere after he has their sent. Worst of all he can sent the power in the blood and that means he knows the secret Safiya has fought to keep hidden, that she is a Truthwitch. Merik the prince and admiral of the Nubrevna and only want to help his people but finds himself a reluctant ally in the mess Safiya and Iseult are part of running from the Bloodwitch and many others. The girls only want freedom and to escape the danger lurking for them at every corner but with the twenty year truce coming to an end war is coming and no one is safe.
If I'm honest after being so excited for this book I was a bit worried in the beginning because I wasn't instantly in love. It had a lot to take in and it starts with a bang for sure but with all the unfamiliar names, places, terms and world it was a bit much to take in at fist and the shifts in POV were a bit harder. But then as I continued and I got a handle on the names everything just started to fall into place and I started to enjoy it more and more with each page.
The world is still growing as we spend most of the story on the run the scenery is constantly changing which was fun and I liked the world I was seeing so far. Still more to learn and see. The concept for magic in the world with each person having a witchery and how different elements could focus in on different specialties was pretty bad ass and some connections were made I never would have thought of but as I read it they made perfect sense. Plus the action there was always something happening and I felt like I was right there in the action from fights, chases, pirates, creatures, and so much more you won't be bored.
But I think my favorite part was the characters. There is still much to be flushed out on some of the characters for sure but I got a good sense of who Safiya, Iseult, and Merik were. Safiya of Safi has hidden what she is for fear of being killed or used as a pawn her whole life with her rare gift of being able to tell lie and truth, oh and she's a Domna. Iseult is a Nomatsi, an outcast of sorts that people are fine treating none to kindly. Safi and Iseult are Threadsisters and their connection and love for one another is great. No matter what they have one another's backs and that's that. They know one another perfectly and balance one another out and bring out the best in each other while accepting the flaws and the mistakes they both make. Then with Merik we know who he is and what he wants and while his pride sometimes gets the best of him he has a good heart and that shows through in his driving force. There are some amazing side characters as well that I hope to learn more about in depth in following stories and I feel Aeduan has much more to him and we only scratched the surface of a very deep well there.
Overall this was a fantastic read for me and I am super excited to continue on in the series. Truthwitch set things up nicely for more in the series with many things open and ready for more but still managing to be a complete story in itself. I can't wait to learn more about the Puppeteer, Cahr Awen, Cleaving, the war, and so many other little tidbits that have been dangled in front of me. What witchery you'd like to have. I'm undecided there are so many awesome ones but to control air or metal seem like top picks to me. I mean using air you basically fly and who hasn't always wanted to fly?
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