On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.
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.
Description taken from Goodreads. I received an advance preview of this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own.
There were a few things that I did expect from this book. Amazing world building. Memorable, realistic characters whom I could fall in love with. Witchery. I mean–this is Susan Dennard, after all.
What I didn’t expect was the killer dialogue, the unique ideas, the great pacing and the plot. Oh, the plot.
If you enjoy fantasy or paranormal, then I would definitely recommend this book. The magic is all consistent and the world is expertly made. It’s been awhile since I found a book that I can’t help jotting down ideas while I read, and TRUTHWITCH has broken that streak. Just like Cinda William Chima’s novels, this book reminds me why I love to read and write fantasy. The action in this book is really well done without being overwhelming, and the pauses in between aren’t boring.
I think the most endearing aspect of this book for me was that the story is great fantasy without being too deep of fantasy. Cinda William Chima’s novels can be very deep fantasy at times, but TRUTHWITCH is easy to understand and introduces ideas gradually. There are some great ideas throughout this novel, but they’re accessible to people who might not even like the fantasy genre.
All I know is, I can’t wait to read and review the rest of this novel and see how everything ends up. 4 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 416
Series: The Witchlands #1