ARC Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

21414439Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Published by Tor Teen on January 5, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Magic

Pages: 416 Format: ARC Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

This ARC was received by my library department for marketing purposes. This does not affect my opinions in any way.

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.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard has been all over the internet for months now, so when I saw this ARC come in to my department I immediately grabbed it. I’ll admit I had never read any of Dennard’s previous books but I absolutely adored this one. Safiya and Iseult’s twisting and turning journey of survival pulled me in, tore at my heart strings, and consumed me. Here were some of my favorite parts:

Bonds Between

The relationships and connections that were built within Truthwitch are at the very core of it’s story. As Threadsisters, Safiya and Iseult would do anything for each other. The same can be said for Merik and Kullen. It goes beyond Threadbrothers and Threadsisters though. It’s the bonds forged between crew, between families chosen or born with, the lengths people will go for each other.

The depiction of these connections, the very threads that bind people together, was done so brilliantly. The differing colors of feelings, the bright red of desire, the forged heartthread between lovers. Seeing it through Iseult’s Threadwitch eyes opens up the complexity of the human collective. It’s vibrant and stunning, adding depth to the narrative and creating a unique world.

Past & Future

Truthwitch is where the past and future meet; where legends and myth come to the forefront and the world as it is known will change forever. The Dalmotti, Cartorra, and Marstok empires rest in an uneasy peace, threatening to tip over into war at any moment, and our characters are at the very heart of it. Looming threats from unknown forces, conflicts within. It’s a chess match at its highest level.

The twenty year truce is running out and there are plots in motion to prevent it. Allegiances are formed, agreements are reached, and yet each choice throws everything into disarray. The Origin Wells, sources of magic, have been dead or dying for a very long time, and the myths of old could be their saving grace. Political aspects mixed with fantastical elements always get me.

Final Thoughts

Susan Dennard’s Truthwitch was a wonderful story filled with action, adventure, romance and magic. There’s sword fights and sailing the seas, legends come to life and the threat of war at every turn. The stakes were high and there is so much more to come. I’m now impatiently waiting for the second in the series and Truthwitch hasn’t even been released yet. So excited for what’s to come!

Favorite Quotes

  1. If…no, when she found that Chiseled Cheater, she was going to break every bone in his perfect rutting face.
  2. It was the circle of perfect motion. Of the light-bringer and dark-giver, the world-starter and shadow-ender. Of initiation and completion.
  3. Of course Alma had learned to fight. Of course she would be perfect at that too. There could never be anything that Iseult performed better–it was as if the Moon Mother made sure that any skill Iseult tried to hone, Alma acquired it too…and perfected it.
  4. And with all the sparkling wine and the shine of chandeliers, with the wall of glittering glass that overlooked the Jadansi’s marshy shore, it was hard for Safi not to enjoy herself.
  5. He tipped back a gulp of wine. It set his curls to flopping–and several domnas to sighing.

So who’s excited for Truthwitch’s release? What type of witchery would you possess? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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