Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1), by Susan Dennard

3.5 witch kingdom will she choose stars!!

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch. 

My Review…

This book was not a high fantasy a book, since it was hyped up for so long I didn’t have high expectations. However I really enjoyed it from start to finish. It was an easy plot to fall into with and really likeable characters, some of course more than others. I enjoyed how they set up all of the different styles of witchy powers. It was a really unique way of telling different countries apart by their powers, it was also how they went to war with one another in the beginning.

Safi and Iseult are the main characters of this book and I totally ship girl power. They may not have super flashy “powers” but they are super smart and kick some serious ass when needed. They have been trained for years on combat and what to do in certain situations. I love the thought of a thread sister, it’s much more than a best friend. They both get into sticky situations together and separate and I like seeing how their personalities get molded throughout the book.

The men in this book are a complete different breed though, you have broody moody Aeduan who is a bloodwitch and probably my favorite character in the whole book. He is the most conflicted character in the book I think. His conflict is leading to a lot of character growth I bet.

Merik is a prince and a captin that is not getting the respect he deserves. that is a character I did get behind and I felt for, but he was not my favorite. He I think is going to make a very interesting character as the story line goes on and it looks like book two is more about him so we will see what happens. I’m not super keen on the whole insta-love thing but it might just work.

Okay so this may not be a super insightful book with great world building but I was so into it and couldn’t wait to continue reading it. I’m actually super excited to continue reading the series.

About the Author…

Susan Dennard
Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. With a masters degree in marine biology, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (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 New York Times bestselling Witchlands series as well as the Something Strange & Deadly series. When not writing, she can be found slaying darkspawn on her Xbox or earning bruises at the dojo.

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