Good morning! Today I will be doing a review of Truthwitch by Susan Dennard.
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
This was, and is, a much hyped book in the book community. When this book was published in January 2016, everyone was reading it and talking about it. I held off, not that I don’t love fantasy books (which I do) but there were other things I wanted to read. I wanted to get this out of the public library, vs buying it, etc. So I saw it at my local public library recently and scooped it up!
First off, let me say I LOVED this book! All of the hype was right (which rarely happens) and it is worth picking up – even if you aren’t a big fan of fantasy. The female friendships found within this book are spot on. They are beautifully written, and very accurate as well. The romance isn’t ‘insta-love’ at all! It feels very authentically written from that aspect as well. The ‘bad people’ are not just automatically evil, there is some depth there which is refreshing. I like it when authors paint the bad guys with a brush that makes you feel as though you can understand why they are doing what they are doing.
The one downside to this book is the world building. Susan Dennard does a beautiful job of painting a picture of this world and all the pieces in it. However, there are so many pieces that it feels as though you get overwhelmed. There are a lot of players in this world, and while you know the main ones very well, there are others that you don’t get as much information on. I have not read the sequel yet (Windwitch) which came out in the past week or so – so perhaps some of those ‘minor’ characters will get fleshed out a little more.
Overall, I gave this a 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. One of the best fantasy YA novels I have read in a long time; and even though this isn’t Susan Dennard’s first book it had that feel of a new, undiscovered author to me. I loved it! Would highly recommend!
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