Monday, June 10, 2019

Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

The Witchlands #1
Hardcover, 415 pages
Published by Tor Teen
Release Date: January 5th, 2016

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:
Truthwitch was a very complex book that I still can’t tell if I liked. There was a lot of hype around this book and I didn’t really get it. Yikes, that sounds terrible. I’m not saying the book was bad, it just wasn’t all that.

Safiya and Iseult both are witches who are often in trouble in one way or another. I liked their dynamic, that balance each other out and I think they both grew in a lot of ways throughout the story. I like that the story focused on the characters and their friendship. They had a real friendship that was very realistic to me. They love each other but also understand they have flaws and how those flaws balance themselves out in each other.

I think one issue I had with the story was keeping track of the characters and where everyone was and who had what magic and what it did and then how each character played into the plot. All of it was seriously overwhelming and confusing for me. I had to go back a lot and re-read sections to understand who was who and how they fit into the story.

One thing I have to say was a reason I want to read the next book or books is that Susan Dennard always creates complex beautiful stories that take me by surprise. I definitely want to read the next book, I just probably won’t rush to do so.

A lot goes on in this story and I honestly can’t explain what happens without spoiling a whole bunch. I would say give this book a chance. I got to meet Susan Dennard and honestly because she’s so nice and sweet I would probably read almost anything by her.

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 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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