Review: Truthwitch (Truthwitch #1)
Series: The Witchlands #1
Released by Tor on 5 January 2016
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.
Probably one of the most anticipated books of 2016, if not the most anticipated. Truthwitch tells the story of Safiya and Iseult, a truthwitch and her threadsister. Safi must keep her identity hidden, for if anyone finds out she’s a truthwitch, they’ll all want to use her… Or kill her. But of course, not everything goes according to plan, and soon Safi and Iseult must flee their home.
I think I first heard about this book from Sarah J. Maas, author of the Throne of Glass series, because the author of this book, Susan Dennart, is her best friend. So of course, if your best friend has a new book coming out – you’ll promote it, which of course will mean that people that haven’t read her books yet (me) will pick it up. I was super pumped for this book, because it was about witches and that is honestly one of my all time favourite subjects.
Unfortunately – for me – right as I was about to start this book, I fell into a sort of reading slump. I just didn’t feel like reading at all, and maybe that’s partly because of the book (which I will be talking about later), and partly just because I felt like crap. Still, I didn’t want to put the book down, so I just read bit by bit whenever I was in the mood.
Safi and Iseult are best friends, threadsisters, and they would probably die for each other. I honestly loved their friendship, and they are just so good together. I really hope we’ll see more of them fighting together in the upcoming books, because those fight scenes were honestly my favourite parts of this book.
What I didn’t like so much, was the fact that this book had multiple POV’s. Yeah I guess it’s a thing with high fantasy books that there are multiple POV’s, and that probably is the best way to tell a story like this, but I just don’t like it. It wasn’t that each character had a chapter (which for me is the better way of using multiple POV’s), but in each chapter, several characters would get their part, and that is just so so so annoying. I would have been okay with just Safi and Iseult getting a POV, but then there was Merik, and Aeduan, who I honestly didn’t care about at all.View Spoiler »Okay, honestly, I didn’t like the romance at all. I knew Safi and Merik were going to be ‘a thing’ from the moment they met, and I secretly hoped that I was wrong. But, of course, I wasn’t, and they spend the entire book flirting with each other which was just so annoying. Merik was all about how he couldn’t do anything with a domna and the bethroted of the emperor at that and seriously – that went on and on and on every time they were looking at each other. Either kiss the girl or stay the f away from her, damnit. I really hoped the book would be more about the amazing friendship between Safi and Iseult, but instead it was this. Such. A. Shame. « Hide Spoiler
This was my first Susan Dennart book, and I think I will go and try out some of her other books in the future. I like her writing, and even though her other series – Something Strange and Deadly – is about zombies, I just want to try it out!
And the best part about this book? It. Has. A. Map! Books with maps are always my favourites, because those maps help me imagine the world better. I mean you can write about how *country* is located to the south of *another country* and about how *village* was north of *city*, but if you have a map, your readers can imagine it so much better! I always give a little extra points to those books that have maps…
So yeah, in the end, I really enjoyed Truthwitch even though I was going through a reading slump and there were some minor things I didn’t enjoy. I will definitely be picking up the second book called Windwitch. Are you a fan of Sarah J. Maas’ books? Or just high fantasy in general? You should definitely pick up Truthwitch!
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