Truthwitch by Susan Dennard.
The first book in The Witchlands series.
My Rating – 4.5*-5*
‘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. ‘
“It wasn’t freedom she wanted. It was belief in something—a prize big enough to run for and to fight for and to keep on reaching toward no matter what.”
All hail Susan Dennard for writing such a marvellous book!!!
I’ve heard such great things about this book and what I can tell you is that I was not disappointed, this book was fantastic.
Yes, the first bit of this book was a bit confusing for me, mostly because we got a lot of information all at once and my little brain just didn’t know what to do with it all, there were a lot of information of witches, lots of names for me to remember and yeah, just a lot of things to remember all at once which wasn’t the greatest but I can live with that because it’s worth it because the rest of the book was marvellous.
Dennard’s writing is truly beautiful, I swear I was on the ship with Safi it was magical and I loved it. I felt like because of her writing I was constantly questioning everyone’s motives and if they were trustworthy and were they really who they said they were, for someone’s writing to do that I just think it’s incredible.
“Yes,” Safi breathed, swaying into one of the men holding her up. She flashed a grin at him and said, “I’m Safiya fon Hasstrel, and I can do anything.”
The characters in this book were incredible. Safi was stubborn with a big mouth and a short temper that went nicely hand in hand and Iseult was the opposite, she was calm and level headed and I think that’s what makes their friendship so strong, they work so well together and they just want to protect each other.
I feel like Prince Merik deserves a mention here because he is perfect, he is loyal and determined and as strong and stubborn as Safi and I am really, really, really rooting for them to get together, like PUR-LEASE.
Overall, this book truly was amazing and full of action and a slow burning romance and just yes, please, please, please read it if you haven’t already!!