Author: Susan Dennard
Publisher: Tor Teen
Date published: January 5th 2016
Page Count: 416 pages
Genre: Young Adult,Fantasy
Where I got the copy: Got a copy of the book from Pan Macmillan India (Thank you for the copy)
Series: The Witchlands Book 1
Rating: ♥♥♥♥ (4 hearts)
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.
**I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.This does not affect my opinion on the book.**
I wanted to read this book way back last year,when it came out but #brokestudentproblems . And also,I wanted to read something this year,that had witch-magic (what I mean by ‘witch magic’ is that a magic that involves witches and not the magic of A Darker Shade of Magic or The Crown’s Game ) that wasn’t Harry Potter.(And shh..don’t bring up the fact that I also wanted it cause it looked downright gorgeous.)
Cover and Title: I repeat again,this cover is gorgeous.Yes,there is another cover too,but this is more gorgeous and you do not get to disagree about that!And the title is obvious.I mean,it will be obvious once you read the book.But I like how the titles are based on a particular kind of witch,like this one’s named Truthwitch,next one’s named Windwitch ,then Bloodwitch.I like that.And the series is title ‘The Witchlands’ which probably means that we get to see a vast world of witches and all new characters,which sounds like fun!
World building :This is going to be confusing,go slow.You hear the names of different places and kingdoms,and different kinds of people and other beings,like you get to know that there’s a big world out there,with things and places and people you’ve never met before,but the things is there are not much details about them.For instance,there’s this Empire of Marstok.The thought of the existence of this new magical place made me exited,but then there weren’t much details in the book to make up a visual image of that place,which is something that kind of disappointed me.So,what I meant to say in short is that,there’s a world out there,but no world building.
Plot: I loved how the story went.Yeah,it was like one mistake led to a whole chain of events,but the plot and story line,they were really entertaining and fast paced.And a major reason behind the rating.I wouldn’t deny that there were parts of it that were predictable,like the ones regarding The Origin Wells and The Cahr Awen ,among others.And another thing that plays a big part in this book-Safi and Iseult’s friendship.I love how strong their friendship is.And that they choose each other over everything else,which is a not-so-frequent-thing in YA books. People are always choosing the love interest over the friend,and this friendship between Safi and Iseult,it is something beautiful.
“Because ‘just me’ isn’t who we are,” Iseult hollered back. “I’ll always follow you, Safi, and you’ll always follow me. Threadsisters to the end.”
― Susan Dennard,
― Susan Dennard,
Did I mention that there were some pretty hilarious lines, too?
“Who the rut is that Nubrevnan Windwitch? And: He should really learn how to button a shirt.”
― Susan Dennard,
And the romance,I’m not sure yet,if I like it or not.It seemed it was too quick,or maybe it’s just me.
Characters:Safi is the main character.She is a Truthwitch and the book is titled Truthwitch,so she ,obviously is the centre of most events in this book.And she has a penchant for making poor decisions that puts both her and Iseult in perilous situations.Really poor at decision making.But I still like her,for the that last decision she made,for the ‘greater good’ ;and for her love for Isseult (no,not the romantic love).I like Isseult more actually!Where Safi is special for being a Truthwitch,Isseult is really special.She’s different.She’s a Threadwitch,but still,she is different from the others,and please don’t make me say why,cause that would be a spoiler .But those girls,they are both badass.And there is that other character ,a Bloodwitch ,who is one of the elements in the book that makes it more interesting!He’s a multilayered dark character,about whom I would love to read more! and since the third book is named Bloodwitch,I think we’re going to get a lot more to know about him.(*makes excited fangirl faces*)I’m not sure how much I like Merik though.I like his concern and love for his people,but we don’t get to know much about his character.I really hope we get to know more about him though,cause he isn’t a bad character,plus the next book is titled Windwitch,and he is one.And another character I need more about is The Puppeteer (Is that how it’s spelled?)
I wonder who smells of Clear Lake and Frozen Waters and I didn’t get the concept of being cleaved. *sobs cause that seems like a very important thing in the book*
“I guard the light-bringer,
And protect the dark-giver.
I live for the world-starter,
And die for the shadow-ender.
My blood, I offer freely.
My Threads, I offer wholly.
My eternal soul belongs to no one else.
Claim my Aether.
Guide my blade.
From now until the end.”
― Susan Dennard,
About the author:
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 Something Strange and Deadly series (from HarperTeen) as well as the forthcoming Witchlands Series (Tor, 2015). When not writing, she can be found hiking with her dogs, exploring tidal pools, or earning bruises at the dojo.
*********SPOILERS BELOW *********
This is something I’m curious about.
Aeduan and Iseult.
Why can’t Aeduen smell her blood?Because she is different?Can he not smell the Puppeteer’s blood either?Or is it something more personal?
To me,it seems like the latter,but I don’t have any theories beyond that.And it’s not just that ,but also the point when the life debt is paid and Iseult says that he still won’t kill her.Does that have something to do with Cahr Awen?
No spoilers in the comment section please.
That is it for this post.
See you in the next post!