Sunday, February 28, 2016

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Title: Truthwitch 
Series: The Witchlands #1
Author: Susan Dennard
Publisher: Tor Teen
Published: January 5, 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.

“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.” 

What a freaking surprise Truthwitch was for me!

In the beginning, I felt like the story was too slow-progressing, by the middle I was completely enthralled and by the end, it was nail-biting time....

I have never read a book like Truthwitch. The premise of witches with so many different talents. There are Windwitches,  Ironwitches, Threadwitches, Tidewitch, Bloodwitches, and of course, a Truthwitch. 

Safiya is a truthwitch, someone who can tell when anyone lies. Her best friend Iseult is a Threadwitch. They actually have become Threadsisters. Safiya has lived her life under the tutelage of Mathew and Habim. She and Iseult have been taught to fight. Safiya believes her uncle to be a drunk who doesn't care for her.

After a stint goes wrong with a Guildmaster, Safiya and Iseult find themselves being persecuted by the Bloodwitch Aeduan. He can sense the blood of anyone he's in contact with, making it easy for him to follow his prey. 

For Safiya, the danger comes from hiding her witchery. A Truthwitch is a great commodity for any reign to have. If Safiya is discovered, her life as she knows it will end. She will be nothing more than a prisoner, a pawn in the hands of whoever captures her. When her worst fears become true, Safiya and Iseult have nothing else to do but run. Safiya lands herself on the ship with Prince Merik.

Prince Merik is desperate to start trade with anyone before his people starve to death.  Having Safiya to deal with, is something he didn't plan to do. Safiya and Merik fight, butt heads but they can't deny their attraction to each other. 

Iseult, on the other hand, runs to her childhood home. Yet, things have changed drastically and not everything Iseult thought she knew was true. During her run, she does meet with the Bloodwitch Aeduan a couple of times, making me excited to see where this relationship goes.

Aeduan is still a mystery. He's supposed to be evil but I know I would love to get his backstory.  What made him leave the monastery? Also, I thought his power to be the best! He could do so much. He was almost invincible. 

I almost forgot to mention the cleaving. If you get it, you pretty much become a zombie. 

I'm going to be dying to read the next one. I'm just sad I have to wait a year for it.

Cliffhanger: Yes

5/5 Fangs

Holy cow, I don't think I have ever felt as much as a badass as I did while reading this book. I know I wasn't doing anything badass, but this book made me feel like I could! This book showed that women can be just as kickass and powerful as men! Talk about an awesome message. 

I was expecting to like this book, but I wasn't expecting to LOVE it as much as I did. I figured it would be good, but I didn't think it would live up to the hype building up about it. I was proven wrong because this book blew all of my expectations out of the water. Truthwitch left me speechless. 

First of all, the characters were fantastic. I became invested in every character's storyline and connected to each character in a unique way. Susan did a great job at giving each character a lot of depth, but not giving away everything about each character. She left some mystery behind the characters, and I am so excited to delve into those secrets throughout this series. I care so deeply about the four main characters, and my heart will be broken if anything bad happens to them. Safi, Iseult, Merik, and Aeduan have all taken up space in my heart.

In a lot of books, we don't see a lot of strong female friendships. This book had one of the greatest female friendships I have ever read. Iseult and Safi are the definition of friendship goals. I loved how loyal they were to each other. It honestly brings tears to my eyes to think about their friendship. Safi and Iseult are great on their own, but they are phenomenal together. 

Iseult and Safi are also so badass! They made everything so exciting. I loved reading about them creating plans to get out of crazy situations and then be awesome ninjas to carry out the plan. Their fighting scenes were always so thrilling and kickass. I would not mess with Iseult and Safi. 

The romance in this book was great because it didn't take away from the plot. The romance only added to the plot. Susan had some swoon worthy moments, but they weren't all the book was about. I really appreciated that, especially in a fantasy novel. I don't want to spoil anything by saying who I ship, but I ship two couples SO HARD. It is insane how hard I ship them. The slow burns are fantastic, and I am sure they will kill my heart. It is going to be a beautiful and painful journey. I cannot wait.

The plot was interesting the entire time. I was never bored with this book! Everything about the plot kept me glued to the pages. The plot combined with the character developments, dialogue, and action scenes consumed me. I was obsessed with this book and I still am obsessed with it. I do think that the first couple chapters of the book were a little confusing. It felt like as a reader I was just kind of thrown into this confusing world of witchery with all these different characters (which had difficult names to remember). It was a lot to get my head around at first. However, after a few chapters, I was able to understand what was happening and I started plowing through the book.

This book was so freaking amazing. I want everyone to read this book so we can fangirl about it together. I guarantee this book will not disappoint. 


I leave my review with this question: 

who runs the world? 

5 / 5 Fangs

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