Truthwitch – Susan Dennard

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Blurb: “On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others. In the witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble – as two desperate young women know all too well. Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from a 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 binds 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 hotheadd 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.”

** I was sent this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

I first started hearing about this book about two months ago when it became surfacing in the booktube world. A witchy novel edorsed by the wonderous Sarah J Maas on the cover? I was already sold. However, I had resigned myself to having to wait until the release date (5th January 2016) to get my hands on it. Thankfully, the lovely people at Tor Teen & Pan Macmillan sent me a copy to review.

The story follows Safi who is a Truthwitch meaning she can tell whether someone is telling the truth or not. A Truthwitch is very rare and as you would expect, there’s a lot of people out there who would like to get their hands on her so their empires can triumph. Safi has formed an unlikely friendship with Iseult who is a Threadwitch, meaning she can see the threads that make up a person and can see their emotions in the way of coloured threads. The duo just want to be free to live their own lives away from the things and people that confine them. But a war is coming to the witchlands.

It’s no secret that I adore anything with witches and magic in. This book took things a step further, giving witches specific powers. There’s a whole host of different kinds of witches from the protagonists I’ve stated above, to airwitches who can dominate heat, storms, even control the air in someone’s lungs, to wordwitches who excel in the trade of rumours and secrets.

Safi and Iseult disguse themselves as peasents and try to rob a Guildmaster’s carriage, hoping it will give them the money to escape. Their plan becomes foiled and they almost get caught… by a Bloodwitch.

A Bloodwitch can smell the very witchery running through the veins of a witch and can track them for continents by the smell of their blood. So, while Safi and Iseult manage to escape, a cat and mouse chase begins. It probably doesn’t help matters that the Bloodwitch is also a Carawen Monk: traied to kill since childhood.

This is a very complex novel (as you would expect from fantasy). The world building is perfect, the characters are fleshed out and believable, the unique aspect to the witch powers worked really really well.

And the ending. Holy moly, the ending.
This book isn’t even out until January 5th 2016 and I already need the next book.

If you love fantasy, witches, medieval settings, you do NOT want to miss out on this one!

 
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