One of my most anticipated reads of the year, Truthwitch by Susan Dennard was my dream come true. It felt like Lord of the Rings meets Xena: Warrior Princess meets Legend of Zelda and it was all kinds of awesome.
The cover is just so gorgeous. Takes my breath away
Rating- 5/5 stars
Publisher- Tor Teen
Pages- 416 (Hardcover)
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 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.
I’ve been crazy excited for this book for so long it drove me crazy. The morning the book was supposed to be delivered, I was pacing in my garden outside waiting desperately for the delivery guy to come so that I could finally, FINALLY, read this gorgeous book and satisfy my crazed hunger. I was not for a moment disappointed.
The entire setting of the book is absolutely stunning. The world building and descriptions are amazing and fantastical and easily imagined. There were times when I felt like I was in the world of Assassin’s Creed which made me love the book even more. Sooz has amazing world building capabilities.
To my favorite ladies, Safiya and Iseult, they’re a wildcat duo and a sassy female version of Frodo and Sam. Their chemistry was stunning and the banter between them so familiar it brought tears to my eyes on more than one occasion. The most badass scene for me was probably them fighting back-to-back at the lighthouse when the Carawen monks descend on them to seize Safi. The way the scene was described, the detail, the emotion, so alive, I was screaming and whooping and cheering.
Aeduan and Merik…. My, my these lads could not be more poles apart but so amazing. I loved Merik but I had a bigger thing for Aeduan from the beginning. I literally have no words for how awesome Merik is and how much heart Aeduan has. Their interactions with the girls are worlds apart but I think there’s going to be a big run-in in the next book.
Favorite OTP scene- Safi and Merik dancing for the first time. Oh. My. Fangirl. Heart.
If you’ve read the book, this is self explanatory because HOLY KITTENS I COULD NOT STILL CANNOT
Also, big request, someone send me fanart of the Water Well described in the book. I don’t think my imagination was enough and seeing it in front of my eyes might satisfy that hunger.
I have, but one complaint, NOT ENOUGH NOMATSI!!!!!! Mhe verjta is my favorite saying from the book and I WANT MORE BECAUSE THE MEANING IS BEAUTIFUL!!!! Please…more…
Okay. This book blew me away and I loved it’s every moment. A 5/5 stars for me.