Book Review Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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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.

Jan Review

I read the sample on this book 3 times trying to decide if i wanted to pre order it and the sample just did not grab me like i wanted it to so i decided not to pre order it and would just borrow it from the library down the road or wait for a good sale.  Low and behold my fantasy and sci fi subscription box brought me truthwith.  I put it on the shelf and figured i get to reading it down the road.  Well a good author friend asked me to read it with her i struggled through the first half just like i did when i read the sample with hope that it would grab me and that i would enjoy it.  I did finally get grabbed once the girls each got to take on a chapter and became separate voices, then i enjoyed it.  I got caught up in each girl story as it unfolded and i cringed and flinched through the terrible times at sea.  The ending was a little climatic then i expected but i am eager to see where the story goes.

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