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.
Truthwitch just may have been my most anticipated book ever. Like ever. I’ve waited for many, many books before but none quite like I have for Truthwitch. I first heard about Truthwitch in 2014, after I read the first two books in Susan Dennard’s Something Strange and Deadly trilogy and joined her newsletter. Right away, I was intrigued since I love high fantasy and this like a book that would be right up my alley. The more I learned about Truthwitch over the next year, the more excited I grew and the more I started telling my friends who love to read about it as well. I’ve never promoted a book as much as did Truthwitch, which is in part due to the street team (shoutout to my lovely air witches), and I freaked out and was even a little bit shocked when I found out that I had won a much coveted signed UK ARC from Susan.
Suffice to say, my expectations kept growing, and I think that’s why I didn’t actually pick the book up right away. When I did start the book, I did like it, but something was missing. I liked the characters and setting, but the plot was not where my expectations were. THEN the real plot and action unfolded along with secrets, deceptions, and destinies, and I was beyond hooked. The story was action-packed throughout the entire novel and filled with many adventures. I was not bored once, and I definitely kept turning the pages faster and faster the further I got into the story. I don’t want to spoil anything so just know that you’re in for a real treat with this story and will not be left disappointed.
Truthwitch is told in third POV with a focus on four individuals. I loved flipping back and forth into the different perspectives. Each of the four main characters—Safiya, Iseult, Merik, and Aeduan—brought their own insights and twists to the story, which kept it fresh, moving, and very interesting. I loved seeing everything unfold right before my eyes before the characters even knew what was going on.
I especially loved Safi and Iseult’s friendship. Safi and Iseult are Threadsisters, and their relationship is beautiful. Safi is a bit reckless, but Iseult makes up for it by being calm and collected. All in all, they balance each other out perfectly, and make a pretty badass fighting duo, too.
And, oh man, don’t even get me started with the romance. I heard that there was a slow burn romance and was very excited for it, but I was not prepared for just how great it was and it ended up blowing me away. I was dying the entire time just waiting for it to happen. And when it did? It was glorious. (Those thrice-damned wind drums, though).
Overall, if you can’t tell by now, I loved Truthwitch so very much and it’s most definitely a new favorite of mine. It’s going to be a long wait for the sequel, Windwitch, but I know that it will be well worth it. This is a must-read, and I can’t recommend it enough.
*This ARC was provided to me by the author, which in no way affected my review.*
Carlisasays:January 16, 2016 at 6:34 PM
Ahhhhhhh! I’m so glad you loved Truthwitch because I LOVED it too. And I totally agree with everything that you have to say, especially with the great friendship of Safi and Iseult and then that slow-burning romance 😉
Great review, Jordan!
Jordansays:January 17, 2016 at 12:02 PM
I’m glad you loved it, too! Now we just have the long wait for Windwitch! And, thank you! 🙂
Cillasays:January 17, 2016 at 6:44 PM
With every review I read about Truthwitch, my expectations for it just keep soaring! I’m curious about the world-building – I haven’t read high fantasy in a while so this would be a fun experience 😀 I like the sound of the slow-burn romance too. Definitely putting this book on my to-read list this year! Great review!
Jordansays:January 17, 2016 at 7:45 PM
Thank you! I hope you love Truthwitch when you read it! I was so glad that it surpassed my expectations and all the hype, and I hope it passes yours as well! I LOVED the world-building and was so impressed by how great and detailed it was. And, oh man, the romance is definitely in my top favs. Happy reading!
Denisesays:January 18, 2016 at 9:31 AM
I’m so glad you loved Truthwitch, and that it met all of your expectations! You’re super lucky to have a signed ARC, haha. I really want to read it because I’ve heard loads of good things. It seems pretty much everyone has loved it. I really hope I’m able to get to it soon!
Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, Jordan! I hope you enjoy the sequel, too 🙂
Denise | The Bibliolater
Jordansays:January 18, 2016 at 10:20 PM
I hope that you get to read it soon and love it just as much as I did! You’ll have to let me know what you think once you finish it! Happy reading! 🙂
Anissa @ She Reads Too Muchsays:January 24, 2016 at 5:35 AM
“Those thrice-damned wind drums, though” LOL, YES!! Couldn’t agree more with everything on this review. I was so excited for this one too, and I’m so glad it’s getting all the hype and praise it deserves! Now I’ll just have to survive until Windwitch comes out xD Great review! 😀
Jordansays:January 24, 2016 at 4:42 PM
I’m so glad that you loved Truthwitch just as much as I did! It’s defintiely going to be a long wait for Windwitch, but it’ll be worth it! 🙂 Thanks!
Bashayersays:February 10, 2016 at 12:41 PM
Beautiful review! I got excited even more, sounds a worth-reading novel. Thank you! Lucky me when I get my hands on a signed book from the author, I’d be super happy if I get this chance. 🙂 X
Jordansays:February 13, 2016 at 2:03 PM
Thank you! Truthwitch is one of my favorite novels, and I hope you get the chance to read it soon! 🙂