Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
- Read: May 25 – June 4, 2017
- Rating: 4 stars
[Goodreads] : 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.
I was intrigued by this book when I first found out about it and reluctant to read it because of all the contradictory reviews. I really enjoyed it, though.
It had a surprising fast-paced beginning but it wasn’t until the first 100 pages that I was really interested in it. One of the issues that I had with this book was the lack of explanation for certain concepts, or information on the world in the earlier chapters. It eventually appeared and was scattered throughout the book but it made it confusing to read sometimes. Still, a lot of if could’ve been better explained/developed.
I loved all the main characters, especially Safi and Merik, though I have to say I also kind of love-hate Aeduan (more love though). I’m not sure if there was much character development, in truth.
The writing wasn’t very remarkable but it wasn’t bad either. The plot was… a bit vague, and somewhat confusing. It feels like everything was just about capturing Safi/ about Safi fleeing (depending on the point of view) and this involved quite a few people…. It’s safe to say it’s a very character-driven story and from the looks of the next book it’ll be the same.
Despite its flaws, I enjoyed this book very much and I’m really looking forward to reading the next book, Windwitch. This book is fast-paced fantasy set in a very interesting world, and I recommend it to everyone who loves magic.