book reviews, young adult

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

21414439Title: Truthwitch (The Witchlands book #01)
Author: Susan Dennard
Source: Bought
Edition: Tradepaperback
Publication:  January 3rd 2017 by Tor Teen
Pages: 432 pages
Category: Fantasy, Young Adult, Friendship


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.

LIKENESS SCALE:❤❤❤❤ 4.5 hearts


On the cover:  The front cover is amazing. I think I’m bias because the colour is mostly blue. Usually, I don’t like covers with people as models but this one caught my attention. I like the shiny blue stuff on the front cover. It adds a magical effect to it. The book has a blurb by Sarah J. Maas which encouraged me to buy the book.

On the story plot: The story is about a magical world full of different witches. It centres on the friendship of Safi and Iseult. Safi is a very valuable truthwitch. Iseult is a thread witch who sees the connections of different people but she could not see her own connections. Somehow they get in trouble which leads them to a Bloodwitch named Aeduan and Prince Merik a windwitch. As the story progresses their  different lives intertwine, friendships are tested, love is found and betrayal could pop out anytime.

On the characters: Safi and Iseult are the main characters of the story. They are both witches who are not registered with the government. Only, people who are close to Safi know she is a truthwitch. This is because her witchery could turn her into a slave. Being a truthwitch means that she could tell if a person in lying. Iseult is Safi’s thread sister. They share a special bond just like full blood sisters. Iseult is a thread witch. She could see someone’s emotions and connections. Both characters compliment one another. They are opposites which work well with one another. I love both characters because they would do anything for one another, even if its illegal.

All in all:  Undeniably, reading this was an experience which I enjoyed greatly. Truthwitch took me by surprise. I was not expecting it to be good. There was not a dull moment. Action. friendship and kick-ass characters were present. Also, the romance aspect of the story was not highlighted. The friendship component of the story was used to differentiate this novel . I think that the book surprised me because of its perfect balance of action, romance and friendship. It definitely would not stand out if there was no balance. I’m just happy that this story was not romance heavy. I gave this book a 4.5 hearts because I really love the world, characters and its friendship component. I expect that the next books would surprise me more than this did. There would definitely be more world and character build ups, further more these developments are what I’m looking forward to. I recommend this book to people who want a fantasy read which has lots of friendship and kick-ass female lead characters.


“Sometimes justice was all about the small victories.”
― Susan Dennard, Truthwitch

“It wasn’t freedom she wanted. It was belief in something—a prize big enough to run for and to fight for and to keep on reaching toward no matter what.”
― Susan Dennard, Truthwitch

“They aren’t for disguise at all. You just didn’t want to leave behind your favorite book.”
― Susan Dennard, Truthwitch

“He was good. The best fighter she’d ever faced. But Safi and Iseult were better.”
― Susan Dennard, Truthwitch

“Merik turned away, pretending not to hear. Not to care. But the truth was, he did hear and he did care.”
― Susan Dennard, Truthwitch



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