Author: Susan Dennard
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 had heard some great things about Truthwitch, so I was really excited to dive into it, and it did not disappoint me. I love the dynamic between the characters and can’t wait to find out where their stories will take them in the sequel.
My favourite part of Truthwitch was the characters and their interactions with each other. Safiya and Iseult have one of the best female friendships that I have read, and they were always there for each other. What I also loved was that they both stood on their own and had clear, distinct personalities. But they also had formidable power when they worked together. I also loved Merik and the interactions that him and Safiya had. I can’t wait to see where their dynamic is going to go in the future. While there were hints of possible romantic relationships, the friendships between the characters were much more important.
I loved the world building in Truthwitch, and the atmosphere was incredible. The book does take place in many different locations, but I didn’t find myself getting confused about where we were at any moment. This was also helped by the book having a map, which is something I adore. I think the atmosphere really added to my enjoyment of Truthwitch as it made the stakes feel much more real. By having the different POVs within the book, the story flowed really quickly and kept me really engaged, contributing to the atmosphere.
The only slight issue that I had with Truthwitch was the explanation of the magic system and how they all relate to each other. While the powers that the main characters had were clearly explained, I would have loved some more detail to explain the side characters powers as Susan Dennard mentioned the powers’ names, but we didn’t get an explanation of what they could do. There were also some other concepts that I couldn’t get my head around what they meant, which detracted from my reading experience as I had to spend time working out what they were.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading Truthwitch, and I can’t wait to pick up the sequel, especially after the way it ended.