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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"--Front jacket flap.
Publisher: New York :, Tor Teen,, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780765379283
Branch Call Number: YA Dennard
Characteristics: 415 pages :,illustration ;,25 cm


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Jan 07, 2018

As with any series, it can take a while to pick up all the new terms, places, and characters/names. While this book took me a bit, I became quite comfortable with the style and vocabulary. I picked this up because I saw it recommended in many areas, and Sarah J. Mass had approved of it. From beginning to end, the book had me enthralled. The relationships of the characters felt very real and faceted, which I enjoyed a lot. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book!
- @Siri of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Truthwitch describes the tale of Safiya fon Hasstrel's and her threadsister's, Iseult, escape through the Witchlands as they are tracked by an invincible Bloodwitch, who wishes for revenge. The duo, accompanied by Prince Merik, a Windwitch and a ship's captain who is desperate to gain a successful trade between countries so that he could bring food to his suffering people, must fight against emperors, princes, and mercenaries will will do anything to gain a Truthwitch. Safiya is adamant to survive, thinking of no one but herself, until she notices the unfair trade agreement Prince Merik was shouldering. She questions whether or not her highly sought over abilities were as useful as others perceive -- believing that there was nothing that she could do to help Prince Merik's situation. Safiya is a strong-willed and kind-hearted character who is willing to do anything for anyone she cares about. The story-line is created well with an interesting combination of fantasy, action, and adventure as it masterfully weaves the elements of suspense, foreshadowing, and the feelings the author wishes the characters wish to portray. Since the ending shows the definite continuation of a story-line, it leaves the readers to wonder about what Safiya would do. This novel is best for those who enjoy series novels, as well as fantasy, action, or adventure novels. It is definitely a novel that those who enjoy the more fantasy and witch-related plot-lines would enjoy.
Reviewed by AY for the Cloverdale Teen Book Review Project

Aug 05, 2017

I have to disagree with everyone who loved it. I thought this book's plot was silly and the characterization was shallow and flat. DNF after about 60 pages.

Jul 21, 2017

This book was great!!! I wasn't sure at first but I very much enjoyed this book and think more people should read it!! :)

Dec 02, 2016

I love reading an author’s second series because of books like TRUTHWITCH. Dennard’s writing is gorgeous, and her characters fresh and original. The world of TRUTHWITCH is huge and it’s because of Dennard’s experience as a writer that the reader is never overwhelmed by it all. This is the book that will be talked about for years to come, a book that deserves every bit of hype.

TRUTHWITCH is the tale of two threadsisters and Dennard is able to perfectly balance their stories, so that it never feels like one is more significant than the other. This is a multi-POV book; told in the POV’s of Safi (our Truthwitch), Iseult (Threadwitch), Merrik (Windwitch), and Aeduan (Bloodwitch). In a lot of cases, this is a big undertaking because there needs to be enough space given to each character. Dennard is absolutely perfect when it comes to this. The switch between POV’s is smooth and I felt like I got enough time with each and every character.

I loved all four of our main characters. Safi was funny and ambitious, someone who acts before she thinks. Iseult was my favourite, mainly because I felt our personalities were very similar. She was introverted and calm, and I felt like she was very selfless, in the sense that she’d give up everything if it meant her friends and family were happy. Merrik is someone who would do anything for his country and is desperately fighting for its survival. He also has a lot of rage, which fits so well with his witchery. Then there’s Aeduan, the infamous Bloodwitch. Like Iseult, he was another favourite and I can’t wait to find out more about him. He’s very mysterious and a bit of an anti-hero, but that kind of makes me love him more haha. The characters go through some serious character development and I especially loved the actions of Safi at the end – it showed her growth.

I usually mention this in my reviews, but world building is my absolute favourite and Dennard did not disappoint. If you’ve seen a map of this world, you might have noticed that it looks like an alternate version of Europe. I loved that! Dennard is so strong when it comes to giving the reader a good visual of her world. There are so many different cultures, but again we are never overwhelmed. We’d glimpse the world through the characters actions, through music and poetry, myths and legends. It was also great seeing both the good and bad of the world. For example, we experienced the discrimination of the Nomatsi through Iseult, which is her ethnicity.

I actually think if you liked Avatar: The Last Airbender, you’ll like this. The world is based upon elemental magic and the scale of the world (very big!) is about the same. I also sensed a bit of Zuko in Aeduan, which was great.

Dennard is truly a Wordwitch when it comes to writing. With magic and suspense at every corner, TRUTHWITCH is a must-read. The writing is visually stunning and the world equally so. Dennard has created a beautiful start to a fantastic, new series.

Disclaimer 1: I won an advanced readers copy from the author, this has in no way altered my honest opinion of the book.

Disclaimer 2: I wrote this review about a year after reading it, but I based it on notes written immediately after finishing it, so everything in my review is accurate.

AL_KELSEY Nov 21, 2016

This high-flying magical fantasy novel encapsulates everything I love about high fantasy! There is a strong female lead character, who relies on her own wit and intuition to defeat all sinister enemies. There is an element of magic--original magic, that kept me on my toes. This is definitely one of my favorite choices for 2016.

xSushii Oct 14, 2016

Female friendships for the win. ♥

This is a book that surrounds some of my favorite elements. The book combines magic, adventure, and romance into a fun world. The book combines magic, adventure, and romance into a fun world.I had so much fun reading this book in fact, I couldn’t put this down and wanted more of it. I even read it twice in the row because it was so good. I loved the elements of magic and people with special abilities. What also got me into the book was the adventure in it and I actually got a Sinbad type of world. If you are interested in jumping into the world of the Truthwitch click on the link below the picture to check it out. Until next time keep on reading.

Jul 07, 2016

So I know this book was massively over-hyped, but let me tell you, IT SERIOUSLY LIVED UP TO ITS HYPE!

The worldbuilding, characters, magic, romance, all of it was fantastic! I can't wait to read the next one! I need it now!!

samcmar Jun 30, 2016

Generally, I avoid hyped books. I avoid them like the plague because I've been burned so many times by fandoms and hype. Truthwitch has possibly one of the most insane book campaigns for a title I've seen in awhile, to the point where it's a bit too crazy for my tastes. However, I get the appeal of this book -- a lot.

This is a fantasy novel that is centered around a very dynamic and intense friendship between two woman with magical abilities. They are bonded together by their unique abilities in being able to read truths and see hidden threads, and it makes for a pretty damn exciting tale. There is tons of action in this novel, and it's very gripping. Safi and Iseult are impeccably developed, delightfully opposite to each other, and yet their friendship was my favourite part of this novel. They have such a rich bond, the kind of best friends that will do anything and everything for each other. Can say anything knowing the other means well, even if they don't like it. When I say their friendship is intense, I mean that 100%.

I love fantasy that is full of political intrigue as well. This book offers a lot of well developed political shenanigans with some horrific people wanting the power of truth. The stakes are always high, and it feels like Dennard is a huge fangirl, because that's the sort of connection I made while reading the novel and looking at the stakes for both Iseult and Safi. The choices are so damned if you do and damned if ya don't.

The romance was the on bit I had some trouble with. I appreciate levels of sexual tension, but this one didn't really capture me. I was way more into shipping Safi and Iseult's friendship that I just didn't find myself caring as much for the romance elements. I wanted to care, but I just, didn't. I was just way too team Safi and Iseult.

This is a delightful fantasy novel, and I am excited to see where Susan Dennard goes with it as sequels come out. She has a very rich fantasy world with this story, and I'm intrigued to see how things will fair for Safi and Iseult as more books come out. If you love an intensely awesome friendship, kick ass heroines, and some strong political intrigue, then you need to put Truthwitch on your TBR.

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Dec 02, 2016

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spl_merley May 04, 2016

Safiya was born and raised to be a noblewoman but desires nothing more than to be free of responsibilities. She has kept her truthwitch abilities a secret knowing that she could either become a pawn in political schemes or be killed to prevent others from access to her power. Her Threadsister and closest friend, Iseult, is a threadwitch who can see people’s emotional ties. Bound by friendship and trained for battle Safiya and Iseult find themselves thrust into the middle of plans that could destroy a 20 year truce and which would plunge their world into greater darkness than the Great War. Pursued by a bloodwitch assassin, an emperor’s agent, and leaders seeking Safiya’s powers the two flee for safety on the ship of a prince motivated by a desperate desire to save his land and his people from suffering. Along the way they face countless challenges, discover the seeds of romance and learn the devastating impact of the Great War all the while unaware that they may be the long awaited hope that could bring healing to their world.


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Aug 06, 2016

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.


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