Truthwitch (Witchlands #1) by 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.

(via Goodreads)

Susan Dennard’s Truthwitch is the first in a new fantasy series, the Witchlands. The story follows best friends, known as Threadsisters, Safi and Iseult, as they try and escape a kingdom hell bent on ending a twenty year truce and capturing Safi for her magic.

I found the first 100 pages of this novel really difficult. I almost DNF it about four times. I understand world-building, I appreciate the necessity for it, especially with fantasy novels, but this was so tiresome. It was as tedious as the first 100-ish pages of Alexander Bracken’s Passenger.

Once I got passed these pages (I had to, because it was the book club book of the month), I was glad I stuck with it. Such a fabulous read after that awful start. I loved the characters, the action, and the pace. The story and writing seemed to come into its own and I really enjoyed where it was taking me.

As this is book one, we are left with a cliffhanger of sorts (thankfully not a Walking Dead cliffhanger!) and I am really keen to continue on and find out what will happen with our characters.

And again, I have broken my rule of reading a series before it’s finished…this book club will be the book-death of me 🙂




2 thoughts on “Truthwitch (Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard

  1. Yeah, I completely agree with the book being incredibly tedious at the beginning. I also almost DNF’d it many times since I just felt like it was a massive info-dump. However, it thankfully got much better after the first quarter or the book! I’m actually looking forward to the second book now.

    Great review! 🙂

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