Truthwitch: A Witchlands Novel by Susan DennardTruthwitch: A Witchlands Novel by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch: A Witchlands Novel

bySusan Dennard

Paperback | January 10, 2017

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Two best friends use their magic to save the world from war and corruption in Susan Dennard's New York Times bestselling YA fantasy, Truthwitch.

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.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It's a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her-but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safiya's hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safiya and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and privateer) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. Working in marine biology, she got to travel the world -- six out of seven continents (she'll get to Asia one of these days!) -- before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series, as well as the ...
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Title:Truthwitch: A Witchlands NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.23 × 5.48 × 1.17 inPublished:January 10, 2017Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0765379295

ISBN - 13:9780765379290

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spellbinding, electrifying, darkly powerful promising start to a new epic fantasy ! Truthwitch is such epic promising start to a new witchland fantasy series. Truthwitch is spellbinding, electrifying, darkly powerful in a bloodthirsty wonderland. It tastes like the sea, ember wood, and pine. Yes, this book takes readers on a compelling journey that is fun, dangerous and magical. Readers will be compelled to continue to turn the page. It's an addicting read. what to expect - epic magic powers, inseparable friendships, swoon-worthy romance, heartthrob moody men, wicked fighting scenes and baeduan.
Date published: 2018-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from FEELS I'm going to divide this review into things I didn't like and things I loved – that way it's easier for me to organize my thoughts! Starting off with things I didn't like... I can totally understand why people had trouble getting into this book. I think the world building could have been developed a bit better. It felt like there were quite a few things that didn't make sense or weren't explained properly, and as a result, it made things hard to follow. Especially the different witcheries. I will admit that I mixed them up a bit...and this is my second time reading this book too. I really wish there was a little glossary at the back or a character list identifying who had what kind of magic, etc. That would have made things a lot easier. However, that being said, the world is interesting, and I definitely want to learn more about it and about life before the Truce etc. I'm also pretty sure that everything will make more sense as the series continues, but it would have helped if things were better explained from the beginning. The different character POVs didn't bother me all that much, but it would have been nice to have this book completely through Safi's perspective, and Iseult's, especially since this book is focused on their characters. And Windwitch could be through Merik's perspective, Bloodwitch through Aeduan's perspective, and so on. But it was done pretty well and I did like seeing through the different characters' POV. My only other complaint would be that I saw parallels between Sarah J. Maas's characters and the characters in Truthwitch. I guess it makes sense, since they are close friends, but it did kind of bug me a bit. Merik's anger and how it affects his powers was really reminiscent of Tamlin and also Rhysand. Though...anger was kind of a theme with all the characters (except Iseult). Like Merik is constantly angry and his winds are going crazy all the time, Safi is also angry, as is King Henrick, and Aeduan. I remember this during my first read-through too – there was a bit too much anger. And it seemed kind of repetitive. It does kind of make sense – I mean your powers would be affected by your emotions, but it would seem that at some point, you'd learn to control your power so that it doesn't set off whenever you're feeling something. Besides the whole "angry" theme, the idea of a Heart-thread seemed somewhat similar to that of the mating bond in ACOTAR/ACOMAF and that kind of made me a bit wary. We don't exactly know much about how the mating bond works in ACOTAR/ACOMAF – like is the bond just with one person and that's it? Can you have multiple mating bonds? I was discussing this with a friend, and we're both hoping that the Heart-thread bond isn't so restrictive and...well...binding (pun intended). Now for things I LOVED I absolutely adored Iseult's character. First of all, she's a POC who is surrounded by people who hate her because of how she looks – being a minority and a POC, I can relate to that so much! I know how it feels to be judged and hated, even if it isn't directed at me, but at other people of my faith or colour. Iseult's relationship with her mother and her community also hit a personal note, but besides that, the way Iseult has to hold back her feelings also struck a chord with me, cause I'm not the most emotional person and I tend to hide my feelings and opinions from others. Iseult is also more of a thinker, and I loved how she thought things through before acting. It was nice balance compared to Safi, whose so rash and outspoken. I did come to love Safi's character. She annoyed me in the beginning because of her recklessness, but I grew to like it by the end. I liked her unpredictableness – even though sometimes I just wanted to shake her and tell her to calm down. It was funny, especially with how she set off Merik all the time. Speaking of Merik – I'D LIKE TO ANNOUNCE MY ENGAGEMENT TO PRINCE MERIK NIHAR OF NUBREVNA. I literally spent today planning out my wedding and the names of our children and also our ship name, which if you didn't know is MERINA (also the name of a future child and a naval ship). YES I AM CRAZY... But oh my god is he good. I love everything about him. How much he cares for his people, his relationship with Kullen (STILL CRYING OVER THIS), his loyalty, his bravery, his gentle heart, his stubbornness...I could go on...I loved Safi and Merik's relationship – it was kind of instalovey, but done so well that I can't possibly complain. The sexual tension drove me crazy! Like, just look at this... "If I were looking for a casual tumble, then you are easily the last person I would choose." "Good," she retorted, "because you're the last person I would choose." "Which is your loss, I promise." "As if you're so talented, Prince." "You know that I am." DEAD. I AM DEAD. Besides this ship, that better be sailing in Windwitch, Kullen and Merik's relationship was so beautiful it hurt. And the ending hurt even more *cue the tears* I can't imagine how broken Merik and Ryber feel inside and it's honestly NOT FAIR. Okay, switching to Aeduan. I like him. He's an interesting character whose constantly wavering between the good and the bad side. There's so much of him I want to learn more of! I want to know more about his father (and his relationship with him and his mother – was she a Nomatsi???), and especially the Puppeteer and whatever they're planning. I'm seriously loving all this complexity. And I can't wait for it to all weave together and explode *hahaha* Before I finish...let's spend a few minutes talking about LEOPOLD. Like what is he? Is he a glamour-witch? Cause I swear the blood scent that Aeduan keeps smelling is actually Polly somehow. Also, I love people who show a different persona on the outside, but are completely different underneath. Those are the vibes I'm getting about Polly and I can't wait to see what happens with his character. I'm guessing that whoever Safi and Iseult were supposed to meet in Lejna was actually Leopold, cause he's definitely in on Uncle Eron's plans! Hopefully I can start Windwitch soon! I don't think I'll be able to wait too long to see what happens next!
Date published: 2018-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A New All-Time Favourite! Let me just start off by saying anything I say about Truthwitch won't do it justice. Not only does it live up to all the hype, it exceeds it. The world, the story, the characters, all elements to this book make it an unforgettable read. There are some minor issues but overall Truthwitch kicked some major butts! We dive straight into the world as the story takes off. Honestly at first, it was hard to grasp the world because of how quickly we're thrown in. It felt like I was suppose to already know the world and understand the magic when really I was confused and struggling to get a bearing inside this world. However, as we go further into the story, given time to absorb the details, I was able to thoroughly appreciate how complex and intricate the world and the magic system are. Each witchery was unique and served to help or obstruct our characters' paths. There was danger everywhere as they embark on their journey filled with actions and emotions. Safiya and Iseult have quite an unbreakable bond as Threadsisters. The unwavering love and loyalty they have for each other is truly inspiring. This kind of sisterhood is one to stand by. Bonus that they're both such bad asses :D Like many others, I love them! Safi's power- what I took away from the story is that she can detect lies. That's about it. Compared to Safi's witchery, I loved Iseult's more. Her ability seems more practical and useful. It is and will be significant as evidenced by the clues presented in the later chapters. Merik's witchery was self-explanatory. He was powerful and definitely knew how to handle it. Aeduan is my favourite! Yes, shocking, I know but I can't help it. He may act like a vengeful madman but I see his complexity. Aeduan has sides that we have yet to fully see and I so can't wait to peel his layers away. From the way Ms. Dennard hints and reveals, I'm positive my wish will be granted ;) The romance and ships are lovely~ Safi and Merik have this delicious tension simmering between them. They're both so headstrong which is perfect to me. Whenever they clash, whether it was with their actions or in their opinions, it made me happy. They're very much a power couple. They aren't my favourite ship though! Does any one else love seeing Aeduan and Iseult together? Because I ship them hard! Possibly even more than I ship Safi and Merik. Aeduan and Isuelt just has this undeniable pull to them. My heart beats wildly fast whenever we get a scene of them together. I need more! I'm dying, DYING for Windwitch. And then I'm probably going to die some more waiting for the book after that. Can you imagine the state I'll be in by the time the final book rolls around? Despite all the torment, I happily welcome the wait because this series is worth it. READ IT!
Date published: 2018-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hidden Gem I honestly had no clue about this book and then a friend at work recommended it to me and now, I am forever in her debt. I loved it! I was among my favorite reads for 2016. It is the story of a pair of best friends who are one the run from numerous people for countless reasons. Throw in a prince, an impending war and a mercenary on their trail, and you just got yourself an epic fantasy novel you simply cannot put down. It follows four amazing main characters: “If you wanted to, Safiya, you could bend and shape the world.” Safiya is a Truthwitch, a rare kind who has the ability to know a truth from a lie. She is forced to hide her own magic for fear of becoming a mere political pawn between empires. “Stasis. Stasis in your fingers and in your toes.” Iseult is a Threadwitch, a witch who can actually see people's emotions and connections but is still quite uncertain about herself. “Who the rut is that Nubrevnan Windwitch? And: He should really learn how to button a shirt.” Merik is a prince who is trying to save his empire and it's people. “Oh, the Bloodwitch named Aeduan was no longer bored. No longer bored at all. And now he had work to do.” Aeduan is a Bloodwitch, with the ability to remember a person's scent, and he is going to go to end of the earth to capture his prize. Through a series of events, these four characters become entangled in a bigger plot. The storyline is different, complex, fast paced, unexpected, smart and witty. The world building is brilliant with a unique and intricate magic system - I wish there was a reference/glossary section with all the type of witches. Dennard does a fantastic job describing the world with rich and vivid imagery that emerges you into the character's surroundings. I'm really happy I didn't have to wait much for Windwitch because I don't think I would have survived a year long waiting period. Who knows how I'll fare for the rest of it. I highly recommend this book, and I truly hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Date published: 2018-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It The first few chapters I couldn't get the characters straight and it wasn't too excited but I pushed on and it just blew up before my eyes I couldn't put it down!! I'll be getting the 2nd one ASAP
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from incredible book this book got me back into reading when I was in a slump. I devoured in in two days, and I love everything about it. The characters are all incredible, the plot is interesting and fast paced, and it all leads up to a thrilling conclusion
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AMAZING I borrowed Truthwitch from the library and I was so blown away, I had to buy it.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life 2.5* Erm. This was okay at best. The plot is pretty basic. Two best friends being hunted and then you know discovering there's more to them. And oh hey, perhaps they're like this prophecy. The world and magic are convoluted and confusing. Nothing is explained. Once I decided I was going to see the book through I accepted I would lack the history and explanation of the magic system I needed to thoroughly enjoy the story. The writing is fine. I feel like Dennard tries a little too hard at points to be Maas but also different. *edit: Maas's writing is not amazing. So there's that.* Safi and Iz's friendship is definitely the shining light. Strong female friendships are always needed. And here it's done right. They are there for each other through anything. The end. I don't want to be the girl that says her favourite parts were Merick's chapters and bits. But there you have it. He's pretty much an unwanted prince from a failing land on a ship. He's kind of tragic. Especially when it comes to Kullen. I'm jumping into Windwitch because I have faith it'll be a better read for me based on the ending of Truthwitch. And also, Truthwitch was Dennard's first real fantasy book, so I assume she will grow and get better creating her fantastical world.
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok start A little slow at first. The plot was also all over the place. First, it is about two friends who are trying to get away from a bloodwitch. Then it becomes that they are Cahr Awen and can affect wells (Aether Well). Should have stuck with the simple storyline to begin with. It was better before all this stuff was brought into the mix.
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gorgeous Writing I think the worldbuilding was amazing in this book, it's definitely at the top of my favourites pile.
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't get enough of this! I read this book so fast. I'm a sucker for world building and fantasy and this just sucked me right in. I can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Thrilling Read I did not enjoy this as much as I wanted to, and I think that's because I was rather confused throughout. Let me begin by just saying, Dennard's world building is AH-MAZING. Like, my jaw was on the floor kind of amazing. Goals to aspire to match. However, either I wasn't paying attention and missed it or it wasn't there, but I felt like so much of the world wasn't explained. Places, people, aspects of witchery—quite a bit of it I was lost on. Take the concept of cleaving, for instance. I'm really not too sure what it is, other than your magic killing you ... I think. Also, it seemed to take a while for the story to really have a point. Like I felt it took too long to establish the stakes of the story. I am in love with the witchery Dennard has compiled in here though. There is so much to explore with so many unique kinds of magic, and I look forward to it. And speaking of love, the romance in this was just perfect. The build-up, the tension, the multiple POVs, it was what I wish I saw in more books of this genre. It wasn't cheesy and silly, but believable and a relationship I could root so hard for. And good lord did I ever. The pace of the book is pretty quick, and some of the action scenes could have used some work. But even if it did take too long to establish the point of the story, it was exciting throughout and not a chore to get to that point. Dennard left a lot of loose ends, with a lot of potential for them to succeed in the reveal later on. I'll definitely look at the second one, but I think this one warrants another read through.
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very Good The world building is a little rocky and confusing in the beginning but the characters are interesting and enjoyable to read about. I loved Merik <3!
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Interesting, If A Bit Confusing This book has a vast fantasy world where the author almost seems to tell us a little too much information on the world and all the politics. Besides that, I really enjoyed it, and was intrigued by the fact that the two main girls are more then they seem. It made me interested to see them complete what their destined to do in the future.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as I had hoped I thought the book was quite confusing at first and I felt like there were so many characters they were more surface characters than in depth ones. When I finished the book, I realized that overall the plot was interesting but it took me quite a while to get to the end.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It Was OK Initially, I really hated this book. The main characters (Safi & Iseult) were very annoying to me and I couldn't relate to them at all. The author continued to throw in new characters which confused me more and more. I begun to enjoy the book when Merik and Kullen were brought into the mix. They instantly became my favourite characters but the book was still extremely confusing and I felt that the author could have done better in the explaining and describing of characters and books. Overall the plot was really good and I would reccomend it to someone who wants a more challenging read.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A bit all over the place. The beginning had to much things happening at once that sometimes I couldnt keep up. There are like 4 different point of views in this book it gives me whip lash but never a dull moment. Thats for sure. PS. Safi was annoying because she never listened.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Girl Power Amazing book! The author builds the world and character so well! She captivates you with every chapter by adding another small element each time. You learn a new secret of this world with every flip of the page and it's exhilarating! It's adventurous, thrilling, and even has a touch of romance. ;) Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very Annoying ** spoiler alert ** This book frustrated me and angered me so much. I absolutely HATE Merik so so much and do not like his relationship with Safi at all. That relationship just frustrated me too much and made no sense to me. The only scenes I really liked in the books were the scenes with Aeduan and the huge water creature fight scene. Everything else was frustrating, confusing or just bland. I dread the second book because it's named after the stinken Merik but I will still give it a try.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Predictable, but still a fun read This is one of those books where of COURSE the main characters are the specialest, most chosen snowflakes, and of course instalove, and of course there are connections between everyone--but it's also fast-paced, fun, and the setting and magic system have a lot of potential. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Fantastic female friendship! Everyone said great things about it and I was not disappointed. Our two main characters always put each other first (there were moments where they could've done otherwise but they didn't) I'm very impressed. Interesting setting and magic system, fast paced action (it's like they just cannot catch any breaks but it's great for us readers), good mount of political intrigue, overall a wonderful and exciting read!
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great story!!! i really enjoyed this story a great mix of adventure ,romance and thrills
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So good! This book was so good. The characters, the friendships, the setting.....just perfect!
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from awesome! I read this book when it came out and now I am super stoked for the next one to come out!!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It! Everyone told me it was a great book and I was not disappointed!
Date published: 2016-11-19

Editorial Reviews

"Susan Dennard has worldbuilding after my own heart. It's so good it's intimidating."-Victoria Aveyard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen"Truthwitch has all of the elements I savor-a richly imagined magical world, ruthless politics, steamy romance, and characters who grab you and won't let go. At its heart, a partnership between two strong young women who might change the world." -Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times bestselling author of The Seven Realms series"Featuring vibrant characters and an innovative system of magic, Susan Dennard's Truthwitch is a fast-paced adventure and a wonderful tribute to the power of the binding ties of friendship." -Jacqueline Carey, New York Times bestselling author of the Kushiel's Legacy series"Sometimes, from not even halfway through a book, you know that you're going to make everyone you know read it. It's a book that, by the time you get to the end you crave the next book as if it were the most addicting chocolate on the planet. Truthwitch is that book for me. Gorgeously written, elegantly built, and perfect for ANY reader-Truthwitch is something you will not want to miss. Seriously." -Rachel Strolle, Andersons Bookshop"Full of magic, unbreakable friendships, and purpose, Truthwitch is absolutely everything I look for in a fantasy. Dennard's stunning prose weaves a lush and wonderful adventure tale that has already hooked this reader and will utterly enchant everyone else." -Gaby Salpeter, Books of Wonder