Truthwitch: A Witchlands Novel

Audio Book (CD) | January 5, 2016

bySusan Dennard

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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.

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 of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi's hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi 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 ship's captain) 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.

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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. Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It's a powerful ...

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. With a masters degree in marine biology, she got to travel the world--six out of seven continents, to be exact (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 s...

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Format:Audio Book (CD)Dimensions:5.9 × 5.1 × 1.2 inPublished:January 5, 2016Publisher:Penguin Random House Audio Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truthfully amazing! Truthwitch was absolutely wonderful. While Dennard could have done more world building at the start of her tale to help readers grasp the story-line easier, she eventually gives us all the pieces of the puzzle needed in order to fully understand her genius. This book provides not one, but two, extremely strong female leads who love each other, protect each other, and build each other up at every opportunity. They are bad-ass fighters, strategic thinkers, and perfect role models (minus their tendency to gamble and steal). Perfect for fans of The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst and The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 Truthful Stars! Witches, elemental powers, fierce battles, allies, enemies, truth, lies, epic journeys, and, oh!, so much more! Safiya is a Witch. A Truthwitch. She can tell a lie from a truth. Iseult is a Threadwitch. She can see the threadties that bind and threads that entangle lives together. In this world, Magic is bountiful. Witches of all Magicks are sought after for good and for evil. But this world is also cursed as the Wells that hold the Magic are dying or have been dead for too long. Warring countries try to survive without war, but the peace treaty that held them all at bay is coming to an end. This first instalment of Susan Dennard's epic fantasy of The Witchlands was, simply put, Fantastic! The world building is wonderful, the characters of Safi, Iseult, Merik, heck, all the characters are so richly drawn you feel something for each and every one. Even lesser characters with fleeting appearances leave their impression. The book starts slowly but builds to such a wonderful, epic story you will be reaching for the next instalment. Friendship and the ties that bind, survival and the lengths some will go, and honour and the devotion to vows made are the cornerstones of this book. It is absolutely a must read!
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book was absolutely amazing, I loved the magic aspect of it, and the friendships, just all of it was just fantastic! I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!!! THIS WAS SUCH AN AMAZING BOOK!! I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE SECOND ONE!!!
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I loved this book. It reads like an adult fantasy in that the reader is thrown into the world with not a whole lot of background. I've seen a lot people critique this book because of that but it reminded me of adult high fantasy because of it. Too many teen fantasy books spoon feed the reader and spell everything out which is fine but it also means the reader doesn't have to use as much imagination. I'm excited to see more of this world built up in future books, but the characters and their relationships have me hooked. One potential worry I have is what type of sexual content the future books will contain. That was a problem I had with the Throne of Glass series where the earlier books were fairly tame but in the latest one, the main character is much more mature and this means that the situations described aren't appropriate for younger teenage readers.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Wasn't expecting this to be good but glad i was wrong
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read An interesting and unique book to read. The main two characters are really cool. If you like the Throne of Glass series, go read it. They both have strong female leads. Plus, the authors of those two series are friends, too!
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic World Building I've been wanting to read TRUTHWITCH for a long time, and am so grateful that I have! The world building and history is AMAZING! Not to mention the powers that the witches use are unique and fairly uncommon in the realm of fantasy. Even after reading it, I have more and more questions about these tough characters, what their pasts are, and where their stories will lead. While the world is my favourite aspect of the book (but don't get me wrong, the writing itself is great), there still is a lot to be said about the characters. I won't lie–– there were times when I wanted to smack a couple of them upside the head (especially you, Merik, you jackass), but I could always get a good sense of their emotions and reasons, even if they did go about it the wrong way at times, *coughMerikcough* and at the end I was truly cheering for them, especially Safi who I know will become a powerhouse in the next novel. I'm extremely interested to see where Iseult and Adeuan's stories go, since they're both carrying secrets they might not even know about that are going to collide explosively. The more I think about this book, the more I realize that while most of it seems to be the groundwork for a larger story, I'm genuinely excited to see what happens next. Definitely something a lot of fantasy fans will enjoy reading!
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 3.5 stars 3 1/2 stars. I picked up this book because of a recommendation based on the great friendship it portrays. The story does show a couple of great friendships (called Thread-sisters or Thread-brothers) but not with as much detail as I had expected. I found the beginning of the book to be really confusing because of all the names and terms introduced so quickly. This continued through most of the book, though not as much as at the beginning. I still have more questions than answers when it comes to such things as the Cahr Awen, The Wells, the Puppeteer, Carawen Monks, roles of different witches (Bloodwitch, Windwitch, Threadwitch), Cleaving etc etc. I hope these get fleshed out more in the upcoming books. I will definitely pick up the rest of the series because I suspect that, once I get a firmer grasp on this new world, the series will be a good one.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My New Favourite Book!! When I was first reading reviews, I was worried the world would be too complex or hard to follow. I read the book over 2 large time intervals (couldn't put it down!) so everything that happened was fresh in my mind. I can possibly understand if you read 10 pages here, 10 pages there that some readers will miss out on some details and be confused. The author does use words such as domna and cleaving (I'm like what does that mean?) as well as sometimes writes the scene, then describes how/why it happened. (So for like 5 pages i'm like what? then i'm like ohhhh that's genius!) Now the characters are all planned well making you love them and seeing how it all plays out is remarkable. I would say don't be worried about this read especially if you are into fantasy, i'm sure you would be able to imagine the context of thing no problemo.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 3.5 Stars I absolutely love the fantasy genre and after reading rave reviews, I quickly bought Truthwitch. I did enjoy it but to be honest, I often found the world to be confusing and the characters weren't memorable or unique. Fans of fantasy should definitely check Truthwitch out but I don't think it stands out among other incredible YA fantasy series.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did I read it wrong? I just didn't understand the hype around this one, I felt nothing for the characters or the progression of the story.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I FREAKIN LOVE THIS IT WAS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! Really enjoyed this! Her female leads are super interesting and engaging, while also each quite flawed in their own way. Great action and suspense, clever wit throughout the book, really engaging writing. It is killing me waiting for the next one to come out!
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantasy at its finest! I love, love, love this book! It had an amazing magic system, on top of an amazing world and intriguing characters. I could not put this book down! It is the best book I have read all year and cannot stop talking about it. It may be a little slow to start but the story in itself is so worth going though the detailed beginning!
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous start to a new series! 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.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic and unique fantasy Truthwitch lived up to the hype. However I am a person who isn't influenced or really care about the hype but I'm glad it lived up to it, nonetheless. I was so completely immersed in the fantasy world and would look forward to picking up and continuing my journey with Safi and Iseult whenever I put the book down. Truthwich is unique in that the main relationship is the friendship between Safi and Iseult. They care for each like sisters, and would sacrifice themselves for the other. It was just so refreshing to have a storyline centred around friendship instead of romance. Both Safi and Iseult complete each other. Safi is the more adventurous and wild one while Iseult is the more reserved yet the one who plans things. Safi is a truthwitch, but that's something only few people know since Truthwitches have been hunted down for as far as anyone knows. Iseult is a threadwitch but she's not really that.. and you get to unravel her story as you read more. Truthwitch is definitely an adventure book. The girls are always running from something whether it is a bloodwitch an entire army of an opposing kingdom. On horseback, on foot, on ships.. basically the girls do a crap load of running away with a crap load of exciting fighting and adrenaline pumping scenes. One thing I enjoyed about Truthwitch is its unpredictability.. they didn't really have an overall goal they must reach. You didn't know where the book is going or the fate of the characters. I know this uncertainty confused people but I'm glad this was how it was written because let's be real, a ton of books I end up reading I can already predict the ending. Lastly, I love the world that Dennard built. We get to see a glimpse of it during Truthwitch, where a 20 year peace treaty is about to end and all the different kingdoms are shaking each other's hands while preparing for war behind closed doors. A last thing is that I appreciated that these two girls weren't really "chosen ones".. and if they are, no one really knows that, including themselves. Yes, they will play important roles in this world and story, but everything is unclear and I like that. I can't wait to pick up the sequel and continue the journey of Safi and Iseult.
Date published: 2016-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An All Time New 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 (like Susan Dennard and Sarah J. Maas's). Bonus that they're both such bad asses (the characters and the authors) :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! This might be slightly spoilery but I will say this couple is only hinted at but I ship them hard! Possibly even more than I ship Safi and Merik. They two 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 Threadwitch. Can you imagine the state I'll be in by the time Bloodwitch rolls around? Despite all the torment, I happily welcome the wait because this series is worth it. READ IT!
Date published: 2016-01-07