Truthwitch: A Witchlands Novel

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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ISBN - 13:9780147523754

Customer Reviews of Truthwitch: A Witchlands Novel


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
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