5 Things About Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

March 22, 2016 Review 20 ★★★★½

5 Things About Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
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Publisher: Tor
Source: Won
Pages: 416
Release Date: January 5th, 2016
Series: Witchlands #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Friendship, Young Adult
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 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.

Richly detailed fantasy world

For someone who loves being immersed in fantasy worlds, I suck at talking about what makes me laugh men. All I can say right now was the world of TRUTHWITCH was so cool. The magic system was awesome, the politics intriguing, and the physical world itself incredibly well written. It really didn’t take much effort to visualise and enjoy.


I lost track of time

Because this world is so detailed and interesting, it didn’t take long for me to get lost. I was enjoying the world building and plot development so much that I barely realised I’d been reading for hours after I started. The struggle to put this book down at 11:30PM and sleep was incredibly hard.


Fantastic friendship

One thing I always want in YA fantasy is more friendships that are central to the plot, friendships that don’t go through rocky patches and break up as a plot device or because of romance. Such an epic friendship is the heart of TRUTHWITCH. Safi and Is are such good friends, they’d do anything to help the other and work so well together. Each one perfectly complements the other. It’s the type of friendship I wish I could have honestly.


Epic action

Action scenes in most fantasy novels are normally pretty good, but OH MY GOD THE ACTION SCENES IN TRUTHWITCH! Epic. Just epic. Incredibly suspenseful and intense, but also super easy to follow. I never was confused but did have to sit back in awe a couple of times because the the things that were happening were just amazing and so very cool. If/when I start writing again, I want to write action scenes like these.


It just got better and better

When I started TRUTHWITCH my thoughts were that is was good, but I wasn’t blown away. But as I kept reading this book began to impress me more and more. The characters and plot grew and started to show me just why so many people love this book, and it secured my love too. I hope this trend of increasing improvement with each grows as the series continues, because my favourite series are those in which each book is better than the last.




TRUTHWITCH is a solid read. The more I think about it, the more I love this story. With a brilliant world, amazing action, and inspiring friendship it was a struggle to take break and leave the pages. I eagerly await the sequel, WINDWITCH, because I have a feeling this series is going to get more epic over time. Highly recommended for fans of high fantasy.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.7

20 Responses to “5 Things About Truthwitch by Susan Dennard”

  1. Omobola

    Great review. Welcome threadsister to a wonderful world, I completely love this book and I’m glad u love it too. By the way, I think WINDWITCH is going to be mostly about Merik.
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    • Bec

      Thanks! it was such a pleasure to read.

      I think Merik will feature a lot, but I kind of expect it the balance of characters will be about the same as in TRUTHWITCH but time will tell. It really depends on where the plot goes.

    • Bec

      Really? I’ve only heard great things! (but I did try to stay away from too many reviews until I’d read it). I hope you enjoy it :)

  2. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    I liked this one, but reading your review makes me wish I’d enjoyed it as much as you did! I definitely loved the focus on friendships AND I agree that it got better as the story progressed but something was missing for me in terms of world-building and with the magical system. I wanted backstory, some history and just MORE details. Hopefully the next installment will deliver that way for me. Glad you had so much fun with this Bec! Awesome review!!
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    • Bec

      I kind of got lost in the characters and the story that I didn’t think too much about the world. I imagine that will start to play into the sequels a bit more with all the politics and things.

    • Bec

      That’s a shame :( There was a lot of hype for this one, which can set expectations high. It’s why I tried to stay away from the reviews and hype as much as I could so I could go into the book with minimal expectations.

    • Bec

      And it’s a friendship that isn’t central to the plot. By that I mean the friendship breaking up/ going through issues isn’t part of the story. It was so refreshing!

      I hope you like it when you read it :)

  3. Ashtyn @ Wonderland's Reader

    I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews on this one, surprisingly. It’s been really hyped so I’m a little nervous about the prospect of picking it up but your review definitely makes it sound more appealing! I may have to just give it a chance and see how it goes!
    Ashtyn @ Wonderland’s Reader recently posted…Review: Lady Midnight

    • Bec

      There has been a lot of hype! I guess the best chances of loving it is to try and forget all the expectations and just go in for a fun time. Good luck when you read it!

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