Read this book!
Okay, so you know that I am seriously trying to pick up my reading while I have no immediate assignments due… well I read this book in one sitting guys!
One sitting! 412 pages… one sitting!
One of the best reads ever! And definitely the best read of 2016 so far!
Lets starts where I did! Look at this cover! Its beautiful, it draws you in and you get a feel for the kind of magic you’re going to find inside!
Not gonna lie… after reading the book I felt like the cover didn’t match the complexity of the story, although many would argue that there is only one main character (a bit more on her later!) I would argue that there are four, independent and equally as important main roles!
Lets get onto the review!
Now remember this is Book 1 in the Witchland Series!
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 struggles between empires. And Iseult’s 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.
Now, this is the first 5-star book of the year; and it absolutely worth it!
The story is told from four unique points of view, each provide a storyline of their own; and frankly each character could have had their own book and they would all have been epic! You have Safi, a truthwitch who has the unique ability to tell whether a person is telling the truth or lying; an ability that is truly coveted by everyone who knows who she is. Now this could have been done many ways, but I think that it was worked wonderfully into storyline and although you are led to believe that this is the main premise for the story it is not.
Then you meet Iseult, a threadwitch who can see the connections between peoples lives and the paths they lead; she also sees people’s thread families. A thread family member is someone with a deep bond, not a lover but a friend that have a joint path; Iseult and Safi are thread sisters. You later learn of other thread families and just how strong those bonds are! Iseult’s story is a complex one, and although you don’t spend as long with Iseult as you would like, you definitely get the sense that something huge is within her!
Then you have the Bloodwitch, his is a dark and twisted story as he hunts first for Safi as she is a Truthwitch and a rarity, but then Isuelt because she peaks his interest! I was pleasantly surprised when the Bloodwitch’s tale became 3D, he wasn’t just a blind assassin but rather a well rounded character!
Prince Merik is the final point of view, and of all I think he could have done with a little more work; frankly. You do see a few sides to the Prince, but then again the sides seem almost too similar and there are only fragments of not seeing a pompus ass… which after a while gets a little annoying.
Now there is a bit of a romance but the books strength comes from its platonic relationships, the strength of friendship is paramount throughout the tale and for a fantasy; especially with female leads, it is a beautiful change to the norm!
Another thing Truthwitch did beautifully was cultural differences, there were several cultures, in fact all of the main characters have different cultures and it is beautiful to see how racism was handled and explained. There is a real respect of cultural differences, with an insight into both Safi and Iseult’s pasts; although not equally, I feel that future books in the series will more than make up for this difference.
I loved this book, I loved how the story is developed and how it leaves a lot to be considered for future books. I love how it has taken traditional elements of fantasy and totally manipulated them into something beautiful (especially the magical elements).
I highly recommend this book to young adults and adults alike, it contains a mildly frisky scene but it was worked beautifully into the storyline and wasn’t used for the sake of being used. If you want to pick up this book (and I implore you do!) you can get it from Amazon or The Book Depository.
Thank you Susan Dennard (@stdennard)