Truthwitch; by Susan Dennard (The Witchlands #1)

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 struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true 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.
Release Date: Out Now

This is one of those books that has been on my radar for a while now, and I finally got round to reading it. This story follows Safiya and Iseult in a land where magic is real but not all power is equal. As they fight and depend on each other throughout the story we learn more about just who they are and what depends on them.
Safiya is head strong, a bit naive but is passionate and loyal. There is very little she wouldn’t do to help those that she loves, especially Iseult her threadsister. I enjoyed reading about Safiya’s and Iseult’s antics and the bond that they shared through many trials – all which sets up plot points later in the book. Where Safiya is openly passionate, Iseult is inwardly passionate. She has a quiet stoic nature that balances Safiya making their duo even more powerful.

There is plenty intrigue and mystery as the story progresses, with little snippets of who they are scattered waiting for the reader to clutch these hints and come to conclusions. As they are chased by the Bloodwitch Aeduan, who is nuanced and quite possibly not quite as bad as we are first led to believe (yay for multi-layered antagonists!).

The opening scene sets up the characters very well and draws you straight into the story, there is no faffing about with acres of world building that leave the reader bereft of story. Instead we are thrust into the world that builds around the story as it is told. All the plot elements have a reason, all the threads (heh) lead to something more, something new and the introduction of the hint of romance is refreshing in a time when books seem to be full of instant all-encompassing love.

Susan has crafted a book that not only grabs your attention it refuses to let go and I quickly bought the next book, devoured it and left bereft as – i’m sure you all understand – the wait for the next in the main series goes on. It is probably best, I have exams to revise for and this series may have distracted me from such – Susan my grades are on you.

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