Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1): Review

About the Book:

Title: Truthwitch

Author: Susan Dennard

Publisher: Tor Teen

Release Date: January 5, 2016

Pages: 416

Genre: Fantasy


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.91GZ5-YQ+PL

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.



Finally started this series as a buddy read with a good friend! It’s been sitting on my shelves staring at me for a long time, lol. This was my first book by Susan Dennard, and I really enjoyed it! It is a fast paced story, with friendship as the focus. I like the magic system and the world-building in this one as well.

Truthwitch is a story about Safi and Iseult, Threadsisters, who often find themselves in trouble. They wind up clashing with a Guildmaster and his merciless Bloodwitch bodyguard, and find themselves on the run.

Safi needs to avoid capture as she’s a rare Truthwitch, who can tell truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so she has had to keep it hidden her whole life, so no one would use it in the struggle between the empires. Iseult’s powers are even hidden from herself.

Safi winds up meeting Prince Merik by happenstance in court, and he reluctantly becomes their ally. They find that Merik’s help may not slow down the Bloodwitch, who is hot on their tails. Safi and Iseult long for freedom, but there are lots of things happening in the empire that are beyond their control. War is coming, treaties are being broken, and a magical contagion is spreading across the land. The girls find themselves forced to take a stand, and fight.

If you enjoy fantasy, I recommend this one!

About the Author:

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. 4499623

She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Witchlands series as well as the Something Strange & Deadly series. When not writing, she can be found slaying darkspawn on her Xbox or earning bruises at the dojo.

You can learn more about Susan on her websiteblognewsletterTwitter, or Pinterest.

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