Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch - Susan DennardPublisher: Tor Teen (January 5th 2016)
Hardcover: 416 pages
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Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

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 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.


I had some expectations going into this book. Sometimes I get sucked into the hype, especially when many of the reviewers I love seem to enjoy the heck out of it. And when it came down to it, I did really enjoy this a lot. There was just a few (mainly one) thing that had me a little aggravated? Annoyed? …

Things I loved:

The friendship between Safi and Iseult. Two very different girls who’s friendship really does stand up to the test of time. I loved that they back each other up through thick and thin.

Why not just me?”

“Because ‘just me’ isn’t who we are,” Iseult hollered back. “I’ll always follow you, Safi, and you’ll always follow me. Threadsisters to the end.”

Some great characters! Iseult. She’s so interesting and so badass. Like the fight scenes! Yes, please! And of bad guy blood monk Aeduan was pretty damn intriguing too! I’m very curious to see how he goes about in the rest of the series.

“Where’s your hair?” she shouted. “And what happened to your arm?”
“Cut my hair and got shot with an arrow!”
“Gods below, Iseult! A few hours away and your whole life tumbles through the hell-gates!”

The romance. Despite it being an insta-love, I do really like Safi and Merik together. I can’t resist good banter and oh the chemistry! Actually, I really liked Merik in general. He’s a good prince who loves his country. He’s also a bit temperamental and it’s always fun to see he work out his feelings.

“I see,” she drawled, “that you have learned how to work a button. Congratulations on this no doubt life-altering feat.”

He laughed -a surprised sound- and bowed his head. “And I see you have cleaned the bird crap off you shoulder.”

The sea adventure! With a peace treaty near its end, a lot of scheming countries, a blood monk hunting for the truthwitch, a ton of secrets, sea monsters and general awesome fights, it easily kept me engaged.

Things that were meh to me:

Universe building was a little chaotic, it took me a while to figure out what all the rules and regulations of the Witchland. I think there’s still stuff I’m confused about.

I’m also kinda cheesed off about a certain something that happened to a certain someone. Boo.

Things that made me kinda aggravated:

Safi. Oh Safi, the special one. She was a big reason why I had some mixed feelings about this book. She was selfish and inconsiderate most of the book. She did foolish and reckless things that put people in danger for no good reason other than her own selfishness. I just found her kinda of dumb sometimes, a lack of self-preservation in the name of pride. I’m glad that by the end of the book, Safi was beginning to have some self-awareness and was changing for the better. But it took a while and the annoyance already sunk in for me.

Overall, Truthwitch is a fun fantasy-lite with some awesome action and some really amazing characters. Despite the few things that were not so appealing to me, I’m excited for more Witchland! It’s definitely worth checking of if you are in need of some fun adventuring fantasy.

Sometimes justice was all about the small victories.


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Author: Cyn

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11 Replies to “Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard”

  1. Okay so it wasn’t too bad, I’m glad you didn’t hate it! I read this one kind of before the hype ish. I adored it so much! I’m not liking the fact that it’s a four-book series, but I loved book one, so hopefully the rest of the series is nice to us. ;D I liked Safiya’s character growth a lot, but I know you definitely were not the only one annoyed with her.

    Anyway. Lovely review, Cyn! 🙂

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. All and all, I actually really enjoyed it! It was just the few things that kind of annoyed me, haha. I did like that Safi did have some growth by the end! I’m not sure how I feel about the 4 book series, but guess we’ll see! Glad to hear you enjoyed this one, Alyssa!

  2. I have been afraid, despite all of the good aspects because early reviews mentioned the lack of world building and feeling lost a bit. Bummer. Wonderful review Cyn

    1. Yeah, it’s a little unfortunately about the world-building, but overall, it was still an entertaining read.
      Thanks, Kim!

  3. Cait @ Paper Fury says: Reply

    I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS. XD I really love fantasy, and the fact that it has strong female friendships just automatically grabs me because I feel like I never read that in fantasy books?!? Eeep! Anyway I just got a review-copy so I’ll be diving in really soon. xD
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

    1. The strong female friendship was half the reason why I picked this up! They are pretty awesome. And yes, there totally need to be more in fantasy. Hope you enjoy this!!

  4. I have seen other reviews that mention the same issues with world building. That is something that I really pay attention to when I read fantasy novels so it is good to know going into it. Too bad about the main character’s flaws but it sounds like the friendship and romance help make up for it. I still plan to give this a try since I checked it out from the library. Thanks for your review!

    1. World building is so important in fantasy, so it was a bit disappointing that it was a bit messy. That being said, there were other things that made up for it (like the great friendship!). Glad you’re still giving it a chance, I hope you enjoy this one, too!

  5. Literary Feline says: Reply

    This is a book I am excited to read, but admit I am glad to see that while you enjoyed it, you also found some flaws with it. It’ll help keep my expectations more realistic when I get to it.

  6. I have yet to read this but love the sound of the friendship in it. I’m glad you mentioned the world building aspect can be muddled, so I’ll be on the look out for that too. I’m glad Safi, even though such a challenging character, ended up having some positive character growth.

  7. I’m so with you on this one, Cyn! Hype is also such a bad thing, leads to disappointment. I couldn’t get into it at all, I could only read so much of it a day and moved onto another. I’m still confused about the world, tbh, haha, and yup, the romance was insta and everything just fell flat for me. 🙁 The one thing I did love was the friendships, though. 🙂

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