Written by: Susan Dennard
Published by: Tor Teen
Release date: January 5th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: BookExpo America 2015
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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’m gonna throw some fandoms at you really quickly: Avatar: The Last Airbender. Grisha. Throne of Glass.
You like those things? How about a mashup of those things? Because Truthwitch is… okay, well, it’s not really a mashup of those things, because it is 1000% its own thing, but I’m trying to say if you like those things you will likely also like Truthwitch. Yes? Yes. Good. Moving on… (Can you tell it’s really hard for me to be coherent about this book?? Bear with me. There is so much to like about Truthwitch, and I have so much to say.)
Firstly: I gravitate toward fantasy because I love the escapism of it — give me a cool new world and some awesome magic and I’ll be happy. …But that’s actually a lie. Even fantasy books can’t hold my interest unless there are great characters.