Susan Dennard

Truthwitch : A Witchlands Novel

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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"--Front jacket fla

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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"--Front jacket fla

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 Safiya’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safiya 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 privateer) 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.

"An instant new classic."--Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author of Throne of Glass, on Susan Dennard's Truthwitch

Specifications

Series Title
The Witchlands
Publisher
Tom Doherty Associates
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
416
Author
Susan Dennard
Title
Truthwitch - Hardcover
ISBN-13
9780765379283
Publication Date
January, 2016
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.62 x 6.40 x 1.34 Inches
ISBN-10
0765379287

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Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
Back in December I was...
Back in December I was approved for an ARC excerpt from NetGalley. I didn't even have to read the whole excerpt before I knew I was going to love this book and so I preordered it. When I got my preorder, I set it off to the side for a bit to avoid the inevitable hype monster. I finally read it in March and completely fell in love with it. There was so much action, which is almost kind of rare in the first book of a new fantasy series. Normally the first book of a new fantasy series is filled with world building and character development. One of the big things that I loved about this book was the balance between the world building, character development and the action. Nothing was really overshadowed so it felt like a complete story. I loved the two main characters, Safi and Iseult. The world building was fantastic. I loved putting all of the descriptions to work in my head visualizing this new place. It was very easy to do the way the author explained things. All of the action, especially that involving the Bloodwitch was so nerve wracking and heart pounding. This book caused a lot of adrenaline rushes. I could not put this book down once I started it. I even stayed up late one night because I just could not put it down. I had to finish it even though I still had quite a bit of it left. Totally worth it though. There are a lot of mixed reviews but I completely loved this book and I really can't wait until the sequel comes out!
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
Not enough backstory f...
Not enough backstory for the characters or the world, and the magic was never well-explained. Also somewhat cliched (a character actually says "Remember...who you are" at one point).
Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
Back in December I was...
Back in December I was approved for an ARC excerpt from NetGalley. I didn't even have to read the whole excerpt before I knew I was going to love this book and so I preordered it. When I got my preorder, I set it off to the side for a bit to avoid the inevitable hype monster. I finally read it in March and completely fell in love with it. There was so much action, which is almost kind of rare in the first book of a new fantasy series. Normally the first book of a new fantasy series is filled with world building and character development. One of the big things that I loved about this book was the balance between the world building, character development and the action. Nothing was really overshadowed so it felt like a complete story. I loved the two main characters, Safi and Iseult. The world building was fantastic. I loved putting all of the descriptions to work in my head visualizing this new place. It was very easy to do the way the author explained things. All of the action, especially that involving the Bloodwitch was so nerve wracking and heart pounding. This book caused a lot of adrenaline rushes. I could not put this book down once I started it. I even stayed up late one night because I just could not put it down. I had to finish it even though I still had quite a bit of it left. Totally worth it though. There are a lot of mixed reviews but I completely loved this book and I really can't wait until the sequel comes out!
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
Not enough backstory f...
Not enough backstory for the characters or the world, and the magic was never well-explained. Also somewhat cliched (a character actually says "Remember...who you are" at one point).
Back in December I was approved for an ARC excerpt from NetGalley. I didn't even have to read the whole excerpt before I knew I was going to love this book and so I preordered it. When I got my preorder, I set it off to the side for a bit to avoid the inevitable hype monster. I finally read it in March and completely fell in love with it. There was so much action, which is almost kind of rare in the first book of a new fantasy series. Normally the first book of a new fantasy series is filled with world building and character development. One of the big things that I loved about this book was the balance between the world building, character development and the action. Nothing was really overshadowed so it felt like a complete story. I loved the two main characters, Safi and Iseult. The world building was fantastic. I loved putting all of the descriptions to work in my head visualizing this new place. It was very easy to do the way the author explained things. All of the action, especially that involving the Bloodwitch was so nerve wracking and heart pounding. This book caused a lot of adrenaline rushes. I could not put this book down once I started it. I even stayed up late one night because I just could not put it down. I had to finish it even though I still had quite a bit of it left. Totally worth it though. There are a lot of mixed reviews but I completely loved this book and I really can't wait until the sequel comes out!
Not enough backstory for the characters or the world, and the magic was never well-explained. Also somewhat cliched (a character actually says "Remember...who you are" at one point).

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

Back in December I was...

Back in December I was approved for an ARC excerpt from NetGalley. I didn't even have to read the whole excerpt before I knew I was going to love this book and so I preordered it. When I got my preorder, I set it off to the side for a bit to avoid the inevitable hype monster. I finally read it in March and completely fell in love with it. There was so much action, which is almost kind of rare in the first book of a new fantasy series. Normally the first book of a new fantasy series is filled with world building and character development. One of the big things that I loved about this book was the balance between the world building, character development and the action. Nothing was really overshadowed so it felt like a complete story. I loved the two main characters, Safi and Iseult. The world building was fantastic. I loved putting all of the descriptions to work in my head visualizing this new place. It was very easy to do the way the author explained things. All of the action, especially that involving the Bloodwitch was so nerve wracking and heart pounding. This book caused a lot of adrenaline rushes. I could not put this book down once I started it. I even stayed up late one night because I just could not put it down. I had to finish it even though I still had quite a bit of it left. Totally worth it though. There are a lot of mixed reviews but I completely loved this book and I really can't wait until the sequel comes out!

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

Wow! What a ride!This ...

Wow! What a ride!This book was so engaging and fast paced, I didn't want to put it down! The characters were excellent, and the plot was super intriguing. The world building felt a little clunky at first, but levelled off and I really got into the story (I had heard that this was the case though, so it didn't bother me quite as much as it would have if I hadn't known). The Witchlands is so cool! The many different types of witches is a little overwhelming but I want to know more! The characters were well developed and I liked that they weren't all special snowflakes - I mean I know Safi is a Truthwitch, which is rare, but she was grounded and recognized her flaws and I loved her. Iseult was such a complex character, with her background and everything, I really loved her. I also really liked Merrick and Audeun POVs too, really interesting, diverse characters :) Also, NO LOVE TRIANGLE! GO SUSAN DENNARD!! :D4.5/5 stars

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

Its a weird idea, but...

It's a weird idea, but I generally like any book that starts with a map. Fans of Leigh Bardugo or Sarah J. Maas will enjoy this one. Truthwitch is an exciting, continuously action-packed adventure across new kingdoms and worlds. Although it started out a little slow for the first chapter or two, with some awkward world-building, by the end I couldn't put it down. I also appreciated that the focus seemed to be as much on friendship as it was on romance. The relationship between the two friends in the book seems much more important than anything else, which is a rarity in young adult epic adventures. I can't wait for the sequel!

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

03/11/2015 Preview Exc...

03/11/2015 Preview Excerpt Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a preview excerpt of this book in exchange for an honest review. "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 received a preview excerpt of this and OH MY GOSH I LOVED IT. I wish it didn't end like that, and I have preordered the physical copy of the book so that I can finish it from where I left off. It's written well, although there are a few spelling and grammatical errors here and there, but I put that down to being an unfinished ARC copy that will be further edited as time goes on and it gets nearer to the publishing date, which isn't until January 2016. Besides that, though, it's written very well. I'd have liked to have seen more explanation in regards to threads. Dennard sort of launches into being a Threadwitch and all the things she could see and I could sort of work out on my own what they were, but it required a lot more explanation on what threads are and whatnot. Character wise, they were pretty good. I much preferred Safiya to Iseult and felt she was a much more developed character with a lot more description into her history and her past. Iseult has all of these thoughts and emotions, and we have no idea why she needs to go into "stasis" and stop herself feeling emotion. WHY DOES SHE DO THAT?! It needs a lot more description. But Safiya was developed quite well. Plot wise this is interesting. I can't say too much about it because obviously it's just an excerpt I have, so a lot of the plot is missing. What I read, however, was good and quite interesting and exciting. I found it full of suspense, and can't wait to continue the series on. I'll update the rest of this review when I receive the full copy in January, but for now I give this a 4/5 stars, just because I'd like A LOT more explanation into some aspects of the world. It's a bit lacking in that department. So yes, for now, 4/5

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

I really felt like I w...

I really felt like I was dropped in the middle of a story at the beginning of this book, and because of this I was really frustrated and somewhat confused by what was going on (it probably didn't help that I was listening to the audiobook at 2x narration speed...LOL). However, towards the END of the book (like the last 20% of the book) got way more interesting and I felt more invested in the story line and characters. I actually look forward to book 2. :) #overdrive #audiobook #punkrocklibrarian


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