Series: The Witchlands #1
Published by: Tor, Tor Teen
Pubilcation Date: January 5th 2016
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Magic, Romance, Witches & Mages, Young Adult
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.
Truthwitch was one of my most anticipated books of 2016, and I had preordered it nearly 3 months ago, so needless to say when my copy arrived I was a lot excited and a little nervous to finally have the precious in my hands. I so did not want to be disappointed by this book, and I can now finally say that I most certainly was not and I will be screeching about it from the rooftops. Behold, the fangirl in me coming out in the picture below:
I knew that I would love this book from page one. The story is full of characters that are all so different – they each had their own distinguished personalities, and I felt like I could connect to all of them. You could really get behind all of them because it is told in third person multiple POVS, which I loved!
And guys, THE CHARACTERS: THEY MAKE THIS BOOK. I actually decided to make a montage of all them with some beautiful art I found on Pinterest because I’ve been on full fangirl mode (be still, my fluttering heart):
I found the world building to be quite confusing at the beginning; there is a lot going on with multiple kingdoms, lore, different witch clans and subcategories/specialisations within those clans, which was amazing once I understood everything. After I did, the world is so vivid and well described, it felt like there were multiple layers to it. There are so many different locations, and each place is unique. This is why I love fantasy.
The story starts off with Safiya and Iseult in the middle of a highway heist gone wrong, and I fell in love with them immediately. Finally, a female friendship that I can totally get on board with. Safiya is a Truthwitch and a girl after my own heart. She was explosive, animated, and fierce. And also funny as heck. Iseult, a threadwitch is the opposite of Safiya, but I loved her just as much. She was calm, steady, and strong. It was obvious from page one how much they truly cared about each other.
“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!”
“I might say the same to you,” Iseult shouted back—though it was getting hard to scream and ride. “Four opponents on your tail and a ruined dress!”
Safiya and Iseult are being hunted by multiple people, the most important being Aeduan – a bloodwitch. Two words for his witchery: Bad. Ass. As soon as we had the first chapter on his POV, I just knew there was going to be more to him and he quickly becomes a favourite character. I have a very good feeling about him. View Spoiler »I’M SENSING AN ANTIHERO HERE, GUYS! Could it get any better? I friggin’ love antiheroes! ALSO, HIM AND ISEULT – CAN IT PLEASE HAPPEN? P l e a s e. I SHIP IT SO HARD « Hide Spoiler
Of course, I can’t forget dear Prince Merik. The tension that builds up between him and Safiya is just… palpable. I’ve read a few reviews where they say that their love is insta-lovey, but I did not see it that way at all and I detest insta-love. The banter and general banging of heads was done so well, it really heated everything up between them. I SHIP IT.View Spoiler »There is actually sex-positivity in this novel, which is not typical for YA… AND I AM SOOOO PLEASED WITH THIS (it’s not a lot don’t worry… but I hope there will be more in the next book *evil laughter*) « Hide Spoiler
“Sometimes justice was all about the small victories.”
I don’t want to say any more about anything because I highly recommend reading it. 🙂 Everything about this book clicked with me, I loved it and I’m so glad to have another favourite series to add to my list. The sad thing is that now I have to wait another year for the next book to come out (I need to know: View Spoiler »Is Leopold going to try get Safiya to be with him? Who is the Puppeteer? WHO IS AEDUAN’S FATHER? I NEED TO KNOW « Hide Spoiler) and I DON’T KNOW IF I CAN WAIT.
CAN IT BE 2017 YET?
|Overall:||4.5 / 5|