Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
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Pages: 416
Source: Purchased
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:

Truthwitch Susan Dennard Review

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):

Truthwitch Characters Safiya Merik Iseult Aeduan Susan Dennard Review

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.

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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 »

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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 »

“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 ») and I DON’T KNOW IF I CAN WAIT.

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Rating Report
Overall: 4.5 / 5

About Susan Dennard

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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.

She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series (from HarperTeen) as well as the forthcoming Witchlands Series (Tor, 2015). When not writing, she can be found hiking with her dogs, exploring tidal pools, or earning bruises at the dojo.

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    January 21, 2016 at 4:05 am

    Awesome world-building, a badass heroine, great friendships, and a romance that is easy to ship? Clearly, I need this book in my life. I’ve been going back and forth on just buying it already and I’m pretty sure this review just made me decision for me!

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      January 28, 2016 at 8:44 pm

      ALISE YOU NEED TO READ THIS! But I think you already are now, so I’ll be eagerly anticipating your review – I hope you’ll love it as much as I did! 😀

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    Emily @ Loony Literate
    January 21, 2016 at 8:18 am


    THE HYPE IS GETTING TO ME. I don’t think I’d like this book but I don’t even care because everyone’s talking about it. If only my library was better at getting new releases. -_-

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      January 28, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      YESSSS, THE HYPE IS REAL! Haha. The hype for this book is CRAY. Definitely worth a shot!! 🙂

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    Lucia @Reading Is My Breathing
    January 21, 2016 at 10:12 am

    YES to everything! World-building is phenomenal and there was no insta-love between Merik And Safi in my opinion. I am SO SO happy that you loved it as much as I did, Anisaa! I will PM you about spoilers 😉

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      January 28, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      YAYYY, Lucia we are so on the same page for this one!! Threadsisters ;D

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    Kynndra-jo @ Diva Booknerd
    January 21, 2016 at 10:30 am

    I’ve heard so many amazing things about this book that I’ve been wary of reading it due to the hype. I have a copy already, but was holding off; however, your review makes me so excited to read it! Asdfghj I’m so happy to hear that there’s no instalove and that the world building is awesome – but more importantly that the characters are likeable. Can’t wait to dig in! c:

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      January 28, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      Ahh, you should definitely give it a go! I’ve read some mixed reviews, but I really hope you’ll love it and will be super curious to read what you think! 😀 THE HYPE IS REAL haha.

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    January 21, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Your review is so on point, I especially loved the fan art you attached and I always imagined Aeduan as the character from Assassin’s creed too except that he has a monk’s outfit. Susan Dennard really did a good job with the book, I mean you could see that she was alive in that world so was the friendship between Safiya and Iseult.

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      January 28, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      Yay! Soo glad you agree with everything! 🙂 We must be threadsisters or something. xDxD

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    Yvonne @ A World Between Folded Pages
    January 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Oh my god, I already can’t wait to dive into this when I have my copy! I’M SO EXCITED!!! Your review is amazing, as usual, and only added to my excitement … If I end up NOT loving this, I’ll be so disappointed … I trust you though and think we have a similar taste, so HOPEFULLY it’ll be as amazing! I’m also itching to read these little spoilers but UGH, NO! 😀

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      January 28, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      I SAW YOUR INSTAGRAM AND YOU HAVE IT AND IM SO EXCITED TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF IT AND I REALLY HOPE YOU WILL LOVE IT BECAUSE THAT WOULD JUST BE AMAZING. AND YES… that needed to be all in caps!! Thank you so much!! AND, PM your thoughts on Truthwitch or when you’re done reading!! Haha xD <3

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    Zoe @ Stories on Stage
    January 21, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    YESSSS. I have seen nothing but glowing reviews for this, so I am so glad to see you loved it so much too! I can’t wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing this wonderful review! ♥

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      January 28, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      Thank you so much and I’m SO excited to know what you will think of it! 😀 I’ll be looking out for your review!

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    Bec @ Readers in Wonderland
    January 22, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Stop tempting me to abandon the review copies I have to read before I can touch this! I was already pretty sure I’d like it but now I have a feeling I’m going to love it! Literally everything you pointed out in this review is what leads to 5 star books for me. It’s going to be a struggle to resist this until I get a few more review books out of the way

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      January 28, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      *whispers* Doooo it, Bec. Dooooo it. Hahaha. Seriously, I hope you read it soon and I hope you love it – I will be keeping my eyes out for yours and/or Alise’s reviews! 😀

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    January 22, 2016 at 2:35 am

    I will definitely get this book as well, it looks really really good!

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      January 28, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      Yes, so glad you will get it! 🙂 I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!

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    Jordan @ The Heart of a Book Blogger
    January 22, 2016 at 3:11 am

    Eeeee I loved Truthwitch, and I’m so glad you did too! Great review! I know I’m already dying from the wait for Windwitch and all the questions that better be answered there. I love your edit, by the way. It captures each character perfectly! Also, I really love your banner. So pretty!

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      January 28, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      Yayyy, so glad you loved it too! 😀 Thank you so much haha 😀 I KNOW, the wait for Windwitch is gonna be gruesome.

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    Cait @ Paper Fury
    January 22, 2016 at 5:20 am

    Omgg it is SO HARD not to read the spoilers. XXD But I really want to read this book! REALLY REALLY. So I’ll be calm and wait. hehee It sounds amazing and it has like a solid female friendship?! OMG HOW WONDERFUL. It’s ridiculous how odd and unique that is in literature. But it is. So I need more. *grabby hands*

    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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      January 28, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      HAHA, I know, spoilers are always so tempting!! xDD GET A COPY SOOOOON (pls), so I can read your review!! 😀

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    January 23, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Hmmm I think I’m going to have to read this one. I’ve been on the fence about it because all the hype has kind of put me off lol but I’ll just go find a copy and get over myself I think!

    I totally read the spoilers, thank you for those ,now I know what to look forward to (really! I like being spoiled for things, makes me better prepared 😛 )

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      January 28, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Haha, the hype for this book has been sooo intense, but hype never really scares me off… Luckily, this one lived up to my expectations! I hope you’ll read it soon so I can read your review! 😀 HAHA, glad you liked the spoilers!! xDD

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    Nikki Wang
    January 24, 2016 at 5:25 pm


    LOVELY REVIEWWWWW and I love your gifs haha.

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      January 28, 2016 at 9:04 pm

      YESSSSSSSS, threadsisters UNITE! Haha. Merik and Safi are just.. perf. Thank you so much!! 😀

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    January 31, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    AAAAAAH, YES. I loved it as well. Great review! I’m also TOTALLY on board with your “spoiler” ship. I was in full on fangirl mode for at least a week after I’d finished it and I need, need, NEED them to get together. But as you said – it’s so refreshing to have a friendship between two girls that feels so real and goes so very deep. The characters make this book and hell, I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE SEQUEL

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      February 5, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      YAYYYY, TRUTHWITCH FANS UNITE! 😀 I’m so glad you loved it too, and SAME. SO EXCITED FOR WINDWITCH! 😀

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    Yani @ Paper Boulevard
    February 2, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    I love the montage you made, Anissa! <3 YAY! I really want to read this series but it would cost me so much since I am aiming for Red Queen series. The hype is unbearable, you know!

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      February 5, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      THANK YOU SO MUCH! ♥ I really hope you get a copy of it soon, and when you do I can’t wait to read your review! 😀

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