Sunday, 7 February 2016

An amazing world that made me fangirl so hard | Truthwitch

Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard

Published: January 14th 2016 by Tor (first published January 5th 2016)
Format: Paperback
Genre: YA high fantasy

Goodreads summary: 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.


*crack knuckles* LET'S DO THIS!

If you didn't know, Truthwitch was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. It got a lot of promotion, especially on Twitter, which built a lot of hype and because of that, I became more hesitant to pick it up. Don't get me wrong, it's great so many people talked about it before it was released, but it got SO CONFUSING. I was tired of hearing about it and then everyone changed their Twitter's pic to the cover. The book wasn't even out yet. I just wanted it to STOP because it could have prevented me from reading it. Sorry to say it, but I'm not kidding. After reading it, I can say it deserved all the hype and promo. But slow it down next year, please.


At the beginning of the story, I'll admit, I was a bit confused on what was going on, because the first chapter throws the reader in intense events straight away. Still, because of that, it gripped my attention from the first page.  From cover to cover, I was really invested in the story, which is why I managed to finish it rather quickly.


The plot was rather complex and appeared later on in the story, because at first, the two girls were trying to get away because of the Bloodwitch. But well… Later on, something happened, that was so much bigger and then… The whole world hunt Safi (and Iseult!) down, which made a crazy adventure! The whole book was full of twists and turns, which made it a very entertaining read, I wasn't bored a single moment! Moreover, it contained everything a good high fantasy needs, which means politics, court, ships, magic and adventure.


Truthwitch was set in a rich and complex world I have a lot of admiration for. However, it's a good thing that I knew a little about it before I went into it, because I could have been confused otherwise. The magic system was really interesting, based of elements but with more than the four we know. Moreover, there were different type of witchery among the different elements : for example, a Windwitch isn't the same as an Airwitch. This book also involved a lot of different countries, I'm excited to discover new ones in the next book tbh. I really enjoyed reading about Iseult's tribe, even if it wasn't a funny moment in the book, I found it really interesting to read about that, it changed from "regular" Empires. But do you know what was the best about the world?


When I read about that, I was fangirling SO. HARD. I love those. Like I want to write about that kind of thing someday, because it is the coolest.

 Oh and also it involved ships, so obviously I'm sold (I feel like I'm always saying the same things, but who cares?)

And have I talked about the Puppeteer yet? Because I was like: OMG necromancy is back, I'm so on board with that!


Well, tbh I didn't feel a big connection to them, because the points of view were switching quite often. But, I really enjoyed them. There is a large and diverse cast of characters, you'll definitely find a favourite in the lot. I'm not sure which character is my favourite yet, because I need to know more about the characters, especially secondary characters, before I make a decision.

Nevertheless, I wasn't a big fan of Aeduan. He had a really interesting backstory, but I'm not swooning all over him... Yet? I don't know but sometimes, I felt like his chapters didn't add a lot to the story. I'm sure he'll have a bigger part in the next book, but he was just "introduced" in this book, in my opinion. 


Okay first, the most important relationship in the book is Safi and Iseult's. And this, guys, is AMAZING. Most of the time, the romance is more important than friendship. Here? It wasn't happening like that. Like they said a lot: Threadfamily before the rest. That's all, okay? I'm really happy to read about characters that value friendship a lot, especially when they've known there love interest for two seconds.

But, the romance between Safi and Merik was shippable. At first, I though the way they were attracted to each other straight away was a little weird. However, it IS a slow burn romance, and it is worth it. Those characters have a lot of chemistry with each other, and they care for one another, even if they tried to say the contrary, haha. I can't wait to see them again together but… I'm scared, because remember Eleanor and Daniel? DO YOU?????


SO MANY THINGS HAPPENED. I managed to keep track of everything that happened, but wow it was fast-paced, full of action and revelations. It didn't really finished on a cliff-hanger, but I'm so excited to get back into this world soon.

Overall, this book wasn't perfect. But it was the best book I've read since the beginning of the year, I was so invested in the story and like you saw in my review… I'm fangirling. A lot. And I wrote the review one week after finishing the book so I should have calmed down. But I haven't.


Have you read this book? Did you think there was too much promo/hype? Who was your favourite character?


  1. This book gave me Avatar: TLA feels and for that it is the best ever. I adored the relationship between Safi and Iseult, though I wish we could have gotten a little more. Plus the potential romance between Iseult and a certain Bloodwitch, omgggg where is the next book!

    Aentee at Read at Midnight

    1. I'm ashamed to say I still haven't watch Avatar: TLA yet *hides in shame* but I will, I sweaaaaar! We all need the next book so bad!

  2. I WAS SO HAPPY THAT IT DIDN'T FINISH ON A CLIFFHANGER! Like it made me excited for the next book, but it didn't make me want to throw the book against the wall and wail "WHERE IS THE SEQUEL??"
    I was also really thrown off at the start with the rapid introduction into the world - but you're right, you definitely still want to keep reading!
    Haha, you can tell you really liked this book, because mannn you wrote a long as review on it haha xD

    1. I know, right? But sometimes the ending is a little too open and I'm not overly excited and end up losing interest in this book, but here, it's just perfect! We know a lot will happen in the next book, it is SO exciting! It was an addictive read: at that time I was like "what is school? what is life? I'll just read!"
      Yes I knowwwwww I don't know what happened xD

  3. Ohhh my god! I really need to read this, right?! I was actually thinking about starting it yesterday (I had the choice between The Last Wish and Truthwitch) but didn't feel quite ready yet ... everyone seems to love it though, so it HAS to be good! AH!

    I enjoyed your review a lot - thanks for making me even more curious ... I'm especially intrigued by Aeduan. I CANNOT WAIT TO MEET HIM! Great review!

    Yvonne @ A World Between Folded Pages

    1. Yes you should! But at the same time, it can be great to wait a little, so the hype will die down a little! I haven't heard about the book you mentionned, but WISH? I'm intrigued! Hahaha, you're welcome, I hope you'll love this book! :D

  4. I'm one of the few people out there who still haven't read this book. It sounds so great! Everytime I read a review I want to read it in that moment, lol.
    I love your review! It's so cool!

    1. I hope you'll get to read it soon! But it's not a bad thing to wait, because people will talk about it less and less, so it won't be as hyped up as it is right now :)

  5. Hahaha I also felt like the spam of this book was too much. But oh well. I ended up liking this a lot, especially the bond between Safi and Iseult. On the other hand, I didn't really ship Safi and Merik much, so I'm hoping I'll get on board with it in the next book. THOUGH I do ship Adeun and Iseult, so that is pretty surprising. Especially since his POVs were kind of short, imo!

    Awesome review Lucie! I'm glad you liked it despite all the hype!

    1. Thank you, Val! :) The dynamics between characters were so interesting, I'm really excited to see how it evolves in the next book. I didn't really shipped them in the beginning, but it was that scene at some point that changed my opinion! I'm excited for Aeduan and Iseut, even if I didn't find this character really exciting... Yet.