Author Susan Dennard
Publisher Tor Teen | 2016
Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.
Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.
In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch. (from Goodreads)
This review is spoiler freeeeeeee! 🙂
I’d seen a friend rave about this series on bookstagram (thanks Hayley!) and after reading the synopsis, I added it to my TBR immediately. Happy to report that it did not disappoint! This book is filled to the brim with magic, friendships, slow burn romances, and royal antics; all great things that seem to be leading into a very fun high fantasy series!
I actually read this book fairly slow compared to my usual reading pace. Although I was really enjoying it, it was hard to find motivation to actually pick it up in the beginning. The first 15% of this is kind of hard to trudge through. There’s a lot of information thrown at you in terms of world building but much of it is not really explained? You mostly have to fend for yourself and figure things out as you go, but at the end of the book you’re still left with some questions about the Truce and the royal relationships. It doesn’t completely distract from the story but it did catch me a bit off guard at the beginning. Once you hit about 35% you become more invested in the characters and the plot, so most of the confusion slips to the wayside. The ending definitely makes up for the slow beginning!
“‘I’m Safiya fon Hasstrel, and I can do anything.’ As those words fell from her tongue, her magic perked up… and then purred like a lion in a sunbeam. True, it said. Always and forever true.“
The characters were my absolute favorite aspect of this book. All of them have rich and intriguing backstories, and the individual relationships between the characters are fascinating. I just want to know more! I loved the friendship (Threadsisterhood?) between Safi and Iseult. Their personalities totally balance each other out perfectly and you can clearly see the affection and love they have for each other. I loved them both a lot! Merik was GREAT as well. I’m TRASH for him and Safi, they’re so insufferably adorable. Slowest of burns in this one, and at the end you’ve barely scratched the surface! I was less thrilled by Aeduan’s perspective, only because I was immediately attached to Safi, Iseult and Merik’s perspectives more. But! By the end he really became a lot more interesting and I can’t wait to learn more about him!
I think this was a great series opener! I’m really excited to continue on (I’ve already started Windwitch) and see how these characters progress! I feel like this has potential to be a series I really love!