Book Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Summary: Safi, a witch with the ability to tell truths from lies is hunted by nations on the brink of war. Her best-friend, Iseult, is on the run with her, but a dark shadow that turns people’s blood to acid haunts Iseult’s dreams that could mean the end of the world.

Thoughts
: Why do I have so many mixed feelings about books that I love lately!? I loved this book!! That’s for sure even though there were things that could have been improved. We will get to that. My favourite thing about Truthwitch was the world building because it was unlike anything I’ve read before. It reminded me a little of the Legend of Korra in the best way possible. This story is told from the perspective of four people. Safi is a Truthwitch. Iseult is a Threadwitch. Merrick is a Windwitch tasked with getting Safi to safety from the Emperor who wants to marry her and use her for her powers. And Aeduan is a Bloodwitch hired by the Emperor but who also has his own agenda and is on the hunt for Safi. Even though I hated Aeduan at the start because he read very scary, I ended up loving him the most by the end and I feel like there is still so much I want to know about him. I think out of all the four characters, his character development was the best because there was a very stark change from the Bloodwitch first introduced to the one that I got to know by the end. First and foremost this is a story about friendship and I haven’t read a lot of (or any) fantasy books that revolve around female friendships. I loved Safi and Iseult’s relationship and how they kept finding each other after getting separated and how they tried to help each other at the cost of their own lives. I really wanted to know more about them in this book but the plot was very fast paced and it didn’t really settle down long enough for me to get to know the characters as much as I would have wanted to. The ending was very dramatic but it also felt a bit rushed. So many things were happening and I just kept feeling like I forgot to read a few chapters leading up to the showdown. Not that it wasn’t clear because it was but I would have liked a chapter or two that would have prepared me for what was to come. For a fantasy this was a very fast read and a very enjoyable one and I will be picking up Windwitch when it comes out!

Stars
: 4/5

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