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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 troubleâe"as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. Itâe(tm)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 herâe"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 Safiyaâe(tm)s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safiya 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 privateer) 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.

"An instant new classic."--Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author of Throne of Glass , on Susan Dennard's Truthwitch

Publisher: New York :, Tor Teen,, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ♭2015
ISBN: 9780765379283
Characteristics: 415 pages :,map
Alternative Title: Truth witch


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spl_merley May 04, 2016

Fantasy readers will enjoy Dennard’s rich and intricately detailed world and her cast of complex imperfect characters. There is plenty of action as well including breathless escapes and thrilling battles. While there is a great deal to learn about the history and magic of the Witchlands the det... Read More »

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Jul 09, 2018

This book is truly amazing! The world was so realistic, for fantasy anyway, and the characters so life-like. I recommend this book to everyone with a love for fantasy, esp. those who loved Sarah J Maas.

Jun 14, 2018

One of my favorite fantasy novels. It has strong female friendships and a clever, exciting story line. A great read for fans of fantasy, Game of Thrones, etc.

Truthwitch was thrilling and full of excitement. The uncertainty of what Safiya and Iseult will go through next captivated the reader.
Safiya fon Hasstrel is Cartorran nobility, she also happens to have a very valuable and powerful witchery. She is a Truthwicth, her Threadsister Iseult is a Nomatsi Threadwitch from a group of people that are belittled and frowned upon by many. After Safi had managed to lose all the girls’ years of hard earned money, which resulted in highway robbery and being hunted by a Bloodwitch. This then leads to a chain of events that spiraled their once simple life into a world wind of danger, near death experiences and new-found hope and trust in each other and those they had encountered along the way. With a Bloodwitch on their tail who can follow them anywhere and a nation of people who need their help, the girls do all they can to save their lives.
I liked the thrill and excitement of this book. There was never a dull moment, from the love shared between Threadsisters, their determination to protect each other, as well as the development of them and many other characters. It helps to give an insight as to who they are as people and their true intensions with the girls.
The imagery gave me a clear understanding of the terrain faced by Safi, Iseult, Merik and Aeduan. From Venaza City to the Cartorran Coast to the dry, poisoned barren wasteland that is Neubrevna, filled with thousands of skeletons and dead birds and the fish they ate. The map at the front of the book aided in the understanding of the proximity of a nation to another.
If you like tales of adventurous witches with rare extraordinary gifts, resilience and determination, as well as a hint of romance, this book is for you.
Reviewed by N.B. for the Cloverdale Teen Book Review Project

Jan 07, 2018

As with any series, it can take a while to pick up all the new terms, places, and characters/names. While this book took me a bit, I became quite comfortable with the style and vocabulary. I picked this up because I saw it recommended in many areas, and Sarah J. Mass had approved of it. From beginning to end, the book had me enthralled. The relationships of the characters felt very real and faceted, which I enjoyed a lot. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book!
- @Siri of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Truthwitch describes the tale of Safiya fon Hasstrel's and her threadsister's, Iseult, escape through the Witchlands as they are tracked by an invincible Bloodwitch, who wishes for revenge. The duo, accompanied by Prince Merik, a Windwitch and a ship's captain who is desperate to gain a successful trade between countries so that he could bring food to his suffering people, must fight against emperors, princes, and mercenaries will will do anything to gain a Truthwitch. Safiya is adamant to survive, thinking of no one but herself, until she notices the unfair trade agreement Prince Merik was shouldering. She questions whether or not her highly sought over abilities were as useful as others perceive -- believing that there was nothing that she could do to help Prince Merik's situation. Safiya is a strong-willed and kind-hearted character who is willing to do anything for anyone she cares about. The story-line is created well with an interesting combination of fantasy, action, and adventure as it masterfully weaves the elements of suspense, foreshadowing, and the feelings the author wishes the characters wish to portray. Since the ending shows the definite continuation of a story-line, it leaves the readers to wonder about what Safiya would do. This novel is best for those who enjoy series novels, as well as fantasy, action, or adventure novels. It is definitely a novel that those who enjoy the more fantasy and witch-related plot-lines would enjoy.
Reviewed by AY for the Cloverdale Teen Book Review Project

Aug 05, 2017

I have to disagree with everyone who loved it. I thought this book's plot was silly and the characterization was shallow and flat. DNF after about 60 pages.

Jul 21, 2017

This book was great!!! I wasn't sure at first but I very much enjoyed this book and think more people should read it!! :)

Dec 02, 2016

I love reading an author’s second series because of books like TRUTHWITCH. Dennard’s writing is gorgeous, and her characters fresh and original. The world of TRUTHWITCH is huge and it’s because of Dennard’s experience as a writer that the reader is never overwhelmed by it all. This is the book that will be talked about for years to come, a book that deserves every bit of hype.

TRUTHWITCH is the tale of two threadsisters and Dennard is able to perfectly balance their stories, so that it never feels like one is more significant than the other. This is a multi-POV book; told in the POV’s of Safi (our Truthwitch), Iseult (Threadwitch), Merrik (Windwitch), and Aeduan (Bloodwitch). In a lot of cases, this is a big undertaking because there needs to be enough space given to each character. Dennard is absolutely perfect when it comes to this. The switch between POV’s is smooth and I felt like I got enough time with each and every character.

I loved all four of our main characters. Safi was funny and ambitious, someone who acts before she thinks. Iseult was my favourite, mainly because I felt our personalities were very similar. She was introverted and calm, and I felt like she was very selfless, in the sense that she’d give up everything if it meant her friends and family were happy. Merrik is someone who would do anything for his country and is desperately fighting for its survival. He also has a lot of rage, which fits so well with his witchery. Then there’s Aeduan, the infamous Bloodwitch. Like Iseult, he was another favourite and I can’t wait to find out more about him. He’s very mysterious and a bit of an anti-hero, but that kind of makes me love him more haha. The characters go through some serious character development and I especially loved the actions of Safi at the end – it showed her growth.

I usually mention this in my reviews, but world building is my absolute favourite and Dennard did not disappoint. If you’ve seen a map of this world, you might have noticed that it looks like an alternate version of Europe. I loved that! Dennard is so strong when it comes to giving the reader a good visual of her world. There are so many different cultures, but again we are never overwhelmed. We’d glimpse the world through the characters actions, through music and poetry, myths and legends. It was also great seeing both the good and bad of the world. For example, we experienced the discrimination of the Nomatsi through Iseult, which is her ethnicity.

I actually think if you liked Avatar: The Last Airbender, you’ll like this. The world is based upon elemental magic and the scale of the world (very big!) is about the same. I also sensed a bit of Zuko in Aeduan, which was great.

Dennard is truly a Wordwitch when it comes to writing. With magic and suspense at every corner, TRUTHWITCH is a must-read. The writing is visually stunning and the world equally so. Dennard has created a beautiful start to a fantastic, new series.

Disclaimer 1: I won an advanced readers copy from the author, this has in no way altered my honest opinion of the book.

Disclaimer 2: I wrote this review about a year after reading it, but I based it on notes written immediately after finishing it, so everything in my review is accurate.

ArapahoeStaff1 Nov 21, 2016

This high-flying magical fantasy novel encapsulates everything I love about high fantasy! There is a strong female lead character, who relies on her own wit and intuition to defeat all sinister enemies. There is an element of magic--original magic, that kept me on my toes. This is definitely one of my favorite choices for 2016.

xSushii Oct 14, 2016

Female friendships for the win. ♥

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spl_merley May 04, 2016

Safiya was born and raised to be a noblewoman but desires nothing more than to be free of responsibilities. She has kept her truthwitch abilities a secret knowing that she could either become a pawn in political schemes or be killed to prevent others from access to her power. Her Threadsister and closest friend, Iseult, is a threadwitch who can see people’s emotional ties. Bound by friendship and trained for battle Safiya and Iseult find themselves thrust into the middle of plans that could destroy a 20 year truce and which would plunge their world into greater darkness than the Great War. Pursued by a bloodwitch assassin, an emperor’s agent, and leaders seeking Safiya’s powers the two flee for safety on the ship of a prince motivated by a desperate desire to save his land and his people from suffering. Along the way they face countless challenges, discover the seeds of romance and learn the devastating impact of the Great War all the while unaware that they may be the long awaited hope that could bring healing to their world.


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Aug 06, 2016

It wasn’t freedom she wanted. It was belief in something—a prize big enough to run for and to fight for and to keep on reaching toward no matter what.


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