Author: Susan Dennard
Publisher: Tor Teen
Series Status: 1st in The Witchland series
Page Count: 415
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Synopsis: 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.
Review: This was such a fun read! This has been on my TBR for the longest time, and I am so glad I got around to reading it. There were so many great aspects about this book.
If you are looking for something entertaining to read, then this is it. I went through this book very fast. It was just so much fun and it was so interesting. It had me completely hooked from the beginning, and I could not put it down for a moment. I had to know what happened next.
I loved the main characters Safi and Iseult. They were such a contrasting couple and the way they worked together was just perfect. The friendship that they had was beautiful and hilarious. They are complete opposites but somehow it just works.
I can’t decide who my favourite was, but it was probably Iseult. Her past was something that I found very intriguing, and her cool, calm demeanor was interesting to me. I also really loved her type of witchery. It was so cool to read about the threads of everybody else and how they intertwine.
The budding relationship between Safi and Merik was one of my favourite parts of this book. The frustration between them kept me very entertained.
My favourite part about this was the world-building that went into it. A world were there are fueding countries, of course, but the witchery. There are all sorts of witchery that are found more commonly in some countries than others. Also, the addition of the Cahr Arwen was intriguing. I loved reading about the Carawen and how they served the Cahr Arwen and all about the Origin Wells that were dying out.
The only reason that this didn’t get 5 stars is because the entire time I just felt like there was something missing the entire time. It was very close for me, though.
Overall, this was an incredible book that I had a fantastic time reading.
I give this novel 4.5/5 stars and would highly recommend it to fans of fantasy.
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