Truthwitch by Susan Dennard: ALL THE SHIPS (Literally and Figuratively)



Summary (taken from Amazon bc I suck at summaries tbh)

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 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.

Overall Feels

THIS BOOK IS ONE OF MY NEW FAVORITES HOLY CRAP. After seeing Cait's negative review of it, my interest was perked and I picked it up at a bookstore in New Orleans, wondering how bad I would think it was. But to my shock, I found myself COMPLETELY IN LOVE WITH IT. Let's dissect the reasons why:

Settings

The majority of this story took place on a boat. Although I love ships, it did get a little dull after a while. But the vibrant descriptions of Veñaza City and starkly stunning land of Nubrevna made up for it - PLUS THE WORLD BUILDING MY HEART. Some of the best I've seen in a long time, for sure.

Characters

ALL THE CHARACTERS. I LOVE ALL THE CHARACTERS. I have adopted them all as my children.

Iseult has to be my favorite - she's quite a thoughtful introvert, so I relate to her a ton on this front. It was wonderful to see the "old mentor figure", Evrane, be female instead of male (as the old mentor figure is usually male in fantasy stories), and though Safiya didn't stick out too much in the beginning, I loved her by the end. And aeDUAN MY SMOL BABY. He's the bad guy and yet such a cinnamon roll, and you can tell a lot of thought went into developing his personality and motives. 

Plot

PLOTS! There were tons of different plot lines and POVs all interweaving, and I LOVE it! From the political intrigue to the romance (which I usually don't like, but I SHIP THIS ONE SO MUCH) to the action/adventure, I just loved the plot. And the ending PERFECTLY set up the next book. (Which I'm quietly dying waiting for, by the way.)

Rating

4.5/5 stars. The characters were super amazing, and I canNOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE OMG. 

So, let's chat! Have you read Truthwitch? Any other awesome books of late? Comment below, and have a lovely day <3

Namarië,
Ellie

14 comments:

  1. ooh, it sounds good! definitely adding this to my tbr pile (which is empty right now tbh.)

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  2. I read Cait's negative review too, love her reviews. Maybe I shouldn't write this one off.

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    1. You should definitely give it a try!

      - Ellie

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  3. I also read caits review before reading this one and now I'm like what am I supposed to do??? Haha. LOL. Awesome review!

    Nabila // Hot Town Cool Girl

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    1. Give it a shot! It's better to take a chance on a book and quit after a few chapters than to never try it at all!

      - Ellie

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  4. ARGHHH YASSS I LOVED TRUTHWITCH!!!!!!! Doesn't it kinda remind you of WoT?
    (Iseult is my favorite character too, btw)

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    1. A little bit! The writing style is different, but the whole Cahr Awen thing definitely reminds me of the Dragon Reborn.
      ISEULT FTW! There definitely need to be more MCs like her - shy and thoughtful and introverted, and not all hot-headed "Let's go save the world!"

      - Ellie

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  5. It's interesting seeing both the positive and negative reviews of this book. I love the concept, and it definitely sounds like the sort of book I might enjoy. Going to have to keep my eyes open for this one in my library (which may or may not carry it. Their YA section is sadly lacking. Oh the problems of relying on libraries for books!)

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    1. THE YA SECTION IN MY LIBRARY IS PATHETIC TOO. It's just teen romances. Like no thanks. Please help.
      I think you might like it!

      - Ellie

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  6. HAHAH. OMG. I FEEL BAD. XD But at least I didn't turn you off reading it, right?!? It's kind of hilarious that we had such opposite opinions...but DEFINITELY goes to show that not every book is for everyone but that doesn't mean it's bad. ;D

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  7. I saw this one going around Twitter MONTHS ago...and to be completely honest, it never really peaked my interest. I don't know, maybe I DO have to look into it more--sometimes I am too quick to judge. Lovely review, Ellie! I am so happy you loved this one.

    ❤ Erin

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    1. I think it's just the sort of thing you'd like! If you do read it, I can't wait to see your take on it.

      - Ellie

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