Book Review: Truthwitch – Susan Dennard


Even if its a first read, I couldn’t resist on putting some sticky tabs.


Name: Truthwitch
Author: Susan Dennard
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: January 5, 2016

Blurb from Paperback edition

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.

Book Cover Comments

The front cover features Safiya with her awesome looking outfit, holding a sword and a dagger. I love how the sword immerses with the block title of the book, “Truthwitch”. It’s super cool. And the background definitely relates to waht is happening in the book, and I love it. The side has “Truthwitch”, Susan’s name, a black background and a window box with Safiya’s face which looks really sweet, and the black plain background just helps users calm their minds from a lot of color to read the premise properly :P

The Actual Review

Can I please spoil you guys?

Ok. Truthwitch was really really really awesome I cannot.

The thing with all the friendships, the dangerous people around it, MAGIC, the threads between people, the politics and the lands, Amazing, Amazing, Amazing. And I’m here to tell you why.

…he allowed himself to wonder if it was possible—if these two girls of moonlight and sunshine could be the mythical pair that his Monastery had once protected.

Let’s begin with Safiya. She is such a cool character who cares so much for her Threadsister Iseult, it’s really sweet. It’s actually such an inspiring friendship that I love so much. How Susan builds Safiya’s character and those around her, I loved it so much. She had her responsibilities to take care of, and yet she decided to try to throw caution to the wind to live the life she wants instead. Safiya even risked herself in order to get a Firewitch for Iseult, for what purpose I ain’t gonna tell you cus this is supposed to be (sadly) spoiler free. I thought that was really beautiful and selfless of Safiya. And the fact that she made sacrifices at certain points of books in order to save more was really wonderful of her. It’s that caring heart that I loved a LOT.

He owed her a life-debt now. She’d spared him (sort of) and he would have to repay that.

We can’t NOT talk about Saf’s threadsister Iseult. Iseult is another amazing person. The fact that she is a threadwitch makes her life slightly complicated, because its the conflict of where you know what others feel by the color of their threads and you know how some people connect to some others, but you pretty much don’t know any of your threads. Iseult had to sacrifice a lot to be what she is right now, and just like Safiya, she is a selfless person who also deeply cares for Safiya. I love how beautifully this friendship entwines each other, into building a magnificent story of NOT ONE, but TWO Heroines that will bring light to the future.

“Not coincidence, Domna, but Lady Fate at work.”

And before we step into even more juicy content of this book review, let’s talk about Prince Merik. He’s also similar to our threadsisters in a way: he cares a lot for his kingdom, even shamefully taking chicken bones for his ship’s soup, though it might not taste that well. Though I went sorta “ASDFGHJKL” when Merik went over strict and started being a little of a stubborn prince. I also really love Merik’s aunt, Evrane. She’s super super duper kind, I want her as well XP I was also wowed by the fact that she kept her beliefs on the legend of Cahr Awen for so many years, and when she saw it happen, she knew that she didn’t give up, and it reminds me how if you wish hard enough, it might come true.

She did move, her Threads melting into his and shimmering with hints of a brighter red.

And OMG I loved the parts when two heart threads began to entwine, a.k.a. the sweet lovey dovey scenes that Susan decides to put into Truthwitch. I-LOVED-IT-A-LOT because I was fanning myself at a certain point in the book, and then I literally went AWWWWWWW MORE PLEASE MORE MORE MORE.

He couldn’t tell anymore. it was getting hard to do anything but stare at her eyes, sparkling and close.

There are certain parts in this book that really reminds me of the Throne of Glass Series, such as the idea of Heart-Threads and life debts, but isn’t that what shows the friendship between Susan and Sarah J. Maas? They ARE carranam and threadsisters. No doubts about that.

“Because ‘just me’ isn’t who we are, I’ll always follow you, Safi, and you’ll always follow me. Threadsisters to the end.”

The next part of this review?

We gonna talk about MAGIC. Susan is a legit genius, for the fact that she can come of with this brilliant idea of witches. The concept of having the six main witch categories, and then the subcategories and titles under each main family. Airwitch, Firewitch, Waterwitch, Eartwitch, Aetherwitch, Voidwitch, and then we have the healers, Windwitch, Truthwitch, Threadwitch, Bloodwitch, all truly amazing. It was really nice to see the witch world building, and though it was a bit confusing at first, I have to admit, as the story goes on, more and more of my questions unravel, and things got better, and I understood better. Litearlly. The Wells. I’mma call it Wells of Wonder, is a super cool idea, and I would like one as well haha.

So if you started this book and thought it was confusing, please continue reading on, because it is that progression you will see that will blow your mind.

No. I’m serious.

“If that’s what it takes to help them, then that’s what I’ll do.”

The plot was extremely well executed, and though some might think it is a rather slow pace, the slow pace helps explains the world and the details that are actually going on between characters. And oh, I love the multi-character-POV system. I think it really allows user to expand their thinking circle, and to really put themselves into the shoes of the world, of the different characters. I’m usually not used to this kind of detailed pace, but Truthwitch never had a dull point. Every point of the book had a meaning to it, and it was what helped the next event happened. Chain Reaction! It’s climax after climax after climax, and then a supernova happens at the end of the book.

Safi could bend and shape the world.
And it was time to do so.

It’s a must read guys!

Susan beautifully creates a world of witches that is the very essence of what Fantasy books are, bringing us to a world full of magic, friendship, bonds and grace.


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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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