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New Fantasy Series | Book Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

So much YES to Truthwitch, a new fantasy series by Susan Dennard.

Book Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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Title & Author: Truthwitch: A Witchlands Novel by Susan Dennard

Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy, Witches

Release Date: January 5, 2016

Series: The Witchlands #1

Publisher: Tor Teen

How I Got the Book: Advance copy via the publisher


“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.”

New Fantasy to Love

There are so many things to love about Truthwitch. I’ll start with the obvious “witch” bit first.

The book is set in the fantasy world of The Witchlands where having special powers is common and accepted. The story has a great cast of characters but mainly focuses on one dynamic duo – Safiya (Truthwitch, can tell lies from the truth) and Isuelt (Threadwitch, senses emotions and how people are connected to each other).

Safi is impulsive and sharp-tongued, and Iseult is quiet and cautious. I ADORED their relationship and how they worked together as one unstoppable team. Their bond goes beyond friendship and enters sisterhood.

Safi and Isuelt are really the focus of the book, and I loved that while there was some romance, it wasn’t needed to be the center of attention (while being very good all the same).

Truthwitch is told in the third person, allowing for multiple voices to take the reins at different times and lend their perspective. At first, I wasn’t really sure for a few paragraphs who was “talking” at the moment, but I quickly picked up the different characters’ personalities and quirks.

If you read the book digitally like I did, I highly advise you have this map on hand. There are several different nations that are mentioned in the book, and this will be very helpful. I live for a good book map 🙂

There is a lot brewing with this story – political tensions and so many secrets. I felt fully invested in this story and am more than ready for the next book.

I did want a little more info on all the possible witcherys and their history, but I’m hoping more will be revealed in future sequels.


This book is an excellent new fantasy series in the making. With the awesome main characters and really interesting magic, I cannot wait to dig deeper into the world of Truthwitch – definitely recommended.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.