Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

June 3, 2015

Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages: 416
Preorder: Barnes and Noble, Amazon 

I've been sitting at my computer for probably several hours (more like days) writing and rewriting this review because I simply cannot accurately enough put into words the whirlwind of emotions I feel about this book *coughs* I blame Merik. This book has left me speechless in the absolute best way and I'm so excited for what's to come in the future of the series. Susan takes on a whole new level of epicness in this book and it's so exquisite and engaging that I've been singing "A Pirates Life for Me" for three days straight now (which is bizarre in itself because this book deals with witches not pirates...I don't even know ).

Now, before I get into how much I loved this book, I want to explain how I'm going about this review. This review will be what I like to categorize as a "Short, Sweet, and to the Point Review". Not because I didn't enjoy this book but because we are still several months from it's official release day *coughs* January 5, 2016 *coughs* and therefore, a majority of the human population has not yet read this book. I can assure you one hundred percent that once this baby hits the shelves on, mark your calendars, January 5, 2016, I will have a full fledged, spoiler-full, incoherent fangirl rambling review ready to go because writing this, non-spoilery review in which I can't say much without actually spoiling all of you is killing me. As a natural born fangirl at heart, it's in my nature to want to track down the nearest living thing to me within a one mile radius and gush about my latest, favorite read. Unfortunately, for my dog at least, that means my poor helpless little Nelly is the target of most of my initial and raw fangirl ramblings...I'm so sorry.

So, yes, I will have two reviews for this book. This one simply just being a more subdued and spoiler free version of the one that I will be putting up on, January 5, 2016...I pinky promise.

With that being said, let us get into the review!

So, a while back in my post on "Why you should read Truthwitch", I had said and claimed many things about this book, one of them being that this book will "knock your socks off". Needless to say, I started this book wearing my favorite pair of fuzzy socks and now they are no where to be found and to this day, I have been *sheds a tear* Sockless...thanks Susan.

After having read this book, I realized that even the summary for this book doesn't do justice to how much of a compelling and intriguing world Susan's created. But, for those of you that forgot or just need a little reminder, I leave you with the Goodread's summary,

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.

Overall Thoughts
Where, oh where to begin...

I rarely get myself into a hype over books that have not even come out, yet alone, the first book in a new series but I found this book to be one of those rare exceptions. I was so excited for this book that I was part of that stampede/mob/whatever you wish to call it at BEA this year, for one of the lucky 100 golden tickets (they actually were a yellow-gold color) to receive an arc of Truthwitch. Moral of that story, I was fortunate enough to get a ticket and meet Susan (Who is absolutely lovely and wonderful in person) and this book was completely worth braving the mob/stampede for. I LOVE this book. From the magnificent world building, to the wild and diverse ensemble of characters, to the non-stop heart pounding, adrenaline inducing action and adventurous, staccato roller coaster of feels that is this book, it was such fun ride from start to finish. Once the ball gets rolling in this book, there's no stopping it and, thinking back on it now, I don't think I managed to take a single breath while reading this book. *inhales deeply*
The Characters

Susan's characters in this book are so wonderfully constructed and so well balanced, even the baddest of the bad characters in this book will capture your heart... well, some of them. Each of the characters we are introduced to in this world is tested, and for some, pushed to his/her limits. I loved the interaction between all of them and how eventually all of their story arcs combined in a stormy, heart racing crescendo in the end.

Our two leading heroines, Iseult and Safiya (whom I connect to on a spiritual level when it comes to my math skills), embody everything you look for in strong main protagonists. Each has her own strengths and weaknesses, which we get to know as we go further into the story, but together...oh my god, these two are absolutely (for lack of a better word) badass. Seriously, I was either laughing (oh goodness, the SASS runs strong with these two), deeply concerned for their well being, or clinging on to this book with a death grip as if it were the only thing keeping me from falling off of my bed. The friendship between these two is something one of a kind and at a level of which I have only come across very few times. This book definitely tests the bond between these two but even in the bleakest and darkest of moments in this book, they find their back the same way they've always done things, together. I cannot remember the last time I had so much fun reading about a character but I guarantee, as soon as you meet them, you'll love these two just as much as I do.

Another wonderful thing about the characters in this book was the diversity. Aside from the characters having a wide array of traits and witcheries, this cast certainly has its share of diverse characters. Susan definitely does not shy away from or sugar coat any discrimination one of her characters, Iseult, faces as a result of her looking "different". I found it absolutely heart breaking to see and hear about how she was treated and how she'd have to go to measures in public just to avoid being called out. Even with the harsh reality of it, I'm excited to see her prove to everyone just how wrong they were and to meet more of the diverse characters in this world.

The best part of this book, you ask? Probably the fact that this book has an entire ARMADA of hot, brooding men that will, for some quite literally, blow you away *swoons*. To get all the warm and fuzzy details, you'll just have to wait and read the book... yes, I went there but I'm just going to warn you here and now, to make some room in your archives/vaults/closets/rooms/etc. for several new favorite characters because this book has a lot of them coming your way.
The World
Oh goodness, I'll be honest, while I wouldn't necessarily find myself wanting to permanently live in this world, I would not mind taking a day trip...or ten and spending the day with some very attractive witches (I'm batting my eyelashes at you Merik ).
As can be expecting with any high-fantasy novel, the world building aspect of the book is an important part in understanding how this new realm we are introduced to functions. It's also one of those things that, while fascinating once you get the hang of it, can also make you cringe when you think about it. It's not something that comes easily, to both reader and author, and can easily become overwhelming. You have to allow yourself to adapt to the world and learn the ropes and ways of the trade. There's an integral political aspect in this book that has already and may further affect, the lives of these characters in future books and how this society that they live in affects the choices they make. Learning all of this is not something that just happens overnight or, in this case, a couple of pages. This book does a great job of slowly introducing you into the world without boring you or leaving you completely lost in its slew of high fantasy elements. There were moments where I found myself having to reread a page or paragraph several times to firmly get a grip on what was happening in a scene but it definitely was not a hindrance on my overall reading experience for this book. I absolutely loved the world this book was set in and once I was comfortable with it and grew more familiar with some of the common vernacular, it was an absolute blast and speedy, heart pounding race to the end. It truly left me awe-struck at certain moments and with a strange desire to go and live out the rest of my days as a pirate... of the nice variety of course. 

I realize that this book isn't set to be published for another seven months but I promise you that this book is without a doubt worth the wait. From the moment you set your eyes on the opening chapter, this book will grab you by the hands and take you on a journey so great no ride at Disney World will ever compare

Be sure to tell me in the comments what you're most excited for in this book!


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