truthwitch (Susan Dennard)
Another port plundered. Arrrr! And this one was super fun to explore. This novel was action packed from the very beginning. It was also a very fast read. This book dealt with magic drawn from the elements like fire logic did. But extra elements are involved. Void for example. Though it did take me some time to wrap my head around the world and its characters due to the fast pace, I managed quickly enough.
The two main characters Safiya and Iseult have a strong friendship that underlies the plot and is wonderful. This bond is filled with love and caring even though they are not lovers nor related by blood. Not that friendships cannot be like that in both novels and “real” life. Think of Frodo and Samwise Gamgee as an example of that type of friendship in novels. I have a few mateys like that in my real life and am grateful for them everyday though I see them only rarely when our ships happen to be in the same port. But ah the adventures we have had . . .
It is lovely to see two women in a novel with a friendship bond of strength that do not spend it talking about men, fashion and gossip. Not that those elements are not in this book. But they are not primary or even secondary to the plot. They come up in the course of the lives of Safiya and Iseult and are dealt with in a mostly realistic fashion. I mean this novel does have magic in it after all!
While the two women are the heart and focus of the novel, I really enjoyed some of the secondary characters. I hold a particular fondness for Prince Merilk, a ship’s captain (Arrr!). But I enjoyed many of the other characters in this novel. The secondary women characters were particularly wonderful – from monks, to ship girls, to empresses.
This book was a New York Times best seller, has blurbs from some of the biggest names in the business, and even has its own website which includes fun items like a playlist, quizzes, chapter excerpts, and videos of the author discussing topics like what kind of magic she would choose. I cannot wait for the next novel in the series.
The author’s website has this to say about the novel:
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.
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