Have you ever read a book and just wanted to crawl inside and live in it? From Hogwarts to Pemberley and Green Gables to The Shire, there are so many amazing literary worlds that I would love to experience and explore first hand! The world of Truthwitch is one of them.
Susan Dennard has crafted an amazing setting that feels refreshing amidst the recent surge of YA Fantasy. Focusing on a world where some humans possess magical abilities may not sound like anything new, but the way that Dennard has brought the characters and setting to life feels original and unique.
In the Witchlands, some humans possess the ability to preform specialized forms of magic while others do not. There are Glamourwitches who can create illusions, Voicewitches who can communicate with each other across vast distances, Wind, Fire, Water and Earth witches who can control individual aspects of the elements, and so many other unique types of witches that I’m sure I have only seen a glimpse of the different kinds of magic existing in the Witchlands.
The two main heroines of the story, Safiya and Iseult are threadsisters, a bond which goes beyond blood and family, and both possess magical power. Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from a lie, a rare form of magic that many would wish to control and possess. Iseult, on the other hand, is a Threadwitch, able to see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her. When Safiya’s penchant for trouble finds them on the run from a Bloodwitch, however, the two girls become entangled in a brewing war that threatens to tear the Witchlands apart.
While I LOVED the concept of this book and the world building, the narration itself started off a bit clunky for me. The first few chapters were really confusing, and I found it difficult to discern Safiya and Iseult apart. Once the story got under way, however, the action and suspense of the plot made it impossible for me to put down!
As much as I loved the setting of the book, the world-building too was a bit shaky at first. The author provides very little explanation for the politics of The Witchlands, the concept of threadsisters, or where the hatred of the Matsi people stems from. While some of my confusion was clarified as the book unfolded, there are still many questions that I’m hoping will be answered or better explained in the next book.
Overall, if you are looking for a fun and fast-paced Fantasy that you will have trouble putting down, then Truthwitch is for you! You’ll find yourself wishing you could jump inside and join in on the adventure! I can’t wait to pick up the next book to find out what happens next, and discover more about what lies hidden in this fascinating world!
Rating: 4 Stars
The Bottom Line: The book gets off to a clunky start, but you’ll soon find yourself so enthralled by the world of The Witchlands that you won’t be able to put it down!