Year Published: January 5th 2016
Published by: (I won this arc via Twitter and received it from the author. This review is not influenced by that.)
Number of Pages: 416
First Sentence: “Everything had gone horribly wrong.”
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
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.
I was actually terrified when I started reading this. Why? Because not only is it super hyped, but I also won a copy from the author. Susan Dennard is super nice and you should definitely follow her on twitter, but that made me hesitant because I didn’t want to give it a bad review because of that. However, I had nothing to worry about. This book is epic.
First of, the world is pretty amazing. It has this gritty feeling that I just love, and there are plenty different kingdoms and types of creature. Dennard has managed to build a fantastic world with its own myths, religions and cultures. It felt real and totally possible.
The characters are also fantastic and well made. You quickly start to care for all of them. Safi and Iseult are the two main characters, thread sisters and total badasses. They are witty, brave and loyal to each other. I loved them both very much.
Prince Merik and the bloodwitch, Aeduan, are two other characters that demand a lot of attention. The p.o.v switches between these four characters which adds depths to the story and the characters. Both males are interesting and their interaction with the girls is both fun and adventurous. There are several minor characters that are equally interesting and that you will love.
The plot is super interesting and entertains you from the first til the last page. It does have some moments where the plot halts a little, but Dennard uses that time to build the characters instead. It means that those sections are still interesting/entertaining.
Do I recommend it?
Hell yes. If you haven’t already pre-ordered it, go and do it now!