Rating: 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
“If you wanted to, Safiya, you could bend and shape the world.”
Dear Susan Dennard,
I love you. Je t'aime. Σ'αγαπώ. Te quiero. Ti amo. Ich liebe dich.
You are the sunshine to my stormy day. The medicine to my flu. The butter to my bread. The Saturday to my hectic week. The oasis to my desert. The strawberry topping to my chocolate ice-cream. The lyrics to my music.
The answer to my prayers. For it was the work of Book Gods that sent you to my life. I am going to celebrate our acquaintance by sacrificing puppies composing a hymn painting your portrait nevermind I'll just dance.
“It was the circle of perfect motion. Of the light-bringer and dark-giver, the world-starter and shadow-ender. Of initiation and completion.”
The Truce between the nations of the Witchlands is coming to an end.Every player is desperate to find leverage against his opponents.There are nobles who are greedy for more,more power and more blood, and nobles who are searching for a way to protect their people from the chaos and destruction that are about to be unleashed.A Truthwitch would be the best weapon to gain the upper hand and secure their hearts' darkest desires.But Safi doesn't want to be a pawn,nor help the ruthless ruler she despises.She just wants to be free.Iseult on the other hand,her Threadsister and a pariah,wants to find the place where she belongs.Hunted and on the run,they come across allies and foes,they fight sea monsters and corrupted magic and trained assassins,they discover love and make decisions that will eventually determine the outcome of the war.
“Because ‘just me’ isn’t who we are.I’ll always follow you, Safi, and you’ll always follow me. Threadsisters to the end.”
I had a rocky start with Truthwitch. I could sense the potential and the epicness that was about to come, but at first I was confused with the world-building, I kept re-reading the pages to finally grasp the history, the politics and the geography of the Witchlands. But like diving into the waters of the Origin Wells, I eventually became a part of this complex and fascinating world and like a Threadwitch, I can see the Thread that now binds my soul with the very essence of this book. We're connected. We're in sync. And I love it.
If I had to describe Truthwitch with only one word, it would be stunning. Susan Dennard's writing was rich and vivid, I could close my eyes and picture the ocean, feel the breeze caressing my face and smell the saltiness of the sea. I could hear swords clashing and sailors cursing and horses panting from the effort to run away from their pursuers. The politics and the never-ending schemings made me question everything and everyone, the action and the fights were mind-blowing and made my heart race and my breath catch. Monks, sea monsters, magic wells, prophecies, corrupted witches, untrustworthy rulers, all of them are part of a marvelous and epic fantasy saga. And don't forget the characters.
“It wasn’t freedom she wanted. It was belief in something—a prize big enough to run for and to fight for and to keep on reaching toward no matter what.”
Safi and Iseult are completely different but equally brilliant. Safi is the hot-headed one, with a short temper and a big mouth that always looks for a fight. Amusing, stubborn and self-centered, sometimes oblivious to the mayhem she creates and the consequences of her actions, she always gets into trouble without thinking, but she's often driven by the need to protect Iseult, the person she loves the most. Safi grew up a lot throughout the story and she atoned for her mistakes. Iseult on the other hand is the reasonable one, who never belonged anywhere, who was never wanted nor needed. She never found her place in the world, but she was always willing to risk and follow Safi's crazy plans because she trusted her. Their friendship is one of the things I admired the most in Truthwitch: it's a kind of love you rarely encounter in books nowadays,especially between female characters,but it was strong,pure,a force of nature.
“Safi had only two thoughts: Who the rut is that Nubrevnan Windwitch? And: He should really learn how to button a shirt.”
But there is also romance, sweet, sizzling, making-your-toes-curl, giving-you-heart-palpitations romance. Allow me to introduce you Prince Merik of Nubrevna, the Admiral of his country's Navy, the son who wants the best for his people but isn't respected by his family. Loyal and determined, always looking after his crew, he never expected his life to become this complicated when he met Safi for the first time because let's be honest, he's not particularly patient himself and his anger is a being of its own. Their dance scene was so hot it practically made me drool! Safi and Merik always bickered, fought, disagreed, irritated each other and each time I swooned more than the previous. Sparks! Sparks! Sparks! and kaboom! you combust into flames!
Please do tell me, is there a reason not to read this book?