Oh. My. Goodness. Truthwitch was not only as amazing as I thought it was going to be, but it somehow EXCEEDED my expectations! I don’t even know how this is possible, yet it is. Susan Dennard has done an incredible job of weaving witches, magic, battles, and romance into what is absolutely the best book I’ve read this entire year. I do not know how to write a review that will bring justice to this amazing book, but I’ll do my best.
Safiya and Iseult are two best friends, two Threadsisters who are closer than any two people could be, even without the same blood flowing through their veins. While their ancestry is vastly different, one thing is for sure. Their future will be the same, and they will stick together forever. Both have magic, yet use it in very different ways.
Safiya is a Truthwitch, the first Truthwitch to grace the world with her presence in 500 years. She can tell truth from lie- a skill that can be used for good or for bad, depending on the beholder. You would think that Safiya would be the type of character to be shy, timid, and a wallflower, but she is none of those. She’s a Domna, also known as a noble. She doesn’t hide from the spotlight- and when action happens, she’s sure to be in the throngs of it. This type of paradox makes Safiya an extremely intriguing character, and very easy to visualize.
Iseult comes from the opposite background- while Safiya has noble blood, Iseult is a Nomatsi- and her appearance causes people to scorn her when they look at her face. Iseult is a Threadwitch, and is able to tell the emotions of people by seeing the color of their threads. While I see Safiya as the sun, Iseult is the moon. Iseult is the voice of reason, and the planmaker. As Truthwitch progresses, the reader gets to see a game-changing ability forming that Iseult possesses, and you’ll just have to read the book to find out what that is!
Once I entered the land of Truthwitch, I didn’t want to leave. I felt as though I could stay in that book, wrapped with the lovely words of Susan Dennard, forever. Her gorgeous prose not only took me to another world, but it let me experience the world. I felt as though I was in the book, watching the battle take place, seeing the scenery with my own eyes. It was incredible, breathtaking, awe-inspiring.
I don’t know how she did it, but she managed to make every scene perfect. From the dance to the heartfelt family moment to the battle scenes to the highly anticipated romantic scene, it was perfect. They were all perfect. I actually had goosebumps running up and down my arms while reading one part in particular. I felt my heart wrench multiple times when certain pitfalls arose. I could feel the determination, the willpower, the loyalty, and the bonds that enwrapped all of the characters.
I’d like to share some of my favorite quotes with you. Please note- these quotes have been taken from the ARC version.
“It was the circle of perfect motion. Of the light-bringer and dark-giver, the world-starter and shadow-ender. Of initiation and completion.”
“Why couldn’t she come up with a plan? Iseult made it look so easy, yet every time Safi tried to organize her thoughts, they swirled apart like silt in a stream.”
“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.”
“The forest was alive- a great strand of it still breathed and burgeoned at the bottom of the hill, winding through a world of white and gray.”
“A story of poison and magic and war.”
“Somehow this silent desert was worse than smoldering remains. At least with charred earth and village ruins, there was a sign of man’s hand at work. Nubrevna, however, looked like the gods had simply given up. Decided the land wasn’t worth their time and abandoned it.”
So, overall, here’s what I have to say. The very first line of the book was, “Everything had gone horribly wrong” yet this book was quite the opposite. Everything was absolutely RIGHT. It was the best book that I read in 2015, hands down. I highly highly highly recommend it and of course give it 5/5stars.
Do you have Truthwitch on your TBR? Have you read it yet? Let me know in the comments below!