Truthwitch

Finished Truthwitch by Susan Dennard.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.”

This is one of those books that’s impossible to review without spoiling things.  That’s incredibly rewarding for a reader, but so frustrating for me as a blogger.  So we’re going to do this a little differently.

I love the mythology centered around the book, the idea that there are all these different skills that you can have and that determines who you are.  And more than that, I love the fact that you have the family that you’re born into and the family that you choose and that chooses you.  (That latter group is called your threadfamily and I’m not sure there’s a more perfect name for it.)

And I love the fact that the book centers around the friendship between Safi and Iseult.  There is some heat between Safi and Merik, but at the same time, there’s no doubt that the OTP here is the friendship.  I feel like it’s so rare to find that outside of an Emery Lord book and it makes me want to become best friends with Susan Dennard.

I cannot wait to see what happens next, and I am pretty sure that—while the wait will be long and frustrating—it will be worth it.

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