Truthwitch – Susan Dennard

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Have you ever wished that you could tell if someone was speaking the truth or a lie? Safi has that ability, but she must keep her abilities a secret. What wouldn’t a ruler do to possess that power? Somehow, the Emperor discovers her abilities and wants them for his own leading an epic adventure across the lands. Safi is joined by her Threadsister Iseult as they are plagued by a Bloodwitch who can follow their scent anywhere, annoyed by a royal Windwitch and thrust into situations they never expected to find themselves in.

The beginning was a little slow, but once the story picked up the book was impossible to put down. The main characters are charming and relatable even if they don’t always make the best decisions. Over the course of the novel, they grow as people (and continue to do so in the second book). The characters are well written and I believe that readers will relate to at least one of them.

The world building is even more impressive and immersive. Since we follow the characters on their travels, we are exposed to a large part of this series’ world. We experience the culture and beliefs of a few different nations (and maybe even some mythical creatures). The second book continues this and develops even more of the world this series is set in.

Highly recommended magical, fantasy series for young adult/teen readers.

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