Truthwitch

Truthwitch

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"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"--Front jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Tor Teen, 2016.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780765379283
0765379287
Branch Call Number: DEN Y
Characteristics: 415 pages : illustration ; 25 cm

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eflah
Nov 18, 2019

This book managed to check all the boxes of my YA fantasy dream list. There was an awesome friendship between two tough-as-nails girls. There was a chapter focused on diplomats and international treaties. TRUTHWITCH had pirates and electric romantic tension and characters who grew in realistic ways. I'm still on a high after finishing this book earlier today. Man. I don't even know what else to say besides read this book.

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ShamaBole
Jan 22, 2019

The frustrating thing about the two protagonists is that they have delusions of being swashbuckling survivors, but the fact is that they're not that competent and this continued existence is attributable to efforts by family and friends (which the girls don't even realise/acknowledge). Snappy dialogue and attitude without skills is just hot air. If this is a series I hope they hone their survival skills along the way.

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goddessbeth
Jan 19, 2019

I LOVE when a book lives up to its hype (at least for me). I won the hardcover, but listened to the audiobook because the narrator is fantastic with accents and voices. And she did not disappoint with this one! I hope she narrates the audiobook of book 2, which I will for sure be listening to/reading.

This story has layers- there's a lot of character development and character-driven story (with showing, not telling, thank goodness), but there are also a lot of subtle mysteries woven in (like the sea foxes- which remind me strongly of Robin Hobb's novels- a compliment to Susan Dennard- and which I loved and an curious about). From the first chapter I found myself loving Safiya and Iseult, who share a strong bond of friendship but are quite different. I related more to Safiya, but in a lot of ways Iseult felt more accessible. Audean (pronunced like Edwin, but with "A" instead of "Eh" at the beginning) was a wonderful surprise- I lovedy love morally grey characters, and I have some THEORIES about the Raider King and the Puppetmaster. Also, the sexual tension between Merik and Safiya was delicious (and felt like genuine chemistry).

This is a bit of an ensemble cast, with every mentioned character playing a role in some way. Some had brief moments on stage, and others are coming and going. But none feel pointless or shallow. And although the ending is not a cliffhanger, the mysteries are just opening up....so it leaves you wanting more.

Overall, I recommend this to fans of fantasy. If you like fantasy novels, especially well-paced, immersive ones, you should read this. And then tell me what kind of witch you'd be.

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megoscar
Jul 09, 2018

This book is truly amazing! The world was so realistic, for fantasy anyway, and the characters so life-like. I recommend this book to everyone with a love for fantasy, esp. those who loved Sarah J Maas.

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dove123_
Jun 14, 2018

One of my favorite fantasy novels. It has strong female friendships and a clever, exciting story line. A great read for fans of fantasy, Game of Thrones, etc.

Truthwitch was thrilling and full of excitement. The uncertainty of what Safiya and Iseult will go through next captivated the reader.
Safiya fon Hasstrel is Cartorran nobility, she also happens to have a very valuable and powerful witchery. She is a Truthwicth, her Threadsister Iseult is a Nomatsi Threadwitch from a group of people that are belittled and frowned upon by many. After Safi had managed to lose all the girls’ years of hard earned money, which resulted in highway robbery and being hunted by a Bloodwitch. This then leads to a chain of events that spiraled their once simple life into a world wind of danger, near death experiences and new-found hope and trust in each other and those they had encountered along the way. With a Bloodwitch on their tail who can follow them anywhere and a nation of people who need their help, the girls do all they can to save their lives.
I liked the thrill and excitement of this book. There was never a dull moment, from the love shared between Threadsisters, their determination to protect each other, as well as the development of them and many other characters. It helps to give an insight as to who they are as people and their true intensions with the girls.
The imagery gave me a clear understanding of the terrain faced by Safi, Iseult, Merik and Aeduan. From Venaza City to the Cartorran Coast to the dry, poisoned barren wasteland that is Neubrevna, filled with thousands of skeletons and dead birds and the fish they ate. The map at the front of the book aided in the understanding of the proximity of a nation to another.
If you like tales of adventurous witches with rare extraordinary gifts, resilience and determination, as well as a hint of romance, this book is for you.
Reviewed by N.B. for the Cloverdale Teen Book Review Project

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 07, 2018

As with any series, it can take a while to pick up all the new terms, places, and characters/names. While this book took me a bit, I became quite comfortable with the style and vocabulary. I picked this up because I saw it recommended in many areas, and Sarah J. Mass had approved of it. From beginning to end, the book had me enthralled. The relationships of the characters felt very real and faceted, which I enjoyed a lot. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book!
- @Siri of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Truthwitch describes the tale of Safiya fon Hasstrel's and her threadsister's, Iseult, escape through the Witchlands as they are tracked by an invincible Bloodwitch, who wishes for revenge. The duo, accompanied by Prince Merik, a Windwitch and a ship's captain who is desperate to gain a successful trade between countries so that he could bring food to his suffering people, must fight against emperors, princes, and mercenaries will will do anything to gain a Truthwitch. Safiya is adamant to survive, thinking of no one but herself, until she notices the unfair trade agreement Prince Merik was shouldering. She questions whether or not her highly sought over abilities were as useful as others perceive -- believing that there was nothing that she could do to help Prince Merik's situation. Safiya is a strong-willed and kind-hearted character who is willing to do anything for anyone she cares about. The story-line is created well with an interesting combination of fantasy, action, and adventure as it masterfully weaves the elements of suspense, foreshadowing, and the feelings the author wishes the characters wish to portray. Since the ending shows the definite continuation of a story-line, it leaves the readers to wonder about what Safiya would do. This novel is best for those who enjoy series novels, as well as fantasy, action, or adventure novels. It is definitely a novel that those who enjoy the more fantasy and witch-related plot-lines would enjoy.
Reviewed by AY for the Cloverdale Teen Book Review Project

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D067419367
Aug 05, 2017

I have to disagree with everyone who loved it. I thought this book's plot was silly and the characterization was shallow and flat. DNF after about 60 pages.

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mightyminnie
Jul 21, 2017

This book was great!!! I wasn't sure at first but I very much enjoyed this book and think more people should read it!! :)

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orange_cat_2945
May 16, 2019

"After tonight, you can leave forever."

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Marleny_Martini
Apr 04, 2019

"Most people wanted to escape. Get out of their heads. Out of their lives. Stories are the easiest way to do that."

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Marleny_Martini
Apr 04, 2019

"I’ll strip with you,” Safi offered, grabbing for her shirttails. “If anyone shows up”—the shirt slid over her face, muffled her words—“I’ll dance around and distract them."

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Marleny_Martini
Apr 04, 2019

"If you wanted to, Safiya, you could bend and shape the world."

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Marleny_Martini
Apr 04, 2019

"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."

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Chelsea016
Aug 06, 2016

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.

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spl_merley May 04, 2016

Safiya was born and raised to be a noblewoman but desires nothing more than to be free of responsibilities. She has kept her truthwitch abilities a secret knowing that she could either become a pawn in political schemes or be killed to prevent others from access to her power. Her Threadsister and closest friend, Iseult, is a threadwitch who can see people’s emotional ties. Bound by friendship and trained for battle Safiya and Iseult find themselves thrust into the middle of plans that could destroy a 20 year truce and which would plunge their world into greater darkness than the Great War. Pursued by a bloodwitch assassin, an emperor’s agent, and leaders seeking Safiya’s powers the two flee for safety on the ship of a prince motivated by a desperate desire to save his land and his people from suffering. Along the way they face countless challenges, discover the seeds of romance and learn the devastating impact of the Great War all the while unaware that they may be the long awaited hope that could bring healing to their world.

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