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 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.
In May of 2015, I traveled to St Paul, MN to see the newest author I have been obsessing over, Sarah Maas. During her talk, she told us about her BFF Susan Dennard, another author. Dennard's novels so far were steampunk, which I am not a fan of. But Ms Maas told us about a new novel she was writing, another young adult fantasy called Truthwitch. Ever since, I have been absolutely dying to read this book. It's finally here! AND, it was fabulous.
Safiya and Iseult have been best of friends for years. Iseult saved Safiya's life as children and they are bonded, a deeper bond than just mere freindship. They are Threadsisters, tasked with taking care of each other the rest of their lives. Safiya is a Truthwitch, she can tell if someone is telling her the truth or not. Iseult is a Threadwitch, she can read people's threads and tell their emotions.
Iseult comes from a somewhat gypsy like camp, and there are many prejudices against her people. Safiya is a domna, which is the gentry, although a poor and unimportant one she feels.
Safiya and Iseult have many adventures, including slight of hand and pick pocketing. They were trained by professionals, who also trained them in how to fight. But their newest adventure has them coming across a Bloodwitch. The Bloodwitch is a firece fighter who can track people and witches by their scent. Iseult and Safi must run and fast to escape.
Iseult and Safi meet many interseting people along the road to freedom. I can't really describe this book, it has so much going on in it. The description from Amazon is the best. I liked the characters alot, I loved the world that Dennard has created.
This book is perfect for readers of Sarah Maas' "Throne of Glass" series. I'm going to go crazy waiting a year for the next book, because OF COURSE there were SEVERAL cliffhangers! Anyways, this really was a fantastic book!