Not My Cuppa: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

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Truthwitch was probably one of the most hyped books of 2016.  I bought it and it set on my shelf for about a year, and then I picked it up before the sequel came out this year because I wanted to know whether or not it was worth reading the sequel-and preorder prices are usually so much more cheaper than post release prices. And I read it and I was…well, not impressed.

But it’s not horrible.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know I have issues with fantasies. I feel like a lot of YA fantasies rely too much on tropes and can be difficult to get in to.  Especially when they involve lots of fantasy names, inconsistent world building, and the God damn lost princess trope.

Hey, if you like those things, all the power to you.  But I’m just saying whenever I read a fantasy there has to be elements to really get me into the God damn book.

Unfortunately, Truthwitch only halfway gained my interest.  While it wasn’t bad the stupid names and WTF-ckery pacing made it a little difficult for me to completely enjoy and I really don’t think I’ll be continuing with the series.  But I did like aspects of the book.

I liked the idea of friendship that the book promises.  Did I think it lived up to this idea?  Um, no.  I thought the bond between Safiya and Iseult-and I had to look up both of those spellings-could’ve been explored more.  Hell, they didn’t interact near as much as I thought they would.  But I did like the idea of how powerful there friendship was.

The ships in this book were kind of eh.  I didn’ t love the ship that everyone else seemed to rave about it, but I didn’t hate it either.

There was lots of potential in this book, but there was also too much going on and not enough development for me to feel totally connected.

And I got lost.

I’ll admit it, if I can’t follow some aspects of a fantasy I will get lost and sort of fast.  Things move at a lightning quick pace in this one and I think it was one of the things that got my goat.  Like I said before, if you’re really into fantasy books this isn’t going to get to you but it got to me big time.

In the end, I parted Truthwitch with the acknowledgment while not a bad book this series is not for me and I don’t think I’ll be continuing it.

Overall Rating: A B- rushed pacing and made up names sort of killed this one for me.  But for fantasy lovers this might be your cup of tea.

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2 thoughts on “Not My Cuppa: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

  1. Hey! Totally agree with your opinion. To be honest, I shipped the ship that everyone talked about, but I remember finding the book really slow and confusing because of the world building. In the beginning especially, I was so confused at what was happening.

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