TRUTHWITCH (THE WITCHLANDS #1)
BY SUSAN DENNARD
Expected Publication: January 2016
Safi, a Truthwitch, and Iseult, a Threadwitch, just want to escape their lives as they know it to be free and live in peace but Safi made a big mistake and now they are on the run.
- The World. So we are introduced to a new world, The Witchlands, and boy is it vast. There are several kingdoms and they all have kings/queens with tough names to pronounce. Then there are a bunch of witches that each have their own talent. Then there are some fountains and a peace treaty and witch racism and a witch bounty hunter. Basically, be prepared to take notes.
- The Writing. This is my first book by Dennard and it was written pretty well. It was never boring and almost everything drove the plot.
- Iseult. I liked Iseult and her storyline far better than Safi’s story. I wanted more from her.
- Safi. I did not like her. She was selfish. I like when characters grow but it’s better when a character doesn’t realize that they are a horrible person and then someone tells them about themselves and then they go on a journey of self discovery. Safi, on the other hand, had several people tell her she was selfish yet she ignored all of them and continued to do whatever the hell she wanted and endangering everyone in her path. I suppose there would be no story without Safi’s blind disregard, yet at one point I wanted Aeduon to capture her because she got on my damn nerves. I suppose she grew at the very end when she got a clue and did a selfless act but it was a little too late for me.
- Merik. I also didn’t like Merik. There was nothing special about him. I’ve read this character a million times. I do not ship Safi and Merik. I do ship Iseult and Aeduon although I don’t know if this is a thing.
- Too Much. There were A LOT of proper nouns and many of them were difficult to pronounce. The final book really needs a glossary. I would put the book down for a day and would forget who was who and what that was.
- Sarah J. Maas. I know that Sarah and Susan are friends and I noticed that some Maas was creeping in. Safi reminded me of Celaena with her smart-mouth but her quick wit didn’t land for me. I think the way the story was told was very reminiscent of the Throne of Glass Series.
I gave it a 4 and that’s pretty good but this book had a lot of holes and not liking the main character is usually the kiss of death for me. The world building was the saving grace for me. I always enjoy reading something new.
Because I didn’t like Merik so I don’t think I’ll read book 2 but I think teens will LOVE this book and I will definitely promote it.