Truthwitch | 3 star review
Series: The Witchlands #1
Published by Tor Teen
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.
I don’t know what I was expecting when I began reading Truthwitch, I had heard amazing things about the friendships that take place in this book but other than that I was pretty much in the dark. Which is never a bad thing, I love being surprised by a book, especially if I don’t have any expectations about it going in.
I feel like I enjoyed the general plot line and story of Truthwitch and when trying to collect my thoughts on what I liked and what I didn’t I felt kind of lost. I know I enjoyed reading it, I was brought into the story but now I’ve finished reading it, there has been no lasting impression. It was almost as though the book never happened. Which is never a good sign.
I think the biggest problem I had with Truthwitch would definitely have to be the fact that nothing seemed to flow together it was a book of different events none of which seemed to be connected by the writing. It just jumped around a lot and that was something I struggled with and it didn’t leave much to be developed and left me feeling a little underwhelmed.
In terms of being underdeveloped even know that I have gotten to the end of the book, I’m still not sure what the whole point was. I’m confused by the “magic” systems and what the hell is cleaving and everything else, plus I know it was explained briefly but what is the actual point of a Threadwitch. Plus the two monks at the end left my head baffled. More so than usual. If there had been just a little bit more explanation and thought put into the story I think it would have meant that the story would have been stronger and I would have enjoyed it more.
I do think the redeeming feature in Truthwitch would definitely have to be the relationship between Safi and Iseult. I loved their interactions and the love that they so obviously had for each other. It was well written and well shown throughout the book. I really appreciated that the romance never overtook their relationship, and no one changed to please the male sex. Makes me happy.
I don’t know whether I would recommend Truthwitch, purely because I’m not sure I’m going to be carrying on with the series. I haven’t decided yet. It’s a hard one and I’m not a reader to leave a series unfinished unless there is serious reason. I will have to keep you updated on this one!
Have you read Truthwitch or the sequels? Let me know whether it’s worth me carrying on the series!