Two best friends use their magic to save the world from war and corruption in Susan Dennard's New York Times bestselling YA fantasy, Truthwitch.
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 reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safiya’s hotheaded impulsiveness.
Safiya 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 privateer) 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.
"An instant new classic."--Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author of Throne of Glass
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Dynamic storytelling and a fully imagined magical world distinguish Dennard's (the Something Strange and Deadly series) first book in the Witchlands series. Iseult and Safiya are as different as two young women can be one is noble-born, the other is from a despised people; one has the ability to see the threads of emotions in people, while the other can see truth. Yet their friendship and shared learning create a familial bond between them, making them Threadsisters. On the eve of the renegotiation of the Twenty Year Truce, which has kept peace across the ravaged lands, a single announcement is all it takes to upend their lives, sending them careening across the world, pursued by royalty and evil and spurred by something more powerful than themselves. Their adventures are dashed with a hint of romance and deeply imbued with the concept of loyalty. While this is a dense read with a lot of moving parts, Dennard's rich descriptions, insightful characterizations, and breathtaking action sequences will keep readers on their toes. Ages 13 up.
This book is my favorite from the whole series! It has everything in it and the writing is soooo good!
The thing is, if you are a helpless romantic like myself, be prepared for torture. Although the first book is amazing in all aspects, the rest are more focused on action and adventure than romance (the author killed me with safik…just reunite them DAMMIT!!)
All in all, love the story and characters. Can’t wait for the 5th book
She really makes fall in love with characters and feel immersed in their story! I would recommend over and over again!
This was the best book ever!! It is perfect for a teen like myself. It was interesting and very well written. This book is a ten!! I can't wait to read book two!!!!!