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 among 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 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.
©2016 Susan Dennard (P)2016 Listening Library
Although I read some comments saying that the book was jumbled and didn't offer at least a chapter of back story to explain the world. If you're smarter than these people and don't wish to have the entire plot and background thrown at you in the first two chapters, then you'll like this book because it does a great job at leading you into the world and explaining it's self throughout the book in a way that keeps it entertaining. I'm definitely going to get the new book when it comes out. Also if you don't like fantasy YA novels then I don't recommend reading this, but if you are into it or want to try it out, then this isn't a bad place to start but I'd recommend the 'Throne of Glass' series.
I loved the story, but the voice actor's accents weren't my favorite. It felt like an awkward combination of middle eastern and Russian. It also bugged me that the narrator's voice is so "normal" sounding compared to everyone else's accents. I wish she either always had the accent or never did. The flip flipping was a little distracting.
As for the story itself, it was wonderfully written and draws you in. It drops you into the world and you learn more as the story develops. I can't wait to learn more about the magic of the world and to meet other types of witches. I literally just finished that book and I'm itching for more. I need it! This will definitely be a read again for me, but maybe with a physical copy. I think I'll enjoy it more that way.
Couldnt stop listening. Enjoyed the story. didnt like the fake accent and isolde & sophie ran together during storytelling. too little distinction from character in voices.
This is an exciting story that had me instantly hooked! It's complex and Susan Dennard is brilliant with weaving all of the elements of these characters and their relationship to each other together. Genius! The world, politics, and traditions that are within Truthwitch make it a place that I would never want to leave! Beautiful storyline, I highly recommend it.
Truthwitch has had some crazy hype going all the way back to BEA 2015 and earlier. Sometimes when there's just so much hype it's hard for me to not read the book. I need to know why so many people are so crazy excited about it.
I enjoyed Truthwitch. I like the characters, especially Merik. What's strikes me most about this book is that it is a great set-up for the books that will follow. I can tell that the series is going to continue to build in intensity and complexity. Consequently, I have a feeling that the sequels will be better, maybe much better, than Truthwitch.
I can easily see why Truthwitch appeals to the fans of Sarah J. Maas's Throne of Glass series. The two are very similar in the way that the worlds are created, in the attitudes of the characters, and in complexity (though its not yet fully formed in Truthwitch because this is the first book) of the plot. Both series are similar in style as well; they rotate through multiple narrators, and the sequels build on each other in terms of magnitude. Basically, if you like can't get enough Throne of Glass in your life, this series will help fill that need.
My attitude about Truthwitch is much the same as my attitude about the Throne of Glass series. That is that I like them both, and I can see the appeal, but I can't seem to muster the passion that some feel about the series. In each instant, I think the books are good, but I don't think they are destine to become an all-time favorite for me.
I ended up really liking this book. Other reviewers are right that it is a little hard to follow at first. I feel as though there needed to be more backstory. Because of this, I almost lost interest. There are a bunch of things I don't understand and things that could have been described better. I don't understand thread stones/ thread sisters, or heart threads at all. What do these look like, what makes someone thread family or a heart thread? I don't get that. I'm hoping as the books go on there will be more/ better world building.
When I was about to give up on this book it started getting interesting. I slightly began to catch on to little things here and there. My favorite part about this book is how fast-paced it is. There are no long drawn out chapters explaining boring pointless details, each event comes right after the other. No matter where you are in the book there is always something interesting building or going on. No lulls in the plot whatsoever. I feel like this book could have been 10 chapters longer and it still would have been just as good.
Cassandra Campbell did a wonderful job narrating. Other reviewers said they couldn't understand the thick accents she did, but I disagree. I thought it was beautifully done and not annoying like some readers make Russian accents sound.
Love the characters and can't wait for the next one!
...but it's still enjoyable. Parts of the plot that a lot hinge on are either confusing or seem unsuitably minor for their central roles, but it's still a decent read. The narrator and her bizarre accents are hit-or-miss for me. I wish she had done the whole production without them, but they weren't un-listenable. I would recommend you listen to this, but don't expect too much.
Absolutely. Maybe not until there are more of the series out though, as I didn't want to leave the story.
The magic system is intriguing and the political situation creates good drama. The characters are likable enough while still being flawed.
I liked all of them to some degree.
The fighting scenes were excellently done. Easy to follow and very descriptive.
I really enjoyed the narrator ... except for the singing. Singing in a male's voice with a slavik accent didn't exactly come across well. It's only happens once, though.
1.) EXPLANATION ON NEW TERMINOLOGY
I understand that worldbuilding would be important for this fantasy series. Unfortunately, the first few chapters were rife with unfamiliar terminology that the author did not explain such as Thread Sister, Heart Thread, Car Awen, Thread family etc. This became a problem for me as I had a hard time keeping up trying to understand what's going on and the significance of those terms.
Thus, I do not recommend buying the audiobook version if there's no written copy (complete with appendices) along with it. I just found the new terminologies so confusing that it greatly detracted from the story (IMO).
2.) FOCUS on making the main characters' motivation more understandable for the readers
I found it hard to sympathize with the main characters Safi and Iseult. For various reasons, they come across (to me) as whiners. I already started having a dislike for Safi the moment I found out that she gambled both hers and Iseult's savings. And further into the book, I got even more annoyed by hers and Iseult's immaturity. While I admire that they know how to fight, I kind of got annoyed by how these two angst about how their biological family don't care about them even after said family proves that they care. I mean, "HELLO!? Safi's uncle actually made sure Safi was educated and even planned her safe escape from the dirty old man AKA the Emperor who wanted to marry her. And Iseult's mother was instrumental in stopping a mob from killing Iseult?!"
In short, while Safi and Iseult did not grow up in a lap of luxury, they seem to have a hard time empathizing with people who are not them. I find that it went on for some time that during the time they manage some sort of character development, it was too late. I was wishing for the book to end 3 hours ago
3) EXPLANATION ON WHY THE TRUTHWITCH IS SO IMPORTANT
I came into the book not understanding why Safi's power is so important to Emperors/kings/etc. And I came out of it still not understanding it. From what I can see, Safi is a human lie detector. She can sense if someone is telling what that person believes to be true. But whether that's what really is the truth is another matter. Sure, Safi's ability would be great in interrogations. But in politics? I think it's much more murky.
4.) MORE BACKGROUND on HOW ISEULT AND Safi became as close as they are during the events of the book
I get that both girls care about each other. But they do so at the expense of the people around them. And that made me have little to no sympathy for the girls. I feel that if I had more background to their history together, HOW EXACTLY THEY MET AND BECAME AS CLOSE AS THEY ARE NOW. And by this, I don't just mean Safi or Iseult just relating a summarized history of their friendship. I need to read about it in more detail. If that were the case, I feel that I would have had more sympathy for them. But as is, I really just felt annoyed with them.
It really depends on whether I find the synopsis interesting enough. But in regards to this series, I don't plan to listen to the next book
She did a good job narrating. However, a few problems with character dialogue. The characters in the book come from different countries. The book even points out that one character had a different accent. But they all sounded the same to me. Also, there's an unfortunate time when it took me a few minutes to realize that what I initially heard as "Monkey Brain" was actually "Monk Ivaine"
Disappointment. Right before listening, I was having a bad time and was actually hoping that this story would lift my spirits. Unfortunately, I found it hard to keep up with the worldbuilding. Terminology I never encountered before were left unexplained for too long. And the main characters irritated me more than entertain me.
Had I known then what I knew now, I would not have bought this title. I understand that others might feel differently. But I just did not get much enjoyment from it. I think the audiobook version should have some sort of introduction into the world of the Witchlands prior to narrating the story proper. Without it, I think that a lot of listeners will just feel lost early on into the book
Really engaging story, fantastic narration. hope there's a sequel /more by this author /narrator :)
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