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REVIEW : Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Afficher l'image d'origineTruthwitch - Susan Dennard

Publisher : Tor Teen (January 5th 2016)

Genres : YA, Fantasy

Pages : 416


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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 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.

Have you ever read a book wishing it'd never end ? Well, Truthwitch is one of those. The author clearly put a lot of effort in everything. Nothing is left out.

We're thrown into a fascinating world full of ruthless politics. A war is coming and Safiya, a Truthwitch could be a very valuable and determining asset. She and her best friend or should I say Threadsister, Iseult, are chased by a horrendous Bloodwitch.

It's been a long time since I had chills while reading a book and, during the first part of the book, I felt them every time the Bloodwitch appeared.That brought me back to when I saw the nazguls for the first time (come on, they're scary !). Anyway, the Bloodwitch's charismatic and freaking badass.

But I could say that about all of the characters, really.

Every single one of them are thought through. The main characters' voices are very distinct, even without reading their names you could guess whose perspective you're reading. They all have qualities and flaws, strong personalities and  backstories that make them vivid and relatable.

Also, it feels good to read about a female friendship. Safi and Iseult are like the two sides of a same coin. They couldn't be more different but they complete each other and you feel their bond even when they're not together. I love both of them but I have a slight preference for Iseult (maybe because of my ship but I won't say much about that ~)

Finally, I can't review Truthwitch without mentionning the fast pacing, the action scenes and the fluid and powerful writing of the author. It has a Sarah J Maas feel and turns out they're besties (it seems I was only one who didn't know ...)

But seriously, I was hooked from the beginning until the end. Truthwitch deserves the hype and I had a great time reading it. I can't wait for the sequel to be released.







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