Truthwitch by Susan Dennard | REVIEW

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (The Witchlands #1)
Published by Tor Teen on January 5th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Pages: 415
Format: Audiobook

TruthwitchIn 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 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.



Truthwitch by Susan Dennard is the first book in a fantasy series that follows two girls, Safi and Iseult’s, journey of freedom seeking while trying to keep Safi’s secret and power of being a Truthwitch from getting into the wrong hands. Many will want Safi for themselves for her power can lead to destruction and chaos.

Those who win wars are those who write history.
Susan Dennard – Truthwitch

My Likes

The Sister Bond

Truthwitch was a lot to take in. From the MANY witch classes to the constant travels. I just couldn’t keep things straight in my head. But one of the bigger aspects of the story that I enjoyed the most was the sisterly bond between Safi and Iseult. In the young adult genre it is very scarce to find a relationship that is not romantic in a way. So it was nice to read about two characters that share a bond that seemed to be unbreakable.

Dennard brought their bond to life. Through the action scenes where they moved and attacked in sync, their sisterly banter and conversations, and even with the words that went unsaid. When Safi and Iseult were separated, I couldn’t wait for them to reunite again. They have something special and I enjoyed reading about it.

Iseult & Aeduan

Two characters that stood out the most for me in Truthwitch were Iseult the Threadwitch and Aeduan the Bloodwitch. Iseult was such a strong main character. She was brave, tactful, intelligent, and loyal. She had so many qualities that I aspire to have one day, so much so that I looked up to her a lot.

Aeduan on the other hand was just so much fun to read. He was the villain type character of the book and he was on the hunt for Safi. He knew what she was thanks to his power and he was going to do everything he could to locate her. He was vicious, conniving, and truly compelling. Everything I look for in my dark antagonist. I can’t wait to find out more about him.

He was good. The best fighter she’d ever faced. But Safi and Iseult were better.
Susan Dennard – Truthwitch

Never a Dull Moment

Truthwitch is home to a lot of action and battles. Some of my favorite battles were at sea. I love that Dennard plays with the pirate concept mixed in with her own fantasy world and mythology. Although it lacked in certain areas thanks to the hype it received when it first came out, it was saved thanks to the adventure you are taken on.

I hope to see much of the same in the sequel. I am highly anticipating even more epic battles and action sequences.

My Dislikes

The Accents

This one is purely from the audiobook stand point from which I listened to it on. I could not get past the horrible accents the narrator used when reading the dialogue between characters. It took away from the overall story telling for me and detracted a lot of interest on my part.

I feel like I might have enjoyed the story more had I read a physical copy or e-book version of it. I don’t recommend listening to the audiobook of this one unfortunately.

I guard the light-bringer,
And protect the dark-giver.
I live for the world-starte, 
And die for the shadow-ender.
My blood, I offer freely.
My Threads, I offer wholly.
My eternal soul belongs to no one else.
Claim my Aether.
Guide my blade. 
From now until the end.
Susan Dennard – Truthwitch

I highly recommend this one if you like epic fantasy series, pirates, and sister bonds. Let me know what you guys thought of Truthwitch by Susan Dennard! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Jesse Nicholas Sig (3)



Susan DennardSusan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. With a masters degree in marine biology, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor.

She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series (from HarperTeen) as well as the forthcoming Witchlands Series (Tor, 2015). When not writing, she can be found hiking with her dogs, exploring tidal pools, or earning bruises at the dojo.


  1. So basically I should skip the audiobook for this one. I keep meaning to read this book but I think I’ll end up waiting until most of the series is released before doing a binge read of it. I love that there’s a strong emphasis on the sisterhood between Safi and Iseult. Great review.


  2. This one was a favorite of mine when I read it. I still can’t believe that I haven’t read the sequel yet. But that’s okay, because that just means I get to reread this one again before i read the second book. And I am good with that!

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