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Fantasy | Truthwitch | Susan Dennard

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard is the first story in The Witchlands Series.  It’s a fantasy world that has totally enraptured me and I can’t wait to see what happens next!  Luckily I don’t have to wait for Windwitch (and Bloodwitch is publishing in February). 

If you’re a fantasy reader and looking for your next trilogy, highly recommended.

Truthwitch Sarah Dennard

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.

Published by Tor and available to purchase in digital, paperback and audiobook formats.


Safi and Iseult inadvertently make waves in a plot they know nothing about meaning the story gets off to a cracking start.  Unregistered witches, hiding their powers becomes harder as they journey along.

Safi and Iseult appear to be opposites – one from an influential family and the other from a traveller tribe that’s settled down and experiences prejudice.  They are both awesome characters and fabulous Threadsisters! 

At the Continental Truce Summit it becomes clear that the 20 years of peace is only a pause in the war…

I enjoyed the quest when they were together and when separated.  Such a tense time with the Blood Witch stalking Iseult although I have to say it was just as nerve wracking with Corlant leading the Nomatsis tribe. The antagonism between Safi and Merick singed the air.  Unfinished business…

I’m in awe of the world building in Truthwitch.  The legends and history that may not be the truth, the different empires and diplomats, the Origin Wells, the diverse powers of witches (and the different sensory experiences), the mercenary Carawen monks, the Cleaving; on the sea and land.  So much depth.  Not only did the setting feel real to me but it was so easy to get absorbed in this world, losing time 🙂

If you enjoy magic, politics, intrigue, betrayals, secrets and the best and worst of relationships you’ll love Truthwitch.

I don’t usually compare authors but I am going to say that if you’re a fan of Jen Williams you will love this world too.

Connect with Susan Dennard


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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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