So without further ado, here is Truthwitch and 10 Random things about it that I loved, hated and felt utterly confused by.
Truthwitch comes with a beautiful map which aids your understanding of a novel, especially if there is a journey involved. There’s also a lot more of the world to be explored. I’m particularly interested in knowing more about The Sleeping Lands.
This is like a less explained, more confusing version of parabatai I think, though I am at a loss as to how one goes about acquiring thread-siblings.
Nevertheless, there is a female friendship which is not that explored despite what it says on the back cover, but if utilised it would be absolutely fantastic!
III. THE BLOODWITCH
Aeduan sounds like a blast and a half, despite being rather bad at tracking when he’s like the best tracker in the Witchlands, I mean, you chased Safi for an entire debut manuscript, bloodhound, what you got to show for that?
He seems like a good lad though, one that takes his blood debts very seriously and obviously cares more than he’d like to admit. He sounds like grumpy ol’ Kags, except the uh, murdering, blood sniffing part.
It’s a world chocka-block full of all kinds of witchery and this very intriguing phenomenon known as cleaving. However, nothing is really explained about cleaving and I would really, really, like to know a whole lot more.
And the magic itself:
Where does it come from?
Is it hereditary?
Are there purebloods and halfbloods and muggleborns?
V. PRINCE MERIK ❤
I ship you with myself, my precious pancake of an Admiral!
VI. CAHR ARWEN
Did I spell that right?
What is this? I keep seeing two girls posing in some sort of yin and yang battle pose, you know? But I don’t understand.
Are Safi and Iseult gods?
VII. SAFI AND ISEULT
I feel like the writer doesn’t really know Safi, at least not when she was writing Truthwitch. Iseult is a much more dimensional character in that sense while Safi felt like an afterthought, like a character had been allowed to jump out of the canvas and run nekkid through the streets when she was still half painted.
That said, I did like Safi in the first two chapters.
VIII. MENTORS, MENTORS, EVERYWHERE
It’s like every one of the main four characters came with their own custom, older, wiser sensei who’d wallop them upside the head and box their ears if they strayed into the wrong path.
- Habim – Iseult
- Mathew – Safi
- Evrane – the boys
Hah! How easy real life would be if there were Gandalfs for everybody!
XV. THE JOURNEY
A hero’s journey.
Well, two heroines’ journey.
The coming of age tale.
The regular hobbit becomes the Ringbearer; the humble farm boy becomes a Dragon Rider.
It’s a tried and true formula for fantasy and one that will always be appreciated. But when the entire first book is not a dramatised movie version of the journey but a day by uneventful day documentary?
I felt like I was waiting and waiting for something to happen but they just sailed and sailed.
X. SEA FOXES
GIVE ME MORE SENSELESS KAIJU ATTACKS AND WE SHALL SAY NOTHING OF THIS!
This post was inspired by Koffeebook’s Batool’s prompts as well as the smart, clever and concise way Cait at Paperfury organises her reviews. Hope she won’t throw pineapples at me for being a copycat! *runs*
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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.
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