Book Review – Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Author: Susan Dennard
Publish Date: January 5, 2016
# of Pages: 416
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


(From Goodreads) 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.


Rating (1-10, 10 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 8
Pace – 8
Plot Development – 8
Ending – 10
Characters – 9
Enjoyability – 9
Ease of Reading – 8

Overall Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Truthwitch by Susan Dennard is an exciting romp of witchery, intrigue, and a 20-year truce.

This book, simply put, was a lot of fun! The writing is impeccable, and the world Dennard puts you in is easily imagined.

That said, the pacing of the book isn’t perfect. The first 25% of the dragged to the point where I was questioning whether or not the speed would ever pick up. Parts of the first quarter of the book seemed unnecessary, and I hard time engaging with the characters. But it did pick up, and rapidly redeemed itself in the rest of the book. Whereas the first 25% of the book was slow, the last 75% of the book was an amazingly fun adventure, and I hard time putting it down. Who needs sleep?

The plot and concept of the book is really neat. I liked the different witcheries, my favorite being the threadwitches. What a cool concept, being able to see other people’s emotions. While Safiya is a truthwitch, Iseult, her threadsister, is a threadwitch. I found myself more than riveted by the different witcheries. Safiya’s witchery is quite coveted, which is the main plot of the book. Everyone wants a piece of Safiya, and she has to rely on others to get her some place safe.

The ending of the book was awesome. Safiya really starts to understand the power she can wield, and I like the emotional final scenes of the battle. There are so many unanswered questions, but most importantly, what happens next??

Safiya, Iseult, and Merik are my favorite characters in the book. Safiya and Iseult’s bond is enviable–to have a friendship that deep–wow! I like their interactions and how they play off of each other’s strengths. Merik is an interesting character. He wants to do what’s best for his people but can’t help but be intrigued by Safiya. I’ll be watching their relationship closely in the next book!

Truthwitch was a great first book to a series. I’ll be reading the next book very soon! I highly recommend this book if you haven’t read it already.


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14 thoughts on “Book Review – Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

  1. Good to know I’m not the only one having trouble with the pacing! I’ve put it on hold, and I’m honestly not sure whether or not I should return to it. Also, the world building is a bit overwhelming at the beginning!

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