“Truthwitch” (The Witchlands #1) by: Susan Dennard

This was the first book I started/read for #Booktubeathon2017.

I chose this one as the “Read a book with a person on the cover” challenge.

I had had this on my TBR for a bit and decided to finally dive into it.

I started and ended this within a span of 24 and a half hours. It is a 412 page book. I have NEVER read so much in such a short span of time before. I even crafted and editing a YouTube video, had bowling league, and went out for dinner(!)

The Twitter sprints and the booktube community in general really helped me push to read more.

The story itself was okay. I think I had more fun with it as part of the events than with a connection to the characters.

I really enjoyed the friendship between Safiya and Iseult and I liked the Witchery powers. If only a healing stone existed in real life like that!

I also liked the colors seen as threads and links between people idea. The bird poop thing and small humor bits were a nice bonus.

Overall I felt like there was a lot of unnecessary parts that could have been edited down or maybe shortened a bit.

I realize that Ms. Dennard isn’t Sarah J Maas, but I feel like she got a bit overly wordy like Sarah does at times. A bit overexplainy. Just my thoughts.

I won’t continue on to the next in the series because I didn’t really connect with any of the characters enough to warrant wanting to know what happens next, but I do feel it was at least worth making it to the end for the sole purpose of holy crap I read a lot in a short time(!)

Goodreads Synopsis:

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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