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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Alternative Title: In Which I Only Read One Book In February 2016.

Where did February go? I know it’s our shortest month of the year, but I still feel like the month came and went, and here we are in March already! Normally at this time of the month I would be writing a blog post about how many books I read this month. Generally I like to read at most 4 books, and at least 2. Unfortunately, I just about got through one book this month. It has nothing to do with the book–it was brilliant, but my brain and concentration just seemed to be elsewhere, as it took be forever to plough through it. In fairness, it was a 400+ page book, but normally that would take me no longer and a week and a half to get through.

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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.

I loved this book. I was recommended it by Jesse the Reader over on YouTube. I’ve been watching his booktube videos now for the past month or two, and I have to say I’m thoroughly enjoying them. He recently recommended Trutchwitch by Susan Dennard. Normally I wouldn’t go for this type of fantasy fiction book, but Jesse just sold this book to me, after making several videos mentioning it, describing it, and eventually reviewing it!

I recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender cartoon series. Even if that’s not your cup of tea (because to be honest, I’m not the biggest Avatar fan). There’s plenty of magic in it, and adventure along with plot twists and love interests. If that sounds like your thing, you’ve just found your next book to read!

I loved that we got multiple perspectives in this book. The main two were from Safia and Iseult, who are the two main characters, and then we also got a third POV from one of the villains perspectives. This guy is a bloodwitch and he’s on the hunt for Iseult and Safia. There’s so much action and adventure in this book from page 1, I loved it because there were very little moments were characters were just sitting around, and even when they were, the progress made in the story was excellent.

I can’t think of anything negative to say about this book except for how long it took me to read it, but like I mentioned earlier, that has nothing to do with the book. I picked this up in hardback format, and I’m not one for reading hardbacks. It’s rare that I stumble upon a book that is hardback–one, because they’re more expensive than your regular paperback, and two, they’re chunkier, bigger and harder to carry around with you. I think that’s what my main problem with this book was, is that I couldn’t carry it around with me everywhere, which slowed down my reading progress.

This blog post was never intended to be a “review” of the one book that I did read in February, but here it is and it isn’t a very good one. If you want a better explanation of the book, I recommend heading over to Jesse the Reader on YouTube and watch his review of the book.

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