“Sometimes justice was all about the small victories.”


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.

Personal Experiences

I am in love with this series. And it ended at such a cliff hanger, too. Sadly the next book isn’t coming out till next year.

Anyway, this book took me like 5 days (I think) to read, and I savored every moment of it. Suspense, love, dignity, — it has it all. I just wish I hadn’t embarked on an unfinished journey. It is a 4 book series the 4th book supposedly coming out in 2020. Though I guarantee it will be worth the wait.

Oh and by the way, YOUNG KIDS this is a WARNING to you, the language in this book, might be inappropriate.


“I hate this. Both the storm and the plan. Why does it have to be ‘we’? Why not just me?”
“Because ‘just me’ isn’t who we are,” Iseult hollered back. “I’ll always follow you, Safi, and you’ll always follow me. Threadsisters to the end.”

“It wasn’t freedom she wanted. It was belief in something—a prize big enough to run for and to fight for and to keep onreaching toward no matter what.”

“They aren’t for disguise at all. You just didn’t want to leave behind your favorite book.”

“If you wanted to, Safiya, you could bend and shape the world.”

“Where’s your hair?” she shouted. “And what happened to your arm?”
“Cut my hair and got shot with an arrow!”
“Gods below, Iseult! A few hours away and your whole life tumbles through the hell-gates!”
“I might say the same to you,” Iseult shouted back—though it was getting hard to scream and ride. “Four opponents on your tail and a ruined dress!”

“I guard the light-bringer,
And protect the dark-giver.
I live for the world-starte,
And die for the shadow-ender.
My blood, I offer freely.
My Threads, I offer wholly.
My eternal soul belongs to no one else.
Claim my Aether.
Guide my blade.
From now until the end.”

“Who the rut is that Nubrevnan Windwitch? And: He should really learn how to button a shirt.”

“It was the circle of perfect motion. Of the light-bringer and dark-giver, the world-starter and shadow-ender. Of initiation and completion. It was the symbol of the Cahr Awen. Cahr Awen.”

“Yes,” Safi breathed, swaying into one of the men holding her up. She flashed a grin at him and said, “I’m Safiya fon Hasstrel, and I can do anything.”

“He was good. The best fighter she’d ever faced. But Safi and Iseult were better.”

Initiate. Complete. It was how the girls fought. How they lived.

“How about that Nubrevnan God? What’s His name?”


“That’s the one.” Safi clasped her hands to her chest and stared up at the ceiling. “Noden, God of the Nubrevnan waves—“

“I think it’s all waves, Safi. And everything else too.”

Safi rolled her eyes. “God of all waves and everything else too, can you please make sure no one comes after us? Especially … him. Just keep him far away. And if you could keep the Venaza City guards away too, that would be nice.”

“This is easily the worst prayer I have ever heard,” Iseult declared.

Where to find the book

Indie Bound*

*If you are unaware, I have a video on how to use Indie Bound as a resource on how to find books

Also, if you have a Windows Phone, there is a really good EPUB reader app called Bookviser Reader. You can check out their website here.


Happy Reading . . .

Cite this article as: Serene Haroon, "Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard," in {sereneharoon.com}, April 26, 2016, http://sereneharoon.com/2016/04/truthwitch-the-witchlands-1/.

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