Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book follows 2 girls on their journey to try to be free, only to find that their lives and their abilities are more important than even they realized. Safi is a Truthwitch, someone who can tell if someone (or something) is true or false. Her threadsister Iseult is a Threadwitch, meaning she can see almost all individuals threads, be those the threads that connect lovers or simply an individuals life thread and the emotions that person feels at that given moment. Together, the girls get into plenty of mischief, but when life events separate them, even briefly, things seem to get dangerous. The big question that kept my attention was if they could get back together and stay together, or were their destinies bound to pull them apart?
If I’m honest, I seriously contemplated giving this book 4 stars because it is too obviously the beginning of a series with the obvious “To Be Continued” style ending. I, personally, like a book that can stand on it’s own, and while the ending of this book was a sufficient ending to the story directly being told, the underlying, more epic story that was hinted at throughout meant there would have to be further books in order to complete the tale. As such, even though it tied up most of the loose ends, there was a decidedly cliffhanger feeling to the ending. Hence, I really wanted to drop it down to only 4 stars.
Don’t get me wrong, the book was so awesome that I will definitely be buying the next book (and probably ALL of them) in order to finish the story! It was that well written! I just wished I’d known about the cliffhanger ending from the beginning so I could have ordered the next book before I finished. Now I’m stuck with that suspense until the next book comes in. It is precisely because it was so well written that I couldn’t leave it with a 4-star review.
As to the writing, Dennard does a masterful job of worldbuilding that doesn’t hit you over the head with lore and background, but rather seamlessly slides in key information into the story. At first, I was a little put off as I didn’t really understand all the “stuff” about the world immediately, but as I continued, I could see (and appreciate) the value of adding it only as it was needed. It made the book easier to read because I wasn’t trying to flip back and forth to remember key details that were provided as an info dump at the beginning of the book. Instead, information was presented as it was needed, and in such a way as to not feel like an info dump. Flawless.
Furthermore, the way Dennard flips between characters in the third person omniscient POV was beautifully done. Each POV jump fed into the next and left just the slightest feeling of suspense to push me to keep flipping pages even as I was struggling to keep my eyes open. While I chose the book to read early in December, I really read the book over 3 days, pushing myself until 4 am to finish. The suspense and the action were that good.
Would I recommend this book? Abso-freaking-lutely. Just be sure to have the next book in the series in your hands before you get to the end.
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