Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Author: Susan Dennard
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release date: January 5th, 2016
Release date: January 5th, 2016
- The world-building
- Relationships between characters
Things that could have been better:
- The exposition - felt like I was being thrown into a whole new world with no guide
- Safi and Merik's relationship and characters
Rating: 4 stars
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Truthwitch is one of the most anticipated books of this year. I had heard so much about it, and I absolutely could not wait to finally read it - so when I finally got it, I was really excited and started reading it immediately!
The Relationships Between Characters
I really loved how Safi and Iseult's relationships were built up, and how there was a recurring theme of loyalty, and always being there for your Threadsister. That was really nice, and a great message to send out. Same with the bromance between Kullen and Merik. Even some relationships, like Safiya and her uncle Eron, which I thought was distateful at first, eventually surprised me, and I loved the plot twists in these relationships.
Safi and Merik's Relationship Felt False and I Didn't Like Them
Safi's hot-headedness and Merik's arrogance grated at my nerves. Safi sacrificing everything and everyone for the sake of one person? Merik challenging Safi to a dance? Locking Safi up for doing something that he didn't think was right? I dunno, I just didn't see how Safi and Merik's relationship really worked out because of their characters. Personally, I thought the relationship was a bit insta-lovey. There was immediate attraction, and whilst it developed over the course of the book, it still felt a bit rushed by the end.
The Exposition Was Too Abrupt
For the first 40 or so pages, I was reading this book on auto-pilot. I had no idea what world I had stepped into, what Threadwitches really did, what Threadstones were, how a Bloodwitch works, what a domna is...yeah I felt like there was a lot that wasn't explained. However, as the book progressed, it finally began to make more sense. I think the first few pages would have been easier to read if there was more explanation - Dennard really relies on the reader to figure out what individual terms mean.
The World Building
First of all, wow. I love how detailed this world is, how much thought was put into making all the different lands and attitudes. Although it was a whole different world, I loved how the inherent parts of human nature were maintained - such as friendship, loyalty, love, and prejudice. I loved how Kullen and Merik had such a great friendship going on. I loved how Safi and Iseult were loyal to each other. I loved how Safi demonstrated that love means doing things for the ones you love. I loved how the prejudice against the Nomatsi group was reflective of the prejudice against several ethnic groups in the world today.
I loved the ending! It was really well done, I felt. It wrapped up this book amazingly and still left me wanting more, anticipating the next book's release. There were some plot-twists - but nothing major - but still enough to leave me grasping on, wanting more.
Truthwitch is certainly a great first novel for this series. I'll be keeping an eye out for the next book in the series! I'm rating it 4 stars, mainly because of how much the first 40 or so pages confused me, and also because of the insta-love between Safi and Merik.Ultimately, I think Truthwitch is a good book, but definitely not one that will stick around long after you've read it, and that it's just really hyped up. What do you guys think? Have you read Truthwitch? Any other recommendations for me after Truthwitch?
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