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 thought the main characters, Safi and Iseult, were fantastic, alone and together. They complimented each other so well, and I was rooting for both of them. I’m glad that even though it’s titled Truthwitch, it’s not all about Safi. Iseult has her own stuff going on that had me really worried for her.
Merik was interesting too, but he wasn’t as…wonderful as I thought he would be. His backstory and reasons for being in the area (and meeting Safi) were heartfelt. I hope we get to learn more about his kingdom (and all of the others). Still, there was something lacking with Merik. I liked his friendship with his first mate, I am interested in what’s going on with his family, but there was just…something missing. I don’t know what it is.
I was not a huge fan of the romance in this story. Reading about two girls, best friends and bloodsisters, trying to survive and learn what makes them so important to others…THAT’s the story for me.I also like more drawn out romances, and since I know this will be a serious and seeing it happen in the first book like this, it happened too quickly.
Overall, a fun read. I would still recommend reading, and I am looking forward to the sequel. And hey, it’s centered around best friends. What’s not to love?
Rating: 4 / 5 STARS “Oh man, this was a great book. Will be recommending.”