Author: Susan Dennard
Date of Publication: 5th January 2016
Synopsis: Safi and Iseult, Threadsisters and long time friends, become embroiled in a game of cat and mouse. They are chased by a myriad of people, all who want to get hold of Safi’s unique power to tell when people speak the truth…
Hmm. Apologies in advance if this review seems rambling or nonsensical. If it is, it’s because I’m really note sure how I feel about this book.
Truthwitch was massively hyped when it first came out a year ago. It was bought for me as a present last Christmas and it kept lingering around the top of my TBR pile. Finally, when Windwitch was on the precipice of being released, I decided it was time to commit and read this. Perhaps it was the hype that did it, or the waiting, or a mixture of the two. Either way, I found myself non-plussed for the first 150 pages. There were moments of action, adventure and fun but mostly I just felt a little…bored.
I can’t really say why this is. I liked Safi and Iseult, I really liked Aeduan and the magic within the world was interesting to me. However everything seemed a little flat, a little forced. It wasn’t until I was about a third of the way in that I felt Dennard really fell into her storytelling – the characters becoming more rich and the weaving of their stories becoming more substantial. By the end I was becoming invested in the stories, but it had taken too long for me to get there.
Whilst I think the characterisation is good overall Safi occasionally strayed into the realms of the ridiculous for me, and Merik was only occasionally enjoyable to read. I must preferred the Iseult and Aduean chapters. There were times at which the plot felt muddy because there were so many characters interests to be served – ensemble casts are never easy and Dennard does occasionally struggle with balancing a plot with a multitude of characters.
By the end I was set on reading the sequel, which is all the Dennard’s talent at pulling me back in. Usually you will see a writer improve over the course of a series – rarely do you see such improvement over the course of a single book. I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next, but beware the hype.