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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard Review

Updated on March 3, 2016

First Assumptions and Summary

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard follows the story of two girls, Safiya and Iseulet, who both have a special kind of magic.

Safiya is a Truthwitch--a rare kind of witch with the power some would kill for. She is trying to escape her destiny, and leads heists with her friend and Threadsister, Iseulet.

Iseulet is the former apprentice Threadwitch on the run from her past, as well. She has been told to master her emotions, but struggles to keep her stutter and her sympathy at bay.

The two are suddenly split up when a heist goes wrong and a Blood Witch--or Void Witch, as they're called--catches their scent and begins tracking them.

This book is very similar to Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo in that the story surrounds a specific group of characters, and a high level of magic comes into play in a very realistic world.

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Style Issues

One thing that is off-putting about this book is the writing style. The book is riddled with sentence fragments, which destroys the sentence flow and takes the reader out of the moment.

The next is that Bennard uses vague adjectives in the fight scenes, causing all of the action scenes to feel rushed and confusing. Half of the time, the reader can't actually picture where the character is in relation to their surroundings until they're suddenly on a horse and galloping away.


We've Got the Wrong Girl: Characters

The story is a narrowed third person perspective following the lives of Safiya, Iseulet, Merik the Prince, and Aduelan, the Blood Witch.

While the switch in perspectives hints that each character is just as important as the next, the story mostly resolves around Safi and her unique abilities. This is unfortunate, since Iseulet is by far a more interesting character with a fascinating backstory. Every chapter with her is intriguing and intense, making the reader somewhat dread the switch back to Safi.

Merik is funny and intense, while Aduelan is refreshingly creepy and exciting. These characters are extremely well written, and almost make up for the awkward writing style of the book--almost.

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All in all, this book was an average read. It had an interesting plot and wonderful world building, but was held back by the writing style and the focus of the characters.

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    • Cee-Jay Aurinko profile image

      Cee-Jay Aurinko 17 months ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Madelyn. Being a fan of speculative fiction, I had to read this review. Plus the cover of this book is something that will definitely earn it a look from me at a bookstore. It is a wonderful review. You mentioned that the author's writing style is awkward. I can already see this in the names of the characters.