Thursday, 15 October 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

A weekly feature created at Breaking the Spine, Waiting on Wednesday features upcoming releases that bloggers are excited about.  You can find out more here.

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Description from Amazon.co.uk, and image from UK Tor:

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.

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It's no secret that I am a huge fan of epic fantasy. From Tolkien to Hobb I am obsessed with magic, other realms and mystical powers. It is therefore easy to guess why I am so excited for Truthwitch. I love the idea that there are different types of witches and that they all have different types of powers; different attributes. The idea of a race with differing powers isn't unusual, nor is the idea of the main character meeting and befriending a prince. However I have heard a lot of good things about this book which, with the fact that I not only love fantasy but royal love interests, means that I am interested to see Susan Dennard's spin on these elements and how she makes them her own.

I've heard quite a bit about the book's different clans, predominantly via the Truthwitch Twitter account, and that's something that I'm specifically excited about. The possibility of warring clans is always interesting and - just as we all do with Harry Potter - it's always fun to pick which side you yourself belong to.

All in all I think that this book is going to be a fun, exciting read and I personally cannot wait to get my hands on a copy.

Truthwitch will be available in both the UK and the US on January 5th 2016!

Holly @TheArtsShelf


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