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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
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really liked it
bookshelves: series, 2017-read, main-reads

Truthwitch is a story of friendship, about two young witches who would go to hell and back for each other. And then some. They also happen to be some pretty kick ass fighters too.
“He was good. The best fighter she’d ever faced. But Safi and Iseult were better.”

The dynamics between the characters really stood out to us, with lots of witty banter and tension-inducing plot. Susan Dennard clearly spent a lot of time on her characters, as each has a unique set of goals and self-doubts that they struggle with throughout.

The Witches...
Safi and Iseult gave us all the #FriendshipGoals. These threadsisters are more than just besties, they complete and balance each other in every way. Safi is action and Iseult is thought. Safi shines bright for everyone to see, while Iseult glows for those who take the time to look.

“Iseult is the moon to Safi’s sun”

This is a strength when they’re together, but definitely a weakness when they’re apart. Both ladies have things to work on, parts of themselves to come to terms with and accept.

Maybe this couldn’t happen as long as they continued together, leaning on each other and working as a team.

The Steamy Steam
From the moment Safi and Merik meet, there was tension between them. And that dance scene?!

In fact, she didn’t break her gaze from Merik, and there was a fierceness there—a challenge that sent Merik further beneath the waves of the dance. Of the music. Of those eyes.

The banter and sniping between them was sassy and Susan makes you wait a while to find out what, if anything, is going happen between them.

Worldbuilding
First of all, book map for the win!

Dennard also put a lot of work into Truthwitch’s world. There are so many different types of witches and it’s so interesting to see how their powers affect the way they see the world.

Some of us in the Coven could have used a bit more description of what all the fantastical elements were, though. Terms like the Cahr Awen, the Wells, heartthreads, and threadsisters were used and the reader was left to piece together the meaning.

That ending left us wondering...

Will Merik and Safi be heartthreads?

Why can’t Aeduan and Iseult use their magic on each other? She can’t see his threads and he can’t smell her blood?? WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

...among a few other things.
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Reading Progress

January 26, 2016 – Shelved
January 26, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
January 26, 2016 – Shelved as: series
October 29, 2016 – Shelved as: 2017-read
November 14, 2017 – Started Reading
December 17, 2017 – Finished Reading
October 31, 2018 – Shelved as: main-reads

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