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which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!
Title: Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1)
Author: Susan Dennard
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: January 5th, 2016
Summary: On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.
In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.
Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.
Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.
Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
Ever since Susan Dennard started writing The Starkillers Cycle with Sarah J. Maas, I’ve been crossing my fingers in hopes that she would write a new fantasy or sci-fi book soon and it looks like I got my wish. This book sounds absolutely awesome and like something I would have a great time with. It sounds a little bit like Graceling with people being born some sort of skill that gives them extra powers, but that seems to be where the similarities end. One of the things that sounds most appealing to me is that this book seems to heavily focus on the friendship between Safi and Iseult. Too many books today focus on romance or the friend that’s just there to make the main character look better, and I’m more than ready to read an amazing fantasy book about two girls that want to fight and travel together for freedom. I’m really excited and I hope that Susan Dennard delivers a story full of adventure, a well developed fantasy land, maybe a smidgen of swoon-worthy romance, and an unbreakable friendship between two women.