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Waiting on Wednesday: Truthwitch

by Susan Dennard

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“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event originally hosted on Breaking The Spine.

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.


Whenever I hear “Threadwitch” I think of Sandry from Tamora Pierce’s books and I love Sandy so my brain tells me I’ll love this book. But two young women getting up to mischief, knowing the truth and magicking thread and general shenanigans just sounds grand and I can’t wait!

Expected publication is the 5th January 2016 by Tor Teen and I have it on pre-order already (though this doesn’t stop me checking netgalley for it every now and then). The series is planned at 4 books, so three after this one and I have so many high hopes for this series which scares me, so I’m pretty much going to ‘forget’ about it after this post goes up so that I don’t build it up in my mind.

I’m really interested to see what other ‘witcherys’ there will be in this world and what their limitations are going to be (because there are always limitations to magic) and what their world truths are. I don’t think that the blurb gives too much away of the plot and that’s fine, that’s not what I’m primarily going to pick this book up for.




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