by Susan Dennard
First Impressions Friday
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a chance to preview this book!
Publish Date: 5th January 2016
Author: Susan Dennard
Book: #1 of The Witchlands
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.
This is a first impression of the book, NOT a review. My extract was no more than 15 chapters long. Which to be honest with you was rather annoying.
The book started off well, we seemed to get right onto the action. Of course then we discover that we haven’t actually got right into the action – that the girls have been somewhat foolish. By chapter 15 however, we ARE into the action and to be cut off there is horribly annoying.
So far we’ve learnt that Safi and Iz work together magnificently. That Safi is from an important blood line and that Iz is not – or not according to those in the city. We find out some of their pasts and there’s more still to learn. We also hang about with Merik and the bloodwitch too. The dynamics of the whole thing look to be shaping up well and I have either seen (and liked) where this is going OR I’ve seen a shadow of a horse and called it a unicorn, either way its going to be interesting. (And I may have just made that saying up). Having heard some bad things about this book, I’m happy to say that I’ve enjoyed it a lot so far and I’m pretty pleased that I have it on pre-order. I have less than a months to wait to read the full thing too! I don’t think I’ll re-read all of the first 15 chapters. I may refresh myself with a few important scenes however – like the dance scene. Very nice!