Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

“If you wanted to, Safiya, you could bend and shape the world.” – Dom Eron (Truthwitch by Susan Dennard)

I picked this book up on a whim while I was at the book store a couple months ago (mostly because I couldn’t find anything else of interest in the tiny bookstore near my university), and it was one of the best impulse-book buys I have made in years. Honestly, this book is absolutely fantastic. Dennard weaves a wonderfully fantastical, yet believable, world, with an equally intricate plot and well-developed characters.

In the Witchlands, some individuals are born with a “witchery,” a magical skill that sets them apart from others. While the types of witchery vary greatly, some are more common than others. Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. TruthwitchSafiya’s witchery is also the rarest of all. 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. Her Thread-Sister, Iseu
lt, is a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her. Iseult is the cool, wary balance to Safiya’s hotheaded impulsiveness; which is always getting them in trouble. After a failed heist, the girls must run for their lives; however, while Safi has her noble blood to protect her, Iseult’s Nomatsi blood damns her. Yet in a shocking turn of events, Safi’s noble blood turns out to be just as dangerous as Iseult’s foreign blood. Once again on the run, the girls must trust the help of the cunning Prince Merik of Nubrevna to get them safely beyond the grasp of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, Emperors, Princes, Queens and mercenaries, all of who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

 

(NOTE: Potential spoilers ahead! Continue reading at your own risk)

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

NOTE: If you haven’t read A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first book in this series by Sarah J Maas, I would recommend NOT reading this review until you have done so, as it definitely contains some spoilers! 

“The issue isn’t whether he loved you, it’s how much. Too much. Love can be poison” – Rhysand (Sarah J Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury)

After A Court of Thorns and Roses, I really didn’t think that Sarah J Maas could produce something that would outdo the intrigue and draw of the first book in this series. I was utterly wrong. I read A Court of Mist and Fury in less than 2 days (and I am now dealing with some serious disappointment at how long I’ll be waiting for Book 3), and I loved every page, no every sentence, of this book. Maas brought the same sexy, dark world back to life in this second installment, which was expected, but she also infused this book with some hard hitting topics, which wasn’t expected.

A Court of Mist and Fury picks up approximately 3 months after the epic conclusion of A Court of Thorns and Roses, with Feyre adjusting (badly) to her new life as a High Fae. Actually, more accurately, she’s adjusting (badly) to being with Tamlin, who in light of the horrors they encountered Under the Mountain, has become an over-bearing, brooding and somewhat frightful High Lord, who has essentially confined Feyre to the house. With their wedding imminent, Feyre is drowning under the idea of being irrevocably tied to Tamlin as she struggles to come to terms with the choices she made Under the Mountain. It’s only when Rhysand shows up to make good on his bargain that it becomes clear that Feyre is literally wasting away. Following a dramatic fall out at the Spring Court, Feyre is faced with a decision, and the implications leaving Tamlin will have for both herself, and her newfound friends. Her decision leaves Feyre at Rhysand’s side, navigating both the Night Court and her newfound Fae abilities and they race against time and unknown foes to combat the rising threat that is Hybern. The plot culminates in an entirely unexpected (or maybe I should have expected it but I was too drawn into the plot) turn in events, that will push Feyre, her friends and her family to heartbreak, hatred and war. Once again, Maas has crafted an epic conclusion to a novel riddled with twists and turns that will leave the reader stunned and wanting more.

NOTE: From here on in, I can’t promise that this review will be spoiler free, as there are some things that need to be discussed that are definitely spoilers! )

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first in a new series by Sarah J Maas has it all- mystery, magic, romance (along with more than enough sexual tensions and steamy sex scenes) and plenty of violence.

A Court of Thorns and Roses is centered around a human girl by the name of Feyre, whose destitute family lives on the brink between the human world and that of the Fae. To Feyre, the Fae are a hated tale as old as time, yet not enough to scare her out of the forest, where she hunts to keep her family fed. However, when Feyre knowingly kills a Fae patrol (in the form of a wolf), she finds herself whisked away to the Spring Court of Prythian by the handsome Fae Lord, Tamlin. The Spring Court is ripe with mystery, intrigue and tension, which Feyre soon discovers to be centered around a mysterious “her”. Guided through Fae politics and life by Tamlin and  Lucien, Feyre comes to love Prythian (and a certain handsome High Lord) and the freedom and release it offers her. Too soon, however, this brief illusion of safety and happiness is shattered, and Feyre finds herself plunged into the horrors Under the Mountain, a terrible court ruled by the self-proclaimed Fae Queen, Amarantha. Forced to compete in a series of grueling and torturous trials in order to save her friends, Feyre must make impossible decisions that will tear her far too human heart apart.

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