On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.
Safiya Fon Hasstrel is a truthwitch who can tell truth from lie, which is powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side. Safi must keep her gift hidden or be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.
Iseult is a threadwitch who sees 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.
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.
Alright, I will be honest. It was difficult for me to get into this book and it wasn’t until Prince Merik’s point of view that I actually didn’t feel like it was a chore to read this. And wow! I am so glad I did not put this book down. This novel is about friendship and what two girls are willing to go through for each other and they never give up on each other despite what they go through.
I’ll talk about a few things that I did not like about the book first.
Safiya– It wasn’t that I hated her, I just was not a fan of her most of the time and if the book was only in her POV, I probably would have listed this as a DNF. I felt that she was a self entitled brat at times, but I suppose she redeems herself a bit more toward the end.
<—– was literally me with Safi
I wish there was a guide to all the witches in the book because there was so many it seemed like there was a witch for everything and I was confused every time they spoke about a new one.
I also thought it was ridiculous at times when the characters mentioned their “Truthwitchery” or “Windwitchery” or just using the world witchery in general… no, just no. Like…
It definitely reminded me strongly of Throne of Glass, & Safi to be a knock-off of Celaena. I mean I don’t know if it’s just me but I definitely saw A LOT of TOG inspirations.
HOWEVER, there were many many things I enjoyed in this book.
Iseult: Oh my, she is badass. I loved her chapters and how much she cared for Safi. She went through a lot in this book but remained standing.
Aeduan: When he was introduced I knew he was going to be an important character. He is complex and ‘evil’ but maybe not.
PRINCE MERIK: He was my favorite. I loved him. The lengths he would go through to feed his people is amazing. Also he is very very swoon worthy as a prince should be. Hot tempered, and loyal. He is what made me want to continue reading the book. Also I am biased because I am in love with Sean Teale, but I think he’d be a perfect Merik. I mean look at him.
The slow-burn romance. There was zero insta-love and it was fantastic.
WRITING STYLE: It was rather easy to read and it flowed smoothly. I give the author A++ right here.
I have to warn you that majority of this book consists of not much happening with the plot, but more so the character development, the world building… in general building the arcs that the four main characters will embark on in the rest of the series. I advise to not give up on this book because let me tell you the end is so action packed I could not put the book down and I was like. OMG.
If you’re looking for a fast read I definitely recommend this!
Overall my rating is: ♚♚♚♚