Book Spotlight: Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard (Hype or Like Friday)

truthwitchcoverOfficial Synopsis from Goodreads: In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

So, something a bit different today on the blog! A new feature that I’ll be doing from time to time called “Book Spotlight” in which I’ll briefly feature a book, either one that I’ve already read and haven’t blogged about, or one which I’ve heard a lot about, but haven’t had a chance to read yet. Many bloggers do spotlight posts; this is hardly an original idea.

For this spotlight I bring you Truthwitch, the February Book of the Month for Hype or Like Friday, and I was not able to get to this book this month, or to any of the weekly discussion prompts. I even went so far as to request the book from my local library, but I just never got to the library to pick it up (I feel terrible about causing extra work for the librarians to pull the book, move the book, and then re-shelve the book). I’m just really overwhelmed with school, work, and life right now.

Before Truthwitch was selected, I hadn’t heard of this book before, and truth be told, the synopsis doesn’t sound all that thrilling. But, I have since heard good things about this book, especially in regards to the handling of female friendships, and it may be one I pick up one day.

Hopefully I’ll be able to take part in next month’s Hype or Like Friday selection!


Hype or Like Friday is a Goodreads group hosted by Jill at Rant and Rave About Books, Larkin at Wonderfilled Reads, and Britt at Geronimo Reads.

Links to Truthwitch on    Amazon   |    Goodreads

Have you read Truthwitch? Is it a book and series I should read? Or is it not worth the time?


13 thoughts on “Book Spotlight: Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard (Hype or Like Friday)

    1. Yeah, I understand! I was thinking that too until I heard all the good reviews. That pose the gal on the cover is doing is so cheesy!!
      Since I’ve heard such great things, I’d like to read it at some point, maybe once all the books in the series are out.


    1. Yeah, I’ve heard some good stuff about Truthwitch and then heard that the second book isn’t as good. I may read it at some point; the more I hear about it the more interesting it sounds! 🙂

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  1. I’m curious about this book – it’s been on my TBR for a while, but hasn’t been bumped to the top of the list yet… maybe for similar reasons to those you and others mentioned above (mixed reviews, synopsis didn’t grab me), I don’t know. I’m sure at some point I’ll read it though, am keen to form my own opinion of it since I’ve heard a lot about the book and the author.

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    1. Yeah I hadn’t really heard of the book until it was chosen as our monthly read for Hype or Like Friday, and now I am seeing the title everywhere! The more I hear about it, the more intrigued I get. I hope to be able to pick it up at some point!

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