DNF Short Review: Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1) by Susan Dennard

21414439Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Received: Borrowed
Publication Date: January 5th 2016
Publisher: Tor Teen
Point of View: 3rd Person, Feminine & Alternative
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Witches, Magic


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.


I’m so very sad to have to admit this, but TRUTHWITCH really isn’t working for me. The world-building is hazy, therefore, I feel confused and frustrated. I keep trying to make order of things in my mind, and it’s exhausting. The writing is not horrible but it doesn’t flow. Many have mentioned fast-pacing, but I crazily feel like this is super slow because of how much it asks for our undivided attention and quick understanding… when nothing is really detailed or explained.

DNF at 25%. Can I blame the hype? I’m blaming the hype.

9 thoughts on “DNF Short Review: Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1) by Susan Dennard

  1. It’s too bad you didn’t enjoy this. I had decided to pick it up but decided against it eventually because I heard that the world building and writing weren’t that great. Also, I hate info dumping and this books sounds like it has a bad case of info dumping!


  2. THANK YOU LOLA!! I kept going with this one though and ended up giving it 3-stars but the first hundred pages were NOT great. The world-building was SUPER shaky and I just felt confused by it when it should have been simple and exciting. As a huge epic fantasy reader, I expect more details and actual world-building. Needless to say, even though it ended up getting my attention eventually, I was quite disappointed in this one too^^ Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂


  3. I’m so sorry to hear that Lola! I tried to read it once when I was in between reads, but the writing… I don’t know it was weird and didn’t help me get into the story so I had to leave it for some other time. Hope you can enjoy your next read better! 🙂


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