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Book 1, The Witchlands - A Witchlands Novel

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On a continent ruled by three empires, everyone is born with a "witchery," a magical skill that sets them apart from others. Now, as the Twenty Year Truce in a centuries long war is about to end, the balance of power-and the failing health of all magic-will fall on the shoulders of a mythical pair called the Cahr Awen.

The biggest thing on Safi and Noelle's minds is saving money for their planned future in the Hundred Isles. Noelle, a Threadwitch, can see the emotional Threads binding the world. Safi, on the other hand, is a Truthwitch-she always knows when a person is telling a lie. A powerful magic like that is something people would kill to have on their side-or to keep off their enemy's side-and so Safi cannot even admit what she truly is.

With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and privateer) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must rise above their doubts and fight to learn who they are and what they are made of, if they are going to stay alive and preserve the balance of their world.

"An instant new classic."--Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author of Throne of Glass, on Susan Dennard's Truthwitch

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 19, 2015 – Dynamic storytelling and a fully imagined magical world distinguish Dennard's (the Something Strange and Deadly series) first book in the Witchlands series. Iseult and Safiya are as different as two young women can be one is noble-born, the other is from a despised people; one has the ability to see the threads of emotions in people, while the other can see truth. Yet their friendship and shared learning create a familial bond between them, making them Threadsisters. On the eve of the renegotiation of the Twenty Year Truce, which has kept peace across the ravaged lands, a single announcement is all it takes to upend their lives, sending them careening across the world, pursued by royalty and evil and spurred by something more powerful than themselves. Their adventures are dashed with a hint of romance and deeply imbued with the concept of loyalty. While this is a dense read with a lot of moving parts, Dennard's rich descriptions, insightful characterizations, and breathtaking action sequences will keep readers on their toes. Ages 13 up.

Customer Reviews

Top Read of 2016, BRILLIANT heroines and magic system!!!

I can’t properly articulate how much I loved this book. I had to get the eBook so I could carry Iseult and Safi with me everywhere.

Short version -- AMAZING female BFFs are trying to avoid trouble, only to discover that those they trust have plans for them that will influence the coming war. Amazing magic system, globe-spanning adventure, slow burning romances, and a phenomenally fleshed out cast of characters make this book shatter expectations.

The first chapters throw a lot at you--alternating POVs, characters on the run, high stakes you don't immediately attach yourself too--but Safi and Iseult's friendship and sense of humor kept me grounded. And once Iseult made it back to her old house? Well, I'm not gonna spoil anything, but it was a very drop-the-mic moment. From that moment the novel FLEW past. I think it's because it grounded both girls more solidly in their pasts, and showed them as strong people in their own right.

Safi's character arc was by far the best, and I hope hope hope she continues to develop in this vein in the next book. Iseult is more grown up, because as a Nomasti--a second-class citizen in most empires, and a race hated by all--she's had to grow up. She's dealt with discrimination and hatred every time she goes outside. So Iseult is the cool, logical one--a Threadwitch who can see everyone's emotions and bonds, but isn't a good enough liar to manipulate htem--while Safi is the hot-headed Truthwitch, impulsive and daring and always getting them into scrapes they barely get out of.

It isn't until she and Iseult are separated that the reader really appreciates how close they are and how well they work together. I haven't read a lot of YA with strong, established female friendships. Dennard pulls in their backstory effortlessly, and their friendship is my favorite relationship in the entire book. They make each other better people, even as they accept each other's flaws.

Our two other POVs are:

Prince Merik, who's only goal is to get a trade agreement and food to his island nation, which war has left desecrated and starving. He has a ship filled with wonderful secondary characters--some of whom we'll meet in novellas!--and relationships.

Aeduan, a Bloodwitch monk who sells his skills as a mercenary to the highest bidder. Because of shenanigans the girls get up to in the beginning of the book, the Bloodwitch is after them--and when a bounty is put on their heads, he's only more eager to hunt them across the sea.

This book has a LOT of characters, and a LOT LOT LOT going on. There's an epic ancient prophecy (of course), a war on the horizon (of course), and tons of witcheries to complicated everything. It's also packed with great action scenes, sword fighting, monsters (of the human and creature variety), and some of the best settings I've ever read.

New favorite book...EVER

This book is so good! So much adventure and the characters are all so awesome! The magic system could've been a little more fleshed out in the beginning but it was pretty self explanatory. I LOVED all of the characters and this story was unlike any other YA fantasy I have read! If you are thinking about buying this just do it, you won't regret it!


The characters, the world, the writing, and the story. All magnificent. This is one to savor. Don't miss it.

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  • $7.99
  • Level: Grades 8-13
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Published: Jan 05, 2016
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, The Witchlands
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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