*This review is of a 15 chapter sampler from Netgalley
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.
Seriously, I know this book is being majorly hyped – but from the 15 chapter sampler I read – I am a believer!
Instead of one kickass female character – we have two – even better, right? And yes, I know they’re magically super capable at everything they do, but I can’t complain, because they’re entertaining and quite frankly, I enjoy seeing (thread)sisters doing it for themselves.
And it’s action packed. I was exhausted just finishing the sampler, even though I desperately, desperately wanted the rest.
The world building is pretty intense, so I did get a tad confused and lost in amongst the detail, but I expect that from fantasy books, and generally just keep on reading until things make sense to me, which they ultimately did.
There are some complicated family relationships and alliances, hidden agendas and rising tensions as war looms on the horizon – all the while our two main ladies are fleeing those who would capture or kill them. I foresee some rather interesting future ships as well, what with our lovely murderous male witch and a prince desperately navigating for his people’s survival.
I’ll be so interested to see everyone else’s opinions when this one finally hits the shelves, but from what I’ve seen so far, it is so totally worth it.