A 60 Second Review by Anne Brees
Genre – Young Adult Fantasy
Summary – 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.
Initial Thoughts – I met this author at a writer’s conference. I had never read any of her books (somehow), but after hearing her hilarious advice, I was interested. After reading her book, I feel so honored to have spoken to her. (*fangirls*)
Plot – ★★★★★ This book never bored me. It starts with an attempted robbery and never slows from there.
Characters – ★★★★★ There was a variety of characters on all different sides of the fight. Somehow I related to all of them. Their interactions were interesting and hilarious.
Story world – ★★★★★ The story world of this book is very complex and well developed. The beginning is a little confusing as all the different elements and witches are introduced, but it quickly explains itself well.
Style – ★★★★★ This story was beautifully crafted. Dennard’s sense of humor shines through the pages, making me laugh so many times.
Closing Thoughts – I can’t wait to read the next book in this series and Dennard’s other series. I care for all of the characters too much.
Recommendation – Recommended for lovers of complex fantasy worlds, lovable characters, and hilarious sass.