Sis­ter Act

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews - Susan Den­nard owns two dogs: an Ir­ish set­ter named Asimov and a ter­rier mutt called Princess Leia.

re­leased 14 Jan­uary 416 pages | Hard­back/ebook Au­thor susan den­nard Pub­lisher Tor

Safiya and Iseult are “thread sis­ters” – bound to each other through love, friend­ship and magic. Iseult is a thread witch, who sees the ties that bind us all. She’s also No­matsi, reviled by both her tribe and the rest of so­ci­ety. Safi has a rarer type of magic – she’s a truth witch, not that she flaunts the fact. If she did, she’d never be safe, and a safe, nor­mal life is all Safi and Iseult really want. Well, when they aren’t busy par­tak­ing in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties...

Truth witch starts mid high way rob­bery and the ac­tion doesn’t stop there. It’s a wild ride that takes you from the met­ro­pol­i­tan city of Ve­naza to the high seas, in a well-built fan­tasy world of magic and greedy em­pires. Safi and Iseult share a be­liev­able bond, and it’s great to read a fan­tasy book where sis­ter­hood and no-non­sense women take the lead.

The fast pace isn’t tir­ing, and what rare quiet mo­ments there are prove the char­ac­ters alone would be enough to carry the story. You can see why some might draw com­par­i­son to Robin Hobb, though it doesn’t quite reach such lofty heights. Tri­umphantly fun, Truth witch casts off the cur­rent trend for gritty fan­tasy with a joy­ous laugh and a cheeky wink. Bri­die Ro­man

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