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