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Truthwitch – Susan Dennard

Synopsis:

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.

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Review:

I was reluctant to pick up this novel, simply because there was SO much hype surrounding it. The last few I’ve done that with turned out to be… Let’s just say, not to my taste. I held onto it for a while as it stared at me from the bookshelf. I’d read another rave review and it would scream “See, see, just pick me up!” My fingers would reach for it and then my brain would scream, “No, don’t do this to yourself again.” But, finally, I gave in.

So, I’m about 40 or so pages in and a little light goes off in my head. These names, certain phrases, they all reminded me of something. Within moments it dawned on me, Dragon Age. This woman is a fan. 

Don’t get me wrong this book is not a Dragon Age fan-fic, nor is it set in the Dragon Age world. I just knew in that moment I was faced with the work of a kindred spirit.

I love how brilliantly these characters intertwine. The twists and turns are carefully woven together. Susan Dennard became a Threadwitch herself with the creation of this novel. Pulling people in and placing them directly in line with one another, throwing them into chaos and seeing the threads change and form. 

I feel like this was an expose on how to weave a story properly. 

Excellent, in every aspect!

Side Note: After finishing this novel, I read Windwitch the next day. I can’t wait for the release of Bloodwitch!

Quotes:

“I hate this. Both the storm and the plan. Why does it have to be ‘we’? Why not just me?”
“Because ‘just me’ isn’t who we are,” Iseult hollered back. “I’ll always follow you, Safi, and you’ll always follow me. Threadsisters to the end.” 
― Susan DennardTruthwitch

“It was the circle of perfect motion. Of the light-bringer and dark-giver, the world-starter and shadow-ender. Of initiation and completion. It was the symbol of the Cahr Awen. Cahr Awen.” 
― Susan DennardTruthwitch
“Who the rut is that Nubrevnan Windwitch? And: He should really learn how to button a shirt.” 
― Susan DennardTruthwitch
” How is that for service? Do you know how many men onboard would kill for the use of a spoon?”
“And do you know,” she retorted, “how many men I can killwith a spoon?” 
― Susan DennardTruthwitch
Recommendations:

Graceling – Kristin Cashore

Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

The Iron King – Julie Kagawa

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Book Reviews

 

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Graveminder- Melissa Marr

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Synopsis:

Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the tender attention her grandmother, Maylene, bestowed upon the dead of Claysville. While growing up, Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual at every funeral: three sips from a small silver flask followed by the words, “Sleep well, and stay where I put you.”


Now Maylene is gone and Bek must return to the hometown—and the man—she abandoned a decade ago, only to discover that Maylene’s death was not natural . . . and there was good reason for her odd traditions. In Claysville, the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected—and beneath the town lies a shadowy, lawless land ruled by the enigmatic Charles, aka Mr. D. From this dark place the deceased will return if their graves are not properly minded. And only the Graveminder, a Barrow woman, and the current Undertaker, Byron, can set things to right once the dead begin to walk.

(Copied from Goodreads)

Review:

When I heard Melissa Marr was writing an adult novel, I was thrilled. I have been a fan of her Wicked Lovely series for quite some time. She is great at world building. She gives the reader just enough to keep them hooked. Her plot twists could make any writer envious. So, I went into this novel with quite high expectations.

While in some ways this novel delivered, in some ways it left me cringing. Let’s hit the good points first.

I absolutely loved the premise of this novel. I have never read anything quite like it. The “Graveminder” is not a new concept. Many religions honor the dead with similar practices.  However, the addition of the combined worlds of the living and the dead took on a new twist in this novel. Not only is the “graveminder” tending to the dead, she is a conduit between worlds.

 The connection between the Graveminder and the Undertaker was interesting. I enjoyed seeing the push and pull of these two characters. However, it allowed the romance between the two to take over the story. 

I also loved the idea of a town “under contract” to some unknown entity. The townsfolk cannot leave, and if they do, they are drawn back almost inexplicably. 

Now, the parts I couldn’t grasp. Mr. D makes no sense to me. Perhaps he is the Devil… Hence D. Perhaps he is a demon (again, D). Perhaps he is just a powerful spirit (aka, Death). There were too many unanswered questions surrounding this character. He vys for the Graveminder, why? She has an inexplicable connection to him, why? 

The scene that bothered me most and made the least sense was the “dinner” at D’s. It just seemed very random.

Quote:

“Some mortals–like you–are already half in love with death. It is who you are, and I’ll not make it harder on you by telling you things you don’t need to know. Ask me again when you die. Then I’ll tell you everything, anything, nothing.” 
― Melissa MarrGraveminder
Recommendations:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

Wicked Lovely – Melissa Marr

The Forest of Hands and Teeth – Carrie Ryan

Fallen – Lauren Kate

 

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2017 in Book Reviews

 

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