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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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The Casquette Girls – Alys Arden

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Synopsis:

After a storm destroys her home town of New Orleans, Adele cannot wait to come home and start life again. Having been in France for a few months, she is eager to see if her home still even stands. When her and her father return to a mostly undamaged house, Adele is certain she can get back to life as normal but every day since her return seems to bring something new. Secrets are being revealed, people are being murdered and Adele is finding out there is more to her past than she was ever aware of.

Review:

Take everything you love and hate about New Orleans and cram it all into one book and you have this thrilling, amazingly well written, ode to one of the greatest cities in this nation.

What a page turner. It seemed like new information was given on every page. So many twists and bends that you can’t possibly see all of them coming. I am most definitely going to be buying a hard copy of this novel, since mine came through NetGalley.

The only thing that irked me about this novel, and it’s a truly small thing was the fact that there was a storm… it’s called the storm, not Katrina. Katrina is never mentioned. So I can only assume this is am alternate New Orleans where Katrina had never happened but this storm has. It was a little odd.

Favorite Quotes:

“As an artist, if your work doesn’t inflame at least part of the audience, then you might as well call it quits and sell insurance… The world needs more boundary pushers, not more boundary creators.”
― Alys Arden, The Casquette Girls

“…Moving pictures and flying machines nth seemed like magic at one time. It’s not a huge leap to believe that what seems irrational or magical now ill be commonplace in the future. I believe everyone has magical powers. However, only certain people – the ones who are open to it – can tap into the true capacity of the mind and push the current brink of human thought. Some are called geniuses, some are called prophets, others are called witches.”
― Alys Arden, The Casquette Girls

“It is not gossip that you must worry about, only the days when you are not worth gossiping about.”
― Alys Arden, The Casquette Girls

“A sharp pain tugged in my chest. I wanted this all to go away. I wanted Nicco to be normal. I wanted to be normal. A part of me wanted to destroy him for everything he’d done, whatever his role…For following me. For not telling me everything. For letting me fall for him. I hated myself for wanting to cause harm to someone else. I wanted him to be stronger, to change, to want the same things as me. I wanted him.”
― Alys Arden, The Casquette Girls

“No tourists, no screaming drag queens, no horse hooves clacking down the street. The perfect still of the night – this was something I would never get used to. Not in New Orleans. The quietness freaked me out.”
― Alys Arden, The Casquette Girls

“I pulled out a large white T-shirt with black gothic script that read, “Equipe Edward”
“Adele, how many times do I have to tell you?” he said in a very serious tone. “Vampires do not sparkle.”
“Okay, fine.” I pretended to pout. “I’ll give it to someone else.”
“No, you will not!” He yanked the T-shirt out of my reach. “Sparkles or not, I am still Team Edward.”
― Alys Arden, The Casquette Girls

“In the words of the great Monsieur Baudelaire, ‘The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world he doesn’t exist.”
― Alys Arden, The Casquette Girls

“It’s a place where strange things have been known to happen, but locals learn not to think twice about every little unexplainable detail; otherwise they’d go mad.”
― Alys Arden, The Casquette Girls

Recommendations:

Intertwined – Gena Showalter

Dead Until Dark – Charlaine Harris

Marked – P.C. and Kristen Cast

Book of Shadows – Cate Tiernan

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2015 in Book Reviews

 

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