Truthwitch has a lot of hype. You may see it from other bloggers, booksellers, publishing peeps or librarians. Perhaps it’s a blurb from your favorite YA fantasy author Sarah J. Maas? The book has hype and I believe it deserves it. Scared to give this book a try because of the hype? I know that can deter me (especially with fantasy) but here are my 5 reasons why the book deserves every ounce of the hype it is getting. (is hype measured in ounces??)
Reason #5 The World-Building: Everyone knows any good fantasy series starts out slow. I know that is not the most convincing sentence but Rome really was not built in a day. Truthwitch does have a bit of a slow start but it is because Susan is creating this epic world for the story. I know I would not want this part to be skipped even though I wanted to get to the badass-ness right away but what kind of story would that be?
Reason #4 The Magic: Truthwitch is just scratching the surface of the depth of the different clans. Since Truthwitch is just book 1 of 4, we are only just beginning to learn about the different things the witches can do. The two main characters are a truthwitch and a threadwitch, so there is more emphasis on these two classifications but I can already tell there is so much more to experience in future books.
Reason #3 The Romance: I ship it. I ship all the ships.
Reason #2 The Friendships: The friendship between Safiya and Iseult is why I love this book. I am someone who appreciates and loves romance in my books but I do need my strong friendships. Too often is friendship, a friendship between two girls, brushed as a secondary plot because the romance needs to reign supreme. No. Thank you Susan for writing a friendship that makes me laugh but also cherish my friendships. At the end of the day my friendship stories are the ones I tell and they are the stories I want to hear.
#1 reason you should read Truthwitch?? This is the story that Susan is meant to tell. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Something Strange and Deadly series but I know it is not a series that appeals to everyone. Truthwitch on the other hand can (and will) be loved by all. I think that is the big difference for this new series. The story is written in a way that can be appreciated more universally and on a different level.
Susan has come a long way from small-town Georgia. As a marine biologist, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to you yet, Asia!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor.
She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series as well as the forthcoming Witchlands series (Tor, 2016), and if she’s not writing, then she’s busy slaying darkspawn or earning bruises at the dojo.
Susan lives in the Midwestern US with her French husband, two spoiled dogs, and two grouchy cats. Learn more about her crazy thoughts and crippling cookie-addiction on the blog, newsletter, twitter, instagram, or pinterest.