I'm not going to lie, I bought this book because the blurb sounded amazing, the cover was intreguing and my favourite author ever (SJMaas) tweeted about how good it was. I'd never heard of Susan Dennard as this is her debut novel but thought I might as well give it a go - especially as there was a lot of hype about this book.
Disclaimer: A short spoiler free review.
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.
Okay, I'm going to start with the bad things about this book. I found it super difficult to get through. I don't know if it was because it's a longer book than my other kindle reads but normally I can do a kindle book in 10 day, this took me almost 16! That for me is super slow, which meant it didn't interest me.
Back to the good stuff; I loved Safi as a character she was brilliant. Sassy and feisty at the same time, while Iseult was timid and secretly strong inside but didn't show it very often. The bloodwitch is so confusing and I loved it. He's so contradictory and by the end you love him.
Some of the world history was missing and at points I was totally confused but I am excited to read the next book. Hopefully. I can see potential in Susans book and I felt a little more back story and explanation would have made it SO much easier to read this book.