Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, dedicated to spotlighting upcoming releases.
This week’s selection is the first installment in a quartet by one of my favourite writers, Susan Dennard:
(on a sidenote, isn’t that an absolutely beautiful cover?)
Truthwitch, by Susan Dennard (The Witchlands #1)
Summary from Goodreads:
On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.
In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.
Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.
Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.
Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
I’m really excited about the friendship between Safi and Iseult. With romance being a major element in a lot of YA fiction, I often feel like the friendships that so many girls and women rely on in real life are ignored. How many female protagonists have we seen who have NO female friends? Sooz says this relationship is based on her friendship with Sarah J. Maas, so I’m looking forward to a close, platonic relationship.
I absolutely loved Something Strange and Deadly; I read the entire trilogy over the course of one weekend. Truthwitch is one of those books that sounds amazing in its own right (Magic! Pirates! Female friendship!) but that I’m also looking forward to because of who wrote it. Everything I’ve read by Sooz is amazing (if you’re over 18, you should check out The Starkillers Cycle, which she co-writes with Sarah), and January just can’t come soon enough!