Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
In the Witchlands, two young women live on the edge of society. Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to tell truth from lie. Her power is rare and rather than be used as a pawn by one empire against another, she has chosen to hide. Her best friend Iseult is a Threadwitch, scorned by society. Her witchery gives her the ability to see the bonds between others. Together they hope to live free of the treachery that threatens to tear the empires apart. But Safi's power isn't as hidden as she believes and war arrives on their doorstep.
Dennard's TRUTHWITCH is a triumph. On one hand, the fight is intimate. Safi and Iseult battle for their own survival in a world that grows more dangerous every day. On the other hand, the fight is as large as the Witchlands itself. The continent is vast and dark forces are at play. This is a game of chess and the rules are being rewritten as the decades-long truce falls apart.
TRUTHWITCH has it all -- a mysterious mercenary, magic, battles on the high-seas, mythical creatures, and the hint of romance to come. I'll be eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.
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