Welcome to the Witchlands...
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 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.
Praise for Truthwitch
Starred Review. “Dynamic storytelling and a fully imagined magical world…Dennard’s rich descriptions, insightful characterizations, and breathtaking action sequences will keep readers on their toes.”Publishers Weekly
“Truthwitch by Susan Dennard is like a cake stuffed full of your favorite fantasy treats: highway robbery, swordplay, deep friendships, treachery, magic, piracy on the high seas, and romance. If you like any or all of the above in the fantasy tales, this book will delight you.”Robin Hobb
“Featuring vibrant characters and an innovative system of magic, Susan Dennard’s Truthwitch is a fast-paced adventure and a wonderful tribute to the power of the binding ties of friendship.”Jacqueline Carey
“Make room on your all-time favorites shelf: Truthwitch is an instant new classic. It reminded me of why I started reading fantasy in the first place: its fierce and vibrant world, richly-drawn characters, and dazzling intrigue harkens to the best of Megan Whalen Turner, Robin Hobb, and Jacqueline Carey. And while it pays homage to the epic fantasies that have come before it, it also lays the foundation for a bright new chapter in the genre!”Sarah J. Maas
“Truthwitch by Susan Dennard is so, so, so great – epic fantasy, epic adventure, epic friendship.”Kate Elliott
“Truthwitch has all of the elements I savor–a richly imagined magical world, ruthless politics, steamy romance, and characters who grab you and won’t let go. At its heart, a partnership between two strong young women who might change the world.”Cinda Williams Chima
“Truthwitch has it all, strong female characters, adventure, magic, romance, and non-stop action that will leave you breathless!”Maria V. Snyder
“A masterfully told tale loaded with political intrigue, magic, harrowing fight scenes and escapes, mythical creatures, legendary prophesies, breakneck adventure, and even romance, this book will have readers breathlessly awaiting the sequel.”School Library Journal
“There is a sureness to [Dennard’s] writing, a seamless understanding of what makes a solid fantasy, and two feisty heroines who are able and willing to save themselves rather than be saved. Fantasy readers will sink comfortably into this world, and await with pleasure the next installment.”Booklist
“Two devoted friends dreaming of independence contend with unfathomable magic and the schemes of empires in this action-packed series opener…Epic adventure and steamy smooches make for a crowd-pleasing formula.”Kirkus Reviews
“This is an all-action, white knuckle adventure that kept me enthralled from the first page. Beautifully written, brimming with magic, and all about the power of friendship – don’t miss this one.”Angela Mann
“Full of magic, unbreakable friendships, and purpose, Truthwitch is absolutely everything I look for in a fantasy. Dennard’s stunning prose weaves a lush and wonderful adventure tale that has already hooked this reader and will utterly enchant everyone else.”Gaby Salpeter
“Full of intriguing, complex characters and innovative plot elements–not to mention some pretty rockin’ action scenes–this was a story I couldn’t put down. I highly recommended it to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy thriller, and I can’t wait to see what comes next in the series!”Bethany Ayres
“Sometimes, from not even halfway through a book, you know that you’re going to make everyone you know read it. It’s a book that, by the time you get to the end you crave the next book as if it were the most addicting chocolate on the planet. Truthwitch is that book for me. Gorgeously written, elegantly built, and perfect for ANY reader–Truthwitch is something you will not want to miss. Seriously.”Rachel Strolle
“Truthwitch is a fast-paced and quick-witted story of magic and international intrigue. Dennard weaves the threads that connect the characters and their unique abilities into a complex but never tangled pattern of power, friendship, and magical awakening. Give Truthwitch to readers who love vast world building and fantasy novels with equal parts humor and high stakes.”Tirzah Price
“Susan Dennard’s Truthwitch is a wildly original adventure full of fantasy, legend and political intrigue. But better than all of that is the fiercely loyal friendship of Safiya and Iseult. These two young women are simply amazing and, maybe, just maybe, they are destined to change the world!! I cannot wait for more of this epic story!”Laura Donahoe
Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…
When an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.
When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first? After a surprise attack and shipwreck,
Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.
Look for the hardcover (and audio version!) in stores now!
“A world you’ll want to inhabit forever!”Alexandra Bracken
“…emotionally charged continuation of the Witchlands series…complicated politics and personal relationships [are] full of surprises. Readers will want nothing more than to see Safi and Iseult reunited in the midst of the action and mystery that carries this story at a fast clip.”RT Book Reviews
“Dennard is a talented juggler, and readers may gasp for breath from the pace, but she doesn’t let anyone slip through the cracks. She sets scenes so skillfully that the descriptions of the geography become immersive, and the characters continually develop along familiar lines. The plentiful action in this exciting fantasy almost makes it feel like one is in a multiplayer online game.”Booklist
“To me the book as a whole is the perfect sequel to Truthwitch! Our knowledge of The Witchlands grows as we explore new places and we’re introduced to new characters who will entice you. Windwitch is unputdownable and unforgettable it’ll leave you wanting more. It is the perfect blend of action, suspense, heartbreak, shocking and swoon worthy moments. It’ll keep you coming back for more.”Melissa Lee
Ryber Fortiza was a Sightwitch Sister at a secluded convent, waiting to be called by her goddess into the depths of the mountain. There she would receive the gift of foretelling. But when that call never comes, Ryber finds herself the only Sister without the Sight.
Years pass and Ryber’s misfit pain becomes a dull ache, until one day, Sisters who already possess the Sight are summoned into the mountain, never to return. Soon, Ryber is the only Sister left. Now, it is up to her to save her Sisters, though she does not have the Sight — and though she does not know what might await her inside the mountain.
On her journey underground, she encounters a young captain named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he got there. Together, the two travel ever deeper in search of answers, their road filled with horrors, and what they find at the end of that road will alter the fate of the Witchlands forever.
Look for the illustrated hardcover (and audio version!) in stores January 23, 2018! Learn more about the project in Susan’s recent newsletter!
UK hardcover, Truthwitch
Romanian edition, Truthwitch
Turkish edition, Truthwitch
UK paperback, Truthwitch
Bulgarian edition, Truthwitch
Cover to come!
Tawain edition, Truthwitch