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Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. Working in marine biology, 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 New York Times bestselling books Truthwitch and Windwitch, and when not writing, she’s usually slaying darkspawn (on her Xbox) or earning bruises at the dojo.

She lives in the Midwestern US with her French husband, two spoiled dogs, and two grouchy cats. Learn more about her on her blog, newslettertwitter, or instagram.

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The Witchland Series reviews

A world you’ll want to inhabit forever!

Alexandra Bracken
NYT Bestselling Author

…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

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
Starred Review

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
NYT Bestselling Author

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
NYT Bestselling Author

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
NYT Bestselling Author

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard is so, so, so great – epic fantasy, epic adventure, epic friendship.

Kate Elliott
World Fantasy Award Finalist

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
NYT Bestselling Author

Truthwitch has it all, strong female characters, adventure, magic, romance, and non-stop action that will leave you breathless!

Maria V. Snyder
NYT Bestselling Author

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.


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
Bookseller, Kepler's

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
Bookseller, Books of Wonder

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
Bookseller, Schuler's Books

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
Bookseller, Anderon's Bookshop

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
Bookseller, Great Lakes Book & Supply

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
Bookseller, Malaprop's

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.


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
Bookseller, Blue Bunny Books


Something Strange & Deadly reviews

Thrilling, charming, and dark, Something Strange & Deadly is a delicious sandwich of harmonious flavors. I fell for Daniel, I soaked in the zombie mayhem with glee, I delighted in the steampunk fashion and gadgetry. If you enjoyed Clockwork Angel, you’ll love this. Fantastical fun.

Marie Lu
NYT Bestselling Author

[A Darkness Strange & Lovely has] a dark, glittering world, full of unforgettable characters, swashbuckling action, and heart-stopping romance. Susan Dennard’s books now have a permanent place on my All-Time Favorites shelf!

Sarah J. Maas
NYT Bestselling Author

A spirited, period piece that ties together a woman’s place during the Victorian era with the adventures that only a zombie tale can bring. Dennard writes in an easy-to-read, conversational style with strong characters that leave you rooting for Eleanor and wishing that you could be there cracking zombie kneecaps right beside her.

Children's Literature

From the first page, readers will be awakened to an 1876 Philadelphia replete with animated corpses, irresistible romance and a game of intrigue. Those who enjoy Cassandra Clare’s the Infernal Devices series will be spellbound by Dennard’s macabre and impressive debut.

Shelf Awareness

Give [Something Strange & Deadly] to anyone who likes a light zombie story with a pinch of romance.

School Library Journal

Mystery, romance, humor, action, a sure-fire setting: Dennard delivers.


Realistic characters, compelling action sequences and an entertaining, twisty plot will delight.

Romantic Times Book Reviews

Blending historical fiction, horror, romance, and mystery, Dennard creates a roaring—and addictive—gothic world.

Publishers Weekly

Set against a backdrop of 19th-century Paris, the ambience [of A Darkness Strange & Lovely] is classic and romantic despite the walking dead roaming the streets. Their presence creates conflict and adds a perfect balance of action.

Romantic Times Book Review

Something Strange and Deadly as a captivating and empowering thriller.

Huffington Post

Dennard’s series finale [Strange & Ever After] is a fun and rollicking ride. She pairs a wonderful and immersive landscape with a highly twisty plot that will have fans gasping.

Romantic Times Book Reviews

This debut novel is quite compelling and features a plot that moves at breakneck speed. The plot is full of action, betrayal, and romance.


A wonderfully brisk pace sweeps readers into an intriguing mystery. Eleanor serves as a highly entertaining guide and readers will find themselves settling in among the undead just fine.

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

[A Darkness Strange & Lovely is] enjoyable as a stand-alone, but will especially thrill fans of Something Strange and Deadly.

School Library Journal

Susan really finds her feet and[Something Strange & Deadly] flows immaculately pulling you in and turning pages for you.

The Guardian

[A Darkness Strange & Lovely is] fast paced and entertaining.


An emotionally honest, well-earned denouement [Strange & Ever After] brings this lively historical zombie trilogy to an honorable end.


[In Strange & Ever After]…the hunt for the mystical bird and the rich Egyptian backdrop inject enough thrills to make this an exciting, quick read. The author adds dimension to and deepens the characterization of several of the protagonists while exploring the nature of the soul and the human capacity for change…fans of the series will enjoy it immensely.

School Library Journal