The Book ✯✯✯✯✯
I admit: I'm completely behind the curve when it comes to finding this beautifully imagined series. I would always glance at it at my local Barnes and Nobel and think, "eh...maybe next time." Maybe it was the cover. Maybe it was the fact that I knew there are five planned books, with the final one having an estimated release of 2021 and that I am weirded out I'll be nearly 30 when I finish a "young adult" series.
But now that I've picked it up, I cannot wait for the rest. And I sincerely regret waiting this long.
Truthwitch is a high fantasy on par with Sarah J. Maas' worlds. At times the jargon can get confusing and it takes a while to understand the world, but that is the only negative I could come up with. It is a world populated by normal and gifted people. The witches are all gifted magic that coincides with an element--normally. There are also spiritual witches called Threadwitches (Iseult is one) that can see emotions and relationships between people. And there are rare ones that belong to no one--like Safi. Where she can tell truth from lie and is the only one of her kind.
Safi and Iseult are sisterhood goals. They put each other first, and they will work to save each other always. I appreciated Dennard's goal to put thread-siblings on the same level as heart-threads, and that it was the greater thread-family that mattered.
The energy that absolutely sizzles when Safi and Merik is GOALS for any reader or writer. I adored the slow burn and the moment it finally exploded. I hope to see more of them in Windwitch, but I'm thinking that another relationship I saw coming will take center stage and I am also absolutely okay with that.
Because make no mistake, Dennard knows how to craft real and deep relationships while making sure that the reader always knows there are bigger things at risk and there is a coming war.
While I'm excited to continue the series, I'm going to give myself some space before polishing off the second book so that I won't have to wait for a whole year before the third book is released. It is important to note that Dennard has a novella set to release this year, Sightwitch. I certainly plan on using it to bridge the time between now and the Bloodwitch release.