“In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.
Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.
Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.
In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.”
-Synopsis taken from Goodreads
“It wasn’t freedom she wanted. It was belief in something—a prize big enough to run for and to fight for and to keep on reaching toward no matter what.”
Stars (Out of 10): 10/10 Stars
Overall Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book, and a lot more than I thought I would. I didn’t necessarily have expectations going into this book, as I didn’t know the author nor hear much about other’s thoughts about this book, just that it’s one I should read! I ended up loving the characters, and I’m so intrigued by the world and the plot! This book has kingdoms, a looming war, and magic, which all added up to an amazing fantasy book.
The Good: I enjoyed the world in this book, and found it to be pretty well developed so far, and it left me extremely curious as to how it’ll all end up in the future series. I also enjoyed the plot and characters, and the combination of the two left me hanging on to every word!
The Bad: Some of the characters seem a bit unlikable at first, but in my opinion, they did grow throughout the book!
SPOILERS BEGIN HERE
The Characters: While I had a love hate relationship with some of the characters at first (Safiya was kind of a terrible person in the beginning), they all did eventually grow on me. Safiya seemed to grow a lot in this book alone, which makes me excited for what we’ll see in the future! In addition, I also really liked the relationships we saw in this book, from the friendship Iseult and Safiya shared, to whatever’s growing between Safiya and Merik. They also all seemed to have good reasons for what they were doing so far. Safiya and Iseult want to be free, from capture and hatred, Merik wants to save his country, etc.
The Plot: I really loved all the secrets and twists that were revealed throughout this book. From the beginning plot of saving Safiya, to all the secrets about magic and the Wells revealed later, I was completely hooked on this book. I loved the ending we were left with as well, and how the story can go many ways from here!
The World Building: I really liked the world we’re beginning to see, from the magic and the Wells, to the battle brewing between all the kingdoms. I’m definitely curious to learn more of this world’s history!!
The Favorite Character: I really liked Merik and Safiya by the end (even though Safiya was a tad, abrasive, at first)
Buy it, Borrow it, or Bin it: Buy it!!