I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of the blog tour for one of my favourite reads of 2015, the wonderful new fantasy Truthwitch, by the loveliest author of them all, Susan Dennard!
I teamed up with Bridget from Dark Faerie Tales to discuss the book and come up with one question for Susan to answer!
We chatted for a while about the book. We both absolutely loved the friendship of the main characters, Safi and Iseult. I had a soft spot for Merik, while Bridget’s favourite was Aeduen. We were also extremely intrigued about the magic system and decided that’s what we wanted to know more about from Susan!
by Susan Dennard
We both found all the different witch powers really interesting in the story so we were wondering what type of witch and what powers would each of these people possess:
Bridget from Dark Faerie Tales, Daphne from Winged Reviews, Jane Austen, Sherlock Holmes, and your favorite literary character!
What a cool question!
So Bridget, I think you’d make a fantastic Waterwitch—maybe an Icewitch (who can work with snow and frozen water) or a Tidewitch (who manipulates currents and liquid water). Then when you’re snow skiing, you can go really crazy on those slopes!
Daphne, you’re totally a Firewitch since I know how much you like firebending (from Avatar: the Last Airbender). 😉 In the Witchlands, Firewitches are super rare and mostly come from the desert empire of Marstok.
Jane Austen is a Wordwitch, for sure! This subset of Aetherwitchery can manipulate written or spoken word to persuade people—or to tell fantastic stories.
Sherlock Holmes? Well, he’d be a Threadwitch, I think. Even though they’re meant to be only women, he’s so perfect! The emotional detachment, the ability to logic his way through any situation, and the insight he has into human character… Yep, he’s a Threadwitch all the way!
And my favorite literary character is Eugenedies from The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner…I’m not sure what he’d be! I almost think he’d be one of those witchery-less (officially called Elementally Powerless) who are so smart they manage to use everyone else’s magic in their favor. There might be a character like that in Truthwitch, but I won’t tell you which! 😉
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 the empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.
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.
About Susan Dennard
Before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor, Susan Dennard travelled the world as a marine biologist. She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series, as well as the Witchlands novels.