Monday, March 7, 2016

Read This F@%!ing Book (56) and Giveaway

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Read This F@%!ing Book!
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Read This F@%!ing Book Post 56: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

I feel like I've been hearing a lot about Truthwitch, so maybe it doesn't really qualify as a book I want more people to know about. But then I realized that I'm only hearing it from YA bloggers. If you don't read YA or follow YA blogs, you might have missed it. And even if you're not a big fan of YA, you'll want to read this book.

From the very beginning I was fascinated with Truthwitch. I was reading along, just thinking, "this is so awesome!" It took me a while to figure out how to translate that into an argument for why you should read this book. Would you just trust me and read it because it's awesome? No?

Really Cool Magic
The first thing that really struck me is the magic system. Safiya is a Truthwitch. It's a very rare magic, and one that was thought to be extinct. She keeps her skills hidden to protect herself from those who would use her or kill her to keep others from doing so. What I thought was interesting about her skill, and a little bit different from other versions of it that I've read, is that she not only senses when people are lying, but she also senses illusions and abominations.

Iseult is a Threadwitch. Hers is the magic that kind of blew my mind. I haven't seen anything like it before. It's similar to the way some authors use auras - she sees colors that reflect people's emotions. But it's also much more complex. She sees threads, connections between people. Iseult and Safiya, for example, are Threadsisters - we would probably call them BFFs - and a Threadwitch can see their bond and use it to find them. This reminded me of Nalini Singh's Psy-net, except that Iseult sees it all the time and it has more applications.

Prince Merik is an Airwitch and he can fly! He also uses air magic to control his ship, but that's not as much fun. Those are just the three main characters. They're not the only ones with interesting magic, but I wouldn't want to spoil anyone.
Girl Power 
In addition to Iseult and Safiya, who demonstrate some serious fighting skills right from the beginning of the book, Truthwitch is full of powerful women. At first glance their country seems to be run by men, but the women are strong subversive forces.

Once they're out in the world, they find female leaders everywhere. There's a monk with healing powers and ties to both Merik and Iseult. There's Iseult's mother, also a Threadwitch, and her apprentice who are stronger than they seem and full of surprizes. There's a queen with another kind of really cool magic. Again, it would probably be spoilery to list them all. .

As much as love the girl power statement, the point is not that Safiya and Iseult must overthrow the tyranny of men, but that there are heroes of both genders in this world. There are also villains of both genders, and some characters in between. (I have some thoughts about race in Truthwitch as well - Iseult is vilified for being too pale - but I haven't dug into it much. I'd like to see more of the world and find other examples first.)

I think that YA is the place to look for diversity right now. I'm seeing lots of young authors with fresh perspectives on the traditionally white male-dominated fantasy genre. I'm sure that eventually it will spill over into adult fantasy as well. (Those YA readers have to grow up, right?) But for now if you're looking for a new take on the old tropes, look to YA. And start with Trutchwitch. Trust me. It's awesome.

Have you read this book? Did we persuade you to add it to your TBR mountain? Let us know in the comments below!

We were very lucky to both win copies of Truthwitch earlier this year. And somehow we wound up with an extra. So I'm giving away my ARC, along with a lighthouse necklace inspired by the book.

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  1. I haven't tried Truthwitch, but sounds like a great book. I've been picking up more fantasy books lately.

    1. I seem to be reading more fantasy too. I blame Jessie.

  2. I haven't read Truthwitch but I'd definitely like to. I would highly recommend The Hearts of the Anemoi series by Laura Kaye. Love the whole series but East of Ecstasy is my favorite.

    1. I haven't read that one. Will have to check it out.

  3. Can't wait to read this book! Haven't read it but it sounds cool. I think my favorite book series that doesn't really get much attention would be the World of Lupi series by Eileen Wilks. There are werewolves and magic and it's great. Thanks for the review!

    1. Good one! I actually read World of Lupi after it was featured in a previous RTFB.

  4. I haven't read Truthwitch, but it's definitely on my TBR list. As for the favorite book that needs more attention, I really loved The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett.
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    1. I have that one and haven't been able to make myself read it. I keep hearing good things though.

  5. I haven't read Truthwitch yet, but I'm looking forward to it. I've read a few pretty awesome books lately - Child of a Hidden Sea by A.M. Dellamonica and the Jackaby series by William Ritter: Jackaby and Beastly Bones.

    1. My co-blogger has talked a lot about Jackaby but I haven't read it yet. Will check those out!


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