It took me a while to finish this book and that definitely wasn’t because this book was bad, because it really isn’t. This book was a really nice read and it never felt like a burden to continue reading it. This book was one that I started while in a reading slump and I was finishing the end of a school year so I was busy as hell.
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.
This book was really something. I had wanted to read this book for so long before I actually picked it up and I’m really happy that I did. I ended up finishing a majority of this book in two days because once I started, I never really stopped.
I saw the budding romance between Merik and Safi from the get go and while I don’t like insta love, this didn’t really feel like that for me. Some people have made claims about how much they dislike the fact that they feel so quickly into love but they really didn’t. The book is only 400 pages long and they were still fighting each other on page 275. To me, this isn’t insta love because they don’t fall in love before the half way mark. I think there was just enough romance in this book to leave the reader wanting more from the next book.
The only reason this book didn’t get a full 5 stars is because I felt that it was lacking in the world-building department. I could have used some more background about the different lands and the war that was continuously mentioned. But this book was still amazing and I would definitely read a book that takes place before Safi and Iseult are the main characters.
I would highly highly recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy and wants something that kind of reminds you of Throne of Glass. This book is definitely PG so there really isn’t any reason for me to give it a rough age range! I hope you decide to read the book because I cannot wait to pick up the next book!