Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard.

Truthwitch – Tor Teen

“How is that for service? Do you know how many men onboard would kill for the use of a spoon?”
“And do you know,” she retorted, “how many men I can kill with a spoon?”
— Chapter 23

She was stuck in this body, with this mind, but it didn’t mean that she couldn’t reach outside. It didn’t mean she couldn’t change.
— Chapter 26



Whenever someone tells me that witches are making a comeback I am tempted to ask them why they think witches were ever gone ... but that would seem flippant and possibly impolite, so I won’t list all the books with witches the person has probably missed. I don’t like thinking in trends, but the trade often insists on it so I’ll say that if witches were gone, this start of the series will do its part to bring them back.
It’s possibly not the book for the unexperienced fantasy reader as there is no big exposition into the world and how it works, but rather a requirement to figure it out as you go. I understand that someone else might feel a bit lost between the foreign words, strange concepts of witchery, and seemingly confusing world politics while this works quite well for me. I liked that the story focuses on the two female leads and their very impressive friendship ... if you understand that this is a very common name for something much bigger, a bond thicker than blood. There are so many thing I can’t wait to find out how they develop in the coming books not only with the two female leads but also with the other characters. I’m especially interested in the maybe-but-also-maybe-not-so-villainous villain.
And having just realised that there will be four books in this series this has filled my reading schedule with yet another book each year up until 2019 ... which seems crazy, but seeing that I have a list that runs up to possibly 2024 ... don’t look at me like that!

If you were to choose to specialise in one talent that you had absolute power over, like telling truth from lie, controlling the wind/any other element or fabric, or some other maybe more intangible power, what would that be? I’d have a hard time deciding between controlling the air (yay flying) and this idea of wordwitchery of being able to write truly binding contracts and strongly suggesting actions and ideas to others. How about you? Share talent wishes and teasers in the comments.

8 comments:

Karen and Gerard said...

My husband read this one and liked it--just doesn't appeal to me though.

Catherine said...

Liked your teasers, especially the first one :) I think for my power I'd have 'Matilda'-like mind skills, to move things about - great for when you're feeling lazy :)

My teaser: http://whenitdoes.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/teaser-tuesday-tolkiens-letters.html

Beth F said...

Sounds like it could be good. Yes, there are a ton of witch books out there.

Let's Take A Shelfie said...

I've heard some amazing things about this book. I hope you're loving it!

Here's my teaser this week on Let's Take A Shelfie.

Kathy Martin said...

This one is on my TBR mountain. I have a mini-mountain of review books to read before I'll get to it. My YA teaser this week comes from A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann. Happy reading!

Bee Halton said...

Oh dear, so many books so little time. I need to read more :-)

sjhigbee said...

Oh, I LOVED Truthwitch:). And my single power? The option to CLONE myself... My offering is a new venture by an established author... https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2016/03/08/teaser-tuesday-8th-march-2016/

Kristin said...

The spoon comment made me think of Alan Rickman from "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves". :P

Here's my teaser from Lee Kelly's A CRIMINAL MAGIC:
http://www.pagepilgrims.com/tuesday-teaser-march-8/

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