I happened to be at my favorite local bookstore, Books & Books, this last Saturday for the South Florida Bloggers’ Februrary meetup. My favorite things in one place, books and bloggers! This is where I found out from Ketsia, Books & Books’s children’s book buyer, that Truthwitch author Susan Dennard would be there in person! I’d heard a lot of buzz about Truthwitch and Ketsia was kind enough to give me a copy so I could see it for myself. Trust me, Truthwitch is worthy of all the buzz surrounding it.
Truthwitch hooks you in with it’s very first sentence, “Everything had gone horribly wrong.” It’s quite the first sentence and I find some books don’t live it up to such powerful statements but I’m happy to say that Truthwitch totally delivered! By pg 29 I was already charmed by the main characters, Safiya and Iseult. As you may already know by now, I love stories with strong female characters and this book did not just have one but two leading ladies. Safi and Iz are trained bad-ass warriors and witches. I love their loyal sister-like relationship and their witty banter.
I also liked that the world building was easy to follow. I have a hard time with intricate world building, to me, it ends up detracting from the storyline. I didn’t have that problem at all with Truthwitch. The characters, feuding empires and great destined heroes were all woven beautifully in this book. I also liked the heavy tension romance that prevailed through the whole book.
My only complaint is that books 2, 3 and 4 are NOT out already. This book is SO good I read it in a day. Had the rest of the series already been out, I’m pretty sure I would’ve not left my house the whole weekend.
I’m not usually a fan of books written in different points of view and Six of Crows happens to be written in 6. And I loved it. I loved all the characters and their voices in the book. Leigh Bardugo did a great job of creating amazing and well developed characters. She took great care with creating all their backstories. The transition between the different voices was seamless. The book has a great storyline that gripped me from the start. My new favorite couple is now Kaz + Inej <3 I can see why this book was compared to Ocean’s 11 but it doesn’t do it justice. Six of Crows is dark and gritty. The main character, Kaz, is a fearless and crafty mastermind leading a ragtag team of thieves on an impossible heist. Kaz is always 2 stops ahead of his enemy and always has a trick up his sleeve. But my favorite character is Inej, his loyal and stealthy spy that can climb anything and sneak up on anyone. I really like how the female characters are portrayed in this book: self-reliant, smart and brave. My only gripe with this book is the cliff hanger ending. I didn’t like where the story ended, I just wished it had been wrapped up. I still loved it and can’t wait to meet the author at Books & Books on October 12.
Fierce Reads Tour at Books & Books on Oct. 12, 7 p.m. at Coral Gables. I’ll be there! Can’t wait to meet more Leigh Bardugo fans 🙂
Also, if you aren’t able to attend the event you can follow along with their livestream here.