Age: Young Adult
Series: 1 of 4
Contains: murder, cursing
“I hate this. Both the storm and the plan. Why does it have to be ‘we’? Why not just me?”
“Because ‘just me’ isn’t who we are,” Iseult hollered back. “I’ll always follow you, Safi, and you’ll always follow me. Threadsisters to the end.”
Book-a-likes: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
So, so, so many things to love about this book, I don’t know where to begin!
That’s a lie. Let’s start with friendship. It is so rare in YA to get strong female friendships, but Sofi and Iseult more the meet the mark. The girls are “thread sisters” and their lives have been bound together for years. Both are witches in a world where such a thing is commonplace, though Sofi still has to hid her power. She’s a Truthwitch–she can sense when someone lies or not–and such a power is not only extremely rare it’s highly valued. Or highly feared, depending on who you are. Iseult is a Threadwitch and has the power to see people’s bonds and their moods. Though a random bit of bad luck the two end up on the run, chased by the equally rare Bloodwitch, Aeduan (like “Edwin, but with a long “A”).
They also get some help from Prince Merik, a Windwitch, and the romance between he and Sofi has that fantastic kind of slow burn that reminds you why you hate insta-love so darn much! It’s great. Also, and I could be wrong here, I’m feeling like Aeduan might be redeemed in a further book and he and Iseult might be a thing. But that’s for later. For now he makes a terrifying villain that can use Sofi’s scent to track her to the ends of the earth. (It also helps that Sofi is stubborn and keeps making stupid mistakes in the beginning that allow him to keep following them.)
So there’s great friendship, some hate-turned-romance, scary bad guy, and great, distinctive characters. But let’s not forget the world building! It’s so rich and well-planned. You never once think, “Huh…this doesn’t seem to work as well as the rest. I’m not sure she thought this part out.” (Trust me, I think that about my own writing all the time, so mad respect there!) The different witchery powers are amazing and varied. The political drama raging across the land informs the story and pushes the plot. I will say that the plot doesn’t move you very far very fast. The novel doesn’t cover a long amount of time, which did take a me a while to pick up on in the beginning. But I found it all intriguing so I didn’t mind.
Will definitely be continuing with this series.
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