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Truthwitch Read-Along Week 1

Truthwitch readalong

Good Afternoon lovlies!

This month I’m participating in a wonderful read-along for Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. This novel has had tons of hype surrounding it, especially last year leading up to its release. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and finally picked it up from the book store a week or so ago. Luckily, I stumbled upon an awesome read-along event on twitter and signed up!

This read-along is hosted by the Waterwitch Babes and you can see their kick-off post on Charlene’s blog Bookish Whimsy. Each week I’ll be answering the read-along discussion questions here and I hope you enjoy reading through my answers!

If you haven’t read Truthwitch, I want to advise you that some (not always all) of the answers below will have spoilers to the novel. I will be posting a *SPOILER ALERT* before an answer that contains spoilers to the novel. I just wanted to make this little advisory before you read any further so that you are aware that spoilers maybe within this post. 

So without any further adieu, here are my answers to Week 1’s discussion questions for chapters 1-9 of Truthwitch 🙂

1. Safi and Iseult are fantastic fighters.  Have you ever wanted to learn how to fight/take self-defense classes or have you already?  Tell us about your reasoning/experience!

A: I’ve always thought it be great to learn how to fight and fence and shoot a bow and arrow. I grew up watching westerns and fell in love with Robin Hood, The 

Three Musketeers and Zorro. I always dreamed of those kinds of adventures. I have taken a self-defense class but haven’t really had any other fighting training. Now a-days I’m just trying to get fit in case the Zombie Apocalypse ever occurs!

2. Of these specialized witcheries revealed so far (truthwitch, threadwitch, bloodwitch, wordwitch, windwitch, voicewitch) which power would you like to have and why?

A: I think all of these witcheries have some amazing abilities and there is power in having each one for different reasons. I really found the windwitch powers to be exiting and useful for living life at sea and I mean if you’re  hovering in the air it’s almost like flying right?! I can also see being a wordwitch or a truthwitch as a very useful thing as well. Being able to persuade people with words/speaking could be very helpful in the Witchlands. On the other hand, being able to tell if someone is telling the truth or not could be a great defense tool or even a good offensive strategy when navigating the Witchlands. So right now, I’m torn between these three witcheries 🙂

3. The beginning of the book already features political intrigue, Safi and Iseult trying to get away, and the mystery of cleaving.  Which plot point interests you the most so far, and why?

*SPOILER ALERT* I’m most interesting in learning about the void wells and how those with witchery powers coming from the “void wells” to be a fascinating mystery I want to unravel. Do these wells exist? What is causing the others to “dry up”? and where does Safi’s powers draw from? Additionally, I wonder where the cleaving plays into with these wells.

4. Share a favorite quote from the book!

I have a few, but I thought to share these two with you all:
“He was good. The best figther she’d ever faced. But Safi and Iseult were better” (17).
“Safi ignored him–he was clearly an idiot–an in more time than it ought to take, she disentangled herself from the Nubrevnan and snatched up her dagger” (54).

5. Character Spotlight: Safiya |  Talk about what you like or dislike about Safi.  Do you identify with her in any way?  What do you think about her actions so far? 

A: I do like Safiya so far. I love her loyalty to Iseult and the way the girls trust each other and rely on each other. She has some badass fighting skills and a she can hold her own in multiple situations. I do find myself identifying with her in her sense of friendship and loyalty to Iseult; however, I think I still need to find out more about her. Right now some of things I don’t like about her is her somewhat young impulsiveness. Where Iseult seems to think things through and make some more responsible decisions, Safi tends to act first and think later which seems to get the two girls into some sticky situations frequently. I hope that she grows within the novel to understand her impulsiveness isn’t always the best thing in every situation.  

That’s the end of this week’s discussion questions for the Truthwitch Read-Along. Thank you so much for stopping by! Let me know your answers to some of these questions if you’ve read Truthwitch (or post your link to your answers!). If you haven’t read Truthwitch are you thinking of reading it?

Happy Reading!

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8 thoughts on “Truthwitch Read-Along Week 1

  1. Oh my goodness, zombie apocalypse – I need to work on my long distance running and bow and arrow skills in that case. 🙂 I love the quotes you picked – these discussion posts are really helping me to discover new quotes that I missed remarking on when I read the chapters! And Safi has so much room to grow in this book, and probably in the rest of the series – I love that there is that realism to her character because she has flaws!

    1. Yes! Everyone’s quotes are so fun and remind me of some that I’ve overlooked. I do love that Safi’s flaws make her more real, I’m just excited to see her grow more throughout the novel/series 🙂 Thanks for commenting and stopping by and hosting the read-along!

  2. I love your responses! Archery would be really cool to learn. I tried it a few times as a child at summer camp, but that is as far as it went. I also love the loyalty between Safi and Iseult, even this early in the novel, we get a sense of how close they are! ❤

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