In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble--as two desperate young women know all too well.
Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It's a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.
Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her--but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi's hotheaded impulsiveness.
Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship's captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
Safiya is a high-born noble of a suffering realm. Iseult is the lowest of the low, hiding her tribal roots as best she can. Together, they are threadsisters, bound to a life-long friendship of love and loyalty. But where most witches proudly bear the brand of their craft, these two must hide it from the world, each for her own reasons.
When Safiya is tricked into a horrifying engagement and then rescued from it in a single night, a chase ensues across the high seas. Pursued by the emperor’s terrifying bloodwitch, and surrounded by whispers of an ancient prophecy, Safiya and Iseult take refuge with a sea-captain Prince, who cares for nothing except procuring a trade agreement to save his dying land. That is, perhaps, until he meets Safiya…
That’s still leaving out so much it’s ridiculous, but surely it’s enough to convince you. There are places where the story races along, and places where the history is rich and deep. There are monsters and politics and knife fights and tribal sub-plots and ancient lore and sword-wielding monks and of course tons of magic. If you’re willing to savor all of it, this will be one of the best books you’ve ever read.