Authors: Susan Dennard.
Year of Publication: 2017 (UK).
Publisher: Tor (UK).
Format: Available in hardbackback, an ebook, and as an audiobook. (The paperback edition should be available soon.)
Cost for Hardback (RRP): £16.99 (UK).
Age Range: 12 and over, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents before reading.
This is the second book in The Witchlands series.
Safi and Iseult are threadsisters, and have been together for so long, that their separation is like a punishment. But right now there are forces bent on keeping them apart. Safi is bound in service to the Empress of a land she is supposed to be at war with, and Iseult is desperately trying to outrun people who want to kill her, and trying to figure out who she really is. All the time, they are trying to find their way back to each other. But they both find friends in places they hadn’t expected, and face choices that could mean finding each other takes even longer.
Meanwhile, Prince Merrick is using his ‘death’ to his advantage, as no one goes looking for dead men. He is tying to track down evidence that his sister was involved in his death, and ends up becoming a walking myth. Everywhere he goes, people think he is the physical embodiment of a vengeful God, set out to bring justice to the weak and innocent. So he uses this to his advantage, to attempt to prove his sister guilty and stop her taking the crown. Only he shares more in common sister than he realises, and she has plans of her own on how to save her country.
All the while is the feeling that something bigger is happening, and someone else is pulling all the strings. In a world where it is hard to tell the difference between friend and enemy, even a Truthwitch and a Threadwitch find it hard to figure out how to make things right.
“Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.” Euripides.