Truthwitch Read-Along Discussion #2


Truthwitch readalong

Today I am sharing my answers to the second set of discussion questions for our Truthwitch Read Along. This read along is for the entire month of February and we will feature discussion questions and giveaways every week, culminating in a Twitter chat to discuss the book and have some fun! There is still time to sign-up and join in if you haven’t already.

Here’s the planned schedule for the read-along:

WEEK 1:  Feb 1-8 // Chapters 1-9
Hosted by Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy
Character spotlight: Safiya
Giveaway: Truthwitch design item

WEEK 2:  Feb 9-15 // Chapters 10-19
Hosted by Olivia @ Candid Cover
Character spotlight: Iseult
Giveaway: Audible edition of Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

WEEK 3:  Feb 16-22 // Chapters 20-29
Hosted by Kim @ Dreaming in Libraries
Character spotlight: Merik
Giveaway: German edition of Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

WEEK 4:  Feb 23-29 // Chapters 30-End
Hosted by Carine @ Ceres Book World
Character spotlight: Aeduan
Giveaway: Pre-order of the paperback edition of Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Feb 28 – Twitter Chat at 10am EST, use #TWReadalong
Lots of planned giveaways including a Novelly Yours Truthwitch candle and Truthwitchbookmarks from Behind the Pages!

Discussion Questions and Answers:

Of the lands that we have visited so far in the book, where in the Witchlands would you want to live, given the choice?

I am intrigued by so many of the lands and I am constantly referring to the map so that I can orient myself as I read. While Arithuania sounds cool with all of its outlaws, I think it might be a bit too fierce. Instead, I think that I would choose the Empire of Marstok because of the female domination and the fact that it is the most gracious of the empires.

There have been quite a few mottos and words of wisdom used by a few of the characters so far. Which one is your favourite? Do you have any special phrases that help you get through your day?

“Don’t pet the cat that’s had a bath.” Aeduan says this on page 187. This quote really struck me and made me think as I was reading. While I don’t want to spoil the story for those who haven’t read it yet, there is some obvious underlying meaning in this quote.

This quote is a little bit silly, but it makes me laugh and think: “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” This is a Dr. Seuss quote that was in a classroom I was once in. It is so important to have a good self-concept and Dr. Seuss really knows how to put it in the best way!

Friendship is a main theme that pulses through Truthwitch. Do you have a relationship like Safi and Iseult? Is there someone out there who always has your back and will defend you?

I would have to say that my sister is my in real life Threadsister. She is always there for me and is the one person that I know I can count on. When times are hard, she is at my side and she just knows what to do to make things better. Who could ask for more?

If you were inserted into one of the novel’s epic battle scenes, which witchery would you like to have in order to defend yourself?

If I was in a battle, I actually think having the powers of a Windwitch would be pretty ominous. The ability to cause a wind storm and cause havoc would be incredible and hard to defeat.

Character Spotlight: Iseult



Do you find Iseult to be a likeable character? How do you feel about the way she is treated like an outcast? Do you think she is a good influence on Safiya?

Iseult is definitely a likeable character. I love the fact that she is so brave and perseveres through the toughest times. I really feel for her and at times have been afraid for her because of the way she is shunned for her Nomatsi heritage. Safi relies on Iseult for guidance quite a lot and I think that she does provide her with some good ideas, even if sometimes they do backfire.


11 thoughts on “Truthwitch Read-Along Discussion #2

  1. sjhigbee says:

    It’s a great book and I really enjoyed it:). I loved Iseult’s character, but think that if you met her in real life, she’d be difficult to get to know well. Her naturally quiet nature, coupled with her power makes her withdrawn, but as a friend she’s utterly loyal and her feelings run deep. She is a very good foil to Safi’s impetuousness and gift for getting into scrapes… Like you, I have a fabulous sister who is my Threadsister, and is there if I need to offload. I also have a great daughter, who as she is getting older, is also becoming a good friend and some wonderful writing buddies, who – because they read my writing – also know me really, really well… It was one of the things I really loved about this book – that it is around the relationship between the 2 girls, rather than the romance, even if it sweet.

    • Candid Cover says:

      You are so right! Iseult is a person that would be hard to get to know in real life. Having a daughter that is becoming a friend is so amazing! My mother and I have a close relationship as well and I suppose I should have added her to the too. 🙂

      • sjhigbee says:

        Yes… and I should have also added my mum as she’s been a tower of strength to me throughout my life – especially when I was younger and going through really tough times…:) I’m glad you have a strong relationship with your mother – it’s such an advantage, I think.

  2. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy says:

    OMG, I’ve not heard that Seuss quote before – I love it. Perfect for a classroom – it’s lovely that it’s stayed with you all these years. And now that I’ve read your answer, I think the Empire of Marstoki would have to be my second choice of where to live in the Witchlands. It’s good to have a back up plan… for when I move there… 😛

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