May 12, 2020
Read a full summary of Truthwitch by Susan Dennard below. If you can’t remember what happened in Truthwitch and you need a refresher, then you’re in the right place.
What happened in Truthwitch?
- Truthwitch starts by introducing us to Safi, a Truthwitch, and Iseult, a Threadwitch. They’re trying to rob some people on the road because they lost all their money playing cards, but it goes wrong when they try to rob the wrong people and a Bloodwitch starts hunting for them.
- They bump into Merik during a fight along the docks. Merik saves the girls from a man who is Cleaving.
- The girls have to split up. Iseult is sent away back to her family, and Safi goes to her drunken uncle (who’s apparently not actually a drunk).
- There’s a ball, and Safi dances with Merik. She finds out that she’s betrothed to an old guy and isn’t very happy.
- Aeduan, the Bloodwitch, follows Safi to the ball and realises that she’s a Truthwitch.
- Safi has to flee, and her uncle has arranged passage with Merik’s crew.
- Iseult, meanwhile, collects some Threadstones that alert her to danger.
- Safi and Iseult bump into one another again and get on Merik’s ship. Iseult is injured, and Aeduan is unhappy because he couldn’t catch them.
- Merik’s monk auntie Evrane starts trying to heal Iseult but finds it difficult. Iseult starts hearing voices which probably isn’t a good sign.
- Merik and Safi get to know one another and they kiss.
- Vaness, Merik’s sister, is trying to command both the land and the sea. She attacks Merik’s ship because she wants to get hold of Safi.
- Aeduan is still following them, by the way.
- Evrane reveals that she trained Aeduan at the monastery. She stays behind to confront him as the girls run.
- Vaness’s crew are nearby. Safi and Iseault switch clothes to try to trick them and Aeduan. It works, and Aeduan starts chasing after Iseult.
- Evrane is attacked by the Cleaved, and Aeduan takes her to the Origin Well to save her life.
- Aeduan realises he’s been making many mistakes, and that the girls are actually the Char Awen. He vows to protect them from now on.
- Vaness finds Safi and they fight. Safi loses, and is taken captive. She promises to let Vaness use her Truthwitchery if Vaness will open trade between their nations.
- Kullen loses control and starts Cleaving. Merik has a building collapse on top of him and everyone assumes he’s dead.
- Vaness and Safi head to Azmir.