Safiya fon Hasstrel is the Domna to a floundering estate, but she hides a dark secret, one that could get her killed. She's a Truthwitch, someone that can discern lie from truth. Many countries would kill to have that kind of power, so when she and her thread sister Iseult are pushed into the middle of politics, they must decide which way the wind is blowing; even if it means running into the protective guardianship of Windwitch Prince Merik. Filled with lies, lore, politics, and magic, this story is non-stop until the end.
-Let me get this out of the way first, Safi was interesting, but Iseult was where it was at. She was intricate, interesting, and witty at just the right times. Plus, her abilities are fascinating in ways that a Truthwitch aren't.
-Safiya comes off as bratty, yet strong. I guess it should be understandable considering her upbringing with her uncle and attitude toward the crown.
-The Bloodwitch Aeduan was one of the best characters. He's like an antihero on steroids. Do I like him? Do I hate him? Is he Nomatsi? Is he just an opportunist? We find out at the end, which was a tad predictable, but which side will he choose?
-The girls becoming the Cahr Awen wasn't a surprise either, but throwing in that they are Aetherwitches is a shock, as Iseult is the only one hinted to have this ability. Safi just punches people if they lie...sorta.
-Monk Evrane was another character I enjoyed. I appreciated the twist at the end with her being Aeduan's mentor. Nice touch.
-Okay Kullen lovers, if you didn't catch it, they were in on the cleaving and events at Lejna. That's why Ryber's heart threads were blue with sorrow. Just in case you missed it.
-I want to know what the whole conspiracy with Safi's uncle and the prince was. There's definitely something going on there. Whether it's to keep the peace, or break it, was never quite explained. It leaves quite a bit to play with in the next book.
-I really liked the ending, even If Safi doesn't quite get away. She isn't upset. She's FREE. Even if she's pretty much a captive she made the decision on her own. I loved it.