Podcast Episode #42: Passenger and Truthwitch

May 20, 2016 Podcast 3


Welcome to the forty-second episode of the Tea in the Treetops podcast hosted by Philippa and Angelya.

passengerIn this episode, we discuss all the books we have been reading and listening to over the last few weeks. We also do a pre-launch for our new book club (stay tuned for more information!). Ang also has a new fandom (spoiler: it’s Merlin). This episode was recorded on May 17th, 2016.

We hope you enjoy listening and we would love to hear your feedback – anything you would like us to talk about in particular? Just let us know!

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Our title music is titled Sea of Dreams and has been used with the kind permission of the composer, Bart Stoop. You can hear more of Bart’s beautiful music at facebook.com/BartStoop.


Featured Books

truthwitchTruthwitch by Susan Dennard

Tor, February 2016

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.


passengerPassenger by Alexandra Bracken

HarperCollins, January 2016

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Pulled back through time to 1776 in the midst of a fierce sea battle, she has travelled not only miles, but years from home.

With the arrival of this unusual passenger on his ship, privateer Nicholas Carter has to confront a past that he can’t escape and the powerful Ironwood family who won’t let him go without a fight. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value; one they believe only Etta can find.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by an enigmatic traveller. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta from Nicholas, and her way home, forever.

Thank you to the Coop for Angelya’s copy of Passenger! Her review will be up on the Coop Blog soon.

Other things mentioned

Big Finish Doctor Who audio plays – David Tennant and Catherine Tate are back as the 10th Doctor and Donna Noble!

menwhostare disruption thegift riders
atangleofgold winners kiss playingbeatiebow magisteriumcoppergauntlet
saga1 lyrethief courtofmistandfury The Bone Season
crownsgame merlin thecrown magician



Anni lives in Brisbane, Australia with her young family. She loves everything fantasy and science fiction and believes sleep is really very underrated.

3 Responses to “Podcast Episode #42: Passenger and Truthwitch”

  1. Tracy Cornelius

    Yay book club, yay! Other than my Literature and Libations book club (where we get together to drink and read or talk about bookish goodness) I think this is the only other book club I could tolerate since you’ll most likely already be reading books I already plan to. Now I just need my copy of The Crown’s Game to come in at the library… I really hope it pans out to be as good as all the hype over it. Many YA books are overhyped these days and it sets my expectations way too high to start with.

    I finished The Winner’s Kiss a few weeks ago and have to agree. The final book fell very flat to me. I remember looooooving book 1 (spent a summer day reading it all in one sitting on my back deck while lounging in the sun and drinking pineapple cider) and really enjoying book 2 (not as much as 1 though) and then this final one was just kind of ‘meh’ to me. I finished reading it to conclude the series and because I had purchased the novel instead of checking it out. Oh well, I guess they can’t all be zingers…

    • Angelya

      I’ve got to say, I love the sound of Literature and Libations xD I am hoping that we can read spec-fic books that are easy for lots of people to read and join in the discussion on 🙂 I’m hoping to get the details ironed out very soon!

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