First Truth (Truth Series #1)

First Truth (Truth Series #1)

by Dawn Cook

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Before she wrote as New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison, Dawn Cook wrote the Truth...

This is the first novel of Dawn Cook's extraordinary coming-of-age fantasy featuring Alissa, a young novice in the art of magic, who embarks on an epic journey of discovery and danger.

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ISBN-13: 9781440619526
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/2002
Series: Truth , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 117,319
File size: 798 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dawn Cook is the author of First Truth, Hidden Truth, Forgotten Truth, and Lost Truth.

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First Truth 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before Alissa's father disappeared he would tell her stories about a legendary fortress called the Hold. It was a type of university where human Keepers learned magic from the Masters. They were just stories before bed. She never believed any of it was real. .......... When her mother realized that Alissa had inherited her father's magical abilities, she sent Alissa away from their farm to search for the Hold and begin her training. Her small bird, Talon, went with her. On the way, they met a wandering musician from the plains named Strell. Even though the farmers and the plainsmen did not get along well, they traveled together hoping to locate the Hold before the snows began. ........... Bailic was the only Keeper left in the Hold. The power hungry man had sent all the Masters, except one, away on a wild goose chase and then killed the other Keepers. The only Master left was trapped in a hidden dungeon. Bailic searched for a book filled with spells and power called First Truth. When two travelers appeared at the gate, he could sense that one was a latent Keeper, but could not tell which. Regardless, he would use them. Once no longer needed, they would die! ......... ***** Here is an AWESOME new author and I expect her to become very well known fast! Dawn Cook has created a magical world with amazing characters. .......... I quickly found myself engrossed in the the story line and was irritated every time I had to stop reading. I wanted nothing more than to dive back into this book filled with magic, dragons, and danger. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Kaeme More than 1 year ago
In addition to being an entertaining and original twist on the unexpected magician tale, this novel expertly tackles issues of racism and prejudice. Aside from it's social contributions, the plot was solid and generally unpredictable. A young girl, Alissa, goes on a search for the location central to her father's stories about magic. She finds an insane magician whom she has to outwit in order to obtain a precious book of knowledge and free a master magician held captive. Elements of the supernatural are woven into the tale in the guise of a city of cursed souls which she must also find a way to free. All of this while trying to keep herself and her traveling companion, Strell, alive. Alissa and Strell are from opposite sides of a very strict racial and geographical divide, the result of which is addressed through their prejudices towards each other upon initial acquaintance and periodic awakenings of true insight about the prejudices that have kept their cultures apart. The series as a whole is intriguing and ofttimes poignant with a love triangle that endures through to the end and themes of loving a person for all of the facets of their personality. I would deem this book and those that follow appropriate for teens but not necessarily geared towards them. I especially enjoyed that small details from this book were significant in the further books, almost as if they were all written at once. I was initially drawn to this author because I enjoyed books written under her other pen name, Kim Harrison. If you are a Kim Harrison fan because you enjoy the urban fantasy genre, then this will not be what you are used to. If however, you enjoy fantasy in all of its forms as I do, you will enjoy this book series very much. As a technical side note, there were no outrageous typos on the nook ebook version though there was the occasional "wordsrunningtogether" phenomenon.
BluHawk More than 1 year ago
As a whole, this series is one of my favorites! I absolutely love the characters and will likely remember them for many years to come. Nothing particularily "epic" happens in this book, but I found myself completely entertained the whole way through, and the plot just keeps getting better and better as the series progresses! Definitely worth reading :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're a truly devoted fantasy enthusiast and have already been around the block and discovered your favorite series, I think that by the end of First Truth you'll find yourself saying 'so-so.' However, the book is by no means bad. It is well written, and while there are a few discouraging elements of the story which you'll pick up on, there are a few great points to acknowledge as well. While many fantasy novels are dripping with overdone histories, maps, races and cryptic languages, First Truth is refreshingly and appealingly simple. There are no major factions of the world battling one another, no years-long journeys, and it is a great escape from all the tiring epics out there. Without a whole world to worry about, you can enjoy the dialogue, character development and story line. Also, there is only a handful of characters you need to focus on, each of which is very interesting, well-examined and entirely unique in comparison to the others. The story primarily takes place in one important location, so you won't have to worry about the typical, endless fantasy roving. However, there are the downfalls. The first is the romance: our main character Alissa finds herself beginning her journey with only a pet falcon and a male traveler named Strell. It is very obvious that a flirtatious relationship will arise between these two lead characters, but it isn't taken as far as romances are in other novels. If you don't like raunchy sex scenes, don't worry--you won't come across anything of the sort. On a more positive note, because First Truth is the first in its series, readers can look forward to the development of the relationship in the next few books. Second, the short length impairs the quality of the story development in some cases. The journey to the Hold itself seems very rushed, something which could have been more detailed, and once at the hold, Alissa and Strell aren't truly ardent in searching for the book. More often than not, we stumble upon Alissa and Strell flirting in the kitchen or fighting with one another, not looking for the First Truth while the villain plots away. Overall, I'd say that First Truth is worth a try, but don't be disappointed if it doesn't quite live up to your standards. You know what novels you love and consider as classics when it comes to fantasy, so the book might not be your cup of tea. But, if you're just beginning to read the fantasy genre, then the Truth series is more than a great place to start!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, and I thought classic fantasy had disappeared! For the longest time I've been searching for a book with nothing but adventure and no politics, and finally, FINALLY, I found one! The humor, light romance, and twists in this book make it a definite favorite of mine, and I love all the characters. The antagonist is just as believable as the main characters, and makes the whole thing thoroughly enjoyable. I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I enjoyed the story and characters. The characters invoked different emotions rather than all blending into one boring blur. Looking forward to reading the second book.
Maaike15274 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nice, fairytale start of the story. Also a little bit of a romance story, but it does not get in the way (luckily). Slow read, but enough to make me curious.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
readable first book in a fantasy series. on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It took me a long time to get into the book. But once the two main character begin traveling together it definately becomes more interesting. Then after a while, it slows down again until the book's ending. Overall it was a decent book and I enjoyed reading it, but sometimes it is slow and there should have been more action, and less dancing around it. Of course, I still have the second book to read but my interpretation of the villian from the first book is one of the reasons for a low score. For one, he was stupid. I didn't understand the point in having an evil villian who wants to control the countries be stupid? He has no idea who the real keeper is, understandable...but his perceptions on EVERYTHING was always wrong. Then we get a lot of sympathy from his part, especially when he begins talking about his bad sight and wishing to see the beautiful landscape. I would think something like this would be reserved to a character who might turn his ways toward good...shouldn't we be hating this evil villian? Why do I not really care if he's defeated or not? My only hopes of his death is that it'll move the story along.I pray the second book will be faster paced. However, with the ending novel's promise of the two characters remaining in the Hold is not promising.It's a hard critique maybe, but if you're not really as much of a critic with fantasy novels gives this book a try. You'll probably leave satisfied.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice story, though at times slow moving. I read this book and the 2nd in the series, but didn't bother buying the 3rd book because I wasn't that interested in the outcome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I especially love how magic is re-imagined. Very creative and engaging.
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The first part of the first book starts off a tad slow. However the series is phenomenal. One that i will read over and over again. Its fresh and original. A must read.
clc7123 More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. I have read the series several times over the years and I recommend it for someone who wants some light reading. If you like fantasy books with magic, dragons, female heroines and a dash of romance then definitely give it a try! I am actually very disappointed in the new covers for this series. The original covers were amazing and beautiful. I am happy that I got the books before they changed them as now they are....ugly. I do not in any way connect the girl on the front cover with Alissa.
AuroreBorealis More than 1 year ago
You know when you just want to read a specific type of book, and you look for hours for one that fits the bill? I wanted one with someone that was learning magic, travelling, learning things about themselves, with a bit of shy romance thrown in. Well, this was perfect. A nice relaxing read, but the ending was a little flat. I kept expecting some serious stuff to happen, but it continues with the next book, which I thought was better. All in all, I recommend it!
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One of my favorites series. I love all of the characters and truly wish she would write more books in this world. It is an easy fun read that you wont want to put down. I also love the fact that the books arent all about war and fighting like a lot of fantasy out there. It is a nice change from the typical fantasy books. Highly recommend!
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