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Title: Hidden Truth by Dawn Cook
Notable: Book #2 in the Truth series
The story continues with Strell being trained by Bailic as a Keeper, and Alissa trying not to blow her cover. Alissa accidentally wakes the city of Ese’ Nowoer and the magnetic Lodesh enters the scene as a rival love interest. Useless continues to covertly tutor Alissa, and eventually Alissa undergoes a significant change.
I zipped through this book, just like the previous one. Even though the writing isn’t stellar, it’s rich in detail and kept me interested and wanting to find out what would happen next. For those of you who can’t stand a slower paced book, I think this one would test your patience. As I was progressing through the story and taking notes, I realized that there wasn’t a whole lot that was really happening.
There’s a lot of relationship intrigue and drama, people getting upset over seemingly unimportant things, waiting and/or skulking around. There are a few action-packed scenes, but they’re not the norm for most of the book. Personally, that didn’t bother me.
The characters in this book are probably what keeps me really interested. Alissa is fairly petty/dramatic in her emotions, but not a stranger to admitting the error of her ways. Strell seems to have taken a lesser role, serving more as a supporting character than in the first book, and Lodesh is quite intriguing. I can’t wait to see what his role is in the next book.
Towards the end of the story, there’s a significant development for Alissa, but I don’t want to spoil it for you. All I’ll say is that it’s pretty cool.
I recommend Hidden Truth to fans of fantasy who like to see an empowered female protagonist.
- A bit of violence
- A tiny bit of language
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
Until next time…