PUBLISHER: Ace Books
DATE PUBLISHED: 01st January 2002
Alissa doesn’t believe in magic. Her father’s stories about the Hold, a legendary fortress where human Keepers learn magic from the enigmatic Maters, are just that―stories. But her mother insists that Alissa has inherited her father’s magical ability, and so she must go to the Hold―the only place her talents can be trained.
On her way, she crosses paths with Strell, a wandering musician from the plains. And though Alissa is not sure she can trust a plainsman, Strell has something she needs―one of her father’s old maps. Travelling together, they can reach the Hold before the snow sets in.
But they don’t know that the Hold is nearly empty. Something is very wrong and someone believes that Alissa and Strell knows about a book called First Truth.
I don’t know what I was expecting when I first picked up First Truth, but it definitely was not what I just finished. I enjoyed it so much for the unpredictable nature of the storyline and where the book went.
Alissa as a main character is spunky and strong, but at times the reader sees her fear and insecurities which makes for a well rounded character. Strell was the second protagonist in this book. The two play so well off of each other and in no time at all their characters develop and a vivid world with well-rounded characters blooms. Their relationship grows from hate, to friendship, to more. I have to mention Tallon here, she is a brilliant little side-character, fiercely loyal to Alissa.
This book is a little slow to start but I put that down to the world-building. This is a big fantasy world the writer is creating and that takes a bit of work. A part I found really endearing were the curse words, “Ashes”, “Wolves”… I listened to this on audiobook and you can really pick up nuances in the performance. When there is danger the performer quickens the tempo, and the accents differentiating one person from the other were done so well, bravo I really enjoyed the performance.
A brilliant beginning to a new series will well-developed characters and an engrossing world. The performance of this work was superb and I recommend readers listen to this on Audiobook.
Keep Calm and Read On,