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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,431 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dawn Cook Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Truth Series Release Date:
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Alissa never believed in magic. But then she went to the Hold, a legendary fortress where human Keepers once learned magic from enigmatic Masters. Under the tutelage of the last surviving Master, Alissa discovered that she had inherited her father’s magical ability.

But the Hold is ruled by Bailic, the renegade Keeper who seized the First Truth, a book of magic he will use to harness the might of the city of the dead and wreak a war of total devastation. The book has thwarted Bailic’s every attempt to access it, while it continually calls to Alissa—who must summon all her will to resist it. For if she gives in to the First Truth’s ultimate power and knowledge, she will be utterly changed—and the man she loves could be lost to her forever.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In her beguiling debut, Cook has woven together magical threads…a tale of courage and quest…a world rich with vivid detail…and characters, whether valiant or villainous, impossible to forget.”

    Deborah Chester on First Truth

  • “Characters to cheer for.”

    Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jill Furedy | 1/15/2014

    " I knew this would be the book where we settle down and learn some magic, and though I don't follow at all anytime an author tries to explain the practice of magic like she does in these books, I still like to see the inevitable mistakes and victories. I liked the odd tension of Balic (and winter)forcing Alissa and Strell to stay basically as prisoners, but they have some freedoms, unlike Useless did in his cage. While theoretically enemies, it's company for Bailic who has been alone a long time and most of the time Alissa and Strell are safe and more comfortable than they were in their respective poor households. It's like the building of a very dysfunctional family, though clearly it's building towards it's own demise. When I finished this book, I thought, well that was good, but do I need to read the next one? Then I read the back of it...shapeshifting, time travel. I thought for sure it would have too many gimmicks and would ruin the series, but gave it a chance and ended up liking it even better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julie Wilson | 1/12/2014

    " I liked this book much better then the first book because I understood what was going on better. In the first book the main characters were somewhat in the dark about how things works and therefor so was I. The second book helps us understand much more. Yet there is still more that we do not understand yet. I guess that is what draws you into the next book each time. Plus it is also a love story which is always a plus for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David | 1/6/2014

    " I had this on audiobook too. Not sure why I broke down and started this one, but I didn't hate it. So that's an improvement. The characters seemed capable of learning from their mistakes this time around, and something actually happened throughout the book instead of the mind numbing nothing that happened in the first book. So, not recommended, but not mind numbing either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kate | 1/6/2014

    " Much better than the first. I find the main characters kind of annoying sometimes, but the supporting characters are very interesting. The story is simple, but quite addictive. "

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About the Author

Dawn Cook wrote both the Truth and the Princess series. Better known as fantasy writer Kim Harrison, she was born and raised in the upper Midwest but has since fled south. Her New York Times bestselling novels include Dead Witch Walking; The Good, the Bad, and the Undead; Every Which Way but Dead; A Fistful of Charms; For a Few Demons More; The Outlaw Demon Wails, and White Witch, Black Curse.