"Beautiful fairy tale fantasy"
Life is never dull when Alissa, a human Master who can
turn into a raku, is around. She is the hope that the
Master line will be able to go on and she is studying
under the auspices of the Hold's Master Talon-Toeca,
otherwise known as Useless. Also living at the hold is
the commoner Strell who is forbidden to court Alissa, and
Lodesh, a keeper who four centuries ago was the warden of
the now abandoned city of Ese' Nowoer. The revived ghost
also wants to court Alissa.
One day while Alissa is studying with the Master, she
accidentally transports herself back four hundred years
into the past when the hold was filled with keepers.
Master Redal-Sam tries to make her transition into the
past easier for he fears she will not be able to return to
her present. Alissa turns the hold into a madhouse as she
makes one mistake after another. Eventually, she thinks
of it as her second home but she can't forget the love she
feels for Strell who is willing to do whatever is
necessary to bring her back to her own time.
This is the third "truth" in this enchanting series (see
FIRST TRUTH and HIDDEN TRUTH) and it is a delightful blend
of romance, action and wizardry. Dawn Cook will appeal to
readers of Robin McKinley and Patricia Briggs, authors who
write romantic fantasies for adult entertainment as well
as for high school students. There are many threads left
dangling in this novel so that readers know there is at
least one more truth to follow.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 24, 2003