The world is divided into two groups of people who barely
tolerate each other, but depend on one another to survive.
The people living in the foothills are farmers while those
who live in the plains are crafters. Alissa is a half-
breed born of a plains mother and a farmer father disliked
by both groups.
When Alissa turns nineteen her mother realizes she has
inherited her father's magical talents and sends her to the
Hold where as a keeper she will learn to control her magic
from a master. On the road she meets Strell, a wandering
minstrel born into a plains family. They join forces and
journey together to the Hold where they meet an insane
keeper waiting for them to find what he needs to conquer
the world. They will defeat him or die trying.
The two protagonists of this novel are very brave and
admirable people because they know they are walking into
danger yet do it anyway. They learn the folly of
divisiveness and see first hand how good can conquer evil
when people work together. Though FIRST TRUTH may be Dawn
Cook's debut novel, readers will place this excellent tale
on their keeper shelf.