Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
This is a great start to a new series. An interesting circumstance when a mother feels she has to send her daughter away from the safety and comfort of their home to embark on a quest to find her true calling and capabilities. The story has a lot of unfolding chapters for the main character. Her luck brings her a very loyal, traveling companion and they both have to be smart to avoid entities that would wish to harm them.
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I liked this book enough to continue with the others in the series. The narrator has a quirk where her voice goes up and then down at the end of sentences and on certain words. It can become annoying at times but I enjoyed the story and plan to continue with the series.
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The First Truth was a wonderful audio to listen go. Kim Harrison did a wonderful job when she created this work of art. Also, Marguerite Gavin's performance brings this audio to life. I recommend this book and the rest of the series.
I listened to all 4 books and let me tell you I am sad she is not writing more about Strell and Alyssa. I loved loved loved this story and will listen over and over again, something I never usually do with a book. Completely recommend the book and the narrator as a positive experience.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. The story is pretty good and I love Marguerite's narration. I found myself wishing my commute was longer so I could continue to listen. I purchased the book with a credit and I would do it again.
That being said, I did occasionally get tired of the juvenile behavior and reactions in the book. I have a two year old daughter and I want her to read books with positive female characters. I get tired reading about heroines who make bad decisions and behave inanely on occasion.
I am going to purchase the next book in the series to see what happens but I hope we see some of the characters maturing.
Well written, but obviously a learning author. Gavin's reading was awesome like usual. I'm sure as the story continues, Cook's story telling will also become more complex and entertaining.
Working with so few characters can be a challenge. Dawn Cook does show great character development in this story in all her characters. I feel that the story is intentionally dragged out over the series to create multiple books and could have been wrapped up much faster. It does not have the same level of maturity in dialog as it could. I believe the main character is supposed to be 20 or 25 in the book (I can't remember which) but she thinks and acts like a teenager. It gets a bit frustrating listening to the impulsiveness, temper, and sensitivity of a girl going through puberty when she is supposedly older, having been raised in a one parent home, and having been educated from an early age. Over all, though, it is a entertaining listen. Perhaps I am giving it unfair judgement with my love of the Hallows series. So, though this is a GOOD and entertaining series, I know this writer can do better. I have read GREAT things from her and did not see that same level of commitment and emersion into the world here.
I liked this series a lot. The magic system is pretty neat and it keeps you interested. The books have perfect pacing that lets the characters become well developed without getting bogged down with useless descriptors that just slow down the story without reason.
I will say the second two books are much better then the first two books. That being said the first two books are good too its just the second half of the series is AMAZING. The
a clever way to handle magic leaves a stratifying world where magic is tantalizing but easy to make serious mistakes. this world rewards the clever, but even the wary can catch one trap whilst blundering into another. very satisfying, I look forward to the next book.