by Dawn Cook
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
368 pages; ISBN: 0441012280
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Ace, Dec 2004, $7.99, 368 pp.
The hold once thrived as a place where raku masters taught human keepers how to use their magical skills. A map showing a lost colony of masters split the hold with Useless staying behind while and his wife Keribdis led the rest of them across the sea to see if the colony actually existed. They never returned and the rest of the keepers were killed by a rogue with a grudge. Alissa defeated the renegade keeper and freed Useless.
Now Alissa is a human born Master who can shapeshift into a raku (a dragon) and dreams of a raku named Silla. When Useless finds out about her dreams, he realizes that the Masters and Keepers who left the hold are alive. Alissa and her two suitors Strell and Lodesh and the Master Conner-Nute take a ship to an island cluster, where they find the Masters and the Keepers. Keribdis believes she should take over Alissa’s teaching and when the younger refuses her, Keribdis uses force to bow her to her will, almost killing Alissa in the process. Alissa’s only hope to survive the attack is the help of someone who supposedly died
LOST TRUTH is an appealing fantasy that will charm fans of Elizabeth Scarborough and Tonya Huff. The heroine breaks all the rules that the masters thought were set in stone but does so in naive innocence. It is her ability that gives hope to the rakui who pray that she can discover the solution to their dramatically decrease in numbers. Dawn Cook is a talented fantasist who is a creative world builder and a genius on creating complex characters.
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