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Alissa doesn't believe in magic. Her father's stories about the Hold, a legendary fortress where human Keepers learn magic from the enigmatic Maters, are just that―stories. But her mother insists that Alissa has inherited her father's magical ability, and so she must go to the Hold―the only place her talents can be trained.

On her way, she crosses paths with Strell, a wand
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 28th 2002 by Ace Books (first published January 1st 2002)
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Sky
Nov 05, 2011 Sky rated it it was amazing
Best damned book about dragons ever... period. Some might argue that fact, but they haven't read this book. Or they're a guy and they prefer their dragons spitting fire.

I've never read a book that describes magic so thoroughly either. You start thinking you might actually be able to grasp how it's all done, and attempt some of it yourself.
Also, very real relationships throughout the series.
I can say this as well... it all ends very nicely, and is wrapped up beautifully.

I just didn't want the
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Woo
Aug 09, 2011 Woo rated it really liked it
I'm not quite sure if this deserves three or four stars. I would've given this one five stars, but Strell got on my nerves with his incessant cheesy, romantic lines.

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"Who," he breathed roughly, "will sing you to sleep when your rest is troubled?"

Clang!

"Who will tease you until you stamp your foot?" he sobbed, his unnoticed tears of frustration freezing on his cheek.

Clang!

"And who," he whispered fiercely, raising Alissa's staff high over his head. "Who will ever love you more than I?"

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That
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Chibineko
Oct 28, 2010 Chibineko rated it liked it
If you aren't already aware, Dawn Cook is the pen name of Kim Harrison, author of the Hollows series. It was because of this that I picked this book up in the first place. After all, I love the Hollows books & even though this isn't exactly my cup of tea, I figured that I'd enjoy this series.

First Truth follows the character of Alissa, a young woman who is forced to set out in search of a place she's only heard about in stories- the magical Hold of the Masters. She doesn't know where to go-
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Mike (the Paladin)
Well, again I have a situation. A lot of people like this(these) book(s) and I can see why. It's well done and I stayed mildly interested. I'm just not the target audience for this (these).

What we have here is a journey that turns into a quest that turns into a romance (or is a romance underneath). There are conspiracies, plots and lies along the way and some revelations about the nature of "things".

I started out interested as the young woman left home (very much against her will). We met the yo
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Becky
Mar 08, 2008 Becky rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this authors style of writing. Very detailed, but keeps your interest. She doesn't describe the room to the smallest detail, however she will describe it while the characters walk around it/touch it/sense it. I read every word on every page.
Jill Furedy
Apr 30, 2011 Jill Furedy rated it liked it
First off, I was really annoyed with the cover of this book...I am buying the original covers. Every time Alissa complained that her short straight hair was getting longer or Strell commented on it, I'd growl at the cover. And I hate that they made Talon glow, as that started me thinking...well something about Talon is magical. And I would have preferred they not give me that nudge.
As for the story, Alissa is fine...but not someone I really connected with for some reason. Some books I walk awa
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Lightreads
Sep 28, 2010 Lightreads rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
What Kim Harrison wrote before she was Kim Harrison: generic quest fantasy with cardboard worldbuilding and a paint-by-numbers romance. I was looking for something fluffy an stupid and I thought this might do it. Unfortunately, it was a bit fluffier and way stupider than anticipated.

The whole thing was not helped by Marguerite Gavin’s audio narration. She has this way of delivering dialogue with oversold! Quivering! Emotion! That did this book in particular no favors. I mean, a straight-faced sc
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Malin
Oct 26, 2010 Malin rated it liked it
Shelves: my-books
Alissa has never been accepted by the people around her parents' foothills farm, as her mother is from the plains, and her father from the foothills. There is fierce rivalry and much prejudice between the tradesmen of the plains and the farmers of the foothills and intermarriage between the peoples is frowned upon, and the offspring of such unions are treated as outcasts.

Alissa's father has been missing since she was five, and now, at nearly twenty, her mother is sending her away, claiming she n
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Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This review was posted at Under the Covers

I have to admit that it has taken me FOREVER to get to read this book. I’ve had it on my TBR for a while mainly because I love Kim Harrison and I have never read her stuff beyond The Hollows, so I’ve been extremely curious. However, time is always an issue.

But then this book released on audio and there was my chance to get to it! Finally! And to top it all off, it’s narrated by one of my all-time favorite narrators: Marguerite Gavin. *cue fangirl squeeee
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Yodamom
Feb 14, 2011 Yodamom rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
I am a big fan of Kim Harrison, she is one of my top 5 authors. I had to try her Dawn Cook books, I found it very enjoyable. It is an easy to read, fantasy. The two main characters are from opposite sides of the track in this world. Alissa is stubborn, powerful with latent magic and naive. Strell is humorous, musical and stubborn. Both distrust each other, and think less of the other because of where they are from. They are forced to combine their journeys after events tear their families apart ...more
Sonya
Feb 18, 2010 Sonya rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2010
A few thoughts about this book:

The book ended abruptly – not a problem given the next book in the series is available.

The reader was told a lot of time was passing – but it didn’t “feel” like a lot of time was passing.

Detailed descriptions of domestic chores were too frequent and didn’t add anything to the story in my opinion.

Author spent a lot of time showing us the main characters falling in love – which was cute, but it did not advance the plot. I think the story suffered from the time spent
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CJ -Doctor can you help me, 'cause somethin' don't feel right
Pretty good first book in the series the only bad thing is that it ends in such a way that you HAVE to read the second book immediately. Luckily for me I bought it.

Characters are good, a little childish at first but then begin to grow into themselves and their roles slowly. Alissa - who doesn't believe in magic but clearly has a latent power - and Strell - a musician who doesn't believe in magic until he meets her - are the two main characters.

They travel together and become friends...until one
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Julie
Nov 03, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I had completely forgotten about this book until I found it buried in one of my bookshelves gathering dust.

This book was written by Dawn Cook, otherwise known as Kim Harrison. Honestly, I adore it and I think it's almost superior to her Hallows books, which were by far my favorites until I stumbled upon this series. Within the last few years i'd almost given up on finding favorites in fantasy and was leaning far more towards the preternatural genre, but this has reminded of how much I love high
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Kelcey
I gave up 226 pages into this book. Like many others, I picked it up because I was interested in what other works Kim Harrison had to offer. However, it is easy to see why this one isn't well known. It is rather lackluster in comparison to the Hollows. I kept picking it up and then setting down for weeks at a time because I just wasn't interested enough. It had a high fantasy adventure buried in there somewhere but it was too plain and generic, nothing stood out.
Angie
Apr 27, 2012 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
...2,5

Pas du tout ce à quoi je m'attendais, et je n'ai pas franchement été sensible à l'histoire racontée. Alors que les protagonistes semblent être des adultes, ils se comportent pourtant comme des gosses, ce qui est assez déroutant. Puis le manque d'action m'a beaucoup gênée. En dépit d'une fin qui laisse planer un léger suspens, je ne compte pas continuer cette série trop enfantine, qui me semble destinée à un jeune public dont je ne fais pas partie.
Grande amatrice de fantasy, ce n'est claire
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Tanith
Feb 07, 2016 Tanith rated it really liked it
I'm going to start by saying I love this book. Every time i thought i could guess where it was going to go it went a different direction. Which is something i adore.

But the protagonists make me want to bang my head against the nearest hard surface. Not because they are 1-note cliches but because they are such TEENAGERS! Gah (Slight spoiler) when your life is in danger you don't take the time to make pretty gifts for each other! The two main characters spend a good 2/3 of the book rapped up in th
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Nazurka
Wahrheiten-Tetralogie 01. Die Erste Wahrheit - Dawn Cook
Ein etwas plumper Beginn der Wahrheiten-Tetralogie.

Die Erste Wahrheit

Klappentext:

"Alissa glaubt nicht an Magie. Und schon gar nicht an die Märchen ihres verstorbenen Vaters von jener sagenhaften Feste in den Bergen, in der einst angeblich Drachen und mächtige Zauberer gewirkt haben. Bis es Alissa eines Tages selbst an diesen Ort verschlägt."

Zum Autor:

Dawn Cook wurde in Michigan, USA, geboren und ist eine amerikanische Fantasyautorin.

(Aus:
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Jane
Dec 09, 2015 Jane rated it it was ok
I expected this book to be more interesting and now I am a bit disappointed. The story includes some elements that are kinda good, but that's not always enough to make a book worthwhile. It could have been a nice read if it wasn't for the forced romance, the boring main characters (the only interesting character was Bailic and even he was so one-dimensional, that one couldn't identify with him at all) and the strange style of writing. I don't know how to explain this properly, but to me this boo ...more
Tammie
Jun 10, 2016 Tammie rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I enjoyed First Truth, but felt that Bailic was not nearly as sinister as he could have been, and I thought he was a bit slow not to have figured out who the keeper was. I did like the slow pace that the relationship between Alissa and Strell is developing at though.
Stuart Macmartin
Feb 08, 2015 Stuart Macmartin rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2015, ya
Exactly the kind of book I was looking for. Easy fantasy. I'm surprised at the impatience others have with the pacing. This felt genuine and never stalled. As others have warned, this book does suffer from the inexperience of the author. The characters are too old for their behaviour and thoughts (though to some extent this could be a byproduct of their upbringing), the handling of the racism was a little gentle, and the bad guy is both unrealistically cardboard character and too nice. Threaten ...more
Darcy
I wanted to check out this series as I really like this authors other books under a different name. In the end this book couldn't hold my attention, so it ended up not being for me.
Angie
Nov 26, 2007 Angie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: adults
Shelves: fantasy
This is a clean, interesting fantasy for adults. I liked the heroine and the strong men in this story. The story continues in three other books which are also good.
Deb
Jan 22, 2014 Deb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantasy setting that has so far avoided today's cliches. Although the main character is just now learning her magic, she is not a child. She is at least 19 or 20 years old. So when she sent out on her own she can stand on her own two feet for the most part. Admittedly, she doesn't not have strong wilderness skills, but she has never had a major use for them.

So far there has been no love triangle. Thank God! I am getting very tired of those. The relationship was not love at first sight, but has
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Sydney Mugerwa
Dec 19, 2014 Sydney Mugerwa rated it liked it
A bit simplistic in terms of plot, for now. I wondered halfway what to more to expect as the conflict was just about resolved but Dawn true to her reputation kept me entertained right up to the still rather simplistic and convenient climax. Dawn Cook has a way she writes that keeps you involved in her plot much as nothing much is going on.

There are a lot of mysteries I would like to see unraveled so I will presently embark on book 2 if not to see how this loose romance pans out.

“Onward!” Strell
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Katie
Mar 15, 2015 Katie rated it it was amazing
My exposure to this book was via audiobook...which probably made me more tolerant to the occasionally cringe-worthy dialogue. But honestly, I loved this book.

It has it's silly YA moments but that was all part of the fun interesting engaging package. I was shocked to find out that Kim Harrison is actually the author, especially because I started this series literally the day I finished the last Rachel Morgan (excuse me while I cry again).

The take on magic was so interesting and the author manag
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Kelly
Jan 15, 2009 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Excellent story. Characters that you really care about and who doesn't love magic?
Emily
Mar 02, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very interesting and comical. As I would predict what would happen next, I would often be wrong. The character are fun, and though they are believable they are not predictable. The villain is a bit ridiculous, but that's part of his charm. There were a few things I didn't think were likely to happen, but they were central to the plot so I couldn't complain too loudly. Like, why wouldn't the mom give a map to her daughter so she could make it through the mountains before winter? No ...more
Micaela
Jan 28, 2016 Micaela rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I'm not sure why this series doesn't get more love. The main character, Alissa, is contrary and funny, and the rest of the cast are all well-developed and nuanced. The writing flows well, the setting is interesting, people can turn into dragons, what's not to love? Granted the first book does take a little while to really hit its stride, and Cook has an odd habit of having her characters randomly embark on lengthy monologues describing the weather, but this does not happen often enough to be too ...more
Shanna_redwind
I was torn on this book. I did enjoy it. The characters were good for the most part but Alissa really started getting on my nerves with the whole MY BOOK thing. Ok, I get that it was calling to her and that it was really strong magic and hard to resist, but really she started sounding like a toddler after a while. That's MINE. MINE MINE MINE MINE MINE. In fact the scene where she had to be tackled was really quite reminiscent of my daughter's temper tantrums.

Managing to look past that, I liked
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Michelle
Jun 24, 2016 Michelle rated it really liked it
Read this review and more at Classy Cat Books

All transparency here right up front: I bought this series without even reading any of the blurbs because Dawn Cook = Kim Harrison and I love Kim Harrison. So I was definitely pre-disposed toward liking this book by the time I actually picked it up and gave it a read.

I originally read this particular book in 2013, and I fell in love. Unfortunately, for whatever reason (I truly have no idea), I didn't bother to read the next 3 in the quartet. The entir
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Dawn Cook was born on 1966 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. She grew up in the Midwest as the only girl in a family of boys, and is a self-proclaimed "former tomboy". She grew up reading science fiction and fairytales. She discovered her talent for writing at the age of 15, when she began writing down the stories that she conceived. Despite her love of writing, she took an unorthodox app
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