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Hidden Truth (Truth #2)

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,650 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews

The truth behind New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison is fantasy author Dawn Cook...

Second in the extraordinary series featuring Alissa, a young woman seduced by the power of magic - in a brand new package.

Alissa never believed in magic. But then she went to the Hold, a legendary fortress where human Keepers once learned magic from enigmatic Masters. Under the

Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 26th 2002 by Ace Books
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Jill Furedy
Apr 30, 2011 Jill Furedy rated it really liked it
I knew this would be the book where we settle down and learn some magic, and though I don't follow at all anytime an author tries to explain the practice of magic like she does in these books, I still like to see the inevitable mistakes and victories. I liked the odd tension of Balic (and winter)forcing Alissa and Strell to stay basically as prisoners, but they have some freedoms, unlike Useless did in his cage. While theoretically enemies, it's company for Bailic who has been alone a long time ...more
CJ -Doctor can you help me, 'cause somethin' don't feel right
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Nov 27, 2012 Kim rated it it was ok
Shelves: has-read
I wanted to give this book a better rating then 2 stars, but I just couldn't. The first 3/4 of the book was so utterly boring, that i thought I might not finish it. Mind you the last part of the book made up for a lot, but it is what it is. Unless you were thoroughly a fan of the first book, or a die hard fan of Kim Harrison, then this book is boring. :/

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Some parts of Hidden Truth were 4 stars for me, but others weren't so I'm giving it 3. The beginning and the end dragged on, but the middle was so good I couldn't put it down. There were a couple of disappointments for me with this book. Just like the last one I wasn't crazy about the ending. It didn't leave me wanting to immediately pick up the next book.

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Sydney Mugerwa
Dec 21, 2014 Sydney Mugerwa rated it really liked it

Never have I read a book with so few characters as Hidden Truth but nonetheless as enchanting as they come. The Truth Series has but a handful of characters but that's not something you notice. The pace is tremendous, the descriptions vivid colors that stay long after you finish reading. Knowing that Dawn Cook wrote 4 books in the truth series, writing this review is hard enough as I want to get get back in the book. I am that hooked.

Still, the beginning was a bit off. recapping previous books
Feb 16, 2015 Hanako rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a disappointing second book in the series. It was ruined for me by a couple of things.

1) Alissa seems to get less intelligent as the series goes on. She has a great knack for forgetting that she is in mortal peril pretty much all the time. This combined with her stubbornness makes her an obnoxious enough main character that it interferes with my ability to enjoy the book at all.

2) The romantic relationships in the book. The main relationship seems to be progressing at a glacial pace, an
Jan 28, 2016 Micaela rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Continuing directly after book one, this is a charming sequel that sees some major developments for Alissa. I won't go into details, but I do think this one is a step up from book one, just because the groundwork is already laid so we can really focus on character relationships, which are entertaining to say the least. There are some especially great moments exposing Bailic's madness, and Alissa's interactions with Strell (love interest) and Talo-Toecan (teacher) are highly entertaining. The end ...more
Liza Barrett
Jun 24, 2016 Liza Barrett rated it really liked it
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As this is a quartet of books that I listened to back-to-back, I'm keeping my reviews in a format designed to highlight developments in each of four categories: plot, pacing, world, and characters. In each of these categories, I'll only be discussing what's relevant to that specific book, so as to keep these from being too redundant.


I was simultaneously more and less intrigued by the plot of this book than the previous one. It's clear that the Fir
Listening to these books again, I don't like them as much as I did the first time around. That said, I think this whole series is unique and Dawn Cook (Kim Harrison) is a wonderful author.

This second installment of the series marks the end of a particular arc, which is nice because I don't think it could have persisted well through all four books. Lodesh is introduced, Useless is a more prominent character, Alyssa grows and becomes even more likable, and I have always had a soft spot for Strell
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Feb 22, 2012 Cortney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alissa never believed in magic. But then she went to the Hold, a legendary fortress where human Keepers once learned magic from enigmatic Masters. Under the tutelage of the last surviving Master, Alissa discovered that she had inherited her father's magical ability.

But the Hold is ruled by Bailic, the renegade Keeper who seized the First Truth, a book of magic he will use to harness the might of the city of the dead and wreak a war of total devastation. The book has thwarted Bailic's every attem
Sep 22, 2011 Scarlet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Much less happened in this one, but at the same time, it didn't. I think it just felt that way since whereas in the first book, there was travelling... this one was entirely set in the Hold and the town nearby.

Because of that it dragged a little.

Strell was definitely less amusing than he was in the previous book, but I don't blame him considering what happened to him at one point.

Usless was amusing as usual.

I'm pretty sure I've fallen in love with Lodesh. He was brilliant, and I loved his sense
Feb 09, 2014 Jodi rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook, 2014-read
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Apr 15, 2013 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-version
This book was alittle better than the first.There was more action and the story seemed to develop into more than just Alissa and Strell meeting on the road.
The charcters of Balick and Useless were in this more even though they seemed a little on the wooden side and not really bringing much to the overall story.
Lodesh was the favourite of this book he brought a quirky sense to the tale and added aother dimension and another story to continue the books on.
I would have liked more on Lodesh but I ha
Aug 08, 2012 Stefanie rated it it was amazing
Excellent second book in a series. Hidden Truth definitely brought us more magic and drama to the lives of Alissa, Strell, and Useless. This book continued with the similar feeling that I got when I read Tamora Pierce's many awesome quartets. Which is actually very refreshing at least for me as I like a good series/trilogy/quartet etc. that has books that could also stand alone.

Hidden Truth was an awesome story that gave a clear ending, but by no means was thoroughly complete with all subplots
Feb 10, 2013 Nessi rated it liked it
A lot of things that happened in this book were easy to foresee. The only real mystery to me was and still is Lodesh. We barely know anything about him and I don't know what to think of him. I like him, but I don't know what the whole "remember" thing means and I'm looking forward to find out what it means in the next book (well hopefully I find it out in the 3rd one). Also I think Talo-Toecan and Keribdis were a couple and I wouldn't be surprised if she comes back in book 3 or 4. And I don't kn ...more
Stuart Macmartin
Jan 26, 2015 Stuart Macmartin rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2015, ya
Fun read. Similar writing issues as with the first, plus a few overblown sentences here and there. Most but not all of the plot was predictable, one good twist but the other surprises were too obviously set, though perhaps not so obvious to a less read audience. I like the main character, so overlook the weaknesses. Not as good as the first, low 3 stars.
Pie Pie
Mar 06, 2015 Pie Pie rated it really liked it
The strange twist from other "school of magic" books is that there aren't any teachers left. the main antagonist is well written, especially looking back after finishing the series. His goals are completely believable in this world. There's a few "no one would actually do or say that" moments but those are tempered by the really neat plot.
Robert Negut
Jan 28, 2013 Robert Negut rated it it was ok
Eww... I think that expresses it best.
I've seen way worse, but this doesn't make it good.
Very few characters, very small "world", very confined plot... Also, completely predictable. (view spoiler)
As for the characters... Alis
Kylee Stewart
I did like this book better than the first, but it still left me wanting. It completely irks me that nothing substantial ever happens with her and Strell! Give us a kiss or something! I feel like its too drawn out. And as with the first book I was disappointed with the ending.
Mar 21, 2010 Maria rated it it was amazing
OK, so I stayed up all night to finish, but every time I tried to sleep, all I could do was worry about what was going to happen next. The mark of a good writer, in my opinion, is the ability to set and describe a scene and its characters in such a way that the reader actually feels the emotions experienced by its characters - the fear, the anger, the hatred, the liking and love, and especially the frustration. Dawn Cook does this admirably in many places. Plus, this time there was a definite en ...more
Feb 05, 2011 Isabella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ich hab mich nach einer kleinen Weile überlegen letztendlich doch für vier statt für fünf Sterne entschieden.
Der Schreibstil von Dawn Cook ist klasse, dagegen möchte ich nichts sagen. Was mich aber, wie beim Vorgänger auch schon, gestört hat, war, dass es sehr lange dauerte bis Cook endlich auf den Höhepunkt kam; es verblieben nur noch knapp 100 Seiten, für mich jedenfalls.
Dann ging alles ziemlich schnell und ich kam kaum dazu, die Informationen zu verarbeiten, wenigstens das Relevanteste.
Mar 11, 2014 Lindsay rated it it was ok
Most of the book felt like school lessons, tedious but necessary. The end of the book had several beautifully described scenes and experiences which redeemed the book enough to read the next in the series.
Mar 11, 2016 Becky rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
This was my second time through this book. It was fun to revisit the story, but it's not my favorite from this author, or even from this series. There is a feeling of claustrophobia to this book (one that I don't think is intended) due to the tiny cast. There just aren't enough people for the characters to interact with. Combine that with the isolation which leads to a single location for the majority of the book, and you have a lack of diversity that is a little boring. Still worth reading as a ...more
Feb 09, 2016 Kelly rated it really liked it
This book was much better than the first
My guess was the first was the long set up to this wonderful second book. I enjoyed the changes and bringing of a new character...and hints of things to come
Feb 03, 2012 Meredith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kim Harrison fans, High Fantasy fans.
Given where First Truth ended and where Hidden Truth begins, I'd say it's more like a two-part story than the latter being the sequel. While one could, in theory, stop at Hidden Truth and feel enough resolution to have an end (even if there are lots of tantalizing hints of things to come), I don't think the same could be said of First Truth.

I'm really enjoying these characters. They are full of heart.
Apr 09, 2014 Ann rated it it was ok
This was okay. Not as good as the first one and I dislike how a live triangle was added. Not sure if I will read the rest in the series.
Feb 02, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it
This was just as enjoyable as the first book; with fun twists, good relationships, and interesting magic.
Dec 01, 2014 Caroline rated it it was amazing
great great great! Kept the story going at a nice pace and added twists and turns along the way.
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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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  • Lost Truth (Truth, #4)

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