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Hidden Truth (Truth #2)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  2,420 ratings  ·  79 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
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 - So, you wanna play with magic?
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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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Sydney Mugerwa

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
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
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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
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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
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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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
Feb 03, 2012 Meredith rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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.
great great great! Kept the story going at a nice pace and added twists and turns along the way.
Alissa ne croyait pas la magie avant d'hriter des pouvoirs de son pre et de dcouvrir l'existence de la Forteresse. Mais cette dernire est dsormais aux mains de Bailic, le Gardien rengat. Il s'est empar de Vrit Premire, un livre puissant qu'il souhaite utiliser des fins malfiques. Alors que le recueil refuse toujours d'tre ouvert par Bailic, il ne cesse d'appeler Alissa, qui doit lutter de toutes ses forces pour lui rsister. Si la jeune femme cde la puissance et au savoir contenus dans Vrit Pr ...more
Anne Nikoline
I did enjoy reading The First Truth, but The Hidden Truth didn't get me over the moon. I kept waiting for action to begin and the romance to bloom, but nothing really happened. I like what Dawn Cook has created, I adore the covers and the beginning of the very first book, but this one was simple boring; you don't really get to see new characters, you're almost in the castle all the time and what I remember the most was Alissa cleaning and cooking. Hopefully the third book in the series will get ...more
Even though there more explanations in this book (the author does a good job of keeping the reader at the same knowledge level as the main character) I'm not sure I like the way magic works in this world. I will say its adifferent and refreshing change from other fantasy novels. The characters are more developed and the main heroine is way less annoying and childish in this sequel. Unfortunately the tension between the two lovers isn't very well done, I never got a sense of either one of them fa ...more
Billie Ward
i would love to own this but cant find it anywhere
Great book!

This book was really what I wanted to read, and what I didn't found in the first novel.
The story picks up a few weeks or even months after the end of the first novel, and while it is a bit slow at the beginning, it picks up pace fast in the middle, ending in a little almost-catastrophe.
But, with this ending, I'm wondering about what the next two books will be?
There are still little questions and mysteries, but till now there are not too many to get 2 books about... Going to adress tha
I don't understand why I love this book so much. I have a list of reasons to hate it: the romance is entirely overcooked and utterly cheesy, love triangles are idiotically pointless, villains are much more exciting when they aren't predictably standard, and endings are never this perfect. But, for some reason, I tore through its pages, even though I was on the verge of passing out, thanks to my pounding headache and recent lack of sleep. I don't know what it is, but there's something addicting i ...more
It's odd that I love Kim Harrison's novels. But the same person writing as Dawn Cook, I'm not so crazy about. It could be that I am less crazy about swords and horses fantasy, which is more what Dawn Cook does. Partly, though, I think it's the characters. The Harrison books have a ton of recurring characters that are really well developed. The Cook books don't have many characters at all. I've read two of the Truth series and feel a bit claustrophobic. There are four characters, with a few other ...more
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other pseudonyms: Kim Harrison

Kim Harrison is a pen-name of American author Dawn Cook. Under the name of Harrison, she is best known for her Rachel Morgan urban fantasy series set in an alternate history where a worldwide pandemic caused by genetically modified tomatoes led to the death of a large portion of the world's human population. Under the name of Dawn Cook, she is best known for her Decoy
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