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Truthseeker (Worldwalker Duology #1)

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  1,215 ratings  ·  124 reviews
Gifted with an uncanny intuition, Lara Jansen nonetheless thinks there is nothing particularly special about her. All that changes when a handsome but mysterious man enters her quiet Boston tailor shop and reveals himself to be a prince of Faerie. What’s more, Dafydd ap Caerwyn claims that Lara is a truthseeker,
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2010)
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Oct 23, 2011 new_user rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Warprize
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Made-for-TV movie? C.E. Murphy's Truthseeker reads like one, only with no action and cleaner. Yeah. Hot stuff, huh? Does that hit the spot? Then you'll like Truthseeker.

Our very clean-- er, I can't say drama because I didn't see drama either. NU stamps this product safe for feeble medicated hearts and impressionable young minds. I hate to spoil, but tailor-heroine Lara Jansen remains well-adjusted and safe throughout the book, experiencing only a few near gasp-inducing moments when giant bats at
I rather liked the first half more than the second half. The second half was more of a mess, not nearly as clean and enjoyable as the first half, though not all that bad overall. Lara is a charming main character with understandable quirks, and I loved that about her--how literal she took things, how truth sounded to her and how dishonesty grated on her so. The relationship between her and Daffyd left me a bit cold. It was interesting in the start, but the relationship seemed more forced later o ...more
Cindy (eclecticfirefly)
I loved this book.

Lara starts out as someone who tries to fade into the background. She limits her interactions with other people because the half-truths and polite lies we all use make her very uncomfortable. She does have a good friend, Kelly, who seems to understand (at least to some degree) how Lara feels. Kelly often tries to get Lara to open up to others, especially men. She wants Lara to be happy.

Enter David Kirwen and Dickon Collins. David is a local weatherman and Dickon is his camerama
The 'romance' between the lead characters was just not believable. There was no sense of connection. She went on one date with him before he convinced her to go to fairyland with him at which point she spent about an hour in his company and they weren't alone. Daffyd was quite also boring with very little personality. I thought Lara had more of a connection with Ioan, who also seemed the more interesting character - which is a shame given he is only in the book for the equivalent of 2 half chapt ...more
It's another first-of-the-series from C. E. Murphy, and given that I was expecting a spunky heroine to be dragged bass-akward through a pile of world-view-changing revelations, it did not disappoint.

Truthseeker moves a little too fast for the plot to gain much in the way of depth, and the action was explained away rather than explained. However, that speed is complimented by dialog that I found to be witty as well as wry. The four main characters are presented well, from the angles of descripti
holly quigley
It took me a while to get through this book. Like all of my reviews, I won't bother with a summary, since you can read what the book is about by the blurb.

Ultimately, it's a compelling enough story that I do want to read the second book and find out how it all ends. I think the story itself is good. The problem is in the writing itself.

NOT that it's horrible, writing-wise. But there's apparently a romance here and I just don't feel it. Largely because I don't care about the heroine or the hero,
This book is worlds apart from Murphy's Walker Files. Having said that, I haven't put my nook in hibernate mode since I started. I keep picking this book up whenever I have a free moment. I'm not sure if I like Daffyd yet, but Lara (and her friend Kelly) make this book.

Okay, here is my brilliant (haha) opinion. Some of the characters in this book are...hesitant; they are still finding their footing and aren't quite as "fleshed-out" as I would like. Lara shows great potential to become a kick-ass
David Fournier
C.E. Murphy has done it again. She has created a character you want as a friend (if not best friend). This book begins light hearted and everyday, with the main character Lara and her best friend Kelly, when they get together so the Kelly can by a used car without being lied to by the salesman. Because first and for most Lara can tell when people are lying. These two women have a very strong friendship that can stand up to anything.

Lara then meets David Kirwen, the local television station weath
Jan 23, 2011 Annie rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
After this book, my need for fantasy novels was abated. It had an intriguing idea: a heroine whose superpower is telling the truth. I especially like how she describes a well-made piece of clothing as truth made manifest.

Good idea, poor execution. I felt like I was being told about character development as opposed to it being developed naturally through the story. When done right, I can swallow a heroine coming out of her shell through adversity and throwing everything away for the love a man wh
Okay, good book, but for goodness gracious, it's like half the story. Where is the end? Oh I guess we have to wait for Wayfinder. For future reference, I am not a fan of this cutting-a-book-in-half-so-we-can-sell-two-titles-and-get-more-money-out-of-it trend lately. Happened to me with another book earlier this year too. I don't mind series. I don't mind trilogies. I don't mind never ending sagas (okay, well, that may be an exaggeration), but c'mon people, don't start one story arc, get to what ...more
We are told at the outset of the book that The heroine Lara, has anodd ability to be ableto hear the truth of what is said to her and that any comment which is not exactly honest jars with her. Interestingly the author explores what this means in real terms for the heroine and she actually starts off as a rather odd and humourless character in that everything she says is totally literal - even common statements that people make in day to day society in order to be polite are difficult for Lara. ...more
I really wish that I could give this book 2.5 stars. It has a very interesting premise and I like that it's a mixture of contemporary and fantasy but not urban fantasy per se. It is NOTHING like her Walker Files series, completely different.

I really wanted to love this book (I'm a sucker for a good fairy tale) and I actually had a very hard time finishing it. The main character didn't feel as "real" to me as Murphy's other heroines do. I just felt like she was kind of a cardboard character with
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
In Truthseeker, Lara Jensen's talent for detecting lies and half truths is exactly what Seelie Prince Dafydd ap Caerwyn has been searching for and despite her reluctance, Lara agrees to help Dafydd who is desperate to avenge his foster brother's death and prove his innocence in his murder. In the Barrowlands, Lara discovers that not only has Dafydd not been entirely truthful with her but she has stepped into the middle of a brewing civil war between the Seelie and UnSeelie. Someone is stirring u ...more
Chrissy Wissler
"Truthseeker" is the latest book by C.E. Murphy, and while she continues to write in the urban fantasy setting, this book goes in a direction where none of her others have: into the Faerie world. Lara has always known the truth. She can hear the difference between truth and lies as songs and chiming music - either as beautiful or jarring chords. Even she has a hard time no telling the truth and sarcasm is nearly impossible as the music sets her teeth on edge. When she meets a mysterious man (a w ...more
Imagine living in modern times and having to speak the truth all the time, imagine also getting really uncomfortable every time someone told an untruth, to Lara Jensen, each truth told was music to her ears, and each untruth caused bad vibrations. By carefully choosing her profession and friends, Lara had managed to iron out a lot of the disharmony and was successfully living with this problem. Until the day her best friend decides that Lara should meet the local weather reporter, a guy Lara lik ...more
Jul 25, 2011 Nafiza rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
I believe Lara has got to be one of the most dour protagonists I have ever had the dubious pleasure of reading. I understand that there is a specific reason that she is portrayed the way she is, however, that does not mitigate the fact that Lara is just...not fun. I was tempted to stop reading but since I had spent money on my copy, I decided to persevere till the end and I am sort of glad I did since she does ease up by the end of the story. The story itself did not resonate with me as much as ...more
Always being truthful is a good concept for most people, but Lara Jansen didn’t have a choice. Hearing lies when spoken was a bonus. Figuring out what the lie is was the tricky part. Knowing that David Kirwen was lying was one thing, then she finally knew the truth of who and what he was. Finding a truthseeker was what Dafydd ap Caerwyn (David) had wanted to do and now that he had one, convincing her to travel to his kingdom wasn’t going to be easy. As the Prince of Faerie, Dafydd needed to know ...more
I really loved the basic concept. I think Murphy did an excellent job of considering the ramifications of growing up knowing whenever someone was lying. Little touches, like (view spoiler) emphasized how different it would be to hear/feel lies.

Most of the characters, especially Lara and Kelly, were likable and I found the close friendship between the two ladies particularly appealing. On the other hand
Margaret Fisk
C.E. Murphy has delighted me for years, and the Truthseeker world shows all the signs of doing the same. Certain elements are familiar enough from the Walker Papers series to make this right in Murphy� s sweet spot while in other ways, Truthseeker takes a huge leap into the unknown. Like Joanne, Lara Jansen is unaware of the true extent of her abilities. Unlike Walker Papers, though, acceptance is not an issue, and the development of those abilities is quick and strong. Lara enters the story goi ...more
Beth Cato
It's hard to review TRUTH SEEKER. C. E. Murphy is one of my favorite urban fantasy authors, and I adore her Walker Papers books. Therefore, in reading any of her other series, I can't help but compare them to the Walker Papers... and they inevitably fall short. This start to a new series feels flawed in a few ways, but at heart it's still a solid read.[return][return]Lara Jansen has always had an uncanny knack for sensing if someone tells the truth. Lies ring like discordant notes in her ears. T ...more
Truthseeker by C. E. Murphy is a unique tale of a woman with an incredible ability--to know the truth when she hears it. Lara hears the truth like music and a lie like horrible discord. She has always heard the difference and it has shaped her world such that she is practically incapable of telling a lie. She even has trouble with common sayings and harmless exaggeration, as both sound as lies to her. She lives a very simple life, surrounded by a few friends that understand her situation. Her jo ...more
I will start by saying I absolutely love the Walker Papers series, and I have read the 1st of the Negotiator Trilogy, and looking forward to the next 2, which I have in the TBR pile, so I started this book with anticipation.

I admit that at the beginning I was almost going to give up as I have so many books in the TBR pile and in my Kindle, but I decided to keep on with it. The basic story is that Lara, who lives in Boston and is quiet intense sort of person, is out with her friend Kelly, who is
Truthseeker is the latest offering from C.E. Murphy, and is part of a new duology filled with faeries, magic, time travel, and treachery.

Lara Jensen is a tailor who just happens to know when you tell the truth. You'd think that this is a handy thing to have, but it's just a pain in her you-know-what. After all, how much fun can it be to know when people aren't being honest with you?

Then she meets David, or Daffydd ap Caerwyn, a Seelie prince who's been searching for a Truthseeker for close to a
I rather liked the premise surrounding this book, but the execution was dismal.

Usually I'm a big fan of descriptions, but the ones here didn't seem to really clear anything up for me. I honestly couldn't tell you what any of the characters look like beyond basic "blond" or "brown eyed" and the lingering feeling that everyone is super white. I also can't recall where the human part of this story takes place except in "generic American city" and Annwn seems to be mostly forested, but in what kind
Warning: This review is for both Truthseeker and Wayfinder.

I had such high hopes for this series, though truthfully I'm not sure why I did. I'd heard of C.E. Murphy before, but hadn't read any of her books before these. Maybe it's because of the inclusion of a fey prince and I was likening it to the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning, who writes the fey princes as walking sex sticks and inhuman to the point of being alien. But that's not how he was written at all. I was actually generally confus
There are a few fundamental constants about my reading tastes. One of those is that any book with a decent treatment of the Sidhe is guaranteed to appeal to me. The other is that any book by C.E. Murphy is guaranteed to do the same. Combine these, and the result is a tasty little urban fantasy that pretty much has "read this, Anna" written all over it.

Lara Jansen has a strange gift: she can always, always tell when someone is lying. Compared to many high-powered, badassed urban fantasy heroines
Lara has always had the ability to tell when someone is lying. This has always made her life more challenging than easy. Then she meets David. He reveals that he is a prince from Faerie and he has been searching for someone with her ability for almost 100 years. He sounds crazy but Lara knows he is telling the truth. He asks her to come to Faerie and help prove that he did not murder his brother. Because time moves differently in Faerie it should only take the equivalent of one night on Earth. S ...more
I picked this one up on a whim from a bookstore because I needed something to entertain me, and I had enjoyed Murphy's Inheritor's Cycle books. This one was a disappointment, though. It's not that it was terrible, I just don't see why anyone would need this book AND the sequel to tell the relatively slight story. The characters and plot are not as well-developed or as inherently interesting as in the Inheritor's Cycle, and the book ends on that irritating brand of cliffhanger that is less "I hav ...more
Star (The Bibliophilic Book Blog)
Lara Jansen has always been able to sense when someone isn't telling the truth and another consequence of this ability is that she is unable to lie - whether to herself of anyone else. When her best friend tries to set her up on a date, she finds herself drawn to him, yet she knows he's hiding something huge. He finally tells her the truth and she has a hard time accepting that he's a prince of Faerie, even though she knows he is being truthful. She agrees to help him and ends up getting more th ...more
Fantasy. After the first several chapters at least :) Although it starts out like a contemporary romance, this story gets better and better as it goes. I love the surprising plot twists. I hadn't read the book description, having borrowed it from my sister, so I really was pleasantly surprised. I liked Lara's relationship with her best friend, Kelly.

The only thing I found grating was Lara's need to be angry in order to accomplish anything. In some parts of the story that works, like battling th
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C.E. Murphy is a writer of fantasy novels and short stories. She also writes "action-adventure romance" novels under the pseudonym Cate Dermody, which was her grandmother's maiden name.
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