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The Truth-Teller's Tale
Sharon Shinn
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The Truth-Teller's Tale

(Safe-Keepers #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  4,163 ratings  ·  234 reviews
This sequel to The Safe-Keeper's Secret continues the story of the mirror twins Adele (a Safe-Keeper) and Eleda (a Truth-Teller). When the twins are 17, a handsome dancing-master and his apprentice come to stay at the inn, and thus begins a chain of romances and mistaken identity.
Published April 1st 2007 by Turtleback Books (first published January 28th 2005)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
The Truth-Teller's Tale is a charming and, for the most part, sweet-hearted YA fantasy, somewhat light on the fantasy and a little heavy on the romance. It's a coming-of-age tale about two young women, Adele and Edela, sisters who are "mirror twins": one is left-handed and the other right-handed; one has a blue left eye and green right eye, the other opposite. Even their names are a mirror of the other. Most importantly, Adele is a Safe-Keeper, charged with keeping secrets anyone may tell her; E ...more
Aug 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: liars and honest Abes
Recommended to Mariel by: me doing the right thing by me
Talk is cheap. Especially when it comes to telling someone what is what. People lie. I've come to feel as I've gotten older that it's not good for all that much. Is it more important to be honest with everyone, or just honest with yourself (you'll learn more doing the latter)? I think honesty is overrated. There are too many layers, too many almosts to say for certain. The certainty is lying, to me. The intent behind the lie is what matters and the intent behind the truth, right? Because either ...more
Leona  Carstairs
I adored this book a couple years ago, and I still love it. It's an enchanting story, very much centered on romance (clean romance, if you are looking for that) and everything about it is very enjoyable. Both the heroines were interesting characters and I liked how everything turned out in the end, excepting the fact that it was pretty much a standard HEA, and while there's nothing wrong with that I like it when characters die or something, makes it bittersweet and causes the tears to flow, ya k ...more
What I find most distinctive about this novel is the unexpected contrast between style and story; but while I'm all for creative works that break traditional genre boundaries, in this case, the book is interesting but I'm not sure to whom I would recommend it.

In a lot of ways The Truth-Teller's Tale is written in traditional fairy tale prose -- at once simple and direct but also a bit old fashioned and lyrical. I like that. But I'm not entirely comfortable with recommending the book to younger o
Alyssa Nelson
I love Sharon Shinn, but I think she should stick to writing adult novels. This is a solid story, with amazing characters, and a great setting, but just like the first book in the series, The Safe-Keeper's Secret, the ending was incredibly predictable.

This book still gets a high rating, because despite the predictability, I did enjoy it very much. I like the world Shinn has created, with people being born with a gift that makes them tell the truth at all times or keep secrets. However, these uni
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another cute, sweet story by Shinn. I did wish to feel more of an impact of the challenges and intricacies of what a truth-teller and secret-keeper face. A pre-teen or even teen girl would probably really enjoy this book.
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Safe-Keepers series. I picked it up, since I wanted a book to read between some new books I was waiting to come out. I'm a Sharon Shinn fan. So, thought I'd give it a try. Glad I did.

It's about two twins that are complete opposites. Adele and Eleda have opposite names, wear their hair parted on opposite sides, and even write with opposite hands. They are also opposite in deeds, one keeps all secrets while the other has to always tell the truth. They're called Safe
Jul 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this started off a bit slowly, but by part two the action had kicked in and it kept going for the rest of the book. I could really relate to Eleda because I too find secrets infuriating and often wanted to smack Adele, even though I did understand why her role as a safe-keeper was important and why Eleda still loved her (she had her moments). Nothing in this book came as a surprise: I guessed that Adele had put the herbs in Eleda's food the minute she got sick, suspected Alexander and ...more
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Truth-Teller's Tale" is a young adult or middle-grade fantasy novel which will appeal most to girls. It's the second novel in a series, but you don't need to read the first book to understand this one. This one may spoil events in the first novel, though.

It's a charming novel, though I found it predictable. But it probably won't be predictable to a middle-grader. I was expecting a more complex story based on the "a Safe-Keeper told a secret, a Truth-Teller told a lie" beginning promise, but
Aug 12, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I was a bit reluctant to start this, since I had loved The Safe-Keeper's Secret so much when I first read it that I just didn't believe there was really something that could follow that up in a satisfying way. While I didn't absolutely love this novel, it was a very enjoyable read and I had a lot of fun with the story and characters. The idea of two twins that are mirror opposites in appearance and personalities was interesting, and one thing I really enjoyed was how the longer I read the more I ...more
Althea Ann
Nov 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Shinn's writing, but I didn't like this quite as much as the previous book in this series, "The Safe-Keeper's Secret."
It's a stand-alone story, although reading the first one first would help, a little bit, as far as understanding the premise behind this 'world.'
In this story, the romance is front and center, and the 'fantasy' aspects take a (very) background role. Adele and Eleda are 'mirror twins' - seeingly identical, but with very different personalities. One becomes a 'safe-k
Apr 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
Recommended to A. by: Mimi
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I couldn't believe I didn't see the ending coming, and yet I didn't! I think perhaps that's because the plot sort of creeps up on you, most of the book I kept asking myself, "What is this book even about?" because it seemed like nothing was happening, but then before you know it it's all exploding all over the place and there's crisis and drama and oh my! I did guess most of it before it happened, but only like a page or two prior, so that was fun. And ag ...more
Matthew Galloway
I know some have been disappointed that the "twists" were fairly obvious. I, however, didn't feel this to be a story about twists, but rather one where the reader has all the pieces and gets to slowly, joyfully come together into a pretty pattern. We never needed to fear there wouldn't be happy endings - the question was how it would all come about.

As per usual, I love the worlds that Shinn creates. They're well thought out and interesting and, for this particular novel, I really loved the inter
Dichotomy Girl
May 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, fantasy, 2010
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I enjoyed this book even more than the 1st one. I find the premise of the world very fascinating. The idea that there could be Safe-Keepers who cannot reveal secrets, and Truth-Teller's who cannot tell a lie.

Try to imagine that in our modern society! A Safe-keeper on the witness stand? OR a Truth-Teller as a politician??
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this awhile back and for the longest time could never remember the name or find it online. Although I read this years and years ago the story stuck with me. The characters were well written, the plot extremely interesting and the romance heartbreaking. Now that I found the book again I will be rereading as soon as I get my hands on a copy of the book.
Patricia Karounos
Jan 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I was pleasantly surprised with this book, and was definitely surprised by the ending.
The only thing that it was a bit slow at times, and that made me feel like the story was going nowhere.
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Absolutely delicious, romantic and fun. Ir's the second book in a three-book series, but I loved this without having ever read Book 1 - it stood alone perfectly. (But now, of course, I want to read the other two books in the series immediately!)
Sep 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like quiet, thoughtful coming of age stories as well as fantasy
Recommended to Erin by: Mom
So many of Sharon Shinn's books just make me feel warm inside.
Emma Rose Ribbons
Not the best, really, especially because the characters seemed a lot less real to me than during the first book. Still, it's good light romance and castle intrigue.
I liked this series. They were very well done and beautifuly written. There is a lot of adult themes is this series but they kept it clean. I would suggest for a older young adult reader.
Sarani Rangarajan
Completely worth your time

In a world where safe-keepers never tell a secret, and truth-tellers never lie, and dream-makers make random dreams come true, this is a heartwarming tale of identical-but-mirrored twins and the value of seeking constant wishes. I haven’t read the first book in the series, and barring that I know Fiona ends up in the palace, I don’t think that I’ve been spoilered for the previous book. Sharon Shinn weaves a good story with a solid plot and strong characters, and I would
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Don't know why I read this when I didn't even like the first one. But the blurb sounded so mysterious and interesting. It wasn't. Nothing remotely interesting happens in this book and the mysteries are way too predictable and easy to guess. I actually had the impression that the main character was kinda dumb, she just refused to see everything that was happening around her until the truth slaped her in the face. The romance was too fast, and any problens they had was solved way too easily. To wr ...more
Amy Bradley
A lovely gem of young adult fiction. Romantic in the sense of fairy tales, but not the overdose of angst of standard young adult romance.

Mirror twins Edela and Adele are opposites: one is a Truth-Teller, the other a Safe-Keeper. Compelled by their natures or magic, Edela must always tell the truth (useful in settling disputes as she can hear a lie in someone's words), and Adele must keep secrets told to her.

Set in a low to no technology, medieval equivalent society, this was enchanting to read.
I enjoyed The Truth-Teller's Tale, and my rating is hovering between three and four stars. I liked seeing older Fiona (briefly) and Malinda in her role as Dream Maker, and Eleda was a likable narrator. I think certain elements were too glossed over (Edgar and Karro) which may have been due to the intended audience, and the resolution was a bit too easy. However, it was an enjoyable read, and I look forward to finishing the trilogy.
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic, fantasy, ya, romantical
Shinn's world building continues to be clever and imaginative. Predictable but charming. If you've read any of her other titles, it is easy to see where she is going. However, she doesn't shy away from the darker parts of her story, and tthere is nothing wrong with a happy ending.
I liked the first book in this series it was a story that pulled me in and a lovely and entertaining tale.. This second volume in this series did not evoke the same sense of mythos I found in the first, it was ok but nothing special.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good, despite how annoying Eleda was.
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it!!
Ciera Legue
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved the whole thing
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