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A Treason of Truths

(Whisper #2)

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She turned her back on her people and shifted her allegiance to the very Empire she was sent to betray

Now head spymaster, Lyre’s loyalty lies with Sabine, the Empress she has loved since childhood. But when Sabine visits the secretive Cloud Vault, the floating citadel home that Lyre betrayed, Lyre’s elaborate web of lies starts to untangle. Her very presence threatens
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Published October 1st 2018 by Carina Press
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Lex Kent
3.5 Stars. This was a pretty enjoyable read. To be perfectly honest, the cover is what drew me in to try this book. I realized after I had it, that this was actually the second book in the series. From what I can tell the first book was an m/f romance staring two characters that had a smaller roll in this book. Just encase you could not tell from the cover, this second book was a wlw romance. I am very anal about reading series books in order. I did feel like I was missing out on some things. ...more
Magali
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review, and my honest review is THIS WAS REALLY, REALLY FUN and I am SO GLAD that this book, the sequel of my heart, exists.

A Treason of Truths is a direct sequel to A Conspiracy of Whispers, and tells the story of Sabine, the empress of the Quillian Empire, who has exactly one (1) friend and apparently has decided that means she needs to push her and the boundaries 100% of the time, and Lyre, her spymaster, who seems to spend at least 70% of
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Jess
This book was provided for free by the publisher, Love Bytes, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This review was first posted to Love Bytes: LGBTQ Book Reviews. It has been slightly edited here for content.

It’s rare when an author can craft a complex and unique science fiction world that makes you think you know exactly what’s going on before turning it all upside down. Harper’s gritty political landscape of the royal Empire, the industrial Syndicate, and the mysterious floating
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Nicole Field
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, f-f
Queer Girl Die Hard on a Floating City was how this was originally pitched to me. I couldn't help it; I jumped on this like it was a lifeline.

I did enjoy it. The world building was very thorough. There are three different classes of humans in this world. We get a main character from two of them, but the third is definitely talked about and a major plot point to the world of this novel.

That said, I didn't love this book. Although the world was really well developed, the plot was fast paced and
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Ellie
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Fast-paced and gripping f/f SF romance, lots of action/adventure. I wanted more emphasis on the romance, I felt it lacked tension/real conflict. Low-steam compared to book 1 in the series.

Mini review:
This is the second book in the series but works well as standalone too. There is intriguing world-building, lots of description on nanotechnology and bio-engineering. I liked it but felt the focus was more on the action/adventure than the romance. Lyre and Sabine both are interesting
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Carrie
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. Part of it is that I’ve been having a hard time getting into any of my NetGalley books, and I keep switching between them until I finish one. Part of it is I didn’t know when I requested this that it was the second book in a series. I don’t think it’s necessary to read the first because Harper gives some good background on what happened in #1. However, it did take me a while to catch on to all the politics.

It’s an ambitious book, but for me, it fell
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Dannica Zulestin
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-f, quiltbag, i-ship-it
What a good book.

The only other f/f book I've read with political intrigue is, I believe, Daughter of Mystery, so I can't help comparing the two a little. The main similarity I spot is that Lyre being loyal to Sabine is a huge part of their relationship--otherwise the setting and tone are pretty different. I also feel inclined to compare A Treason of Truths to the Queen's Thief series for having an audacious trickster MC who kept on making me say, "Damn it, she did it again". But I guess I
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Ariadna
This is the first time I’ve reviewed book before published. I got this book from Netgalley

I was surprised by how much I enjoy book. Several factors made me think, beforehand, that I might not. Factors include some reviews I’d seen, starting a series on second book, and the part the main character was acting oddly.

This is part where starting series mid-stream is concern. From the little I know, which is nothing but what read in this book, first book involved someone from a rival country who
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Devann
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

I really wish I liked this more than I did. It was well written so don't let my low rating turn you off if it sounds interesting to you, it just apparently wasn't for me. I saw another reviewer say it is actually a sequel to the author's first book so maybe I would have benefited from reading that, but it wasn't marked as a sequel so I didn't know at the time. I think the book kind of just threw us into the plot too fast before I really got a
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Marcella Christie
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
Searching for a women-love-women romance with complex, likable, intelligent, funny heroines? Oh, hey, you should read A Treason of Truths.

I need to love the characters in a romance to believe they can fall in love. I need to see them work together, talk together, think together -- I need to see them admire each other's skills and wit. With Lyre and Sabine, I get that AND a fascinating secret-society government takeover plot on a floating city. Class differences! Heroine with a disability in
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Amy!
Sci-fi romance with queer women of color! Plus, an enjoyable plot! Hooray!

This book is maybe not my favorite sci-fi ever, but it sure is nice to have two brown skinned women as the protagonists.
Calensûl
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: If you are looking for new sci-fi and lesbian romance doesn't bother you.
After being very satisfied with two short male/male novels from Carina Press, I thought I really ought to at least try some female/female romance. I browsed their catalogue, and chose this one because it also sounded like exactly the type of science fiction I would love.

The science fiction aspect did definitely deliver: original nano-bio-tech, implants, and overall a huge focus on information treatment and transmission. It is so effective because it truly looks like something our world could be
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C.
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WEIRD SCIENCE!!!
A floating city
INTRIGUE (but handled so that I, a person who can't understand the politics of my small town, could follow it just fine)
Murder - to be specific, crrrreepy murder!
Two talented, complex, intelligent, dangerous women (a spymaster & her empress) who are desperately in love but can't be together because of their positions and histories...BUT WHAT IF THEY COULD
Goji, the best, weirdest pet ever

I always want more science fiction f/f romance, or sf with f/f romance in
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Allyce
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review first appeared on the blog Ally's Appraisals: https://wp.me/p37L0Q-12M

Review Tagline: An action packed and emotional ride that explores truth and deception.

My Thoughts: A Treason of Truths is an action packed, science fiction, f/f romance story which revolves around the relationship and actions of Empress Sabine and her spymaster Lyre. Summarised by the author as a ‘Queer Girl Die Hard on a floating city,’ the book more than lives up to this description.

I really enjoyed the
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Julie
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, queer, romance, sff
When I saw the cover for a Treason of Truths, I knew I had to read it. Let’s see… a FF story from a major publisher starring women of color that looked like it had a scifi bent? Sign me up! So I scrambled off to NetGalley, and requested one quicksmart.

A Treason of Truths could be a stand-alone story, and I read it as such. It does take place sequentially after A Conspiracy of Whispers. I haven’t read that book yet, but now I want to go back. What I find so especially striking about this set of
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Lenni A.
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Empress Sabine is invited on a diplomatic mission with some other leaders to a place called The Vault; a technological marvel self sustained by nanotechnology and an archive of an unfathomable amount of human knowledge. But what seems to be an olive branch quickly becomes a deathtrap and Sabine's former bodyguard, Lyre, must face the secrets she's been keeping not only from her queen but the woman she loves.

Although I didn't read the first book, A Conspiracyof Whispers, this story stands well on
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Peyton
Lyre had toppled dictators. Planned battles. Tracked wayward royals across the deep forest. Made mad runs across no man’s lands while waiting to feel the kiss of death on the back of her neck. She’d been trained to understand and account for the unreliable machinations of scheming minds.

She’d never quite learned to account for Sabine.


READ THIS BOOK! ADA HARPER IS A GENIUS!

If someone tailor-made a book for me, I think this would be it. A fierce empress who only goes soft for her loyal spymaster
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Azhureheart
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-ff
Two kick-ass women, locked up in a flying city, struggling with their relationship while they’re trying to stay alive and escape. What’s not to love?

I really liked Sabine she is a very interesting character who has support and friends but is still very much alone in her power and responsibilities. I would have liked to see more about Lyre past before she met Sabine, especially since (view spoiler)
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Eboni
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is my first time utilizing this service, so be patient. I apparently jumped into book two without reading book one and I think that was a mistake for me. I very much enjoyed this book. It was a good mix of action, intrigue, and angst. Although I felt sometime the angst was a little over the top; it might be just my preferences. There was a lot of world building in this book which, considering it's the second ...more
Helen Kord
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, f-f, favourites, scifi
An absolutely magnificent sci-fi romance between an empress and her spymaster who grew up together. I loved the world building and the characters and the relationship between the heroines. You could tell they care about each other deeply, despite their differences and arguments. I loved that they were both very flawed people and had to actually properly communicate what they want and need from the other after years of ignoring their feelings.
I have to admit that for a large portion of the book,
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Freya Marske
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like the first book, this feels more like a sci-fi adventure story/spy thriller with a strong romance subplot than an actual romance novel, but LUCKILY, that's exactly what I was hoping for.

Harper is a fantastic plotter, the worldbuilding in this is great (I LOVED the setting of a space research facility full of creepy nanotech and semi-sentient plant matter and insect robots) and she brought back one of my favourite secondary characters from Conspiracy of Whispers to round out the core cast.
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Melissa
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars This book was an interesting mix of dystopian and sci-fi concepts and ideas. So many fantastical parts almost gave it a fantasy vibe. I loved that it had two women in love. I love any dystopian story and this one doesn't disappoint.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Sarah
Spymaster Lyre and Empress Sabine, betrayed on a foreign planet. The romance and the thriller parts were both good just not super.
Gail
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An ARC rec'd from Carina Press for review.
An action packed sci-fi romance with intrigue, angst an adventure. Leads Sabine and Lyre easily carry the storyline which rates 4 stars.
Lee
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic leads and secondary characters. The story moves along well, and everything clicks together.
The romance feels quite real- tender and hot at the same time. The setting is lots of fun, too.
Leigh Kramer
I have good news and bad news for you. The bad news is you absolutely have to read A Conspiracy Of Whispers before you even think about reading A Treason Of Truths. The good news is the Whispers duology is an incredibly refreshing and well-executed sci-fi series and you will not regret reading it. The premise for Conspiracy reeled me in and I’m not someone who reads much sci-fi to begin with.

But if I can find more sci-fi along the lines of what authors like Ada Harper and Brooke Taylor are
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