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The Truth-Teller's Tale by Sharon Shinn
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Apr 12, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012, fantasy, ya

Adele is a secret-keeper, physiologically incapable of sharing a secret. Her twin sister Eleda is a Truth Teller, incapable of telling a lie. From the young age of 12, these sisters assume positions of responsibility in their town, but what happens when they get dragged into royal intrigue and the indiscretions of the most powerful family in town?

As an adult reader of a young adult novel, you always have to keep in mind that the intended audience is younger and assumed to be less sophisticated and well-read than you. That said, a good young adult novel should be capable of being enjoyed by an adult as well, and shouldn't talk down to its audience. While publishers recommend this for grades 8-10, I would probably bump that down to 6-9. At its heart, this is a teen romance set in a fantasy medieval world, and probably even middle school readers will figure out the ending combination of the three different romance stories that stand at the core of this story. However, it is still wonderful figuring out how they are going to get there over what seems to be pretty significant odds.

Sharon Shinn is a beautiful writer. Even though I saw the ending coming, I still finished the book with a smile on my face, which isn't always the case with a good book. This is a satisfying tale, and lacks the prurient material of many young adult romances currently on the market, while still satiating the desire for true love and happily ever after.

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