Review: First Truth by Dawn Cook

Posted November 11, 2012 by Francesca in Reviews / 4 Comments

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Review: First Truth by Dawn Cook
First Truth
by Dawn Cook

4 Stars


Released: May 28, 2002
Series: Truth #1
Published by Ace
Pages: 336
Format: Audiobook

“Very much like The Holllows…but not.” ~ Under the Covers

I have to admit that it has taken me FOREVER to get to read this book.  I’ve had it on my TBR for a while mainly because I love Kim Harrison and I have never read her stuff beyond The Hollows, so I’ve been extremely curious.  However, time is always an issue.

But then this book released on audio and there was my chance to get to it!  Finally!  And to top it all off, it’s narrated by one of my all-time favorite narrators: Marguerite Gavin.  *cue fangirl squeeeee*

FIRST TRUTH is both very similar and very different than The Hollows.  How is that?  The world is completely different.  This is fantasy not urban fantasy.  The world created by Ms. Cook is unique and with endless possibilities.  I thought all aspects of world building were developed perfectly without giving me an info-dump headache.  I was intrigued from the very beginning.

Then there’s the characters.  This is where I find this book so similar to The Hollows.  Alissa is a lot like Rachel in many ways.  Personality wise, she’s strong and resilient in fighting for what she’s looking for.  She can be stubborn and go the wrong way to follow her way of thinking.

Strell on the other hand was all new, and all interesting.  I loved his character!!  And I also loved the immediate connection between him and Alissa.  They helped each other and learned to like each other.

This is definitely a fantasy world I will not be missing out no longer!  Excellent job!

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About Dawn Cook

I'm Kim Harrison (aka Dawn Cook), best known for penning the Hollows series though I've tried my hand at YA, traditional fantasy, graphic novels, and a one-of-a-kind world book. I grew up reading science fiction and fairytales, which means my fairy garden has Daleks in it. Recently, I've moved back to my home state of Michigan after a ten year stint down in South Carolina, and it feels good to be home--even with the snow and cold. I've been writing for over twenty years, more than half of that published, and a good day is still one where there is nothing to distract me from my keyboard.

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Francesca I love your new look…great review too!

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Thanks Timitra 😉


You’re welcome Francesca!


Great review, love the cover!