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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I'm afraid I don't agree with the previous person's review. I found this book to be the perfect finale in which Alissa comes into her own and many questions are answered, naturally. I also like the fact that Alissa is set up to become a remarkable legendary figure in the future due to her discoveries and insistence and courage to stand alone rather than conform...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A somewhat disappointing end to the series
The last book in Dawn Cook's excellent Truth series is also the weakest. That said it's not bad so anyone who's read the previous three is undoubtedly going to want to read this one too. It does rely heavily on setup from previous books so don't even attempt to read it if you're not already familiar with the series.
In this installment Alissa realizes that she has...
Published on 9 Aug. 2005


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A somewhat disappointing end to the series, 9 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Lost Truth (Mass Market Paperback)
The last book in Dawn Cook's excellent Truth series is also the weakest. That said it's not bad so anyone who's read the previous three is undoubtedly going to want to read this one too. It does rely heavily on setup from previous books so don't even attempt to read it if you're not already familiar with the series.
In this installment Alissa realizes that she has been dreaming of a lost colony of Raku and along with Strell, Lodesh and Connen-Neute goes on a journey to find it.
For the most part the characters are as great as ever, but there are some definite flaws in this book that weren't in the previous ones.
Most seriously is that in trying to bring everything to a satisfying conclusion the author rushes through several threads (both new and old) that deserved a more careful treatment. I tend to think it would have been preferable to focus on only a few of these loose ends and to drop the rest.
Additionally the usually smooth shifts between character perspective are noticeably more jerky here. This is mainly due to the faster pace and the ever increasing size of the cast. It's particularly disappointing because the shifts were almost perfectly done in the previous books (in fact I've never seen them done better).
Another strange choice is that several dramatic events are viewed through the eyes of the least emotionally involved character. I'm not sure what the purpose of this was but it creates a distance that reduces the power of several scenes.
The final disappointment for me was the subplot of Alissa trying to teach Beast how to love. This seemed like a major step backwards given that Beast's ability to love was the main reason she didn't want to lose her sentience in the previous book.
Despite all these flaws the book is good and definitely worth reading, just not quite as good as the previous ones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 3 Oct. 2006
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I'm afraid I don't agree with the previous person's review. I found this book to be the perfect finale in which Alissa comes into her own and many questions are answered, naturally. I also like the fact that Alissa is set up to become a remarkable legendary figure in the future due to her discoveries and insistence and courage to stand alone rather than conform (something I can relate to).

Although an embarrassingly simple tale for someone such as me to read, it is the very fact that it is simple that makes the whole set of books most enticing and enjoyable to read, afterall, the simplest of children's stories can yet carry a lot of weight and meaning behind them.

This particular book, as I mentioned, is excellent and I can only hope Ms. Cook writes a sequel. Quite an intriguing, though by that stage not surprising, ending, but be ready for loss as well, which any good book must touch upon if it is to be at all realistic in any way. Get it and be content at last, other than a desire for more.
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