second in a new trilogy of work from sharon shinn, telling stories set in an interesting fantasy world where there are three kinds of special people: safe keepers, who can keep a secret safe. truth tellers, who always tell the truth when asked. and dream makers, who can make certain of your desires come true.
the second book in this series - which stands alone from the first and is totally self contained so you don't need to read that to get into this - tells of two identical twin sisters, adele and eleda [see how similar the names are!] one who becomes a safe keeper and the other, who narrates the book in the first person, a truth teller. They grow up in a small village, and do their jobs very well.
The first half of the book tells of their growing up. Whilst not having a great deal of plot it's so well written and readable that you'll be throughly absorbed. In the second half, the arrival of two handsome men in town puts the main characters in the middle of a comedy of confusion that could have come from a shakespeare play. and it all works very well in a very satisfying manner in the final few chapters.
Sharon Shinn writes strong romances with all her plots, and this is no exception.
the book is two hundred and seventy six pages long, and divided into two parts of equal length. Whilst written for young adults - I'd say ages twelve and up - all ages can enjoy it because it's so well written and very readable. and it's nice to have a self contained book of no more than three hundred pages, which can be a rarity these days.