Title: TruthStone (The TruthSeer Archives, Book 1)
Author: Mike Shelton
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Date of Release: February 15, 2018
Format: Kindle (Mike Shelton via AXP)
We all know the sayings: “Thou shall not lie,” “The truth shall set you free,” and “A little lie never hurt anyone.” In this case, the truth is as dangerous as the lie… and a lie, even a tiny one, can be quite painful.
Fifteen year old, Shaeleen learns the unfortunate consequences when she becomes the TruthSeer. Every little lie, even half-truths, causes her pain. For centuries, the kingdom was protected and served by gemstones of power, each stone represented a different power. Now, those stones are failing. There is an challenge for the throne, but there are so many lies surrounding the throne, can Shaeleen save the throne AND survive? Or will she make the ultimate sacrifice? Travel with Shaeleen as she tours the kingdom, meeting new friends and foes along the way, as she learns what it means to be a TruthSeer.
What a whirlwind?! I was swept away from the very beginning. Shaeleen is a bright young lady with a good head on her shoulders. She’s put in a difficult position as she becomes the TruthSeer, and you start to see how often people lie. Even if the lie wasn’t outrageous, it was something as small as “I like your dress,” could easily have her doubled over in pain. Equally as bad, all the people who want your power. While having the TruthStone does make it easy to know who to trust, it’s not so easy when you have to match strength and sometimes wit. This story was well executed, and engaging. I truly enjoyed watching Shaeleen try to navigate her way around the truth and people who are following dark forces. I will definitely be staying tuned to see where this goes.