(Truthseer Archives #1)
by Mike Shelton (2018)

When fifteen year old Shaeleen unexpectedly is given a TruthStone, every lie she hears or tells causes her immense physical pain. As she struggles to control her new power and curb the pain, she learns a powerful truth that could thrust an entire continent into civil war. She must choose: reveal the truth and stop the pain – or sacrifice her own well-being to protect her kingdom.

This was purchased from Amazon for a dollar on a whim. It’s definitely young adult fantasy. The prose is easy to read and has a nice flow. Set is a pre-industrial age with magic, technology and a very modern outlook.

The story is centered around a young girl who is thrust into the limelight. There is nothing gritty, depressing of violent about the story and tone. In some ways this detracts from the story, meaning that there is less at stake for the characters. Sometimes the  magic seems to evolve to suit the story.

It feels light and adventurous, rather than deep and weighty. Even the  ‘evil’ characters aren’t that threatening.

At the end of the first book, it just seemed natural to move onto the second….