ER doctor by day, paranormal clinician by night, Amy devotes her time and attention to tending the sick and patching up the wounded. For years, she’s been safe, unnoticed, hidden, but when she is called upon to attend a centaur birth, she finds that her magic is all that can save mother and child. But using it will cost her everything.
Within days of tapping into the Source, mages that she once called friends have taken her prisoner with plans to brutally execute her for past crimes. Before the sentence can be carried out, Amy is ‘rescued’ by the mysterious Rowan, who transports her to his ailing father in the Yukon. Amy saves the old king, but not in the fashion his sons had hoped and the result will change all of their lives forever. And now that she and Rowan are both facing their own kind of death sentence, they must work together to save not only themselves, but also Amy’s former patients and friends.
I would not have chosen this book based on cover alone; it looks very much like the cover of a YA novel, which I generally don’t read. The description, however, intrigued me enough to give it a try. What I discovered was a diamond! Truthsight is an epic, beautiful, heartbreaking struggle against enemies both seen and unseen. It’s real even considering the fantasy/paranormal themes and powerful in a way I really wasn’t expecting. In that regard, the description doesn’t do it justice.
Ms. Greyston’s characters are strong, complex, and well-developed. Amy’s fight against her personal demons is so very relatable and human. Anyone who has ever made a choice and suffered less-than-ideal consequences will relate to her. She’s been running from her past and beating herself up mentally over a decision she made in good conscience that had disastrous results. In spite of the blame she lays at her own feet for the deaths of friends and the capture of her mentor, Meri, when it comes down to the wire, Amy is determined to right the perceived wrong. Her love and devotion to others—even those who hate her and try on multiple occasions to kill her—is both courageous and touching. It was also nice to see that even after meeting Rowan, Amy wasn’t suddenly all better and no longer needed to deal with her issues. She doubted, struggled, agonized and I found myself cheering her on, tearing up, and feeling proud of her triumphs.
I liked Rowan, but I found him more of a supporting character for Amy as opposed to a strong hero in his own right. Don’t get me wrong, he’s interesting, but I feel as if Ms. Greystone could have inserted any male into this slot and it would have worked just as well. Leshies aren’t creatures I’ve encounter in novels before and I enjoyed the little bit of information provided about them.
Truthsight is fairly error-free, which is a pleasant change from a lot of indie books I’ve been reading lately. There are a few typos that another read-through by the author or her editor would easily correct and they’re not bad enough to detract from the story.
Bottom line: If you’re looking for a paranormal fantasy in a contemporary setting and one that’s fairly light on the romance, I would eagerly hand you this book. Ms. Greystone has created a beautiful tapestry of magic, myth, and the power of choice. Highly recommended!
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by Miriam Greystone
Release Date: September 6, 2016