Julie Elizabeth Powell
on Jan. 25, 2016 :
I was given this book by the author and loved it! It may be for a younger generation, but I can't see why adults wouldn't enjoy it too - I did!
I liked the characters: believable, rich and interesting. Charlotte was delightful and just how you'd expect a child to react if put into 'that' situation. As for the fantasy world, wow, I loved it, the characters, the descriptions and the 'scary bits'.
I don't give spoilers, however, I would highly recommend this tale filled with magic, intrigue, danger and a tantalising taste of what's to come.
(reviewed 4 years after purchase)
on March 22, 2014 :
A fairly generic story in the "normal human child is transported to a magical realm" category. The child in question, Charlotte, is likeable enough, but she's supposed to be about 10 years old and comes off as closer in age to her 6 year old sister at times. Many things, including the characters' behaviors, seem overly contrived to push the plot forward. I had a hard time getting into the story during the first couple of chapters, and then I frankly lost interest when the third chapter suddenly introduced to a whole new POV and things took a turn toward High Fantasy. This might be a decent genre gateway book for kids, but it was not for me.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on July 11, 2012 :
Kurt Chambers is definitely someone to watch. I can't wait for the next book in this series. The characters are well written and the plot keeps you interested. This is one of the best YA/MG books I have read in quite some time.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on June 18, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this book. Charlotte is a very likable character, as is Elderfield and his parents. The writing was very good at painting a picture of what this other world is like and quite scary and dark characters are well written too. I will have to wait a couple of years to read this to my daughter, in the meantime I will look forward to the next book.
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)
on Jan. 25, 2012 :
This book has everything a bestseller should have: compelling story, endearing characters, vivid descriptions, genuine emotions, and a lot of surprising twists and turns. This is a story about a friendship that transcends race, gender, age, and even realms, between Charlotte, a ten-year-old girl, and Elderfield, a teenage elf. Beautiful and heartwarming. I strongly recommend it and will be reviewing it on my blog.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Jan. 6, 2012 :
The Truth Teller is one of the best children's fantasy book I've read in a long while. Charlotte is so easy to picture in my mind, and the fantasy aspects are brilliant! There are underlying currents of "real life lessons" that are subtly included...ideal for parents looking for that perfect bedtime story to read to their children. I loved the entire premise of the novel and will definitely be purchasing the next ones in this series.
Kurt Chambers has captured the genre with a wonderful story that will delight many a child's (and adult's) imagination.
(reviewed the day of purchase)