The Truest Power

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In this sequel to "The Thirteenth Scroll, " Aghamore is rulerless and teeters on the brink of civil war, even though the blind seer Lysandra and her companions have found Selia, the young girl who possesses the innate wisdom to save the land. In order to see Selia crowned as the Font of Wisdom and put on the throne to save Aghamore from destruction, the truest power must be discovered. Original.

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In this sequel to "The Thirteenth Scroll, " Aghamore is rulerless and teeters on the brink of civil war, even though the blind seer Lysandra and her companions have found Selia, the young girl who possesses the innate wisdom to save the land. In order to see Selia crowned as the Font of Wisdom and put on the throne to save Aghamore from destruction, the truest power must be discovered. Original.

These two Black men in 1950s Los Angeles have few rights, little money, and no recourse under attack. But they have their friends, their wits, and their knowledge of the way the world really works to help them prevail.

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus starved for the mean streets of Watts...will rejoice in a prose style richer and more artfully stripped down than ever in the genre's first must-read of the year...
Portland Oregonian
...begins with a bang...moves along at a clip...
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Mosley writes with characteristic punch and power, and as always, with a subtext of smoldering anger of black Americans in a pre-civil rights white world...
Dallas Morning News
...the beginning of what is sure to be another successful crime series...
Black Issues Book Review
Mosley's characters are full of emotions that are felt by the reader. There is mature love, hot lust and real people that share in both.
From The Critics
Talk about having some good news and some bad news: Paris Minton sleeps with the most irresistibly sexy stranger imaginable, only to awaken to find his lover gone, his car stolen and his used bookstore burned to rubble. Fortunately for Paris, this friend in need has a friend in Fearless Jones, who is both the most soft-hearted and the toughest man around. Paris, the narrator of this breezy and engaging thriller, knows his own limitations—moral as well as physical. Fearless, meanwhile, combines the soul of a saint with the fists of a natural-born killer. As the two become entangled in a search for a mysterious foreign currency bond that may or may not be worth the effort, Fearless proves time and again that he's a better friend than Paris deserves. Conspiracy piles upon complication as Paris and Fearless find themselves involved with a sinister religious sect, a cop of dubious allegiance and the Israeli secret service. Even though it becomes increasingly difficult to keep straight just who is double-crossing whom, Mosley remains more concerned with character development than plot machinations, just as he was in all of his Easy Rawlins novels. The reader never doubts that the larger-than-life Fearless and the all-too-human Paris will prevail. After all, this is the first of a series, and it's hard to envision either of these guys without the other.
—Don McLeese

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This novel has the potential to be a great book with a strong plot that describes the efforts of a seer, a priest, and a girl struggling to save a kingdom; however, I couldn't finish it. It's difficult to follow the plot, but reading the first book in the series might make it easier. The author relies on what readers remember about the characters, but it is frustrating for those just starting with the second book. VOYA CODES: 2Q 2P S A/YA (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult). 2002, Warner Aspect, 480p,
— Jillian Krickovich, Teen Reviewer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446611336
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/29/2009
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.12 (d)

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  • Posted January 18, 2010

    Book Review: The Truest Power

    The novel The Truest Power by the author Rebecca Neason, took place in the fictitious kingdom of Aghamore. The story began with three companions, Lysandra, a seer, Renan, a priest, and Selia, a girl, setting out for the capital city of Ballinrigh. After a few days, the company reaches their destination and makes plans to meet with the Archbishop, the most powerful religious leader in the kingdom. After that, the story focused on Hueil, Baron and ruler of the province of Rathreagh. Hueil reached an agreement of truce with Aghamore's bitterest rival Corbenica, in order for their aid in Hueil's quest for the crown of Aghamore. Margharite, Hueil's daughter sneaks away once she learns of her engagement to the Corbenican prince Arnallt. Turning back to the companions, after much pleading, the company meets with the Archbishop and tells them of a prophecy that tells of Selia's claim to the throne. After the meeting, Lysandra has a vision of war coming to Ballinrigh and of Margharite riding to the city. Margharite reaches Ballinrigh and tells the company and the Archbishop of her father's betrayal. Once again changing focuses, the story focuses on the sorceress Aurya and her husband Giraldus as they escape from their prison and aiming to have Giraldus become king of Aghamore.
    As do most stories, this story had some positives and some negatives, myself leaning more towards the latter. A positive of the story is that the plot was pretty good and the overall story was okay. The descriptions were also good when the author was describing magic or scents and smells. The characters were okay when it came to their roles in story. A negative of the story was that the beginning was extremely difficult to understand. The plot was also a little bit tough to grasp until I was a good ways into the story. The author also didn't have much of a setting in their story which was a little strange to me.
    The author's writing greatly influenced how I read the story. The writer used mostly the 1st person view by using words such as I and my in the character's thoughts. The author also occasionally used the 3rd person view with words like he, his, she, her and the character's name while speaking of them. I never really understood the author's overall writing style even after I finished the book a 3rd time. The author's writing style didn't really make it clear what the point of the novel was. The book was really indirect and never focusing on one thing for a good period of time. The dialogue of the book was very formal and the conversations between characters were very proper.
    I am somewhat split in wanting to recommend this book, and at the same time very much not wanting to recommend it. As it stands, I am leaning more towards not wanting to recommend it. I'll start off with why I would recommend it. I would recommend my book to someone if I knew they were a big fan of both J. R. R. Tolkien and J. K. Rowling. Secondly, I would recommend my book because overall it was an okay book and maybe someone else will enjoy it more than I did. I would not recommend this book because the book wasn't that appealing even after I finished it. Also, the plot was kind of strange and it kind of copied The Lord of the Rings series, but was changed enough for me not to like it. Similar novels to this one are the Eragon series, the Lord of the Rings series, and the Harry Potter series. I would also recommend all three of those series in hopes that they will enjoy them as much as I

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    beguiling fantasy

    Lysandra the Seer, her companion Cloud Dancer the Wolf and Renan the Priest have stopped Baron Giraldus and his sorcerer Aurya in their effort to have the Baron named as the High King. Perhaps more critical they have found the heir to the throne of Aghamore, Selia. However, proof of her ascendancy remains limited to the prophecy of the Thirteenth Scroll of Tambryn naming the Font of Wisdom. Since she does not know how to use her powers being inexperienced in magic and politics, many especially the barons do not agree to the naive lass sitting on the throne left unoccupied since King Anri died without a child. Still, if Selia persuades the Archbishop of her right as the next monarch, she will fulfill her destiny. However, devious Bishop-ordinary Elon Gallivan assisted by his lackeys Giraldus and Aurya control the Archbishop through forbidden evil beings. At the same time, the barons and an invading army say otherwise. Fans of epic fantasy battles between good and evil will want to read THE TRUEST POWER, a delightful sequel to the wonderful THE THIRTEENTH SCROLL. Though the book stands alone, as with many series in this genre, it is better to peruse the first novel before devouring this tale as the prequel sets the stage for book two. Still the story line is filled with adventure, much of the magical in nature. The key good guys seem authentic even those yielding non-human powers while the malevolence is as nasty as they get. If the first two books are any indicators Rebecca Neason will beguile are enslaved audience with her next tale. Harriet Klausner

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