“What would you say if I told you there was a time a Safe-Keeper told a secret, a Truth-Teller told a lie, and a Dream-Maker did everything in her power to make sure a wish went astray? Believe what I tell you, for I am a Truth-Teller, and every word I say is true.” Thus the Truth-Tellers Tale by Sharon Shinn begins.
Adele & Eleda are Innkeepers daughters, twins & opposite in nearly every way. Their appearances are mirror images of each other, as well as their names & their personalities. Eleda the Truth-Teller is often used to referee childrens games, or give opinions on outfits, for she can tell no lies. Adele the Safe-Keeper is given all the confidences and secrets of the village's inhabitants. When the 2 are mistaken for each other, it sets off a chain of events that will change their lives, and the lives of their friends.
A mysterious dance instructor and his young apprentice find their way to the Inn, and quickly charm their way into society. Their friend Roellyn's father is determined that she'll marry a prince, but she's fallen for the apprentice. Eleda can't shake the feeling that the instructor is not what he claims to be, but feels a strange attraction to him nonetheless. Adele has fallen for a boy she can't have, but seems maddeningly assured that all will work out though of course she can't say why.
Nearly all little girls love fairy tales. If you're like me, and you never grew out of it, you will thoroughly enjoy this book.
**I read this for the Library Reading Challenge, YA Reading Challenge, and Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge.