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Author: Beatty, Melinda
When the King hears that Only Fallow can see lies and only tells the truth, he summons her, and she must learn to navigate the dangerous, political world of the King's court.
Kirkus Reviews (05/15/18)
School Library Journal (05/01/18)
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School Library Journal - 05/01/2018 Gr 4–6—Only Fallow has a unique gift: she can see lies as a shimmer of color around the teller. Telling a lie of her own, however, brings unimaginable pain. She is warned by her family to keep this power a secret, but soon the king learns of her ability and sends his men to bring Only to his castle. When she arrives, she learns just how wide the seeds of discord within the kingdom have been sown and how deeply fixed their roots have become. It is her job to help the king identify friends from foes. As Only becomes further embroiled in the castle intrigue, she determines the only way to save herself and her family is to stay in the service of the king. With enemies who have their own particular cunning, Only has the truth to protect her—and the truth to do her harm. In this stunning debut novel, Beatty crafts a world rich with its own mythology and filled with strong heroes. VERDICT This well-developed and original fantasy is a must-have for any middle grade collection.—Wayne R. Cherry Jr., St. Pius X High School, Houston - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 05/01/2018 A girl who can see lies is thrust into the middle of a political firestorm. Only Fallow loves her home on the orchard, which her family runs for the king. But when she sees firsthand how the children of an oppressed group called the Ordish are kidnapped and forced into servitude for the king, Only burns with anger. When her lie-detecting powers are discovered, Only is forced to leave home and serve the king, too. Along the way, Only encounters friends, foes, and the rumblings of a mysterious rebellion, all of which complicate her mission to figure out what the king is up to, save her loved ones, and fight for change. Only’s first-person narration is an intriguing blend of folksiness and lyricism. The idiomatic language might take some getting used to at first, but Beatty compellingly weaves together world building, action, and political intrigue. Only’s world is also filled with strong, witty, and wise female characters. A smart, captivating fantasy-adventure that will leave readers hungry for more of Only’s story. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.