The Truth Sayer by Sally Prue

The Truth Sayer

Written by Sally Prue

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The first in the Truth Sayer Series. A joyful and lighthearted fantasy series tells the story of Nian, a boy with a destiny. Taken to the House of Truth to learn the necessary skills to becoming a Lord of the Truth, Nian realises that is not what he wants to be doing. Stepping into another world to escape, he finds himself surrounded by things he doesn't understand especially when it comes to operating a toaster.

The results are hilarious. Further adventures follow as Nian becomes the most powerful person in the House of Truth and has to learn to manage his magic and, as the series develops, to use it to its best effect.

To read the books in order start with The Truth Sayer, then read March of the Owlmen and finish with the rip-roaring climax Plague of Mondays.


The Truth Sayer by Sally Prue

Nian is 'discovered' as a boy with special powers, and whisked away to be an apprentice in the House of Truth. He immediately resolves to escape - but there's only one way he can think of to get out, and that's to learn to fly. Unfortunately his powers are rather hard to control, and the process involves a certain amount of banging his head on the ceiling... Then he finds a place where the boundaries between the worlds are thin, and he stumbles into our world. There he meets Jacob, who helps him as he learns to speak the language and to start to come to grips with the funny habits of people in this world, and to start to see how he might find a place here. But then the House of Truth send someone through to hunt him down and fetch him back, and the equilibrium of the worlds starts to break down. Nian knows he will have to go back - but first he will have to rescue his pursuer, who is causing mayhem wherever he goes, and on the way help Jacob and his family through some tricky situations. On his return to the House of Truth he will use his new experiences and knowledge to change the way of life there forever.


A thought-provoking, Pullmanesque adventure set in two worlds The Times There are no bounds to Prue's imagination and invention and this is the first of an interlocking series of stories, so much fun and many thrills to come. Adele Geras This delightful fantasy puts one in mind of the early work of Diana Wynne Jones with its light touch, quirky humour and brisk pace that avoids making heavy weather of the mechanics of parallel worlds, whilst at the same time exploring the complex nature of different forms of truth. It should be an absorbing read for both girls and boys of nine and up. School Librarian [Of Cold Tom]: 'This is one of those rare, strange, wonderful books that makes you see the world through different eyes The Guardian This is an excellent book. It is gripping and exciting - you never want to put it down! The Sunday Express An outstanding debut novel The Sunday Times So compelling it almost defies description Manchester Evening News

About the Author

Sally Prue

Sally Prue first started making up stories as a teenager, when she realized that designing someone else's adventures was almost as satisfying as having her own. After leaving school Sally joined practically all the rest of her family working at the nearby paper mill. She now teaches recorder and piano and enjoys walking, painting, day-dreaming, reading and gardening. Cold Tom, Sally's first book won the Branford Boase Award and the Smarties Prize Silver Award.

Sally has two daughters and lives with her husband in Hertfordshire.

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288 pages


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Oxford University Press

Publication date

2nd April 2009




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