But not reading the first book didn't take away from the experience of reading the second, Son of Truth. Morgan did a good job of hinting at the backstory without rehashing it and provided just enough information to help me understand what was going on in the new story.
As the Shadonae invade the post-war city of Thyra, healer and truthsayer Rowen Mayer becomes enslaved to the immoral pirate, Drake, and forced to heal for money. Drake sells Nierne, a monastery librarian, to an influential rich woman who intends to use the lovely redhead to "entertain" her male guests. Captain Lore gives up his position in the White City regimen to search for Rowen, and Caleb Tala, the once-assassin, now-truthsayer strives to save Nierne.