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Wednesday 4 January 2012

Review: City of Lies (The Keepers #2)

This fast paced adventure begins with Goldie Roth being offered the honourable role of Fifth Keeper in the Museum of Dunt. Due to the declining health of her parents, Goldie decides to refuse the position in person.

“Tonight she would reply. Never”

This is when the trouble begins.

During her journey to the Museum, Goldie finds her friends Toadspit and Bonnie whisked away by kidnappers, and so begins her adventure in Stoke, where the Festival of Lies is about to begin. Stoke is an odd city, where everything said is twisted into a lie, and no one can be trusted. Goldie must access all her skills as liar and thief to survive through the festival and rescue her friends.
The return of the Fugleman and his underlying ambitions, the mystery of the infamous Harrow, and the promise of characters being swept up in the mystique of a ‘Big Lie’, left me enchanted! There are plenty of twists and turns to keep one guessing!

The wonderful array of characters, including thieving street children, a convict marching band, inept child-stealers, and animals that are almost human-like (such as mothering mice!), made this voyage all the more satisfying. The colourful imagery of the costumes, and the city of Stoke, make this an intriguing read. If you enjoy adventure and fantasy, this second instalment of The Keepers trilogy will not fail to please.

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Review by Bree Sherd

Title: City of Lies (The Keepers #2)
Author: Lian Tanner
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $22.99 RRP
Publication Date: October 2011
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9781742371962
For ages: 8-12
Type: Junior Fiction, Middle Fiction