Goldie Roth is a trained thief and a skilled liar. Along with her friend Toadspit, she’s supposed to be one of the Keepers of the mysterious Museum of Dunt. But although she desperately wants to be a Keeper, she will not leave her sick parents to do so.
But when Toadspit’s sister Bonnie is stolen, he and Goldie are forced to follow the child-stealers to the neighboring city of Spoke. Along the way, Toadspit too is captured, and Goldie is caught up in the Festival of Lies, where every word she says means something else and no one can be trusted. There, Goldie discovers some dangerous secrets—secrets that the child-stealers will kill to protect. She will need all her skills as a thief and a liar if she is to survive and save her friends.
Different Kinds of Oppression
Political Intrigue for Kids
City of Lies continues the political thriller aspect of the Keeper trilogy, which is absolutely fascinating when you think that it’s a MG Fantasy! The plot lines are tight, drawing the reader from one series of events to the next, nearly breathless as we wonder not only about Goldie and her quest to save her friends, but also to find out who’s pulling the strings and what their ultimate goal is. What interested me most when I realized how much this story is like many adult fiction stories about the halls of power and the corrupt things that go on there, was how much the political game is one that can truly make sense at a young age. The impulses are so primal, so basic, that it’s truly just the school yard (or the street full of urchins as is the case in Spoke) writ large.
Transported to Another Land
Get your own Audiobook at audible: City of Lies (unabridged, 5hrs 58 min)
Narrator, Claudia Black, returns to bring this second book to life and she brings her A game! What a delight to listen to, such an amazing storyteller, with her ability to bring each and every character off the page and into the listener’s ears. This audiobook was an absolute treasure! I highly recommend reading this book in this format!
The third and final book, Path of Beasts, is due out in a mere couple of months and I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!! If you read my review of the first book, Museum of Thieves, you may remember that I mentioned Lian Tanner has a supremely awesome website full of games and goodies, though, to tide you through the wait until the final book comes out this fall. So definitely check that out.
And before I let you guys go, I’m wondering, has anyone read either Museum of Thieves or City of Lies? Did you love them? Hate them? Are you as ridiculously in love with Sinew as I am? I *heart* that silly German dude hard!!! Either way, let me know in the comments!