City of Lies

(2011)
City of Lies book cover

Book 2 of the Keepers Trilogy

In this second book, Goldie Roth is accompanied by her friends from the first book on another adventure. New characters are introduced and assist Goldie and Toadspit in their adventure. Goldie is reluctant to become the fifth Keeper of the mysterious Museum of Dunt. Even though she wants to be a keeper, she feels a duty to protect and take care of her sick parents.

While going to the museum to give them her answer, she meets Toadspit and his sister, Bonnie. Bonnie is kidnapped and the two of them stow away on a boat to follow the child-stealers to the neighboring city of Spoke. Along the way, Toadspit is captured also, and Goldie is caught up in the Festival of Lies, where every word she says means something else and no one can be trusted. Some of the characters that Goldie meets includes the two street urchins, Pounce and Mouse, Mouse’s pet mice, a mysterious cat, the Museum’s slaughter bird, Morg, the bandmaster, and the villains, Cord and Smudge.

The plot becomes more intriguing and mysterious when Goldie becomes involved in a “Big Lie”. She learns some hidden secrets about the kidnappers and the villainess Fugleman back in the city of Jewel. This fast-paced and lively fantasy sequel to Museum of Thieves will keep readers involved with finding the solutions. The end of the novel leads the group back to Jewel to fight the Fugleman.

The story is appropriate for grades 4 through 8, and even older readers will enjoy the series.

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