The first one is called Museum of Thieves.
And I'm almost done with City of Lies.
And then I'll need to get my hands on Path of Beasts.
So, what is it I love about these books? (I'm so glad you asked.)
Oh, so much! The brilliant characters I completely adore and want to see succeed, the fun fantasy element involving a museum which holds all the horrible stuff the world doesn't want anymore, the vicious villian who is conniving and smart and loads of trouble, the plot exciting plot twists and the completely fascinating world Lian Tanner has created. I especially love the idea of the Festival of Lies in the second book. What a crazy brilliant holiday!
Here's the blurb about the first book, Museum of Thieves from Goodreads...
Welcome to the tyrannical city of Jewel, where impatience is a sin and boldness is a crime.Goldie Roth has lived in Jewel all her life. Like every child in the city, she wears a silver guardchain and is forced to obey the dreaded Blessed Guardians. She has never done anything by herself and won’t be allowed out on the streets unchained until Separation Day.
When Separation Day is canceled, Goldie, who has always been both impatient and bold, runs away, risking not only her own life but also the lives of those she has left behind. In the chaos that follows, she is lured to the mysterious Museum of Dunt, where she meets the boy Toadspit and discovers terrible secrets. Only the cunning mind of a thief can understand the museum’s strange, shifting rooms. Fortunately, Goldie has a talent for thieving.
Which is just as well, because the leader of the Blessed Guardians has his own plans for the museum—plans that threaten the lives of everyone Goldie loves. And it will take a daring thief to stop him. . . .
Museum of Thieves is a thrilling tale of destiny and danger, and of a courageous girl who has never been allowed to grow up—until now.
Sounds fantastic, right?
And not only am I simply enjoying the ride as I read these books, I'm learning so much that I can apply to my own WIP. I love the tension Lian builds with her characters. I love the relationshop between Goldie and Toadspit and how they come to rely on each other even though at first they do not like each other one bit. I have a similiar relationship in my WIP which I'm trying to build. I also love how Goldie wants to leave the museum at first, but then realizes she wants to stay. Needs to stay. And she fears she won't pass the test she must take in order to have the priveledge of staying.
Great lessons in these books.
Question of the Day:
Have you read anything great lately? Anything that made you look at your WIP in a new light? Or taught you something new about writing?