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City of Lies (The Keepers Trilogy #2)

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A gripping fantasy adventure: the exciting sequel to "Museum of Thieves." Six months have passed since the Great Storm, and Goldie Roth is trapped at home again, this time by the invisible chains of love and guilt. But when Toadspit's sister Bonnie is abducted by a mysterious criminal called Harrow, Goldie must leave home in a bold attempt to rescue her friends ... "In the ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Wendy
Just assume that if I listen to an audiobook narrated by Claudia Black, that I will be giving her performance five stars. Not only does she once again do an excellent job with the various characters, but I continue to be amazed by how she can pull so much emotion from words on a page. It’s impossible not to get wrapped up in the action and emotion when she is so completely immersed in her telling. Not that this is surprising for me. I’ve been known to shed real and true tears along with her as s ...more
Dasha K.
Feb 22, 2016 Dasha K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book is the second book in the Keepers trilogy. In this book, Toadspit and his sister, Bonnie are kidnapped by a mysterious villain named Harrow. Goldie must find her friends in the city of Spoke, during the Festival of Lies, during which the city itself is a lie, and everything you say is something else, resulting that no one can be trusted.

I would rate this a five star book, because, like the previous one, it was a page turner. The book opened a new world and I could practically see the
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Erica
Feb 20, 2012 Erica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I've just read too much series fiction lately so I'm more critical of it, but while I enjoyed this novel I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the first installment. This book takes place in an entirely different place than the first for most of the story and while it was an interesting city I was eager to read more of the museum and disappointed that there wasn't much of it in this installment. I liked the new characters, but once again there were already so many characters in the first nove ...more
Leslie
Goldie isn’t the only accomplished Liar and Thief to return in this sequel to Museum of Thieves. We get to experience a whole City of Liars. Shoot, even the City is a Liar. I adore the author of this children’s book series, I really do.

Lian Tanner’s sequel to the brilliant Museum of Thieves is among the better of Book Twos that I have read. In City of Lies Tanner sets us right back down into the City of Jewel and Goldie’s life. It is only a short while after the ending of Museum of Thieves and e
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Lyn Battersby
May 13, 2012 Lyn Battersby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: awards
Lyn is a judge for the Aurealis Awards. This review is the personal opinion of Lyn herself, and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of any judging panel, the judging coordinator or the Aurealis Awards management team.

This book won the 2012 Aurealis Awards for Children's Fiction. I am so glad the awards are over so I can tell everyone about City of Lies here on Goodreads.


I have to admit, I went into this book with reservations. I hadn't read book one, had no idea who the characters were or
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Brian
Mar 29, 2015 Brian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Overall this was not a good book. It was book two of a series, but I didnt figure that out until I was somewhat invested in the book. It worked okay that I hadnt read (or heard of) the first book. I appreciate when sequels are like that. You know there is a history and they allude to it enough that if you are significantly interested you can go back and read it!

But, like I said overall not very good. The story! The big lie thing was an absolutely atrocious turn of events. I skipped the majority
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Thoraiya
May 06, 2012 Thoraiya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ALSO not what I'm supposed to be reading...

...but TOO GOOD TO STOP. Just as exciting as "Museum of Thieves."

Friend, Upon Being Offered Book 1: "I don't really want to read a book for eight year olds."

Me (Out Loud): "Ha ha! Fair enough!"

Me (Secretly): "I don't mind still being eight years old...in all the magical and adventurous ways that count!"

One star deducted for my pet peeve, (view spoiler) . This may not be everyone's peeve, however.
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Aelvana
Aug 19, 2014 Aelvana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Six months have passed since the city of Jewel was turned upside-down by the Great Storm. Children no longer go around chained to their parents, the Blessed Guardians have been disbanded, and Goldie's parents have been freed from the House of Repentance. But Goldie is, somehow, less happy than she was before. Her parents still suffer the effects of their imprisonment, but Toadspit and the other Museum keepers want her to become a keeper with them. It all culminates when a kidnapping forces Goldi ...more
Avalon
The "City of Lies" continues the amazing Keepers Trilogy and does a good job of bringing the readers back in. It takes you into a place where the Mysterious and incredibly dangerous Harrow is known by all the citizens of Spoke. Having captured Goldie's friend and his sister she is taken to the city of Spoke.
The whole Idea of having a Festival of Lies is quite intriguing. Everyone hoped for a Big Lie that began with the air fizzing and you found yourself in a place where you had always wanted to
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Samy
Feb 28, 2014 Samy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'City of lies' is a very good book. It just took me four days to complete it. I didn't know that this book is the 2nd one in the series, so I directly read it. So, at first it was hard to know and understand all the characters and their aim, but then the story became quite self explanatory. I loved the story. It is the story of Goldie, who saves her friends Toadspit and his sister Bonnie from a city unknown to her. But there is one more difficulty- the festival of lies, where everything a person ...more
Pamela Huxtable
Nov 03, 2014 Pamela Huxtable rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, kid-s
City of Lies is the second book in The Keepers series by Lian Tanner. Tanner keeps the main characters of Toadspit and Goldie central in this book, but moves the action away from the Museum. Toadspit's sister Bonnie has been kidnapped, and Toadspit and Goldie jump aboard the ship where she is captive just as it sails away. Toadspit is captured, but Goldie remains free when the boat in the strange city of Spoke, which is gearing up for the Festival of Lies. Goldie bravely gathers allies, and come ...more
Brenda
Apr 23, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After I finished the Museum of Thieves I had so many questions that I was uncertain as to how I felt about the book. I wasn't sure of the main message - was it freedom, was it being wary of the cruelty that comes from lust for power, was it listening to the voice within and acting on what you know in your heart to be right? Why was the museum alive with wildness? Is wildness good?

Some of those questions remain now that I have completed The City of Lies, but I am not bothered by the wondering. I
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Victoria Whipple
In this second installment in the series, Goldie has to go to the city of Spoke to try to save her friend Toadspit and his sister Bonnie. Goldie and Toadspit had been on their way to the Museum of Dunt in the middle of the night, and Bonnie decided to follow them. When two strange men pass them, the kids don't pay much attention...until they realize that Bonnie is gone. Who are those men? And why did they take Bonnie? And where are they taking her? As the two try to help Bonnie, Toadspit is also ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Okay, let's see if I can pull this review off without making it another gush-fest on my love for Claudia Black. As usual, her narration is fantastic, but for this second book of The Keepers Trilogy, I want to focus on the story because that's what I think really shines.

After the events of The Museum of Thieves, Goldie Roth has been offered the chance to become a Keeper of the Museum of Dunt. But then her new friend Toadspit's little sister Bonnie is stolen away, and so the two older children tak
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Barb Middleton
May 09, 2012 Barb Middleton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the second book in the Keepers series, book one is theMuseum of Thieves. You need to read the first one otherwise this one will be confusing, especially the shifts in plot or references to the museum, Keepers, and Guardians from the city of Jewel. Some of the questions in the first book are answered such as who set off the bomb and we start to see why Goldie was chosen to be a Keeper - this is tied in with her discovering whose voice is in her head.



Goldie plays the hero as she sets off t
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Teegan
Feb 17, 2012 Teegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“You were born to be the fifth Keeper. It is your destiny”

The second heart-stopping adventure in The Keepers Trilogy. Goldie Roth want to be the fifth keeper in the Museum of Dunt but she cannot leave her parents. While Toadspit and Goldie walk to the museum Toadspit’s sister Bonnie follows them. Bonnie shows of her archery skills and runs to get her arrow and gets kidnapped. Goldie and Toadspit are forced to follow the kidnappers to the strange city of Spoke. When Toadspit to gets kidnapped, Go
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One Pushy Fox
Oct 06, 2012 One Pushy Fox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2012
Amazing world building and artful character building return with Lian Tanner’s second book in the Keeper’s trilogy!

Different Kinds of Oppression
In book 2 of this series, we find ourselves back in Jewel, mere weeks after the end of Museum of Thieves. As in the first book, we start off from Goldie’s perspective and again we see her in a sad state of affairs. This time she’s caring for her parents who are still ravaged mentally and physically from their time in the house of corrections. She’s doing
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Jennifer (JC-S)
Sep 30, 2011 Jennifer (JC-S) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer (JC-S) by: fionnabhair@bigpond.com
Shelves: librarybooks
‘A Big Lie isn’t the least bit convincing when you’re in it.’

Life seems to be returning to normal, in the city of Jewel, after the upheaval some months earlier (as related in the ‘Museum of Thieves’). Goldie Roth is both a trained thief and a skilful liar, and she should also be one of the Keepers of the Museum of Dunt, together with her friend Toadspit. But while Goldie desperately wants to be a Keeper, her parents are ill after their time in the House of Repentance, and she does not want to le
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Dawn
Apr 06, 2013 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wendy, Rose, Jess, Kate F., Patty, etc
This second book in The Keepers trilogy keeps the excitement going. It was great! Very imaginative, new setting and new adventures for Goldie and her friends. I guessed the main revelation in the book, but it was still rewarding seeing how Goldie got there. Fascinating new magic with "big lies." I liked the new character Mouse. The part about Princess Fresia was also fascinating, as are possible further implications.

I don't want to be hard-hearted, but I'm getting impatient with Goldie's parents
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Hollowspine
Oct 28, 2012 Hollowspine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the sequel to Museum of Thieves Goldie is questioning her 'destiny.' Should she continue working in the Museum of Dunt or should she remain home, a faithful daughter to her damaged parents? Her heart is pulled in two directions.

However, she doesn't pause or hesitate when Toadspit's sister is kidnapped. The two kids chase down the thieves and follow them aboard ship to Spoke, where a festival of lies is about to commence. When Toadspit too is captured Goldie is left to save them both from the
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Sandy
May 14, 2016 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A young girl is kidnapped and her brother goes to her rescue and is likewise taken. They are taken to a city where a festival is in progress. The festival much like Mardi Gras except that large swirling pockets of wishes can be found. When found, you can have any wish you want for 24 hours and something comes back with you to keep forever. The story was very cleverly done.
Storm
Feb 08, 2016 Storm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, buy-these
Ooooh Gods o.o Looks like the City of Jewel isn't quite finished with it's troubles yet!!

Goldie's back in action, along with her friends at the Museum of Dunt, but it's a whole new Terror this time that's stirring up trouble. Even the Museum is acting up cause of it! Goldie's got a Big Task ahead of her, if she's to figure things out and save her friends from danger.
Michiel
We listened to this on audio. I am so grateful to have audio books to listen to. Otherwise, I'd never find some of the great new books out there. This is the second in a series. I strongly recommend reading the first beforehand, though it is not necessary.

Even just listening to the book, and over a period of weeks at that, the author manages to juggle several characters, several locations, and even a parallel universe, and it is all perfectly clear.

I love that the characters are edgy but still b
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EBugs
Jul 22, 2014 EBugs rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Number two in the series is a filler - there is no end to the story, just build-up for the third book in the trilogy. I feel manipulated when publishers do this to me. Yet, I will still read #3, so I guess they win.


Julia
Apr 27, 2014 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terrific follow-up to Museum of Thieves! Great characters and a truly unique and interesting "world". There is a wee time conundrum that I'm glad the author didn't try to sort out. I can't wait to read the next one!
Stephanie
My copy is missing pages 87-134 inclusive(I have no idea how this happened) so I can't rate whole story. Was really looking forward to reading this as I really enjoyed The Museum of Thieves.
Gus Snarp
May 25, 2016 Gus Snarp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As good as the first, the world is expanded and new kinds of magic are revealed. This book starts to take a darker turn, but is still appropriate for most kids.
Sylvia
Jan 19, 2015 Sylvia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
Enjoyed it. There was a little too much repetition and got annoying, I even found Goldie to be annoying at times. I like Mouse and Pounce, they are lovable characters.
Kim Gontarz
Goldie must rescue her friends from the child-stealers in the City of Spoke during the Festival of Lies. Who is behind it all but the evil Fugleman.
LisaSunshineGirl
I really enjoyed the first book of this series, but had some critiques of the second installment. Especially the fact that it ended in a cliffhanger.
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Lian Tanner has been dynamited while scuba diving and arrested while busking. She once spent a week in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, hunting for a Japanese soldier left over from the Second World War. She likes secrets, old bones, and animals that are not what they seem. Nowadays she lives by the beach in southern Tasmania with her cat, Harry-le-beau, who has his own blog at vampiremice.wordpre ...more
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