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The Book of Lies (Book Trilogy #1)

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In the dead of night, four faceless men bring a sleeping boy to an orphanage in the remote high country of Elster. Here, an ageing wizard, Lord Alwyn, steals away the boy’s memory using the magical Book of Lies. But Lord Alwyn is secretly thwarted by a girl called Bea, who hears the boy’s name: Marcel. When a stranger arrives, Marcel discovers he has a vital part to play i ...more
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Published 2005 by Louis Braille Audio (first published 2004)
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Magda
I was getting ready to type a review, and I remembered that I really liked this book, but the ending suggested that there was a sequel. I was elated to find that there are at least two more books, but disappointed that my library doesn't carry either. Augh.

Interesting premise. The twists and turns at first are difficult to figure out, but not frustrating, but during the action in the middle of the book, it gets annoying that the main characters haven't figured a few things out yet. The Book of L
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Grey Grimly
Aug 08, 2011 Grey Grimly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book, it has a lot of twists and turns that I never expected. This is the kind of book I could read over and over and never get tired of.
Ann
The first in a series of three. Mystical, adventurous story of good over evil. The idea of the book of lies from which the title is drawn, brings forward that a person's faith should be in what he/she knows to be true and to value your own judgment; that we are responsible for our own actions and the consequences which result.
Touches of Merlin and 'The Sword in the Stone' in these stories, with the rightful heirs having special powers and guided and protected by magic. Young readers who liked J
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Deneé
Apr 21, 2012 Deneé rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Had I'd read this book as a kid, I most certainly would have loved it! I really like it now too, with it's simplicity in character and plot descriptions, much different from adult books. This book was very imaginative and seemed to combine elements of Lord of the Rings, The sword in the stone: king arthur, and even a bit of dr. doolittle, haha! If there is a sequel to this book, as the ending might entail, I'd certainly read it. I checked this book out for my little brother to read, and when he ...more
Ian Fraser
First ever book that I read of James Moloney, and was basically my favourite book half way through,
The series actually had consistency in the quality of story telling and was an overall awesome read.
Roshni
Jun 24, 2013 Roshni rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Decent children's fantasy book, the storyline could be predicted from the first chapter. Eleanor and her husband's betrayal was obvious, and it was only logical to conclude that the person they depicted as bad was actually good. Very simple to deduce the plot and not many unexpected events.
Julia Jeon
Mar 13, 2011 Julia Jeon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
There are so many twists in this book and it was bit confusing at first, but when you read through it again, you realise things that haven't occured to you. Many actions and stuff, too. Sequels: Master of the Books, The Book from Baden Dark.
ThenSingsMySoul
I found the concept of this book quite intriguing. Honestly, I still do. However, this was yet another example of poorly executed, but fascinating premise.

The book was broken up into three sections,which I thought was distracting and unnecessary. Very rarely should books be chopped up in this manner. The sections were broken up by the current location of the characters. This would have made sense if each section focused on a different character or if it was a book that switched between time-pe
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Neirlave

Started: 7/4
Finished: 14/6

The Book of Lies by James Moloney

Rating: 2.5/5

So the deal with this book is that I’ve had this book since six years ago, sitting on my shelf because I never returned it to my primary school library– I paid for the book because I lost it. And then I found it of course, so it just sat there collecting dust. The Book of Lies is a pleasant fantasy book for children. It started off slowly, before really gaining momentum and started gripping the reader. I was never fully enth
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Belinda
The whole idea of this book was fantastic. It was really interesting and captured my attention.
Overall I guess I liked this book. Not really liked though.

I think what it was lacking was probably a main plot. At least to me, it felt like it was just a jumble of sub-plots all stuck together into one big book. It felt more like shorter books crammed into one. What was the main plot? The main purpose?
After one plot was "completed", a new one cropped up. Right after the characters have finished this
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Ameya
Aug 02, 2013 Ameya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book of princes and princesses, heroes and heroines
“The Book of Lies” starts with an orphan: a boy, delivered to an orphanage called Mrs. Timmins's Home for Foundlings and Orphans. So far, so fantasy-mainstream. But there any thought of clichés ends. First of all the characters are interesting in the extreme:
the kindly Mrs. Timmins, (reminiscent of Professor McGonagall of Harry Potter)
a gigantic black cat called Termagant with claws like knives that terrifies adults and children alike
a flying
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Anne
Dec 29, 2009 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Buffy Greentree
It was only after I read this book I found out it was written by a Brisbane writer, which is quite exciting.
However, I have to admit I wasn't particularly enthralled by the book itself. It was an adequate tale aimed at younger readers, and the concept of a book of lies was interesting enough. However, just because a book is for younger readers does not mean it can lack depth and complexity in world building, character motivation, and writing.
I found the use of Greek mythology in a vaguely Europ
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Alessia
Nov 16, 2014 Alessia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was a good story idea with lots of action and many twists and turns but I have to admit it was a tough read. The writing style was kind of...bad. All the characters were under-developed (especially Bea) and their personalities had no depth. The author only showed us what they said and what they did and not much of what they felt, thought, wanted. The story, all though good, was predictable in some parts. I really wanted to get immersed in this book and it's world but I just couldn't, not with ...more
Rachel Lightwood
2.5 stars

A solid book but too young and simple for my tastes.

Full review to come asap.
Penny
I cannot rave about this book enough! The blurb grabbed me when I picked it up and from the moment I started I was hooked.

I am normally one of 'those people' who skip straight to the last chapter as soon as they get a whiff of what is going on, but with this book, it was so well written I really couldn't predict what was going to happen, although I was constantly thinking about it so not once did I head to the end.

The story is a really well woven tale and I was overjoyed to find out there were
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Tom Payne
Jan 04, 2015 Tom Payne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is based around a young boy named Marcel who arrived at an orphanage in the high country where a powerful wizard named Lord Alwyn used The Book Of Lies to take away his memory. All he could remember was a new fake name that Lord Alwyn had given him. But Lord Alwyn's plan was fooled when a young girl named Bea heard his real name "Marcel". Marcel soon learns that book can tell falsehood from truth. But when a knight named starkly steals Marcel away from Lord Alwyn. Marcel soon realises t ...more
pdarnold
This starts right off with intriguing mystery. There is some creepiness which is later brought out into the open and is then found not to be creepy/scary at all. Several twists and turns, lots of adventure, learning of whom to trust and family is what you make it to be. Friendships are forged and some broken or rather some are not what you think them to be. Great for the younger reading crowd or if your still young at heart and enjoy a good sword and sorcery adventure.
Charmaine Clancy
James Moloney has created a vivid and enticing world within the pages of this novel. I'm glad I read this book on paper rather than the Kindle, it just seemed more magical that way. Enjoyed the lyrical writing, and especially the passages from The Book of Lies (a book within a book). The protagonists were a likable bunch of kids who showed courage, loyalty and determination, even when they trembled with fear. Look forward to the next adventure in book 2.
Celine
Jan 09, 2015 Celine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
So I'm not really someone who commonly writes reviews, therefore, I expect this will be a little amateurish. The Book of Lies is a fantasy novel written for young teenagers (probs kids too) about a boy named Marcel living at an orphanage for found children. He has no memories about who he really is, and ends up in a huge adventure to reclaim his old life and save the kingdom from the usurpers.

I must say that I didn't know what to expect from this novel, but I was pleasantly surprised. The Book
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Emily
Mar 26, 2015 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did not expect this to be a children's book to the extent that it was, which is reflected in my rating. Even as a younger reader, I do not think that this book would have been one of my favourites for a couple of reasons: 1. The characters were very flat and stereotypical, which made them difficult to relate to and care about. 2. When a problem rose in the story, it was easily fixed be the main characters and therefore the story did make me wonder what was next to come. It was a easy read and ...more
Anne Hamilton
I stayed up way past bedtime to finish this intriguing fantasy.

The Book of Lies was created by the elderly magician Lord Alwyn to protect the kingdom. If someone tells the truth, it sits pretty, emanating a smug golden glow. But, if someone tells a lie, its pages ripple open and it writes down the very words they've said. What no one has realised is that, as the lies accumulate page after page, the book itself has been corrupted by the falsehood it contains. It no longer functions as the perfect
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Rachel
Apr 21, 2010 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Book of Lies
By James Moloney

The Book of Lies by James Moloney is about a boy named Marcel who has no memory of who he is. First he places his trust with the wrong people. But who can he trust? This book is about his quest to find their true identity along with his two friends. The characters are Marcel, Nicola, Bea, and Fergus, Nicola knows who she is… or at least who the book of lies wants her to think she is, the same is t
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Summer
Nov 24, 2015 Summer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An identity hidden, a future unknown, those he thought he could trust lied and murdered for their own gain. A charming tale about lies and truth, and trusting the heart.

A twelve year old boy is taken in the night to Mrs. Timmins’ Home for Orphans and Foundlings, where magic clouds his memory with lies. Upon hearing his true name, Marcel, the boy yearns to find the truth and discover who he is. He escapes on the back of a horse, which has been given wings by the magic in the Book of Lies, and joi
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Laura
Sep 14, 2014 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I read this book, but I liked it. I never got around to reading the other books as the library I hired the book from didn't have the others and I only thought about the book again years later - and by that point I was reading different things.

What I remember is that while I did like it, it didn't grip me in the way other books had. Not a bad read, but not a memorable one, like say "Watership Down" was. 3/5
Narek Aloyan
Oct 11, 2012 Narek Aloyan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose to read,"The Book of Lies", because when I read the back cover it seemed interesting to me and I'm glad I read it. Marcel and his siblings Fergus and Nicola were tricked into thinking two strangers were rightful rulers and the current ruler King Pelham was a heartless tyrant and had to be overthrown. Then when they met him it turns out the King was their father and the two strangers were their jealous cousins who tried to poison the King but instead poisoned the queen and now are attacki ...more
Chris
Feb 22, 2008 Chris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tween-fiction
As much as I hate to admit it, I'm a "cover-picker" reader, meaning I chose far too many books based on the attractiveness of their cover and not the information on the flap. Normally the system works out for me, but this time it didn't. I saw The Book of Lies and though, "Hey, that guy looks like Dumbledore!" Which I'm sure was what the artist was going for. Unfortunately, the material didn't live up to the image. The story was fast-paced, but the main character Marcel was written to be perfect ...more
Kristy Harvey
Apr 02, 2015 Kristy Harvey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually bought this book for my son, but started reading because I had run out of books for myself to read and thought it looked interesting. I didn't have high expectations, I knew it was aimed at a much younger audience.

Nonetheless I enjoyed reading this book and I think it would present lots of unexpected twists and turns for that younger audience.

Therefore I have rated it 4 stars, based on the age bracket book is aimed at.
Athena Macmillan
May 19, 2015 Athena Macmillan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining adventure for young adults with an air of fantasy that captures the imagination without taking over or making the world of the book too unbelievable. Thoroughly enjoyed it as a wee break from heartier adult novels and memoirs I've been reading as a nice palate cleanser. But why do I always compare books to food?
Steph
Jul 08, 2015 Steph rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nbhs, read-2015
Three stars is probably a bit unfair as this is probably aimed at a younger audience than I'm used to. A good fantastical adventure where the children have all the brains and courage. I found it kind of reminiscent of the Narnia chronicles and will probably read the rest of the series to see how it ends.
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My full name is James Francis Moloney and I was born in Sydney, Australia on 20 September, 1954. When I was seven years old, my family moved to Brisbane and except for the odd year or two, I have lived in Brisbane ever since. At school, I was into every sport going - cricket, footy, swimming - you name it. It's hard to believe now but in High School, I was a champion Long Jumper! After University ...more
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