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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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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
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
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
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
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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Blyu

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
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
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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
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
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.
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
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April 21, 2010
IRP: The Book of Lies


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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S. Hall
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
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
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
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
Emma
I was required to read this book for an english assignment and at first i was like "Oh this is going to be a boring book" when i started to read i didn't give that much enthusiasm but the more i read the more interested i was with this book. It was also a different sort of book for me like the time it was set in, it made me want to read more books set around that era.
Cindy
A new boy arrives at the orphanage, but he can't remember anything about his past. All he knows is that his name is Marcel. Marcel quickly makes friends with an odd girl named Bea. Upstairs from their rooms is a strange wizard with a terrible beast. When Marcel and Bea steal a mysterious book, they learn that everything Marcel has been told about himself is a lie. They try to figure out how to use the book to discover the truth, but it will be a long more complicated - and more dangerous - than ...more
Jennifer
I think this is a junior secondary book, rather than what I"d consider a YA novel.
My youngest daughter has loved this trilogy for a while, and insisted that I read it. And I was not disappointed. Moloney is a homegrown Australian author, and this series would stack up against anything in the realm of fantasy written for this age group.
His imagination is terrific, the plot twists are unusually well executed, I think, and the characterisation very good indeed. There's no content of concern to the
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Deborah Ideiosepius
Picked up accidentally at a book fair, I was delighted to find another Brisbane author.

I did very much enjoy this book, will review further, later.
nephilim_historian
I loved this book. As well as a thrilling plot with many twists and turns, it has a beautiful poetical essence that drew me in right from the very beginning. There is the exact mix of adventure and dialogue to keep the reader intrigued with every page, which will turn quickly. It is fairly simple and an easy read but definitely has a lot of depth in the concepts and themes. I found it very satisfying and can't wait to find out what other plot twists James Moloney has thrown into his story. So al ...more
Lucinda
Phenomenal book series. I even read them in the wrong order and I still loved it!
Liz Overberg
Although the writing and action in this book were very simplistic, I still wasn't able to predict some of the twists and turns in the plot. The story was very creative, but I think some of the concepts would be lost on the reader that this book is intended for. I read this through the lens of "would this be a good book for a 5th or 6th grader reading independently?" and the answer was no, it would probably be too confusing. But when I asked myself if it would be good for an older reader, the ans ...more
Petra Be
I wish I could give 3 and a half stars.
The idea of the book was great.
But the first half of the book was just average, the only bit that stood out was the part where Marcel wanted to get rid of the ring and was willing to do anything. Aside from that, it was just a story where everything went too smoothly to be believable.
However, the second half was, in my humble opinion, great.
The only thing that bothered me was how dumb the main characters were. They should have realised way earlier that the
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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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