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City of Lies by Lian Tanner
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May 13, 2012

it was amazing
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Read in January, 2012

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 how their world came to be. Based on this fact alone I expected to write the book off fairly quickly. To my relief, then delight, I found my expectations to be very wrong. This book was brilliant in all the right ways. It was well written with clear language and easy going plot. Better than that, it worked perfectly both as a stand alone novel (I hadn't read book one) and as part of a greater narrative arc.

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