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Liar's Moon by Elizabeth C. Bunce
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Feb 02, 2012

it was amazing

This was my VOYA review for this amazing book (yes, these are MY words in a nationally published professional journal); Some spoilers ahead:

Bunce brings back Digger, the clever thief/con artist from Starcrossed (Arthur A. Levine, 2010/VOYA February 2011), after leaving readers wondering what her fate would be once she departed from the Nemairs’ castle. Digger returns to Gerse, her hometown, and her previous way of life but is caught and thrown into a cell with Durrel Decath. Decath once saved her life, so Digger feels compelled to help him when she discovers he has been framed for his wife’s murder. The investigation into the murder makes Digger a player in a complex plot involving bribery, poison, magic, and family secrets. The bigger picture involves her brother, the Inquisitor, the prince she helped rescue who is now charging the city, and the ill king who struggles to hold onto his throne. The best part is that just when readers may think Digger’s adventures are over, a rather startling surprise is thrown at them in the last lines.

As with Starcrossed, Bunce excels in weaving together several plot points and characters without weighing down the novel. Fan of Cashore’s Graceling(Graphia, 2009/VOYA October 2008) will greatly enjoy Digger’s unique voice and strength of character, along with Bunce’s ability to fully immerse readers in a finely crafted world. This book, along with its prequel, should be on most library shelves as both have a wide appeal, not just with the fantasy crowds, but also with readers who have the patience to savor the brilliant world and characters Bunce has created.
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