Thief of Lies is the first in Brenda Drake's Library Jumpers series. While at the library with her friends, Gia Kearns meets a mysterious guy who disappears. While looking at the book he had been using, she finds a scrap of paper with a single phrase in Italian. When she reads it, she and her friends get a most unexpected surprise. In the blink of an eye, they find themselves halfway across the world, in a Parisian library, with a beastie defying imagination running loose. Gia's mystery man, along with several others, arrives to save the trio. Gia Kearns she is a child if the world of Mystik, a Sentinel to be exact. A guardian of the library gateways like Arik and his team. But Gia was never meant to know the world. She was meant to remain hidden and live her life never knowing. Now that she's stumbled onto the Mystik world, events have been escalated. The wizard Conemar desires the Chiavi that will unlock the Tetrad, a terrible creature that can control the elements. Now Gua, and companions new and old, must race to find the Chiavi first. Drake has woven a mesmerising world, rich in detail. Here, the human and Mystik worlds are separated, accessible only through gateways found in libraries. These gateways are guarded by Sentinels, a group descended from knights granted magic abilities. There are many different Mystik races, from Laniars to Writhes. I was quite pleased that they were unique beings, rather than being the default werewolves and vampires. No, son. Done with that nonsense. There are also fey beings, but they are pretty cool. No cutsie faeries a lá Disney here. Gia was a likeable protagonist. While capable of fighting, she doesn't usually prefer it and she is reluctant to kill or maim. She was also a very phobic person, yet handled most phobias well when necessary. That shows a well of stubbornness and grit. Despite the phobias, she does seem a highly adaptable person, which is good in her position. Magic manifests in the form of energy globes that have differing effects. All can summon a light globe. Most Sentinels can call only one type of battle globe, though. These can be any of the elements- fire, wind, water, earth- or a number of other things like healing or stunning. Gia has two, both incredibly rare. I really like Gia's friends, Afton and Nick. They get pulled into the conflict too, and end up guests of the Mystik world. That Afton love architecture is awesome. There turns out to be more to Nick than meets the eye. I really hope it doesn't change him too much. Arik and the rest of the Sentinels are pretty cool too. They kinda remind me of magitek knights, or other Final Fantasy characters. Arik was my favourite. Haha, I immediately pictured him as a younger James Purefoy. I think it was the description of his crooked smile. It brought to mind Coleville from A Knight's Tale specifically. Overall, a great read. I'm looking forward to reading the next two books in the series! Perfect for fans of the Shadowhunters series, urban fantasy in general, or the film Jumper. ***Many thanks to Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours and the author for providing an egalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Thief of Lies
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Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels-magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books-rescue them from a demonic hound.
Jumping into some of the world's most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren't busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik's world and her own, before both are destroyed.
The Library Jumpers series is best enjoyed in order.
Book #1 Thief of Lies
Book #2 Guardian of Secrets
Book #3 Assassin of Truths
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When I first read the ...
When I first read the book description of Thief Lies, I thought that they were really jumping into books in the libraries to get them into a world in the books or into other libraries. Well, now that I did read it, they were travelling in a way into the books, not into the worlds within the books. The books and libraries acted like gateways. It was still cool. Thief of Lies, I noticed, bears some similarities to City of Bones (written by Cassandra Clare).: (1) a seemingly normal girl was branded so as to be protected (2) from something her mother's running from. (3) Her mother was a Sentinel (a Shadowhunter in Clare's world), one of the talented while her daughter, with a unique heritage, is in a prophecy (4) of a world separate from humans, a world filled with the paranormal which was separated from the mundane. That's it. Just a few similarities, really, that didn't subtract from the book.
I received this free e...
I received this free eARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. The title of this series is Library Jumpers - of course I wanted to read it! I love libraries and since I'm working in one, I thought I would love this book. Turns out that just because I have the same job as the subject doesn't mean I'm going to like it. I think this could have been a major hit with me if I didn't feel left out of the conversation. There is not enough background information for me to follow along with the story. And I'm pretty decent at needing as little as possible information to get sucked into a new world. And also, the main guy Arik? First he was giving Gia the smoldering eyes, then he is steering clear of her, and when he finds out who her parents are, within SECONDS, he decides to change his mind and smoldering eyes are back. Way too much whip lash for my tastes. I just really did not like this book. I think the author should have included some information that would make the world make more sense and actually take the reader with her, not just TELL the reader. Because when I'm reading about something about history and factual information, I am being told the information and I feel like I'm in high school and college history classes all over again. I didn't like those type of classes... Just saying...
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