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Liar's Moon
     

Liar's Moon

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by Elizabeth C. Bunce
 

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Prisons, poisons, and passions combine in a gorgeously written fantasy noir by the author of the Morris Award-winning A CURSE DARK AS GOLD. As a pickpocket, Digger expects to spend a night in jail every now and then. But she doesn't expect to find Lord Durrel Decath there as well--or to hear he's soon to be executed for killing his wife. Durrel once saved

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Prisons, poisons, and passions combine in a gorgeously written fantasy noir by the author of the Morris Award-winning A CURSE DARK AS GOLD. As a pickpocket, Digger expects to spend a night in jail every now and then. But she doesn't expect to find Lord Durrel Decath there as well--or to hear he's soon to be executed for killing his wife. Durrel once saved Digger's life, and when she goes free, she decides to use her skills as a thief, forger, and spy to investigate his case and return the favor. But each new clue only opens up more mysteries. While Durrel's marriage was one of convenience, his behavior has been more impulsive than innocent. His late wife had an illegal business on the wrong side of the civil war raging just outside the city gates. Digger keeps finding forbidden magic in places it has no reason to be. And it doesn't help that she may be falling in love with a murderer . . .

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"This is a confection of romantic fantasy, light and speedy in the reading and reminiscent in flavor of works by Tamora Pierce or Hilari Bell. . . . A mix of the rambunctious and the refined.” -- Horn Book

“This mystery/fantasy hybrid is intriguing and complex, and the setting is well-imagined. Digger is a scrappy, cynical, morally deficient, yet honorable, thief. Readers who like independent heroines and/or Philip Pullman's “Sally Lockhart Mystery” series (Knopf) will enjoy this novel.” -- School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Dawna Lisa Buchanan
Celyn (or Digger, as some know her) has returned to Gerse in disguise, but she is immediately arrested and thrown into jail for no reason that she can understand. There she meets a man who saved her life in the past—Durrel Decath—who has been accused of murdering his wife. In a complex series of twisted motives and amid a large cast of characters, the feisty Celyn uncovers a plot involving murder, extortion, and politics. Decath's deceased wife was involved in a smuggling ring that exploited people who have magical powers. They were promised escape to freedom for a high price, but then often abandoned, killed, or forgotten. Ceyln, who has magical powers herself, slowly falls in love with Durrel, and struggles to find the magic users who have disappeared. The story peaks with a fierce battle to free the enslaved. This romantic fantasy adventure is beautifully written, but new readers will have to exercise patience as they decipher a complex back story with multiple references to characters and events that occurred prior to this sequel to StarCrossed. Bunce has created a witty, independent character in Celyn, with a sardonic sense of humor and an ethical sense of responsibility. Readers, stay tuned. Reviewer: Dawna Lisa Buchanan
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Durrel and Raffin from Starcrossed (Scholastic, 2010) are back. Pickpocket Digger is now in her home city of Gerse, but life has not returned to normal. Civil war is dividing the country and the peoples' loyalties. Those with magical gifts are being imprisoned and tortured; and Digger's brother, Werne the Inquisitor, is trying to compel her to assist him in rounding them up. In the midst of this, the young lord Durrel has been arrested for the murder of his wife. As he once saved Digger's life, she vows to help him. What she discovers is a muddle of politics, intrigue, and poison that even the most accomplished sleuth would be hard pressed to sort out. This mystery/fantasy hybrid is intriguing and complex, and the setting is well-imagined. Digger is a scrappy, cynical, morally deficient, yet honorable, thief. Readers who like independent heroines and/or Philip Pullman's "Sally Lockhart Mystery" series (Knopf) will enjoy this novel. Although confident readers can follow the twisting plot, the complicated situations may cause confusion for some teens not familiar with the first book.—Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO
Kirkus Reviews
A solid fantasy sequel embroils its irresistible heroine in mystery, intrigue and romance (StarCrossed, 2010). Erstwhile lady's maid, forger and spy Digger is back in the besieged city of Gerse--picking pockets, avoiding the fanatic Greenmen and looking for any opportunity to aid Prince Wierolf and his rebel allies. But when her friend Lord Durrel is imprisoned for poisoning his wife, Digger devotes her skills to proving his innocence. The titular moon belongs to the god of wine, deception and thieves, all of which play significant roles in a convoluted narrative involving murder, magic, smuggling, sex, blackmail, bribery, religion and revolution, with a fair sprinkling of humor and romance. There's an awful lot of plot going on, but it never spirals out of control; Digger always manages to be where events are unfolding, make friends with the right people and uncover the crucial clues. She remains a marvelous creation, with a wry observant voice and a veneer of heartbreaking bravado; indeed, her personality is so vibrant that (lacking an equally strong antagonist) every other character tends to disappear in her shadow. While it's not a standalone, sufficient information is provided to start with this entry, and the main plot lines wrap up in a satisfying fashion--but an unexpected twist in the final paragraphs will leave Digger's many fans impatient for her next adventure. Simply put, a darn good read. (Fantasy. 14 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545388191
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Sold by:
Scholastic, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
575,762
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Meet the Author


Elizabeth C. Bunce's first novel, A Curse Dark As Gold, won the ALA's William C. Morris Award for a YA debut. Elizabeth cuts, sews, and embroiders both cloth and stories at her home near Kansas City, Missouri. Please visit her website at www.elizabethcbunce.com.

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Liar's Moon 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book, my only complaint is - when can I expect the next one!
nanook_of_the_north More than 1 year ago
crazy cliffhanger ending. I literally threw my book out of shock.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love rhis book i cant wait for the next one!! When does it come out??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great second book of the trilogy!! It had excitement on every page!! I couldnt stop reading it, it was a great story line!! The cliffhanger made me want to scream! Cant wait for the next book! :)
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AngieReed More than 1 year ago
I loved this series and can't wait to read the 3rd installment.
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AuroreBorealis More than 1 year ago
I want this as a nook book! HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO ASK, I SWEAR TO GOD!