The city of Jewel is in peril once again, as it is held captive by the frightful Fugleman, his band of Blessed Guardians, and an army of merciless mercenaries. There's no doubt that Goldie and Toadspit want to get their city back, but how can a small group of children fight against such overwhelming forces of evil? And how, as Goldie is determined, can they avoid bloodshed in a war that will set thieves against soldiers, and trickery and deception against a mighty cannon that shoots cannonballs bent on destruction?
As Toadspit fights the Fugleman in a duel to the death, Goldie must face her hardest task yet. If she is to save the city, she must walk the mysterious Beast Road, deep inside the Museum of Thieves. No one knows where it goes and no one has ever returned from it.
©2012 Lian Tanner (P)2012 Listening Library
The story of the book is good, but probably more suitable for younger readers/listeners (as is intended really). As such I most likely wouldn't have enjoyed this nearly as much if I would've read it myself. What really makes it stand out is Claudia Black's performance. She's one of my personal favourite actresses, and has the best voice ever. But not only is her voice perfect, she also makes each character distinctly different. Her narration becomes more a one person radio play than a reading of a book. It is such a delight to listen to.
It should be noted that this is very much a part of a trilogy. You need to have read or listened to the others to get it. Luckily I still had my e-copy of City of Lies on my hard drive and could easily skim the back third of the book to jog my memory (I listened to it far too long ago) before setting out on this new adventure.
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