15 September 2010

You're in the Museum now and anything can happen!

Goldie Roth lives in the city of Jewel, where impatience is a sin and boldness is a crime.
But Goldie is both bold and impatient.

Every child in Jewel wears a silver guardchain on their left wrist from the moment they learn to walk until their Separation Day. Whenever they are outside the house the guardchain links them to their parents, or to one of the Blessed Guardians. At night it is fastened to the bedhead, so that no one can break into the house and carry them off while their parents are sleeping. When Goldie's Separation Day is cancelled she does what no child in Jewel should ever dream of doing: she runs away. Desperate and alone, she takes refuge in the Museum of Dunt.

But the Museum is a scary and mysterious place.

Strange things stalk its corridors:

Strange people are its Keepers:

And only a thief can find their way through its shifting rooms. But Goldie has a talent for thieving, which is just as well because the treacherous Fugleman has his own plans for the museum and for Jewel, plans that threaten the lives of everyone Goldie loves. And it will take a very bold thief to stop him.

Okay, so if you aren't dying to get your hands on this book now, well, we wash our hands of you.

Lian Tanner's Museum of Thieves is a cracking good read.

Goldie is a brilliant, brave and bold heroine. The world she lives in is so real you can smell it. And the plot? Dude, just read it.

And then you'll be able to read the next two books in the Keepers trilogy, which you will be pleased about. We promise. Cross our heart and hope to die; stick a needle in our eye; jam a dagger in our thigh; eat a horse manure pie.

How good is it? The editor of the book compulsively read bits aloud to her office mate during the editorial process.*

When the advances arrived it's possible that she may have carried one around the building showing it proudly to every available Onion, and then just sat and stroked it for several hours. Because it's not just good on the inside. Look look at the outside!

After Lian Tanner wrote this genius manuscript, Sebastian Ciaffaglione created the awesome cover artwork and the gorgeous character sketches, and Josh Durham of Design By Committee designed it up into a thing of great beauty. Very clever peoples, all.

In fact, we think it's so awesome we had it embiggened:*

And empostered:

And the clever Onions in the Mothership are making a website, which we will tell you all about when it is live.

Museum of Thieves, Book 1 in The Keepers trilogy is out in October.
That is only two weeks from now, people.

*Not annoying at all for people trying to do their own work. Not at all.
** 'A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.' Jebediah Springfield, 1796


Lizzie said...

Embiggens is a perfectly cromulent word.

Anonymous said...

Damn that poster looks good. :) J-WI