When 18-year-old Hana Silna travels to Prague to reclaim her family's ancestral home, she finds herself on an unexpected adventure in a city brimming with ancient secrets. She discovers a riddle by the infamous alchemist Edward Kelley that claims to lead to a long-last flask. The contents of that flask could change the fate of the world. When a ruthless enemy kidnaps her family, Hana has to find the flask to rescue them. On her quest she meets a mysterious man with a penchant for poetry, a Gypsy girl with a haunting past, and Alex, the motorcycle-riding son of a U.S. diplomat. Alex -- who's trying to save his sister from a crippling disease -- joins Hana on her race across Bohemia to find the hidden flask. It's hard to trust anyone when the stakes are this high -- especially when surrounded by experts at deception. There's only one flask and Hana desperately needs to find it. The Riddle of Prague is the first of the Quicksilver Legacy Trilogy. Kirkus Reviews describes Laura DeBruce's debut novel as "[a]n exciting...thriller with supernatural elements and a brave, enterprising heroine." Clarion Reviews gives The Riddle of Prague five-stars and calls it "[a] fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat mystery-adventure."
This book was really out of my genre of reading. Being as it seems to deal with a bit of history or at least that is how it seemed to me. But I was glad I gave this book a try, it was really hard to put down once I started it. Now I have to say my favorite parts in the book were reading the chapters that deal with the Nomad. There was a sense of mystery of who this person was and I kept guessing and guessing and only got my answer towards the end. I felt this person had something to do with a majority of it but I wasn't a hundred percent sure.
There are twists and turns at every turn. You get mystery written with the story line that makes you wonder what truly is going on with this flask and the blood line of Hana. There is not a major cliff hanger at the end that will have you going OMG I feel as though I needed more. It leaves it right where you are satisfied enough to where you can wait for the next book within the series.
The story is not truly fast paced, but it is fast enough that you can keep up with characters and understand what is going on.
Now there is a lot of story telling going on from different people so be prepared for a lot of detail within the story.
LAURA DEBRUCE worked in the television business in Prague where she fell in love with the city and its legends. She is a documentary filmmaker and writer who currently lives in Maryland. The Riddle of Prague is her first novel.
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