The Riddle of Prague by Laura DeBruce
Published by QuickSilver Legacy Books on December 7, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, Suspense, Young Adult
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 that leads to a long-lost flask that 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."
It was time to shake things up, what better than with a YA mystery? Laura DeBruce’s The Riddle of Prague was quite the adventure, one I’m glad I took. Set in Prague the story was filled with old world charm, real life danger, and tons of secrets. Hana is sent there to reclaim her family’s home and stumbles upon a mysterious secrets many centuries old.
From page one Hana’s story is fast paced, imaginative, and set in a beautiful landscape rich with history. I thought the author did a wonderful job of describing Hana’s surroundings. Even the people who enter her life are as complex as they are secretive. The questions of who was who and who could you trust stayed with me page after page. While this story ends with a bit of cliffhanger, you do get many answers to your questions. It doesn’t just end. There is closure to this part of the story so fear not.
Normally I can figure out the bad guys in stories, they’re often that transparent. But not in The Riddle of Prague. I honestly had no clue who to trust. I was just as confused as Hana. I absolutely love when a story can do that for me. It not only makes for a more exciting read but it keeps the story fresh and it makes it that much harder to put down. Add to a tiny, almost, sort of love triangle, and you have so much going on. It all just flew by.
I do think I would have liked more connection with Hana and her feelings. Things happen so fast that she really doesn’t have much time for inner dialogue and what she does have comes out as abrupt. I would love to see her developed even further so the reader can feel what she’s feeling. I sort of felt like her thoughts were fragmented, and more of statements than anything else. There were times when I wanted to cry but I didn’t feel invested enough. Again, I needed more connection to what Hana was going through.
I would easily jump on another motorcycle to see where Laura DeBruce takes me! Very much looking forward to reading the next installment, The Temple of Paris.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*