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Exclusive Excerpt From ASSASSIN OF TRUTHS By Brenda Drake

Gia sees a new love connection form in a sweet, exclusive excerpt from ASSASSIN OF TRUTHS!

Brenda Drake‘s thrilling Library Jumpers series is coming to an end this month with massive conclusion to the fantasy trilogy, Assassin of Truths!

The series follows Gia Kearns, a teen sucked into the dangerous world of Mystiks, who battle dangerous mythical creatures threatening the human world with a little help from the hidden powers of libraries. But both the human and Mystik world are being threatened by an evil wizard out for revenge and Gia may be the only one who can stop him. She must collect seven magical keys from the library and from there, figure out how she can use them to crush Conemar and save one of her best friends along the way. Add in magical creatures of all sizes and dispositions, romantic drama, and lots of action, and we’re in for a wild ride!

In an exclusive excerpt from Assassin of Truths, we see Gia’s relationship with one of the friendlier creatures of the libraries, a book faery named Aetnae, who’s having some boy troubles of her own. Take a look!

I passed a row of various sized globes displayed on wooden stands. Something buzzed behind me. I’d heard the noise before. I spun around. Aetnae, a book faery, hovered in front of my face like a humming bird.

“Hello, Gianna,” I could barely hear her say.

“How are you?” I asked. Every time I’d see Aetnae, her praying mantis form and green skin always threw me off for a second.

“I am well.”

Another faery flew up to Aetnae’s side. It was a boy about her age. Maybe. How could a person tell with such a small, insect-like person? He had cropped brown hair and olive colored skin and was a little larger than Aetnae, with a wider wingspan.

“So what are we doing here?” he asked.

We?” Aetnae snapped at him. “Why are you always following me? Don’t you have something better to do?”

A worried expression crossed his tiny face. “I thought we could, you know, go together.”

“Go away,” she said, the exertion of hovering in one place causing her to sound breathless. “I’m working.”

“All right,” he said. “I’ll see you at dinner. I’ll save you a seat.” He flew off.

“Goodbye, um…” I didn’t know his name.

“Sen,” he said from somewhere in the library.

Aetnae landed on my shoulder, grabbing my ponytail, draped over my collarbone, to keep from falling off. “I hope you don’t mind, but I’m losing the energy to keep going.”

She was practically weightless, and I could barely feel the pull on my hair.

“No problem,” I said. “I think that boy likes you.”

She groaned. “He’s such a bug. Always at my side. And he prefers the modern libraries and all those graphic novels. Doesn’t appreciate the architecture of the older ones. Or the classics.”

“Well, he’s definitely smitten.”

She glanced in the direction he’d disappeared, a tiny smile tugging at her lips. “You think so?”

Assassin of Truths (Library Jumpers #3) hits shelves on February 6, 2018. Preorder it now via…

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The gateways linking the great libraries of the world don’t require a library card, but they do harbor incredible dangers.

And it’s not your normal bump-in-the- night kind. The threats Gia Kearns faces are the kind with sharp teeth and knifelike claws. The kind that include an evil wizard hell-bent on taking her down.

Gia can end his devious plan, but only if she recovers seven keys hidden throughout the world’s most beautiful libraries. And then figures out exactly what to do with them.

The last thing she needs is a distraction in the form of falling in love. But when an impossible evil is unleashed, love might be the only thing left to help Gia save the world.


Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at school until her family settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brenda’s fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write young adult and middle grade novels with a bend toward the fantastical. When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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By Kait

Kait is a New Englander, a YA book and adaptation lover, and a Slythindor, as well as a red velvet and red wine enthusiast. She likes to like things. Catch her on Twitter: @kaitmary

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