Path of Beasts is the resounding conclusion to Lian Tanner’s The Keepers trilogy. The action is non-stop as our characters fight to remain true to themselves while still somehow freeing the city of Jewel from its oppressors.
I loved this book, and the whole trilogy in general. Tanner deftly infuses her initially simplistic characters and world with increasingly interesting layers of complexity until I was wholly invested in the adventures and world of Goldie and her friends. Even more importantly, Tanner managed to create three volumes whose central conflicts are self-contained, with a broader arc across the whole trilogy that concludes very satisfactorily in Path of Beasts. So many authors these days seem to fall into the trap books that either don’t end (innumerable fantasy series) or end so finally that it completely cuts the reader off from the work and leaves no space for continued engagement after closing the last book’s cover (Harry Potter). The Keepers trilogy manages to avoid both pitfalls, and left me as satisfied as I was after finishing the Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimeus Trilogy or Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games (although without the same level of emotional upset that accompanies Hunger Games).
One last thing that deserves calling out is that throughout The Keepers trilogy treads an interesting line with regards to violence: it’s pretty common in science fiction and fantasy for authors to take violence for granted as the obvious way to solve problems. However, Tanner’s protagonists fight increasingly difficult battles to avoid taking the easy path of violence in favor of more creative solutions. This is one of the few books that I have read where I felt like the thieves really were thieves, and it was refreshing to find a children’s book that treated violence as something to be avoided at all costs, even when suffering violence at others’ hands.
As you might guess, I highly recommend you go grab Museum of Thieves and get started reading if you haven’t already.
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