Keepers Book 3: Path of Beasts

July 20th, 2011

Hooray, I’ve just handed in Book 3! I finished it last week, did a final read-through on Monday, and emailed it to my agent Margaret Connolly yesterday morning. Now I am feeling both pleased at having finished, and slightly bereft. I suspect it’s a bit like seeing your youngest child leave home. πŸ™‚

While I wait to hear back from the various publishers, there’s plenty to be getting on with – including organising the October launch of Book 2: City of Lies. We had the first book launch at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, which was perfect. But that’s being renovated so we’re scouting around for another interesting venue. And thinking about how to make the launch fun.

A sneak preview ...

At the moment I’m thinking masks. Big masks, little masks, cat, pigeon and slommerkin masks. They all turn up at one point or another in the book, some concealing good and some concealing evil. So it would be nice to have lots of them at the launch. Hmm, what else, I wonder …

I’m actually having two launches this time – one in Hobart, southern Tasmania, where I live and one in Launceston, northern Tasmania, where I grew up. The Hobart one is on Sunday October 2nd and the Launceston one is on Saturday October 15th.

170 thoughts on “Keepers Book 3: Path of Beasts

  1. Romi says:

    Excitement! It’s all so thrilling! Hope I can come! Masks sound awesome- I’ve got a masquerade mask with big feathers in the top, it’s pretty cool! I have a thing with masks… ( :

  2. Finlay says:

    YELLOW! WOW cover looks amazing!
    I cant wait! Reading Keepers for the 5th time so I can soak it all in before book 2 comes out! πŸ™‚

    1. Lian says:

      The FIFTH time! Finlay, you are amazing. And yes, so is the cover. Isn’t Seb Ciaffaglione a terrific artist?

  3. Finlay says:

    Yes he IS! πŸ™‚

  4. Hannah says:

    Wow I love the drawling it is magnificent. I cannot wait for the next book. I will maybe read the first book for the third time.

    1. Lian says:

      It is good, isn’t it, Hannah. I love Seb’s drawings, they always make the characters look so exciting.

  5. Hannah says:

    Yes he is a very good artist. I love the drawlings that are at the page of each chapter.

  6. Meesa says:

    Hello i really like the first book!! I can not wait until i read the second one and the third it will be sooooooooooooo exciting!!I hope i can come to the October launch.
    You are such an AWESOME author!! The pictures are really good aswell! I really like the part when she goes to the museum and learns how to do everything and how she meets everybody!
    One of my favourite characters is the Brizzlehound!!!

    1. Lian says:

      Hello Meesa, lovely to hear from you and I’m really glad you liked the first book so much. I like the bit where Goldie goes to the museum and learns to do everything too – especially Concealment by Imitation of Nothingness, which I would LOVE to be able to do. I hope you can come to the launch on October 2nd – I’m also going to be at Fullers Bookshop on Saturday August 20th for National Bookshop Day, if you want to come along and say hello. It would be really nice to meet you.

      1. Laurel says:

        trust me, i’ve tried the immitation of nothingness and i wish it would work, too!

        1. Lian says:

          πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  7. Bonnie .McDivett says:

    Hi Lian can’t wait till the launch I was wondering if we could were any kind of mask like any animal or does it have to be an animal?cheers Bon

    1. Lian says:

      Any kind of mask at all, Bonnie! Your choice. I’m hoping we’ll get lots of weird and interesting ones.

  8. maddie says:

    I luv ur book i admit im a book worm and finished city of lies in two days. You know i some times dream im in ur book its so fun on intresting. A good mask would be a sparlkly blue, white, or purple mask!! By the way was should make Ponce cute πŸ˜‰ i luv ur books πŸ˜€

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Maddie, I’m glad you liked City of Lies so much. I confess that I’m a bookworm too, so you’re in good company! I think it’s really interesting that you sometimes dream you are in my book. There are certainly bits of it that I would like to dream myself into. πŸ™‚

  9. Shannon says:

    i love your books so so so so so much i have read them both as many times as i said so not counting just then

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Shannon, how nice to hear from you! I’m really glad you love the books. Isn’t it a long wait until the third one! πŸ™‚

  10. goldie roth says:

    awesome i have read the the first 2 books and that looks like pounce

    1. Lian says:

      It is indeed Pounce! Cool drawing, yes?

  11. Miki says:

    Soooooo excited!!!! Can not wait until book 3: Path of beasts comes out!!! Must know when it comes out!!
    Does any body know when it comes out??? πŸ˜€

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Miki, Path of Beasts will be out at the end of September in Australia, New Zealand and the US. Nine months to go!

  12. goldie roth says:

    i finished the first book in half a day and i have a collection of masks from venice!!! i started reading your books when i got the first one for my birthday and cant wait for the path of beasts

    1. Lian says:

      My word, you are a fast reader! And I envy you your collection of Venetian masks. Masks are such interesting things, aren’t they. Very mysterious, and they make the world look different when you wear them.

  13. goldie roth says:

    my favourite character is broo when hes small πŸ™‚

    1. Lian says:

      I’m not at all surprised. I love him when he’s small too!

  14. goldie roth says:

    will there be a slommerkin in the path of beasts?

    1. Lian says:

      No, the slommerkin doesn’t reappear – but there will be some terrifying creatures nonetheless …

      1. D.J says:

        what is a slommerkin???

        1. Lian says:

          You’ll need to read Book 2, City of Lies, to find out!

  15. goldie roth says:

    also your books are so gripping every time you turn the page something happens and you cant put it down

    1. Lian says:

      Well that’s good – I’m glad you think that. It’s exactly the sort of book I wanted to write! πŸ™‚

    2. D.J says:

      I agree!!! πŸ™‚

  16. goldie roth says:

    i love how the mysterious harrow and flense [*** SPOILER *** edited out by Lian]. And in the books its like you created a world with its own religon and worries how the children had to were gaurdchains and punishment chains πŸ˜€

    1. Lian says:

      Oops, Goldie, you just gave away a BIG secret! I’m glad you liked it, but I’ve edited it out so that other readers can discover it for themselves. I’ve done this to a couple of other people too, so you’re not alone! πŸ˜‰

  17. goldie roth says:

    the festival of lies was a great idea it made feel like i was there and i could imagine the the streets temple hill i was great

    1. Lian says:

      Thanks for your nice comments. I really enjoyed writing the festival of lies bit – it was such fun.

  18. Sari says:

    Yea i luv all the lian tanner books!!!!!!!! i read them all the time and try to draw settings for them!!!! u rock!

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Sari, thanks for the message. If you like drawing, you might like to enter our competition! Have a look here.

  19. goldie says:

    i love this series! i have read the museum of theives and the city of lies, and am wondering when does the path of beasts come out?

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Goldie, Path of Beasts will be out at the end of September. Eight months to go!

      1. goldie says:

        yay thank you!

  20. D.J says:

    i think the keepers book s are amazing and inspiring books that make you keep reading until there’s nothing left.the keepers books inspired me to have a crack at writing my own novel and so far so good!

    1. Lian says:

      That’s good to hear, DJ. Do have a look at my advice for young authors page!

  21. D.J says:

    what is the exact date that path of the beasts will
    be out in?

    1. Lian says:

      I can’t give you an exact date yet, but both other books have come out at the beginning of the last week in September, so I would think it would be similar.

  22. Becky says:

    Talking is overrated. The best charactets are the mostly silent ones, like morg, mouse, and the cat. Even the not excessively talkative characters like broo and sinew are pretty awesome. I think those two and morg are my favorites. Can’t wait for book 3!

    1. Lian says:

      Thanks Becky. Glad you like the cat, who I’m rather fond of. Actually I like them all πŸ™‚

  23. Becky says:

    & I hope it has more of herro dan. I like him. : )

  24. Becky says:

    You know, authors like you really make my day. Books like these help younger readers understand complex themes that come up a lot in high school. They make young readers, and at the same time, give more advanced readers a refreshing read in between the extra tough ones. Who says taking a break from the very complex can’t be suspenseful and exciting? It’s nice to have something that makes complete sense in between books like The Great Gatsby and 1984 (gotta love that senior english). On behalf of readers of all ages, I applaud your hard work and can’t wait for Morg of this Golden trilogy.

    1. Lian says:

      Becky, that’s one of the nicest messages I have ever received. Thank you so much. I must admit I have loved the response I have had from older readers, as well as from young ones. And I agree about the value of reading something different in between the hard ones. It’s good to read something occasionally that addresses important questions, but that you know will have a happy ending!

  25. Daniel G says:

    Will there be anything happening in NSW? Also are you doing any tours or book signings?

    1. Lian says:

      There’s nothing planned at the moment, but I’ll have to wait and see. There’s a possibility that I might be coming to NSW later this year with a writing masterclass program, and if that happens I’ll try and add some other stuff in, like school visits and signings. I haven’t heard anything definite on it yet though. I’ll post on my blog and on my author facebook page if it’s going to happen.

  26. Evie says:

    I have read the first two keepers books when is the third going to come out i’m dying to read it!

    Evie age:9

    1. Lian says:

      Hello Evie, how nice to hear from you! Path of Beasts will be out on October 1st, which is just a little over 5 months away. Seems like ages, doesn’t it! Did you see the American cover on my second-last post?

      1. Evie says:

        no i haven’t

        1. Lian says:

          Have a look at this link here, Evie, and you’ll see the American cover.

  27. Evie says:

    I love all of the characters in The Keepers mostly the cat.
    I love the adventure in the books!!!what other books do you write?

    Evie age:9

    1. Lian says:

      I’m glad you like the cat – it’s one of my favourite characters too, and it plays a very important part in Path of Beasts. The only other book I have written is called Rats!. You might be able to find it in the library but it is no longer in the bookshops. It’s very different from the Keepers – not as good, I don’t think. It was my practice book. πŸ™‚

      Right now I’m writing a new book called Frozen, which has nothing to do with the Keepers. But it’s an adventure still and I hope by the time I finish it it will be a very exciting one.

  28. Evie says:

    I love keepers sooooo much i’m dressing up as goldie roth for book day

    1. Lian says:


  29. Evie says:

    what do you mean by chains

    Evie age:9

    1. Lian says:

      I was thinking of Goldie wearing her guardchain. Or maybe the punishment chains.

  30. Evie says:

    I don’t know maybe

  31. Priscilla says:

    WOW! Lian, your books are amazing i just cant put it down even though i have to. i even bring it to school.

    1. Lian says:

      That’s so nice to hear, Priscilla! I hope you don’t get into trouble at school from reading it during class. πŸ˜€

  32. Louise says:

    OMG love❀ museum of thieves and city of lies.
    When does path of beast get realesd to New Zealand so eager!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Louise – so nice to hear from someone from across the Tasman! Path of Beasts will be coming out in NZ at the beginning of October. In the meantime, did you know I am doing a giveaway of an advance copy? Have a look here if you’re interested in entering – but you’ll need to be quick – it closes this Friday.

  33. Priscilla says:

    i nearly got in trouble.. haha πŸ™‚

  34. Priscilla says:

    I lurrrrrrrrve your books

  35. Priscilla says:

    will there be book 4?

    1. Lian says:

      No, Priscilla, there won’t be another book in this particular trilogy. I’ve just written a new book called Ice Breaker (its original title was Frozen) that is set in a different world, and will be coming out in October next year. I still have to finish the edits on that one. Then I’m going to write a prequel trilogy, about Olga Ciavolga and Herro Dan when they were children. Keep an eye on my latest posts and you’ll probably hear more about it.

      1. Priscilla says:

        It will be cool if you can write another book like the keepers. i just love the keepers. especilly museum of thieves. its really cool

        1. Lian says:

          Thanks Priscilla. I will certainly do my best to keep writing more books that are as exciting as the Keepers!

  36. Priscilla says:


  37. Louise says:

    I love adventure stories that’s why I loved your books!!!!

  38. Goldie says:

    hey! i’m called Goldie and i love your book. my cousin is priscilla and i really love ur books too lian. i really thank you for writing such good stories for us kids to read, my cousin, Priscilla is next to me and she said she would like to thank you too for spending your time writing such AWESOME books.

    Your sincerely,
    Priscilla and Goldie

    1. Lian says:

      Well well well – you are the first person I have ever met called Goldie – apart from Goldie Roth of course. How nice to hear from you, Goldie – I feel as if I already know you. πŸ˜€ I’m very very glad that you and Priscilla love the books so much – it’s always really nice for an author to hear such things.

  39. Priscilla says:

    Hi Lian, Goldie is my cousin. She wrote a message behalf on us kids. thanks for your AWESOMEEEE books. Bye!

    from your biggest fan, Priscilla

    1. Lian says:

      It’s actually really good fun writing them, Priscilla. So it’s nice to hear that people enjoy reading them as well!

  40. Priscilla says:

    I will order the path of beast on ur website. can we order books here?

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Priscilla, no, you can’t order it through my website, I’m sorry. Your best chance is to go to an online bookshop and put in an advance order. Or you can go to the Allen & Unwin website (Are you in Australia? I seem to remember that you are) and order it – you won’t be able to do that until it is published at the end of September. (If you’re in the US, go to the Random House website.)

      1. Priscilla says:

        hi thanks my friend ordered her bookona website and got your signature. thats aawesome!

        1. Lian says:


      2. Priscilla says:

        im in australia

  41. Priscilla says:

    Its my birthday in august 31st 30 more days!! When is ur birthday?
    I am turning 11. πŸ™‚

    1. Lian says:

      My birthday is on March 17th, which is St Patrick’s Day. Happy birthday in August, Priscilla. 11 is a very fine age to be.

      1. Priscilla says:

        Thankyou and happy really early birthday. πŸ˜€

  42. Jacqui says:

    I love your books Lian!
    I’ve read the first two like 7 times!
    When does Path of Beasts come out in Tasmania
    (specifically Launceston?)
    I think its really cool how you’ve made the titles:
    museum of thieves
    city of lies
    path of beasts
    they all connect!

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Jacqui, how nice to hear from someone else in Launceston – that’s where I grew up. And wow – seven times! That’s very impressive. I guess you like them then. πŸ˜€ Path of Beasts will be in the Australian shops on October 1st – and a few days later in the USA. And I hope you will come to the Launceston launch – it’s on Saturday October 20th at Fullers Bookshop – probably at 10.30. I’ll put your name on my email list if you like, to make sure you get an invitation with the proper time on it.

  43. Jacqui says:

    oh yeah and I’m 11 and love reading the keepers
    (did I mention that)

  44. Tami-lynn says:

    I love your books lian im rereading city of lies the tenth time my favourite character is pounce he is so cute keep in mind im 16

    1. Lian says:

      Wow, Tami-Lynn, TEN TIMES!!!!!! I’m deeply impressed, and so pleased you like the books so much. I really like Pounce too – he’s had such a hard life but he doesn’t let anything beat him. And he’s so very loyal to Mouse. You’ll meet him again in Path of Beasts, which is now only about two weeks away!

  45. Emma says:

    Ive read your first two books and i LOVE THEM!!!
    You are indeed the greatest writer in the world. i read your first book in one night because i couldn’t put it down, so i ended up being late for school. then i read your next book and the same thing happened. while im waiting for the path of beasts im reading the two books again.
    Please please please pleeaassee dont finish writing the keepers!!!!

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Emma, thanks so much for your nice comments. I’m feeling very honoured that I made you late for school. πŸ˜€ You’ll be pleased to know that Path of Beasts is VERY close – it’ll be in Australian and New Zealand shops on October 1st, and the USA on October 9th. And I shall definitely keep writing about this particular world. I’ve got a stand-alone fantasy coming out next year, called Ice Breaker, and after that I’m going back in time to write about when Olga Ciavolga and Herro Dan were children. In fact, I’ve already started the first book in that new trilogy – it’s called Brizzlehound. πŸ˜€

  46. Emma says:

    do you like writing the keepers books Lian?

    1. Lian says:

      I love writing them, Emma. I really enjoyed writing Ice Breaker too – I think I just love writing fantasy about bold children.

  47. sally says:

    “Brizzlehound” has a name! I hate it when people don’t call him BROO which is his name… luv the first books… CAN’T WAIT FOR #3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Lian says:

      I’m glad he has you to defend him, Sally. And you’ll be pleased to hear that Broo plays a MAJOR part in Book 3 … which is nearly here!

  48. sally says:

    And that new triolgy called “brizzlehound” sounds super awesome, its just when people use that as his name, thats all. Just wanted to clarify that! Your awesome lian!!!!!!!!

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Sally, good to hear from you. I’m glad you like the sound of the new book – though I should clarify that the name of the new trilogy hasn’t been settled yet. I’m thinking of calling it the Beast Wars trilogy – though my publisher said there’s another set of books called that, so I might have to change it. Anyway, the first book is called Brizzlehound – that’s the one I’ve started, the second is Slaughterbird, and the third is Idle-Cat. I don’t really know all that much about what happens in them yet, but I couldn’t pass up those three terrific names. πŸ˜€

  49. sally says:

    wow! they sound sooooo cool! good choice on names!!!! I love Broo but i think Toadspit is my overall favorite. πŸ™‚ I really like how he can be nice but is also temperamental! I can’t wait to see how he develops!!!!

    1. Lian says:

      Yes, I rather like Toadspit too. He’s a bit like my youngest brother. πŸ˜€

  50. Laurel says:

    I agree with sally on the whole Broo thing!!! Can’t wait for that new triolgy!!! BOOK NUMBER THREE!!!!! i’m soooo excited for it!!!!!

  51. Laurel says:

    oh and i am a big fan of toadspit, also!!! i think goldie is a very lucky girl to get to hang out with him all the time;) your awesom lian!!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    1. Lian says:

      Thanks Laurel, and good to hear from you. You’ll find that Goldie’s and Toadspit’s friendship is really tested in the third book. Will they still be friends at the end???? Who knows???????

  52. Laurel says:

    I sure hope so!!!!

  53. Laurel says:

    i was just re-reading the part in book 2 where bonnie shot an arrow into the pole so that she could go to the museum with goldie and toadspit!!!

  54. Laurel says:

    Lian, I have officially declared you my all time favorite author!!!!!! you are amazing!!!!! 12 days left until PATH OF BEASTS!!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ i can’t contain my HAPPINESS!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    1. Lian says:

      Laurel, I am very proud to be your favourite author! I hope those twelve days pass quickly. And I do hope you’ll come back when you’ve read it, and let us know what you think about it. But don’t give away any of the book’s secrets – there are some big ones!

  55. Laurel says:

    Will do Lian!!!!

  56. Tami-lynn says:

    11times now lian best book series ever!!!!!!!

    1. Lian says:

      Tami-Lynn, I am in awe! Eleven times! I think that must be some sort of record. Needless to say, I am IMMENSELY pleased that you like the series so much. Have you managed to get hold of the third book yet? I do hope it lives up to expectations. πŸ˜€

      1. Tami-lynn says:

        Not yet unfortunately when you live out the back of nowhere its hard to get things but ill get it soon

        1. Lian says:

          Which particular nowhere do you live out the back of, Tami-Lynn?

          1. Tami-lynn says:

            Norther territory australia

          2. Lian says:

            Aha, I see why the books take a while to get to you! I’ve never been to the Northern Territory, but my mum and dad were married there, at Elsie Station, during the Second World War.

  57. Laurel says:


    1. Lian says:

      πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ When you’ve read it, Laurel, I hope you’ll consider writing a review here.

  58. Lily says:

    Am so excited can’t wait to read :$:):):):):):):):))

    1. Lian says:

      It’s in the shops already, Lily. I hope you can find a copy soon. πŸ™‚

  59. Jacqui says:

    Hi Lian!
    I love your books and so does my best friend
    Do you no one of the shops i can find it in?
    I live in Launceston (tassie)
    But I don’t no where to look!
    please help!
    Your greatest fan ever!
    (that’s what every one says but it still counts)

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Jacqui, great to hear from you! You should certainly be able to find Path of Beasts at Fullers Bookshop, which is where we had the launch several weeks ago.

      P.S. I was born in Launceston … don’t know whether you knew that.

  60. jazzy.k says:

    omg i really loved the book mesuem of dunt and city of lies i cant wait to read the third book i absolutly love the books

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Jazzy, thanks for dropping by! I’m glad you loved the first two books – hope you get to read the third one soon. When you do, come back and tell me what you think.

  61. Adam says:

    Hi lian! When I go to bed I just read and I cant put the book down! I love the books Can you make a fourth?

    Great Whistling Pigs! I forgot to tell you that your a great writer and add lots of adjectives to your books keep it up!

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Adam, thanks for dropping by! I’m so glad you love the books, and I’m very pleased that they’re the sort you can’t put down. I’ve always loved reading it bed, but it’s tricky, isn’t it, when you don’t want to stop, but have to go to school or work the next day.

      At the moment I’m not planning a fourth book about Goldie and Toadspit. But if you check here you’ll see that I’ve got a new series coming out, starting in October. The first book is called Ice Breaker, and if you like the Keepers I reckon you’ll also like the new series. Thanks for the nice compliments!

  62. Adam says:

    Broo is cute as a small puppy and a big brizzlehound.

    1. Lian says:

      Ah yes, he’s one of my favourite characters. Wouldn’t you love to have a brizzlehound? I certainly would!

  63. Toadspit says:

    Its still me Adam

    1. Lian says:

      Now you’re making me laugh. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Hi Adam (alias Toadspit)!

  64. Adam says:


  65. Adam says:


  66. Adam says:

    Im glad Cord got eaten

    sorry for the spoiler

    1. Lian says:

      Me too. He was a very nasty piece of work.

  67. Adam says:

    Imagine if the keepers was put into a movie

    1. Lian says:

      That would be very very cool. Unless it was a dreadful movie. πŸ™

  68. Caution says:

    Bonnie ill change my name

  69. Adam says:

    I wish I was toadspit (Caution)

  70. Adam says:

    Ok ill get Ice Breaker on my kindle

    Does it involve theivs

    ps im a really good sneaker but only if I could to imation of concealment

    1. Lian says:

      No thieves in Ice Breaker, not really. But LOTS of adventure and danger and terrifying moments.

  71. Adam says:


  72. James says:

    OMG Best books I ever read. Lian Tanner you are amazing I loved the first two soooo much but I cant find the last one. Ps are you going to be righting another book and if so what is it going to be called. your work is amazing thank you for righting the best books I ever read.

    1. Lian says:

      Hi James, I love getting messages like yours! I’m sorry you haven’t been able to find Path of Beasts yet – I hope you manage to. If you loved the first two books I reckon you’ll LOVE the last one, which is even more exciting and tense. As for more books, I’ve got another one coming out on October 22nd in Aust/NZ (it’ll be later than that in the US) called Ice Breaker. It’s the first book in a new series (the Hidden series) and you can see the gorgeous cover here. What do you think? Does it look interesting?

  73. James says:

    :0 it look soooooo awesome cant wait to read it and do you know how many books there will be in the ice breaker?

    1. Lian says:

      So far I’m thinking three in the series. But you never know, that might change. πŸ™‚

  74. James says:

    have you written any other books in the past?

    1. Lian says:

      Back in 2001 I had my first book published. It was called ‘Rats!’ and it’s no longer in print. It wasn’t nearly as good as the Keepers – I call it my ‘practice book’. πŸ™‚

  75. James says:

    You should make a movie of the keepers it would be sooooo epic πŸ™‚

  76. James says:

    Can you still get books signed? It would be very cool. plus I know you get this a lot but im your biggest fan.

    1. Lian says:

      I’ve emailed you about bookplates. And it’s truly wonderful to have people love my books so much. Thanks for letting me know. πŸ™‚

  77. James says:


    1. Lian says:

      Hooray! When you’ve finished it, come back and let us know what you thought.

  78. James says:

    ive read 30% wow its awesome even better than the first and second

  79. James says:

    πŸ™ dislocated my elbow so reading is really hard

    1. Lian says:

      Very sorry to hear it, James! It must make typing difficult too. πŸ™

  80. James says:

    YAY just finished it soooooooo happy :). It was amazing I am happy the fugleman died he was very mean. The twist was so cool I thought double was the protector :P. Cant wait for ice breakers :).

    1. Lian says:

      I’m really glad you liked it so much, James. I think it’s probably my favourite of the three books!

  81. James says:

    Yes I was πŸ™‚

  82. Claire says:

    I love the Idle cat, ITS SOOOOOO MYSTERIOUS!!!!!!!!=)

    It actually reminds me a lot of our cat. But he is different in a way, like the sleeping on ur head kinda way. I LOVE BROO TOO!!!! =) I wish I had a dog (brizzlehound) like that!! Like one that would talk πŸ™‚

    Oh and one thing about the Idle cat, Did u base it on ur cat Harry????? (just a thought)

    UR THE BEST AUTHOR EVER!!!!!! I wish the Keepers was not a trilogy, I wish it was like a 6 book series so i would not have to Stop reading the books!!!! Will re-read the books again πŸ™‚

    1. Lian says:

      Claire, what a nice comment to find on my blog on a Saturday afternoon! πŸ™‚ I must admit that I love the idlecat too. I didn’t base her on Harry – mainly because I didn’t even know Harry when I started writing about the idlecat. But I have had many cats, so she was a sort of combination of them all – or rather of how they would like to be.

      I kind of wish The Keepers was a six-book series too. However right now I am starting to think about what I’ll write next, and I have a vague idea that it might be a story set somewhere else in Furuuna, or in the islands to the south of Jewel. I have no idea what it’s going to be about yet (except that it won’t be about Goldie and Toadspit), but who knows, idlecats might come into it somewhere.

      Have you read Ice Breaker and Sunker’s Deep yet? Not that I’m trying to discourage you from re-reading the Keepers, but there ARE more books of mine out there. πŸ˜‰

  83. Claire says:

    That would be awesome if u wrote about the the islands to the south of Jewel!!!!! πŸ™‚
    I haven’t read those 2 books yet but I’m going to have a look for them in the next book store we go to.;)

    Do u have any Idea if the main character of the series u are thinking of writing is a boy or a girl? πŸ™‚

    UR A REALLY GREAT AUTHOR!!!! I really wish I could write books as good as urs πŸ™‚

    1. Lian says:

      Whereabouts are you, Claire? If you’re in Australia or New Zealand you’ll be able to find Ice Breaker, but if you’re in the US it won’t be coming out there till August this year. And I really don’t know anything about the main character of the new series yet. It’s just a few vague ideas that I’m trying not to look at too closely so as not to scare them away. πŸ™‚

      Now, have you got bookplates for the Keepers? And if not, would you like some? You can see them here. If you’d like some, let me know and I’ll email you to get your postal address etc.

  84. Claire says:

    YES PLEASE!! THEY’RE AMAZING!! I’m in Australia so I will keep an eye out for Ice Breaker!! πŸ™‚

  85. Claire says:

    I have three questions,

    Out of all the cats you’ve owned which one was the most social?? πŸ™‚

    Which is your favourite book you’ve written??


    what inspired you to write books, Where do you get your Ideas from??

    1. Lian says:

      Out of all the cats you’ve owned which one was the most social??
      Most social – hmmm. Most of my cats tend to be pretty antisocial! I reckon Harry is probably the friendliest. He runs away when strangers come, but if they’re fairly quiet people he comes back and peers around the door, and he can never resist someone who looks as if they might rub his tummy. πŸ™‚

      Which is your favourite book you’ve written??
      Another tricky question! I love them all, but particularly Museum of Thieves, because that’s the one that started my run of good fortune. I particularly love Ice Breaker too, because I love stories where people go from the bottom of the heap to the top, and I love the ship and the tribes and everything else about it.

      what inspired you to write books, Where do you get your Ideas from??
      I’ve always adored reading – from the moment I learned to read I have always had a book with me, and love reading more than pretty much anything. So I think it’s all the wonderful books I’ve read that have inspired me. As for ideas, I get them from all over the place. From my own life, from stories people tell me, from other people’s books, from pictures in magazines, from dreams, from walking on the beach. Ideas are everywhere, and are the easy part. It’s the sitting down and writing the story that’s the hard part. πŸ™‚

  86. Claire says:

    Thanks, The only place I really get y ideas from is my dreams, Do you think maybe its because thats the only real time my brain relaxes properly??

    I’m writing a story at the moment and I have writers block, any Ideas how to get past it, What do you do when you get writers block??


    1. Lian says:

      You might be right about the relaxation. But I find that getting ideas is a matter of practice as much as anything. It’s listening to that ‘little voice’ (a bit like Goldie’s little voice) that is our intuition. The more you listen, the louder it speaks.

      Writers block can be a number of different things. For me, sometimes it’s just because I’ve run out of ideas, and need to do some brainstorming to get back in the swing of the story. Other times it’s that I’m too worried about getting it right, and I need to just start writing and not worry too much about what comes out, because it’s only a first draft after all, and can be fixed up later. When I do this, I usually write a lot of nonsense, then suddenly the story kicks back in. Have you looked at my Advice page? You might find some helpful stuff there.

  87. Claire says:

    Thanks! The advice page really helps!
    I will try listening to the little voice in the back of my mind and try not to take control πŸ™‚
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  88. Katie says:

    Just finished this amazing finale of my absolute favourite series ever! I’m so upset that I have to leave Goldie, Toadspit and all the other awesome characters! Thank you so much Lian for creating a world I will never forget. I can’t wait to start your other series!!!

    -Katie πŸ™‚

    1. Lian says:

      Ah, Katie, you know how to make an author happy! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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