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The Riddle of Prague (QuickSilver Legacy Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Laura DeBruce
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When 18-year-old Hana Silna travels to Prague to reclaim her family's ancestral home, she finds herself on an adventure in a city brimming with secrets. She discovers a riddle by alchemist Edward Kelley that leads to a hidden flask containing an extraordinary elixir. 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 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."


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"An exciting YA thriller with supernatural elements and a brave, enterprising heroine."- Kirkus Reviews

"A fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat mystery-adventure, The Riddle of Prague is a delicious tale of intrigue, murder, and mayhem that contains more than enough suspense to keep readers clamoring for more." - Clarion Reviews (5 Stars)

"In her debut novel, DeBruce makes good use of her beautiful setting, intelligently showcasing Prague's local history, art, people and places." - Kirkus Reviews

"DeBruce's use of the Czech language, with its English translations, along with her keen ability to use appropriate names, whether Russian, Czech, or American, to personalize her characters shows the time and effort she put into research for her book." - Clarion Reviews

From the Back Cover

What would you risk to save someone you love? What price would you pay to live for centuries?

When 18-year-old Hana Silna travels to Prague, she discovers a riddle that may lead to a long-lost 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 an all-American boy who's trying to save his sister from a crippling disease.

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2216 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484884531
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: QuickSilver Legacy Books (December 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FFBNUVA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,690 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex, exciting, page turner! April 28, 2014
By Chloe
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I don't often read YA, but was drawn to The Riddle of Prague by it's cover and description. What a suspenseful, action packed, page turning, educational adventure. It was delightful to not only learn about Prague, but Laura DeBruce has a knack for sweeping readers into the pages and fully immersing us in the intrigue.

As we journey along with naïve, impetuous, charming, courageous protagonist Hana, while she unearths secret after secret via various twists and turns, we are also entrenched in the captivating history and culture of Prague.

Kudos to DeBruce for doing excellent research and vividly describing Prague in such fabulous detail, I want to travel there. And I'm not one who relishes the idea of venturing away from US soil.

The Riddle of Prague (Quick Sliver Legacy Series) was extraordinaire, and I look forward to the upcoming book in this series.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best I've read in a long while... July 30, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The Riddle of Prague is one of the better books I've read in quite a while. It's steeped in the rich feeling and texture of 17th century Prague, in the opening. Later in the book, you're reading about modern day people who somehow have a direct connection to those events and people of centuries past. DeBruce wonderfully evokes the sensibilities and peculiarities in her characters, making the novel come alive. Quite well-written, and it's a pleasure to recommend it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book April 16, 2014
Format:Paperback
I received a copy of this book for review from the
author. I was captivated by the cover and enthralled
by the story line in an exotic place with Roma people,
artifacts and immortals. All in all I could not stop
reading once I started. The cliff hanger at the end,
something I usually do not care for has me climbing
the walls to read more. I absolutely love this book
and recommend it to all YA fans.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put this one down!! November 13, 2013
Format:Paperback
The Riddle of Prague is a fabulous, well written, exciting story that had me sucked in from the beginning. Hana and all of the characters are very interesting and unique. The story line is intriguing and mysterious, twisting and turning from page to page, beginning to end. What starts out as a trip to reclaim family property, turns into a dangerous journey that Hana will need help with to make it out alive. The search for the hidden flask with mystical contents that give near eternal life to a select few is fascinating to say the least. As the quest leads seekers all over Prague, the reader is taken along on a tour with vivid imagery of landmarks mixed with real and imagined history. All this happens while trying to figure out who is helping Hana and who is using her. The Nomad and her accomplice, who are working against Hana, are just two of the people to try to figure out who they actually are and what their motives are. I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait for the next one to come out. Nice job Laura Debruce!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And so the QuickSilver Legacy Series Begins!!! September 24, 2013
Format:Paperback
Now when does the second installment come out!?!

"The Riddle of Prague," the first of the QuickSilver Legacy Series, is cover-to-cover excitement and action that immerses the reader in the enchanting city of Prague. Prague--a city rich with millennia of history--hosts the eighteen-year-old Hana Silna's adventures as Hana finds herself suddenly entangled in a high-risk-but-even-higher-reward hunt for the secret to immortality, supposedly discovered by an alchemist Sir Edward Kelly centuries ago! As Hana strives to decide whom she can trust--whether she can trust her family who Hana now knows has kept so much hidden from her, a secretive and unlikely trio, or maybe Alex, a charming and handsome son of an overly-anxious diplomat--the reader is swept into the mystery with Hana. With so much on the line, Hana must decide what she is willing to sacrifice on the chance that Edward Kelley is more than just a mad-scientist that has taken a fancy to writing encrypted riddles.

DeBruce's novel engrosses the reader with an intricate plot and story-line that will keep an adult reader rooted to their favorite chair, and will still entertain and pleasure any young reader! Around every page-corner lies electric action leading to an intense race for the secret to immortality. The action is balanced by equally intense, yet tender, feelings of a brother's love for his ill sister and by the flirting possibility of a budding romance between Hana and her new, charming friend Alex.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intricate Puzzle April 22, 2014
By Duncan
Format:Kindle Edition
A mystery carefully fitted together like a Chinese puzzle box sums up The Riddle of Prague by Laura DeBruce. A newly adult young woman travels to Prague to reclaim her family's property once confiscated by the former USSR. While at first nothing seems out of the ordinary, it soon becomes apparent that not everything is as it seems. This story is told in first person narrative, allowing the action to move at a rapid clip, but this book is not a rush job. In the young adult category, the genre is definitely mystery with a paranormal slant; this title is edited and dialog is kept spare, every word advancing the plot in the backdrop of Prague's scenery--detailed enough to provide atmosphere but never does the narrative voice cross into self consciousness. No detail is left to dangle into unimagined insignificance. Nothing is overdone and understatement is used to its maximum effectiveness.

The Riddle of Prague ticks all the genre boxes and does so with panache, leading the reader on a chase populated with fresh twists of the paranormal and characters with causes a reader can believe in for just a little while. Look for more from this author. She's got the right stuff.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars
All the feel of a Dan Brown thriller...but without the slow pace.

I'd heard good things about this book, so I was thrilled to receive a free copy in a giveaway. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Demelza Carlton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good book enjoyed it
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Action-Packed Adventure
Wow! What a great read! This novel is a carefully crafted mystery full of twists and turns. As Hana Silna, the 18-year-old protagonist, and others race to solve the riddle that... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sara Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Riddle
Laura DeBruce has produced a well-written story of intrigue, murder, a historical and modern who-done-it, that is well paced and dramatic. Read more
Published 3 months ago by g.h.bright
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book and A Great Cover
4 1/2 Stars

Genes are everything.

DeBruce's The Riddle of Prague is quite creative, original, and well-written. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A thrill a minute
With no experience or knowledge of Czech history or current affairs I was thrust into that world with Hanna. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Judith Victoria Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars Alchemical Secrets
The story began in 1600. The Black Death swept through Europe, leaving devastation in its wake. In Prague, Luminitsa was a young Gypsy. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jada Ryker
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow, never a dull moment!
If you like an edge-of-the-seat thriller with endearing characters, this fast-paced book is for you! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Greene Earth
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable read
I won't rehash the plot elements, which are already covered elsewhere. Just wanted to add, as someone who lived several years in Prague, how much I enjoyed reading this imaginative... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jeff B
4.0 out of 5 stars Twists, turns and a plot worthy of the cold war.
The Riddle of Prague is the story of a young girl heading to Czechoslovakia to reclaim her Mother’s house. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Barbara Spencer
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More About the Author

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.

To learn more please visit www.theriddleofprague.com
For the Riddle of Prague contest please go to: http://theriddleofprague.com/contests/

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