BOOK REVIEW – Assassin of Truths (Library Jumpers #3) by Brenda Drake

BOOK REVIEW – Assassin of Truths (Library Jumpers #3) by Brenda DrakeAssassin of Truths (Library Jumpers #3)
by Brenda Drake
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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.


Assassin of Truth was fast paced, action packed, and a fabulous conclusion to the Library Jumpers trilogy!  And in this final review, I wanted to talk about the characters that affected me the most, which were Bastien, Gia and even Arik. But before I start, I have to recommend that you read this final book close to the previous books.  There’s a ton of people, locations, facts and clues that were sprinkled throughout the first two books and visited again in Assassin of Truth.  So if it isn’t fresh in your mind, you could get confused.  Okay, now on with the characters!  And of course I’m going to talk about Bastien first!

Before I went inside, Bastien caught my hand and kissed my temple. “Stay strong, Gianna.” It was the first time I saw fear in his striking blue eyes. We’d been through scarier things than this, and he had never flinched. An uneasy feeling settled in my stomach.
“We’ve got this,” I said, holding his stare.


I won’t let you face the storm without me. If you fall, I fall. – Bastien to Gia

Sigh.  Bastien was EVERYTHING.  In case you missed me gushing about him in the first two books, here I go again lol.  I loved that Bastien loved Gia fiercely and would do anything to protect her, no matter the cost.  And while he showed his devotion in the second book, with his sacrifice, he does it again in this book. How could I not fall harder for him?  But that’s not all, I loved that not only is Bastien thoughtful and sexy, but he treats Gia as an equal.  He stands right by her side and he respects her.  Bastien was everything I could ever want in a book boyfriend and I found myself loving every single thing there was about him.


More heads bowed as I passed.
That last word sounded like
salvation. I was just a girl. How could I be that for them? This was too big for me.

Gia had such a tough road ahead of her.  She had so much growing up to do while having the weight of the world on her shoulders.  Yet she preserved again and again.  Did she make mistakes along the way?  Oh yeah.  But that’s one of the many reasons I loved her.  She wasn’t perfect and she had still so much learn.  Especially when it came to relationships.  And while I wanted to knock some sense into her, the few times she butted heads with Bastien, I knew better.  Because here’s the HUGE thing about Gia.  She always comes to her senses.  Even if it took a while for her to assess and analyze everything.  And I absolutely loved that about her!  But the thing I loved most about her, was even though she was 17, she tried her hardest to be true to who she was and protect those that she loved.  Looking back, I’m SO extremely proud of how far she has come since Thief of Lies.


“Gia.” He grabbed my hands, squeezing them tight around the cold bars. “Come with me. You don’t belong in the middle of this.”
“I was born to be in the middle of this,” I said.- Gia & Arik

Oh Arik.  Him and I never really meshed.  I never once believed that he was the right guy for Gia.  And this book solidified that opinion.  We watched as Arik struggled hard in this book.  His choices failed him.  His blind loyalty failed him.  He didn’t trust or have faith in Gia.  And he never seemed to grasp when his actions or words hurt her.  He had so much learning and growing up to do.  And I loved watching him struggle and find his way in Assassin of Truth.  I want to say more, but just know that I’m very thankful for how his story wrapped up.

He kissed me deeply, as if it would be the last chance we’d ever have. I wrapped my arms around his neck, wanting desperately to keep him there with me. Tears slipped from my eyes. – Bastien & Gia

But Assassin of Truth encompassed so much more than Bastien, Gia and Arik.  There was Emily, Demos, Lei, Jaran, Royston, Deirdre, The Red, Nick, Edgar who was Philip’s guard, Uncle Philip and so many more.  And they each added so much to this beautiful story.  I cherished each and every one of them.  My only hiccup I had with this book was that there were a lot of places and names to remember.  And sometimes I got confused or couldn’t place them, even though I knew we had already met them or been there in the past.  But regardless, this story was so much fun and I loved all of the magic found in the pages!  The ending was beyond fabulous and if there’s ever a future novella showing what everyone is up to, I couldn’t pre-order it fast enough!

*ARC kindly provided by Entangled Publishing:Teen via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Reading Order & Links:
Amazon (click on covers), iBooks (click on titles) & Book Depository (click on book #)
thief of lies brenda drake
Thief of Lies #1

Guardian of Secrets #2


Assassin of Truths #3


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  1. Kim

    Fantastic review Jen! I’m so glad the secondary characters got shown some love and that this trilogy ended with a bang, not a whimper.🤗

    • Jen

      It ended with a huge bang!! I can’t wait to see your thoughts on it, when you finish reading this trilogy. 🙂

  2. ShootingStarsMag

    I’m glad you loved this – especially being the conclusion. I haven’t read any of these yet, but I like the sound of the characters. Great characters are always my favorite!

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    • Jen

      Great characters are always my favorite too! If I can connect and love them then usually I can easily follow along and enjoy almost any story line or genre. 🙂

  3. AngelErin

    Yey! I’m so glad you enjoyed this one. It’s always FANTASTIC when a book series ends well. I will have to binge read all of this series at some point. 😀
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    • Jen

      YES! There have been a few series where the final book has left me beyond jaded. So I usually go into the last book a little nervous lol. But this one ended so fabulously, I was beyond ecstatic!

  4. Raven

    I’m so glad you loved the finale! I haven’t started this series yet but I’m hoping to binge read it someday. 🙂
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    • Jen

      I had a bumpy start with the first book, but the second time I read it I clicked with everything and from then on this series and I worked so well. So I can’t wait to read your reviews when you binge read it in the future. 🙂

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