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by Laura DeBruce
Release Date: September 17th 2013

Summary from Goodreads:

When 18-year-old Hana Silna travels to Prague to reclaim her family’s ancestral home, she finds herself on an unexpected adventure in a city brimming with ancient secrets. She discovers a riddle by the infamous alchemist Edward Kelley that claims to 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 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 hidden 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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Hana’s Walking Tour of Prague

1. Prague Castle

Within the Castle grounds, Golden Lane is where the emperor’s alchemists used to work. Visit the medieval weapons and the skeleton hanging from the rafters. Beware the suits of armor—a killer could be hiding inside.

2. & 3. U.S. Embassy and Denisa’s House

The embassy is on Trziste Street that turns into Vlasska. Follow Vlasska to the top, and you’ll see the house with the best view in Prague. I can’t reveal the exact location of Denisa’s house, for obvious reasons.

4. The Bear Pit

Climb the stairs to Petrin Hill. Deep in the thicket of trees is where Denisa trains her bears. At the top of the steps, follow the path towards the funicular that rumbles up and down the hill. You’ll see why Prague is the City of A Thousand Spires.

5. & 6. The Funicular

It was thanks to the Funicular, that David, Niku and I escaped from Don Julius’ thugs after they slammed their car into ours. Be on the look out for a tall, red-haired, chain-wielding woman with a Mohawk hairdo.

7. The Lapidarium

The Lapidarium is, as Denisa explained, “where all the old statues go.” One of the old, crumbling statues in the museum provided a critical clue to where crazy alchemist Edward Kelley hid the flask of elixir. The chain-wielding, red-head mentioned above likes to hide behind the old crypts here so keep your eyes open.

8. Julian’s Apartment

Julian’s apartment is located on elegant Paris Street just next to the Jewish Cemetery. If you see a machine-gun toting Russian lurking next to a building, walk quickly in the opposite direction.

9. Charles Bridge

This ancient expanse of stone is lined with statues of saints. There’s just one knight burnishing a golden sword—Bruncvik stands just off to the side, waiting for the moment when Prague is in peril so that he can spring to life and save the day.
10. Faust House

Look for a grand, four-story, salmon-colored building on Charles Square. As Michal said, ““In the days of Dr. Faustus, there were flying skeletons and magical coffins.” Edward Kelley, the crazy alchemist, used to own the Faust House. No surprise.

11. The Rockery

Bad guys in the basement, a dead body in the foyer, and no one seems to be who they say they are. This is our family’s ancestral home and just a small part of the heretofore hidden family history.
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About the Author

laura debruceLAURA 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.

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