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February 7, 2018

The Beautiful Libraries Featured in the Library Jumpers Series --- Guest Post by Author Brenda Drake


Quick, what's a booklover's favorite place? If you guessed the library, you're right! With free books, cozy reading spots and pages upon pages of adventure, love and thrills, what could be better? In Brenda Drake's Library Jumpers series, teenage Gia and her friends uncover a magical book that allows her and her friends to travel between different libraries --- all while battling an evil wizard and her feelings for Arik, a fellow jumper. In this post, Drake shares some of her favorite libraries with us!

There are so many beautiful libraries in the world, and it’s hard to mention all my favorite ones. So I thought I would share with you some of the libraries that are featured in the Library Jumpers series.

1. The Boston Athenæum in Boston, Massachusetts
I visited this library when I was a little girl and it was so magical to me. It’s where my love for libraries started. Thief of Lies begins with Gia and her friends, Afton and Nick, visiting this library. Throughout the series, Gia keeps coming back to this library. It’s her tether to home. The library holds so many book and art treasures, and is full of history. The architecture is beautiful with its sweeping ceilings and large windows. The fifth floor reading room is awe-stopping with its tunnel-like staircases that lead to scaffold balconies surrounding the bookcases.
















2. The Bibliothèquenationale de France (BnF) is the National Library of France
This is the Parisian library that Gia and her friends end up in when they transport through the gateway book the first time. This reading room is massive, and I love the circular window that line its dome skylight ceiling.











3. Duke Humfrey’s Library in the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford
One of the bookcases in this room hides the entry into the wizard haven, Asile. You might recognize this library from the Harry Potter movies. It was used to film one of the library scenes. I wasn’t aware of this when I wrote the book, but it was fun to find out about it. The library with its dark wood and coffered ceiling with depictions of open books on squared tiles, is old and has a warm feeling to it.












4. The Vatican Apostolic Library – Vatican City, Rome, Italy
Arik and Gia jump into this library during their library hop to throw off the trail of any would be pursuers. I love all the murals on the walls, columns, and ceiling.












5. The Russian National Library, St. Petersburg, Russia
In the story, a bookcase in this library hides the entrance into the haven, Esteril, home of our ruthless antagonist, Conemar.












6. The Mafra National Palace Library in Portugal
The climax of Thief of Lies takes place in this library. Such a beautiful and spacious place to do all sorts of dastardly deeds in.












I hope you enjoyed viewing six of the libraries featured in the Library Jumpers series. Should you decide to pick up THIEF OF LIES, GUARDIAN OF SECRETS and ASSASSIN OF TRUTHS, you’ll be transported to several other libraries around the world along with Gia and the rest of the Sentinels and Wizards. Do you have any favorite libraries?