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The pleasure of your company is desired for cocktails and conversation. 8 pm, 4th September. Warrior's Peak. When Malory Price is issued with the above invitation she is naturally suspicious, especially as Warrior's Peak is a local mansion straight out of a Hollywood movie. But with her overdraft at crisis limit and on the verge of losing her job at a local art gallery, she The pleasure of your company is desired for cocktails and conversation. 8 pm, 4th September. Warrior's Peak. When Malory Price is issued with the above invitation she is naturally suspicious, especially as Warrior's Peak is a local mansion straight out of a Hollywood movie. But with her overdraft at crisis limit and on the verge of losing her job at a local art gallery, she has little to lose by attending the event. Only Malory is about to get more than she bargained for. At Warrior's Peak she finds that she and two other women are the only guests of their mysterious hosts. They are told an amazing story of magic, gods and goddesses; and of three demi-goddesses who have been cast into an eternal sleep, their mortal souls placed under lock and key. And in every generation, three women are born who alone have the power to free them - if they are prepared to accept the challenge. Three women. Three keys to find. If one fails, they all lose. If they succeed - money, power and a new destiny awaits. It will take more than intellect, more than determination. They will have to open their hearts, their minds, and believe that everything is possible.

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The pleasure of your company is desired for cocktails and conversation. 8 pm, 4th September. Warrior's Peak. When Malory Price is issued with the above invitation she is naturally suspicious, especially as Warrior's Peak is a local mansion straight out of a Hollywood movie. But with her overdraft at crisis limit and on the verge of losing her job at a local art gallery, she The pleasure of your company is desired for cocktails and conversation. 8 pm, 4th September. Warrior's Peak. When Malory Price is issued with the above invitation she is naturally suspicious, especially as Warrior's Peak is a local mansion straight out of a Hollywood movie. But with her overdraft at crisis limit and on the verge of losing her job at a local art gallery, she has little to lose by attending the event. Only Malory is about to get more than she bargained for. At Warrior's Peak she finds that she and two other women are the only guests of their mysterious hosts. They are told an amazing story of magic, gods and goddesses; and of three demi-goddesses who have been cast into an eternal sleep, their mortal souls placed under lock and key. And in every generation, three women are born who alone have the power to free them - if they are prepared to accept the challenge. Three women. Three keys to find. If one fails, they all lose. If they succeed - money, power and a new destiny awaits. It will take more than intellect, more than determination. They will have to open their hearts, their minds, and believe that everything is possible.

30 review for Key of Light

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dina

    As the first book in the series, Key of Light did the job: it set the story arc up, introduced all the main characters and, in the end, wrapped up the first couple's love story in a nice HEA. The PNR aspect of the story was interesting, with a gothic vibe that was eerie and unexpected. An old mansion named Warrior's Peak, guarded by gargoyles, sitting at the top of a hill surrounded by mist... A dark and stormy night... A woman driving alone, wondering what she was going to find at the mansion... As the first book in the series, Key of Light did the job: it set the story arc up, introduced all the main characters and, in the end, wrapped up the first couple's love story in a nice HEA. The PNR aspect of the story was interesting, with a gothic vibe that was eerie and unexpected. An old mansion named Warrior's Peak, guarded by gargoyles, sitting at the top of a hill surrounded by mist... A dark and stormy night... A woman driving alone, wondering what she was going to find at the mansion... That was on the first pages of the book and, no matter how cliché that was, I was chilled to the bone and wondering if Malory, the heroine, would turn out to be one of those TSTL blondes whose aim in life is to step willingly into the arms of death just to keep the story going. Thankfully, it wasn't like that and the story moved along quite nicely, once Malory and her newfound friends/partners Dana and Zoe, the heroines in the following books in the series, were presented with the task they were supposed to do: find the keys that would release the souls of three demigoddesses who had been imprisoned hundreds of years ago. I'm not going into details here, but the tale about their lives was very charming and romantic - regardless of the sad ending, that is. Flynn, Dana's brother, joined the quest for the keys in no time, even though he was skeptical about the whole thing... Well, all of them were skeptical at first, but they changed their minds when strange things started to happen. Back to Flynn... He was the all-around good guy, charming, seductive and, of course, commitment-shy. Malory was soon in love with him - who could blame her? :) - and he was in too, even though it took him longer to see it that way. There was really no conflict in their relationship, and that was a problem for me. Not that I wanted them to go all angsty or start a fight just for the sake of it, but there wasn't anything that prevented them from being together and their relationship felt kind of boring to me. On the other hand, I think NR did a much better job when it came to showing Flynn's friendship with Jordan and Brad - not coincidentally, the heroes in the next books in the series. I actually thought that Flynn's scenes with his friends were more interesting than his scenes with Malory, and that's not a good thing in Romancelandia. Malory's scenes with Dana and Zoe were less entertaining and felt a little too juvenile to me. They would have been more fitting if they had been in their early twenties, IMHO. There's a lot of talk about symbolism and coincidences in this book: some interesting, some confusing. I thought the "key" Malory was supposed to find was only a metaphor but it turned out to be "real" - or the next best thing, since this is a PNR story. As for the ending, I was as fooled by Malory's trick as the villain: I thought Flynn would have to rescue her with a bang, but I should have known that she was smart enough to do it by herself. Girl Power, yay! ;) All things considered, this was an overall good, although not stellar, read for a nice and lazy afternoon/evening. And, referring to the first paragraph above, it did the job: I'm interested enough in keep reading the series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jenne

    DEAR Ms. Roberts, I totally believe that two people who have spent a whole summer jumping out of planes and escaping DEATH BY FIRE together on a daily basis might fall in love and get married after knowing each other for only a few months. It also seems plausible that you might fall in love with a guy who had a crush on you in high school, or even possibly your car mechanic, but deciding to marry this random dude with an annoying dog three weeks after you met him, just because you went on some wac DEAR Ms. Roberts, I totally believe that two people who have spent a whole summer jumping out of planes and escaping DEATH BY FIRE together on a daily basis might fall in love and get married after knowing each other for only a few months. It also seems plausible that you might fall in love with a guy who had a crush on you in high school, or even possibly your car mechanic, but deciding to marry this random dude with an annoying dog three weeks after you met him, just because you went on some wackadoo fairy quest with him and had sex on an ugly couch? Unplausible. Also, stuff like, "I can walk three miles in these heels. I'm a professional female"? VOM. No love, Jenne

  3. 4 out of 5

    Haïfa

    I'd like to start by thanking my lovely friend Celeste for making me discover one of her favorite authors and feel-good series! <3 And Key of Light totally made me feel insanely good! I enjoyed it, a lot, and if I've had more free time, I'd have read it in one sitting. The writing flowed easily and told the story of Malory, Dana and Zoe, 3 passionate women, thrown into a strange and almost impossible quest. My favorite aspect of the book was the dynamics between the female characters! We absol I'd like to start by thanking my lovely friend Celeste for making me discover one of her favorite authors and feel-good series! <3 And Key of Light totally made me feel insanely good! I enjoyed it, a lot, and if I've had more free time, I'd have read it in one sitting. The writing flowed easily and told the story of Malory, Dana and Zoe, 3 passionate women, thrown into a strange and almost impossible quest. My favorite aspect of the book was the dynamics between the female characters! We absolutely need more of that positivity, benevolence and unconditional support, in fiction but most importantly in real life relationships! It was everything I'd love to have and see in a friendship: no wanton judgement or pettiness or envy or unnecessary drama! #Friendshipgoals I know that must sound like a Utopian and naive fantasy on my part, but this comfort was exactly what I have been looking for and expecting from this series: an uncomplicated, a tad predictable and rather cute read. As my friend Celeste says about Nora's books, in her Come Sundown review: " Yes, her work is formulaic, but it’s supposed to be!! I don’t pick up her books to be surprised; I pick them up for their familiarity and the comfort that brings. " Besides the touching relationships, art was a central and most beautifully described theme in this book. Nora Roberts made an excellent job at defining it and conveying the emotions it induces in both the artist and the audience! I felt a huge kinship for Malory because of her inability to create art, despite her knowledge and boundless love of it. Man! That struck a chord! Anything worth anything can be found in books. Overall, Key of Light was a very easy and enjoyable read! Despite the romantic aspect being too abrupt and some parts of the quest being predictable and convenient, My interest and excitement never faltered! The chemistry between the three women made me root for them and the crises they've been facing in their personal lives made them more real and extremely relatable. I can't wait to dive into the sequel and having more of sarcastic Dana' story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kimberley doruyter

    alot happened and not alot happened, it strange. but i like it enough too read the next one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lexy

    This book was pretty good it had a mystery element to it

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    What's not to love when Nora Roberts steps into the world of celtic magic?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Harini Nayak

    Weird . I don't even know why I don't like this book Nice characters : Check Good plot : Check Adorable dogs that are way better than the characters : Check So , you see my problem with this book . I can't figure out why this book didn't come out so well . It was probably my expectations . Or it was probably the absurdity of how Malory ends up in this . I enjoyed this book on an overall and the other two books were also okay , I guess . But was it worth the hype ? Nah . I'd rather go back to Weird . I don't even know why I don't like this book Nice characters : Check Good plot : Check Adorable dogs that are way better than the characters : Check So , you see my problem with this book . I can't figure out why this book didn't come out so well . It was probably my expectations . Or it was probably the absurdity of how Malory ends up in this . I enjoyed this book on an overall and the other two books were also okay , I guess . But was it worth the hype ? Nah . I'd rather go back to one of my YA fantasies than get stuck with NR again . Blog Twitter Instagram Facebook

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Lackey

    Even though I know what's going to happen in every story written by Nora Roberts, I love reading her. Her down-to-earth writing style and humorous dialogues between characters are refreshing and very entertaining. I love a good story with a happy ending, and this one gives you all that, plus I found myself chuckling out loud. I love it when a author engages my emotions enough to make me scared, laugh, cry, get angry, etc. Nora Roberts is an excellent writer, and she can do all that. Thankfully, Even though I know what's going to happen in every story written by Nora Roberts, I love reading her. Her down-to-earth writing style and humorous dialogues between characters are refreshing and very entertaining. I love a good story with a happy ending, and this one gives you all that, plus I found myself chuckling out loud. I love it when a author engages my emotions enough to make me scared, laugh, cry, get angry, etc. Nora Roberts is an excellent writer, and she can do all that. Thankfully, she doesn't fall into the category below. I'm going to step up on my soap box for a moment. I find it annoying, sometimes extremely annoying, when while reading a book, because of misspellings, missing words, skipped sentences, and out-of-order words and/or sentences, I have to reread a sentence or a paragraph to get the meaning of the idea intended. There are too many writer's and/or publishers out there, who are lazy or just don't care enough about the reader to do a good job of proof reading and editing. It may be just me, but I don't think so.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    The Key Trilogy is about a very old curse and a prophecy, about three women who each in turn, have to find a key to free the soul of young goddess imprisoned for years in an other dimension. Manager for an art gallery where things are not going so great with a new collegue, Malory Price received a mysterious invitation for an evening at the mansion Warrior's Peak. It's a little bit strange since she doesn't know anyone living there and the people she know didn't get the invitation but her curios The Key Trilogy is about a very old curse and a prophecy, about three women who each in turn, have to find a key to free the soul of young goddess imprisoned for years in an other dimension. Manager for an art gallery where things are not going so great with a new collegue, Malory Price received a mysterious invitation for an evening at the mansion Warrior's Peak. It's a little bit strange since she doesn't know anyone living there and the people she know didn't get the invitation but her curiosity lead her there anyway, where she'll meet the only other two women who were invited. Their hosts, a beautiful woman and impressive man, show them a painting and tell them a story about gods and goddesses, magic, hex, keys and explain to them why they have been choosen to try to release the three sister's souls. Malory and the two women who fast become her friends doesn't really believe in the fantasy story, but for a fortune they're ready to accept the challenge. But some people will make them believe that there's something else behind the concrete and tangible and soon, Malory, Dana and Zoe are not the only one who'll find themselves mingled in this story. A startling encounter with a smooth-talking journalist and his invasive dog will make sure that Malory's life take a complete different direction. If the Dream Trilogy was my best contemporary series by Nora Roberts, the Key is my favorite of her in the paranormal, and I understand why because I can see a lot of similarities between the two. It's still pretty much contemporary but with just a little touch of magic so forget world building and the likes. And I think that if you're too practical and too plausibility oriented, there's a chance you won't like this book because you have to believe that the three women accepted the assignment after hearing a crazy story and didn't even believe in it or that Malory and Flynn felt in love in less than a week. I'm a pretty realistic person (too much, even) but I can be convinced to believe in the impossible from time to time ;p I liked the laid-back and flirty attitude of Flynn and how it was almost as if his dog choose the girl for him. And one of the best part of the MC courtship was the fact he seemed to have the upper hand with the pace of their relationship at the beginning and then she turned the table on him and he was the hesitant one. I know it doesn't sound very cute nor romantic the way I put it but I like that the characters and us can be surprised. And so happy to read again the outset of the romance between my favorite Key's couple,Zoe and Brad. :)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Branwen *of House Targaryen*

    When perfect strangers Malory, Zoe, and Dana all receive a mysterious summons to the local historical mansion Warrior's Peak, none of them quite know what to expect. But once they get talking they discover they are more alike than they realized. They are all down on their luck in terms of employment, they live nearby, and are all single. But there is something more mysterious that links them together as well. Age old secrets, legends, and destinies bind them together on a quest to rid the world When perfect strangers Malory, Zoe, and Dana all receive a mysterious summons to the local historical mansion Warrior's Peak, none of them quite know what to expect. But once they get talking they discover they are more alike than they realized. They are all down on their luck in terms of employment, they live nearby, and are all single. But there is something more mysterious that links them together as well. Age old secrets, legends, and destinies bind them together on a quest to rid the world of an ancient evil and set right a wrong that began long long ago. As long as the women are up to the task. I think this is absolutely my FAVORITE Nora Roberts book I have read so far! It was fantastic! It had so many wonderful elements incorporated into it! Magic, romance, fate, suspense, mythology, quests...what more could a girl ask for? And as much as I loved the story, I really was head over heels for the characters, especially Dana. They all seemed so real and so easy to identify with, I felt myself so caught up in the story I never wanted it to end! I am really excited about the next book in the trilogy!

  11. 5 out of 5

    ilovebakedgoods (Teresa)

    I know Nora Roberts pretty much has a formula and I know that some of this book followed the formula but there was something about this one that I really, really loved. I love the 3 main characters and how they have formed an instant friendship, I love the 3 love interests (all have been introduced in this book), love the story, the myth behind the keys, the atmosphere, the writing. I enjoyed the romance and how it played out, too. Oh, and I can't forget Moe, the dog! He cracked me up a few time I know Nora Roberts pretty much has a formula and I know that some of this book followed the formula but there was something about this one that I really, really loved. I love the 3 main characters and how they have formed an instant friendship, I love the 3 love interests (all have been introduced in this book), love the story, the myth behind the keys, the atmosphere, the writing. I enjoyed the romance and how it played out, too. Oh, and I can't forget Moe, the dog! He cracked me up a few times. I can't wait to continue this trilogy.

  12. 4 out of 5

    DANIEL

    Great Feel Good Book I LOVE escaping into Nora's world. Where everyone has a quick whit and amazing sex. Who needs more then that?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    I read this book and the two others in the series over the course of a very long weekend when I hosted a garage sale, and I mostly enjoyed it because the women were sassy, the story was fun, and it didn't make me think too hard. I don't like it when people say that they're above certain types of writing. It's fine if you prefer certain genres, but I don't think any genre should be dismissed out of hand. Admittedly, there are a lot of romance novels that are just over-the-top, plotless, and poorly I read this book and the two others in the series over the course of a very long weekend when I hosted a garage sale, and I mostly enjoyed it because the women were sassy, the story was fun, and it didn't make me think too hard. I don't like it when people say that they're above certain types of writing. It's fine if you prefer certain genres, but I don't think any genre should be dismissed out of hand. Admittedly, there are a lot of romance novels that are just over-the-top, plotless, and poorly written. But I think Nora Roberts manages to give her characters enough...you know, character. You have feelings about the characters and I think that's the sign of any good writer - if they can make you give a damn. So I liked these books, and I continue to read Nora Roberts novels (of which there are many) when they come across my path.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Temi Panayotova

    http://www.writingis.fun/book-review-... I recommend this book to the ones that love some mistery, action and a lot of passion mixed together. I will try to find the books in the book stores, read them and post a review later. The book was amazing and I loved every second of it. To all of the fans of Nora Roberts I want to say that you must read this trilogy, it’s realy breath taking. The book is all about magic in a world that noone believes in that anymore. And in order to find the key the three http://www.writingis.fun/book-review-... I recommend this book to the ones that love some mistery, action and a lot of passion mixed together. I will try to find the books in the book stores, read them and post a review later. The book was amazing and I loved every second of it. To all of the fans of Nora Roberts I want to say that you must read this trilogy, it’s realy breath taking. The book is all about magic in a world that noone believes in that anymore. And in order to find the key the three women must believe in it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)

    The first of the Key trilogy. Set in a fictitious Pennsylvania town, three women search to free the imprisoned souls of three demi-goddesses while trying to avoid malicious vengeful Celtic gods. Perhaps this should really get a fourth star. I loved the characters. If you disregard the gods run amok aspect, this is a great romance. The dialog had me smiling through most of the book. Fun.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Beatrice ~ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic

    I finished this book for 3 days. Malory Price was such a professional and straight-to-the-point lady. But she has a wild side, and seductive. LMAO. I appreciate this kind of novel because of the mystery. The power relies on their abilities. :) love it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Liza Wiemer

    I don't know how I missed this Nora Roberts trilogy, but I did! Loved it. I'm a sucker for romance and Irish mythology! :)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    The first book of an older Nora Roberts Paranormal/Fantasy trilogy. I found it slow, ponderous filled with metaphorical and esoteric stuff. Lots of space filled, but little action. Malory Price and two other women have received invitations to Warrior's Peak, a local mansion that had long been uninhabited. She is wary, but curious about the new inhabitants, especially as the invitation comes after a horrid day that will likely cost her job as manager of The Gallery. Maybe if she can snag them as c The first book of an older Nora Roberts Paranormal/Fantasy trilogy. I found it slow, ponderous filled with metaphorical and esoteric stuff. Lots of space filled, but little action. Malory Price and two other women have received invitations to Warrior's Peak, a local mansion that had long been uninhabited. She is wary, but curious about the new inhabitants, especially as the invitation comes after a horrid day that will likely cost her job as manager of The Gallery. Maybe if she can snag them as customers, she can keep her job. The tale and proposition Malory hears is nothing short of fantasy. But all three women agree and Malory is chosen as the first to embark on the quest to free three sleeping demi-goddesses whose mortal souls placed under lock and key. The three women are tasked with finding the three keys to unlock their souls. If they also find three guys along the way, so much the better.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    4 Stars... If I could use one word to describe this book it would be "Charming"... From the characters to the setting and storyline, it all was captivating and enchanting... The romance was a nice mix of sweet and sexy with the added element of humor to lighten it and keep it relatable... I enjoyed this introduction into this fascinating story and look forward to continuing the series.:)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Samuelson

    This was my 1st time reading a book/series by Nora and I loved it!! Suspense, Fantasy, Mystery all made for an amazing book in this series. I will definitely be looking for Book 2 in this series!! I ship Malory and Flynn so much!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Lancia

    Loved it!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Malory Price wasn't the smartest cookie in a bag of treats. Though she had a college degree and had made her mark at a prestigious art gallery, she spilled coffee on her boss's new temperamental wife. It was an accident! Uh. Huh. And she managed to get on the young woman's bad side by disagreeing with her 'improvements' that she had made within the business. To top it off she had issues with spending her paychecks and didn't have a dime to show for it. So it came as very little surprise when she Malory Price wasn't the smartest cookie in a bag of treats. Though she had a college degree and had made her mark at a prestigious art gallery, she spilled coffee on her boss's new temperamental wife. It was an accident! Uh. Huh. And she managed to get on the young woman's bad side by disagreeing with her 'improvements' that she had made within the business. To top it off she had issues with spending her paychecks and didn't have a dime to show for it. So it came as very little surprise when she was fired dismissed from her job. But all of this was nothing compared with the very unusual evening she had just spent with Pitte and Rowena, two unusual 'people' whom offered her a hard-to-pass-up deal. And let us not forget that she made some new friendships with Dana and Zoe: her cohorts with this adventure. Lastly, there was Flynn and Moe: an attractive man -Dana's stepbrother- and his mutant-size dog. I enjoyed Moe. He was friendly, goofy and lovable. When the story's pacing felt erratic at times, Moe gave me reason to regroup and continue reading. And yes, there was quite a bit going on: chick-lit, paranormal fiction, fantasy-adventure, contemporary romance, mythology/magic involved and friendship-bonding were just a few of the genres. Of course, Moe gave it some light humorous moments. And for the first two-thirds of the story I was kept interested. At times, Malory came across a little too sharp with Flynn and then she was confused. That, and the same pacing I mentioned earlier caused some bumps and grinds for the last third of the book. IMHO, I thought there was just too much going on. Did I like it? Yes, it had its moments. Could Ms. Roberts have written a smoother storyline? Absolutely. Will I give the next book a try? I am still interested. Just be sure and read this book before starting the other two: it feels like everyone has a connection. *And you may want to put little weight on my review because the majority of 30,000+ people thought this story was wonderful.* Now it is Dana's turn to find a key.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Generally, I am not really into the stereotypical romance novels: boy meets girl; they have a crush on each other; something gets in the way; they stop being together; they end up together in the end; the end. But this isn't what this book is about. It is much more than that. The novel (the first of three in the Key Trilogy) includes a mythic background with three goddesses who are trapped asleep in a glass box and three women are brought together--whom happen to look exactly like the goddesses-- Generally, I am not really into the stereotypical romance novels: boy meets girl; they have a crush on each other; something gets in the way; they stop being together; they end up together in the end; the end. But this isn't what this book is about. It is much more than that. The novel (the first of three in the Key Trilogy) includes a mythic background with three goddesses who are trapped asleep in a glass box and three women are brought together--whom happen to look exactly like the goddesses--to find the three keys to open the glass box while trying to beat Kane--the evil sorcerer who trapped the daughters in the glass box. The story is has the bond of friendships, relationships which are mended or created, and a realization of what Malory--one of the three woman and who the POV of the book is around--really wants with her life. It is a story that many women can connect to. The women in the story are brave, bold, and although seem a bit vulnerable when they are put in situations out of their comfort zone in regards to their love life and careers, are strong and smart. There are also a bit of a sexual theme in the story--as do most of Nora Roberts' novels--but not too much that the story revolves around it, but just enough to set the tone of sensuality and libito. Over all, it was a really good book and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good quick read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Becky ♡The Bookworm♡

    Despite the info dump in the early chapters and a bit of a slow section in the first half, I really enjoyed this book. Malory is one of three women who've been brought together for a very special task. They strike a deal to each find three hidden keys. One by one, they'll each take a turn to find their key. Malory is selected first and the journey begins. I really enjoyed the relationship between the women. Their sleepovers and banter about men trouble was entertaining and realistic. I think Mal Despite the info dump in the early chapters and a bit of a slow section in the first half, I really enjoyed this book. Malory is one of three women who've been brought together for a very special task. They strike a deal to each find three hidden keys. One by one, they'll each take a turn to find their key. Malory is selected first and the journey begins. I really enjoyed the relationship between the women. Their sleepovers and banter about men trouble was entertaining and realistic. I think Malory's relationship with Flynn moved way too fast, certainly too fast for true love, but I just went with it because it was enjoyable. Flynn was also a lot of fun, but Moe - the dog - took the spotlight. Watching Flynn try to keep up with his hyperactive dog added a layer of humor between the tension and drama in the plot. I also enjoyed Flynn's relationship with his step-sister and how honest they are with each other. It was a really fun read with an exciting ending. I'll be moving onto the next book!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Meallo

    okay, so! This book was fun, and a nice deviation from both school work and the dark SciFi/fantasy stuff I've been super into lately. Lisa was right; it affords the reader a nice escape into a world that keeps your interest well enough, but still provides a feel good ending. The constantly changing points of view and unclear passages of time were fairly annoying, but easily overlooked by the admittedly interesting plot and romantic love scenes. The characters are somewhat cliche and the themes a okay, so! This book was fun, and a nice deviation from both school work and the dark SciFi/fantasy stuff I've been super into lately. Lisa was right; it affords the reader a nice escape into a world that keeps your interest well enough, but still provides a feel good ending. The constantly changing points of view and unclear passages of time were fairly annoying, but easily overlooked by the admittedly interesting plot and romantic love scenes. The characters are somewhat cliche and the themes and messages are beat over the reader's head, but at the end of the day it was a great escape with an empowering message of self love and discovery, and who can knock that? 3/5 for an enjoyable read, but not one I feel I *need* to own a copy of or an instant favorite.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    A light and entertaining read, this first book of Nora Roberts' Key trilogy features the usual kind of set-up - three books, three women, three lovestories, one ultimate goal (in this case a magical quest for keys to free the trapped souls of three demigoddesses). I tend to like her paranormal stories a bit more than the "regular" romance since it always adds a more fascinating backstory, and this one was no exception. It never ceases to astonish me that Nora Roberts can take the same ingredient A light and entertaining read, this first book of Nora Roberts' Key trilogy features the usual kind of set-up - three books, three women, three lovestories, one ultimate goal (in this case a magical quest for keys to free the trapped souls of three demigoddesses). I tend to like her paranormal stories a bit more than the "regular" romance since it always adds a more fascinating backstory, and this one was no exception. It never ceases to astonish me that Nora Roberts can take the same ingredients over and over again, mix them up a bit and end up with yet another book that will keep you hooked from start to finish even though you know perfectly well how it's gonna end. Somehow, that always makes these quite relaxing to read. Looking forward to the next!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    This was the first Nora Roberts book I ever read about 15 years ago. It was so great reading it again, I still love it! I love the inclusion of Celtic mythology, it's so fascinating! Malory is such an interesting character and Flynn is a great love interest. Dana is my absolute favorite character and I can't wait to continue on with her book, Key of Knowledge!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jane (PS)

    This was my first Nora Roberts book. It was OK. I like the idea and supernatural aspect to the storyline, but in the end, the book was just OK. I went on to read the rest of the series, 'cos I HAD to know how it all finished, but I won't be bothering with any more Nora Roberts...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Tracy

    Wow, I really liked this! I always enjoy the feeling of starting a Nora trilogy, and I’m always hopeful that I’ll connect with the characters enough by the end that I’m excited to carry on with the next book. While this doesn’t always happen, it did here. The premise and “mission” of the trilogy is engaging, and the characters have so much personality, warmth, and wit that I’m anxious to continue along with their stories. And this book as a standalone read was fun and well-rounded enough that I Wow, I really liked this! I always enjoy the feeling of starting a Nora trilogy, and I’m always hopeful that I’ll connect with the characters enough by the end that I’m excited to carry on with the next book. While this doesn’t always happen, it did here. The premise and “mission” of the trilogy is engaging, and the characters have so much personality, warmth, and wit that I’m anxious to continue along with their stories. And this book as a standalone read was fun and well-rounded enough that I feel satisfied with its conclusion. All in all, a great start. This first novel in the “Dazzling Keys Trilogy” follows Malory Price, art gallery manager and aspiring painter. When she receives a mysterious invitation to a party at Warrior’s Peak – the imposing mansion on the hill of her small town – she’s both intrigued and confused. When she arrives there to find only two other young women, she’s even more confused. Zoe and Dana are in eerily similar situations to Malory. All three are struggling financially and near losing (or having recently lost) their respective jobs. They’re given a mission by their hosts, Rowena and Pitte, to find three missing keys – each of which will unlock the souls of three demigoddesses who have been trapped for centuries by forces of evil. Yes, it sounds silly. Yes, it IS silly. But strangely, using Nora’s own magic, it works for me. Malory, Zoe, and Dana accept the challenge – and the $25,000 each that goes along with it. If one of them fails, they will each lose a year of their lives. It might be a steep price to pay, but desperation leads all three to take the risk, and thus forge new friendships and a trust in each other that will change their lives. This first book is Malory’s, of course, so it’s up to her to find the first key within one month. With Dana and Zoe’s help, Malory’s determined – even when she becomes somewhat distracted by Dana’s sexy brother, Flynn. While HE is skeptical about the whole thing, it doesn’t take long for him to jump on board either, and soon it’s a whole group effort to find this key and unravel the mystery surrounding it. Through him, we meet his best friends, Brad and Jordan (who will, no doubt, be connecting with our other two female characters later in the trilogy…). It's clever how this book, focusing on the art-crazy Malory, weaves art and art history into the mystery surrounding the first key. It plays on Malory’s strengths and passions, and it culminates really nicely into a powerful conclusion. Her relationship with Flynn, too, is somewhat refreshing – SHE is the one who’s initiating the romance and passion. She professes her love very early on, and takes the role of the pursuer, while Flynn remains a little unsure. This was interesting to me! I have to say I liked her spunk and confidence. Flynn was just an okay male lead for me, but he got the job done. Overall, I liked their chemistry, but I wasn't wowed by it. The best thing about this novel for me was the WIT. Nora’s writing was seriously clever here! The characters’ jokes and quick responses to each other made for some real life chuckling moments for me, which I loved. This group has a great dynamic, and I’m excited to see where the rest of the trilogy takes them. Classic Nora trilogy – pure fun, magic, love, and friendship. I’ll be buying the second book (Dana and Jordan’s story) as soon as possible.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Johnny

    What it is: Chick lit meets fantasy meets romance- a story about a woman who can totally take care of herself yet still conforms to societal gender norms and meanwhile has to find an object of legend for some mysterious characters. Why I liked it/didn't like it: This book has some good non-linear pacing. It doesn't steadily ratchet up the pace, rather it has lifts and denouements, which works for me. The characters are pretty well fleshed-out, more than a lot of romance/fantasy novels, though not What it is: Chick lit meets fantasy meets romance- a story about a woman who can totally take care of herself yet still conforms to societal gender norms and meanwhile has to find an object of legend for some mysterious characters. Why I liked it/didn't like it: This book has some good non-linear pacing. It doesn't steadily ratchet up the pace, rather it has lifts and denouements, which works for me. The characters are pretty well fleshed-out, more than a lot of romance/fantasy novels, though not overly so. It's probably because I've been conditioned over the years, but all the gender norms stuck out like a sore thumb- women who love chocolate and shopping and flowers and cleaning; men who are slobs who like beer and women and being successful at their jobs and putting minimal effort into decorating. But that's really the only thing that got in the way of me enjoying this one fully. It was a good read. Who should read it: Tough to say. People who read all three genres, or are willing to read them, I think. This isn't likely to please a strict fantasy fan, or romance fan, and definitely not a strict chick-lit fan. But if you go into it with an open mind, enjoying the aspects of each (including some nicely executed sexy scenes), readers will enjoy this as much as I did. Rating: 3.5 stars. Nothing to write home about, but an enjoyable, easy read.

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