Review: Key Trilogy

Ner Reviews:
The Key Trilogy

Spinning Starlight

Author: Nora Roberts
Release Date: 2005 (originally January 1st 2003)
Publisher: Flamingo | Jove
Pages: 359 (Paperback)
Format: Papaerback
Genre:
 Romance | Contemporary Fantasy
Idiom: Portuguese
Series: The Key Trilogy #1
Read: from August 2 to 6, 2009
Source & Shelf: Borrowed
ISBN: 9786130094
(PT Edition) | 9780515136289 (English Edition)
Cups:
3 Cups
Amazon

Synopsis

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.

My Opinion

This is going to be a very small review.

A good book and well written with characters that could be a little well developed. The story unfolds itself fast but it’s efficient. It draws the readers’ attention even though the target being women.

I admit having read this book for quite some time now and haven’t kept reading the trilogy, but I remember being hooked despite thinking that the story was going too fast in some moments. Overall, I think it’s a fluid and easy writing with character that, we might not enjoy at first, we learn to appreciate.


Spinning Starlight

Author: Nora Roberts
Release Date: January 2010 (originally January 1st 2003)
Publisher: Bertrand Editora | Penguin USA
Pages: 432 (Paperback)
Format: Papaerback
Genre:
 Romance | Contemporary Fantasy
Idiom: Portuguese
Series: The Key Trilogy #2
Read: from July 17 to 22, 2011
Source & Shelf: Borrowed
ISBN: 9789722520805
(PT Edition) | 9780739439067 (English Edition)
Cups:
4 Cups
Amazon

Synopsis

You are the Key. The lock awaits.

What happens when the very gods depend on mortals for help? That’s what three very different young women find out when they are invited to Warrior’s Peak.

To librarian Dana Steele, books and the knowledge they hold are the key to contentment. But now that search for knowledge must include the second key needed to release three souls held captive by an evil god. In each generation three are chosen who have the power to release them – if they dare accept a challenge that could promise them great riches but also grave danger…

And now it is Dana’s turn.

She won’t be alone, for she’s formed fast friendships with two very different women. But she can’t allow herself to be distracted by the return of the man who broke her heart so long ago, for a danger beyond anyone’s imagination is determined to keep her from completing her quest.

My Opinion

*This review might contain spoilers!*

This was a second strong instalment for Nora Roberts’ trilogy. This book introduces us to Dana Steele, a librarian who quitted her job after an argument with her boss and whose fate is to find one of the three keys to free the souls of three daughters of a Celtic god. To make things worse, her ex-boyfriend who has broken her heart by leaving to New York to became a best-seller author, has return and intends to win her heart again.

After book one about Malory Price quest to find the first key, this book delivers us a strong, independent character with a down-to-down personality though difficult to deal with. Dana submerges herself into research while trying to ignore Jordan Hawke, her ex, and into her new store which she’ll be sharing with Malory and Zoe.

Of course that each book is about one good quality of the characters or something they dream about. Dana’s passion, compulsion is books so she’s sure she’ll find the key on a book important to her. What she didn’t know was that the past, the present and the future were going to be the major key in finding the object.

In this book the pace is less fast; you can enjoy the relationship between Jordan and Dana without having the reaction that they’re jumping into something faster than normal. Because of their past together, they’re relation came easy and familiar. There was tension and sensuality between the two of them resulting of great sexy scenes well written without being too much.

The main plot develops also in a slow pace but easy to follow. Roberts leaves clues here and there matching all together in the end.

The final action sequence between Dana and Kane, happening inside Hawke’s book where a character was based on Dana, is an amazingly described scene where you can almost feel what the characters are feeling.

However, I think that some moments in the book were a bit rushed; like Jordan and Flynn’s proposal. In a month the two of them found love and are engaged. I think it was too quick.

Overall, I think this was a strong continuation for a trilogy and the characters are all changing and showing us other facades.

Now, bring me book three.


Spinning Starlight

Author: Nora Roberts
Release Date: March 2010 (originally 2003)
Publisher: Bertrand Editora | Jove
Pages: 424 (Paperback)
Format: Papaerback
Genre:
 Romance | Contemporary Fantasy
Idiom: Portuguese
Series: The Key Trilogy #3
Read: from July 22 to 28, 2011
Source & Shelf: Borrowed
ISBN: 9789722521192
(PT Edition) | 9789722521192 (English Edition)
Cups:
4 Cups
Amazon

Synopsis

What happens when the very gods depend on mortals for help?

That’s what three very different young women find out when they are invited to Warrior’s Peak.

Light and knowledge have succeeded in their quest, and two of the keys have been found. Both Malory and Dana had taken their turns. The final, and last, test goes to Zoe McCourt – valor.

Now it was her burden, her risk. Her chance. She had to be brave enough, smart enough, strong enough, or everything they’d done before her would be for nothing.

Zoe has the courage to raise her young son alone, and to face all the adversity life has thrown at them. But will she have the courage to face a foe determined to do anything to stop the third key from being found – even destroying everything – and everyone – she loves?

My Opinion

*This review might contain spoilers!*

This was a good and solid conclusion to the Key Trilogy by Nora Roberts.

Being the most human character of all, Zoe McCourt finds herself the last of the three girls to find the key. She has to look inside her heart, to face her fears and overcome her insecurity to allow her heart to see the true location of the last key to open the box where the souls of three young girls are locked. 

If I had enjoyed the last one, Key of Knowledge, this made me realise how good and perfect this trilogy is. Zoe is a strong and independent woman who loves her son more than anything and who would do anything to protect him. However, due to her broken-heart, she doesn’t fall in love too easily and when Bradley Charles Vane IV shows some affection, she closes herself away. What she doesn’t know is that she must free her spirit to love him and those around her so she can defeat Kane.

The entire story unfolds slowly with Zoe trying to figure out the clues Rowena and Pitte gave her. She battles against herself and her past to see beyond her reason. She’s the kind of woman we all would love to be in the future.

This book had more action, more confrontation with Kane which made everything all excited. She has an ordinary life like all women does and we can almost she ourselves and our daily routine reflected in her story. I think this is the character that teaches us more from the trilogy due to her past life – taking care of her family and leaving home when she was 16 while pregnant – and to her present relationship with her son. And the relation between Simon and Brad was well explore though sometimes too fast for a kid who never knew what having a father was. 

As I said, a strong and solid conclusion to an amazing trilogy that introduced me to the world of Nora Roberts. I couldn’t be more pleased.

Ner

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