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This was a book I purchased while waiting for other books. I downloaded a sample and didn’t finish it before downloading this books. Without a doubt a true gem. It has everything. Getting the next book now 😉
I really did enjoy the book, but, oh, the ending. I hate it when the author leaves the story at a critical point, in the way this book ends. It is a ploy to get people to buy the next in the series, and if the 2nd book ends in the same way, and I suspect this will, it is disappointing. An author should rely on being able to hook the reader with the quality of their tale, without resorting to such ends and that is the only reason that I gave it 4 stars. It could still have left us in suspense without being so extreme.
I shall put the other 2 books in my wish list and may purchase them later, as I did like the characters, but maybe I will find other books I like just as much but give a much more satisfactory ending.
The Key begins in the past when our heroine is an infant. It's the basis of the whole trilogy and it means that the reader is in on the secret. The reader then observes as others discover the truth. It's obvious in The Key what will unfold but it sets up the rest of the trilogy. The fact that this is a trilogy also makes the ending null and void but it's an enjoyable read. The violence isn't gory, the romance is innocent and the politics are basic. It isn't challenging or heavy and at the time I read it that's what I wanted. However, Red does appear to be deeper from the blurb and I'm ready for that. If it doesn't go all in then I'll be giving up on this trilogy.
I'm afraid I found this book to be rather predictable, it's a fairly classical Cinderella story. The prologue rather gives the game away so you know from the outset what 'The Key' is and the story follows a rather obvious course. The character generation is quite good but you don't really get a sense that you could reach out and touch them and some of the characters I found rather unbelievable, You get the girl you love into trouble, the kind of trouble which could lose her her head, and when she is forcibly taken out of your arms and dragged off you say "She deserves what she gets" Really?? As I say all a bit predictable, however if you have a quiet rainy afternoon to fill, this would be a good book to curl up with but don't expect fireworks. Maybe the best advice is DON'T READ THE PROLOGUE. As to whether I would buy the second book or the rest of the series I am not sure.
I read this book at the recommendation of my daughter as I had nothing lying around to read and was not disappointed in the least. What a beautifully written piece of work and available for free? Incredible! I can assure people it will appeal to far more than the typical YA audience (I am about as far from a YA as you can get) but be warned the ending will catch you by surprise and I am not sure I would say in a good way.
Very interesting, who will save Rema? The story can't end there. I hope she is rescued by the old knight and his army. Then we will get the story of the fight for retaking her throne which Prince Darmick will have some sort of role in.