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Can't wait for the finale!
Wow..as always, Nora Roberts blows me away with her writing and stories. This book was no exception. Be warned..it is the second book in the Key trilogy, so be sure and read the first one before attempting this novel. (key of light)
The key of knowledge follows librarian Dana on her quest for the missing key that will unlock a magical box and free three celtic demi goddesses from their long prison of sleep. Joining her on her quest are Mallory and Zoe..her best friends, business partners, and fellow key searchers.
Helping Dana is Jordan Hawke, a mystery writer who she has always loved but who broke her heart when she was younger. Jordan is determined to win her back, help her find her key and protect her from the evil god, Kane. Their relationship is complex--friends, ex-lovers, he is also her brother's best friend.
This book expands on the story line introduced in the first book- Kane becomes more of an active evil force, Pitte and Rowena are better characterized, and it is nice to revisit with Mallory, Flynn, and Moe (from the first book). The book also gives us a glimpse of what's to come in the final book with Zoe and Brad's relationship
The second book was in my opinion, better than the first book- Dana is likable, complex, smart and her emotions are multi-layered. She is once again attracted to Jordan, but knows that could lead to another broken heart. She is at a crossroads in her life- having quit her steady job and taking a chance on opening her own business. She is also on a time limit to completing her part of the key quest.
I love how Nora Roberts uses Celtic myths and magical elements to enhance the story. It is so well done that it is easy to suspend belief and really believe in the legends, gods, curses and evil.
I can't wait to finish this trilogy and eagerly await Zoe and Brad's story....
Be Secure In The Knowledge: This Is An Excellent Book!!
Key of Knowledge picks up right where part one (Key of Light) left off. In Nora Roberts excellent Celtic goddesses/lost souls/contemporary seekers trilogy, Malory, Dana, and Zoe are reuinited once again to continue the quest for the three keys to release three lookalike goddesses from their eternal prison. Part two is Dana's story; as with Malory, she has job issues (she is unfairly fired from her position at the library), and man issues (in the person of ex-lover, lifelong-friend, and soon-to-be Major Squeeze Jordan Hawke, the famous writer whose books she secretly reads with pride), not to mention dog issues (did you think Moe, the wonderdog who supplied so much humor and life to Key of Light, would be left out of the new volume? Heavens to Snoopy, No!!). Since she was a librarian and is soon to be a bookstore owner (in Indulgence, the delicious bookstore/beauty salon/art gallery the three women plan to open), it follows that writing and books should play a major role in her finding the Key of Knowledge. Oh, yes, Kane, the ultraegotistic supernatural villian, is back as well. This celestial scumbag has taken an oath to play by the rules; he soon breaks them by physically attacking Jordan. It will take the combined efforts of all three women, their men, plus Rowena and Pitt to overcome his snares in this installment. While this volume is a worthy successor to Key of Light, a few questionable choices make this installment less successful than it's predecessor. One: Dana is a little too quick to believe Kane and his illusions and thus doubt the sincerity of Jordan's love (at first, anyway). She knows Kane means to hurt her, why let him win? The second choice is harder to address without giving away too much of the plot; suffice it to say that Jordan, as a writer, should have more control over his own work at the story's climax. He created it, why shouldn't he be able to control every aspect of his book? Still, the genuine warmth and friendship between the three women, the strength and courage of their convictions, and the effective conclusion of this second installment will have you waiting anxiously for Key of Valor, Zoe's story and the final piece in the trilogy's puzzle. Read Key of Knowledge right away, secure that this book is indeed an excellent followup to Key of Light, and when you are finished, lose no time in starting Key of Valor at once. Magic, romance, and the friendship that only three incredible women can create await your immediate attention!!
Nora at her very best!
It's not often the written word moves me to tears, but this book did. The emotion Nora Robert's poured into this book is simply amazing. The second in the Key Trilogy is as strong as the first one, maybe more so. I saw a few have not liked it as much as the first one. First anything is easy to write. First chapter ¯ How many people out there have that first chapter or two of a book you intend to finish. I know many people who want to be writers that have dozens of first chapters. The Muse is an adrenalin high when you first get inspiration. Sorry, having first chapters without the work that is required to sustain is are worth little and will simply gather dust. To have the prose and the power to carry through a book to the end involves an awful drain on a writer; it requires an intense commitment. To carry a second book of a trilogy and maintain the quality, power and vision is simply amazing. I see so many trilogies with a super first book and then two so so ones. The reader comes away thinking why do they bother with the second two ¯ other than to just part us from big bucks! Well, the Key Trilogy is NOT like that. I put off reading these because, while Nora Roberts is very prolific after reading 40 of her books, they all begin to blend together. The Key books are the freshest work Roberts had done this decade and I cannot wait to finish the third in the series.
This is not really a stand-alone title. You really need to read all three books in order. This deals with three young women who accept a quest to release three half-goddesses frozen in time. These are paranormal tales, is it not, to accept the rules are made by the writer. That is the fun of paranormals. To be able to suspend believe and accept magic lives. That is that made Lord of the Rings such a hit with everyone.
That aside, I have spent decades working with history and lore, have written essays on Pict-Celt goddess, so it's very thrilling to see someone take the interest in it - and not just repeat what it already there. I have seen some people questioning Roberts placing these tales in Pennsylvania. All I can say, then you are not current on archaeological discoveries. There are various sites undergoing archaeological excavation and review in the US at this moment, from New York down through Missouri that are reported to be Celtic in origin and could date back thousands of years. Celts have been found all the way to China, so history is constantly being "adjusted". It's exciting times, fertile ground writers imaginations.
The bottom line the prose is what counts and Nora is in top form as she entered the second search of the quest, the key of knowledge. Dana (stepsister to Flynn) is the women accepting the challenge this time. It's not hard enough to handle losing a job, opening a business and finding out magic exists and needs you help, she must deal with the man she loved many years ago. Dana Steele loved Jordan Hawke, with the painful longing of a first love. Jordon shattered that innocence the day he turned his back on her and the small town she loves. Now a successful writer, Jordan and has been pulled back into the quest. But as we learn, this was always the plan ¯ Jordan had visited Warrior's Peak when he was sixteen and become obsessed with the house ¯ the place where the quest started. Like the warrior's of old, he went on his personal quest that carried him away, but the circle is now coming full turn, bringing him back to Dana.
These characters are real. They are funny, they are stubborn, they steal your heart with emotions that so define them. Robert's own form of magic. Just does not get any better than this.
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