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Nice finish to the triology!
I've been enthralled with the Key trilogy since I picked up KEY OF LIGHT a short few months ago! The three books are about three women (Malory, Dana and Zoe) who embark on a quest to recover three keys in order to unlock the Box of Souls where three Celtic demigoddesses are trapped. Oh, there's also an evil sorcerer named Kane who is trying to stop them. Sounds silly, but Nora Roberts manages to pull it off!
This final book is Zoe's story. Zoe was a struggling hairdresser until the quest started, now she is on her way to a better life, starting a business with Malory and Dana and entering in to a relationship with the enterprising Brad Vane (who is also connected to the quest along with Flynn and Jordan).
The chemistry between Zoe and Brad is great, though I was a bit disappointed in this novel! In the first two, they were constantly at each other's throats, and suddenly in this book Zoe has an almost complete attitude change towards him. Even so, that's a minor complaint and the rest of the novel was great!
I really enjoyed reading the conclusion to the story, and Nora Roberts ties up all the loose ends wonderfully. I adore her trilogies and this is one of my favorites! I highly recommend all three books, and for those who like her stories - check out the Chesapeake Bay trilogy! It's one of my favorites!
Best of the Three
I wish I had not finished this book so very fast (but who could help it?) because I loved it half to death. The third in Roberts' new "Key" trilogy, "Key of Valor" tells the story of Zoe, the last of the three seemingly ordinary Pennsylvania women who must find a magic key as part of a Celtic quest.
As I mentioned in my reviews of the two earlier books, "Key of Light" and "Key of Knowledge," only Nora Roberts could make such an outlandish plot completely believeable. You've got your basic gods and goddesses--stuck in our world for over 3000 years. You've got a nasty evil sorcerer. You've got your magic spells, your swirling fogs, your not-so-coincidental coincidences. Sigh. And it all makes a perfect whole.
Zoe, a highly self-sufficient woman who had a son out of wedlock at the age of 16, has fought every day since to make a good life for her beloved child and for herself. And by taking on odd jobs, pinching pennies, and becoming a master at do-it-yourself projects, she has succeeded beyond her wildest dreams. Only Zoe cannot see the gift she has brought to others--she is too busy raising her son and fighting like a tigress against anyone who wants to help her. But she must have help if she is to find the final key to unlock the captive souls of three half-human, half-goddesses.
That would mean she needs a male in the picture, perhaps one Bradley Vane IV, man of privilege and family. And that is the very last thing she wants or needs, even though he attracts her like no other.
A perfect Nora plot, a perfect Nora ending. Read it and treat yourself to some mindless bliss.
fitting end to a wonderful paranormal series!
Key of Valor is fitting end to the Key trilogy. It lacks the wonder of "new" of the first book, and does not back the emotional pack of the second, but it sustains the series end ends it with style. The thrill of paranormal books is being able to set your own rules and boundaries, and Roberts handles this with skill and fun.
They three books really need to be read together and in order, for it's very clear Roberts presumes you have read the book(s) that came before with each. But they are fast reads, enjoyable reads, and you are coming late to the series, as I have, you have the chance to read them all at once instead of waiting between installments.
This is some of the best writing Roberts has done this decade, and it's exciting to see Roberts venture in to the paranormal element so strongly based on Pict-Celt lore and myths as the foundation.
In the final tale, the quest to find the third key falls to Zoe McCourt, the mother. It's clear to us, if not to Zoe, that her ability to finding the third key, to release the demi-goddesses from their imprisonment by the evil sorcerer Zane, is her ability to find love with Brad Vane. It's not easy for Zoe, a girl raised in a trailer park. Her father left her and her three siblings to be raised alone by her hairdresser mother. It was a rough beginning leaving a young Zoe to yearn for finer things in life. The path to that better life seemed to fall apart when at sixteen Zoe became pregnant. Once again, the man in her life deserts her, leaving her to make a life for her and her son, Simon. That the father of Simon was a rich boy only makes it harder for Brad ¯ a very rich man ¯ to convince Zoe he truly wants a role in her life. Brad is determined to be at Zoe's side as she searches for the key, but Zoe's past experience with men sees her expecting Brad to bail one the quest is over and she doesn't want to be hurt again, doesn't want her son hurt.
This book sees Rowanne and Pitte taking a stronger role in the outcome. Since Zane has failed to abide by the rules of the Enchantment, Rowanne and Pitte risk their chance to return to the magical kingdom, in order to protect Zoe and her son.
It's a super ending to the trilogy. So if you like paranormals, don't miss this very fresh and vital tales!
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