This book is the third in the Key Trilogy, but the first one I’ve read in the series so for me the start was rather slow because I needed to get my head around the characters. I also need to understand the storyline so far.
Three daughters of a far off land are trapped by an evil sorcerer. It will take three mortals to each complete a task and battle with an evil force called Kane. Three women have been chosen and they become friends whilst on their quests. Each has a love interest to entwine amongst the storyline.
This book, Key of Valour, tells the tale of Zoe. Single mother, from a poor background. She has worked hard for all she has achieved so far. She is a fierce warrior and will protect her son until the end. Hers is the final and hardest quest to find a hidden key.
In the real world, Zoe and her two new friends Dana and Malory are about to open a new business venture together and their lives are brought closer together as they work towards their opening date. With Dana and Malory each finding their own love, Zoe doesn’t want to fall for Bradley just because he is the only male left. She must be completely sure that any future they might have together will be right for both her and her son Simon.
Once I had got into the story, it was written in true Nora Roberts style, which I love reading, so it didn’t disappoint. I think it would be best to read the whole series if you get the chance.
I’ll dive right in and tell you that this is the second book in the series, however I didn’t feel I lost out by not reading the first, it might have been beneficial, but wasn’t necessary. I was able to relate to the characters and picture them easily. You could feel the passion between Ash and Em in the writing. From the title you’ll probably guess that there is a Good versus Evil theme and we have some young adults with super powers who must defeat The Darkness. The plot is believable and the fight scenes work well. Angels, Demons, protectors Elders and Heavenly beings all play a role in this storyline. There are some fantastic locations mixed with moral advice about living and loving the here and now. I thought the book was very well written and suitable for readers of YA and upwards.
A Girl of the Paper Sky is a haunting tale. Is it a land of dreams? Is it a parallel Universe? Or is it a soul flying free? Generations of select people have what it takes to visit the land of the Paper Sky. There an evil presence lurks, threatening the town of Clarksdale. Lori enters the land through her dreams, she sees beautiful colours, paper birds and a bad scarecrow. Whilst sharing her experiences she finds that people take on the persona of paper birds in her dreams. Lori is powerful and she can make contact with others while she dreams, saving lives. Years pass, but the haunting memory of the Paper Sky always remain. The vast steel works which dominates the town is a dangerous place where wages are high, but so are accidents. It’s always the steel works pumping out clouds of sooty ash which continue to threaten the town, the people and now Lori and her family. She must put an end to the evil, drawing on her own deep love for those around her. This was a beautiful short story full of vibrant colours, dreams and paper birds.
A young man spends his summer in a beach hut so that he can write a book, but soon his life changes when he rescues a girl from a car crash. A second story is told about a girl from the past and both stories follow similarities and coincidences. A sinister evil trails both girls and the author weaves a great storyline between the two. I loved the idea of a youthful summer spent on the beach and a romance to follow. The mysterious second story had so many unanswered questions, it was a lovely temptation. I’m undecided if I wanted to know more or if the story ending was conclusive, it ended as summer ended, I think there is room for a sequel.
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This review is based upon a free copy of the book which was given to me by the author. “Cerberus” is a YA novel and is the first book in a series, the characters are strong and well described making them easy to image and remember. The storyline is fast paced and action is never far away. The storyline heads straight into the realm of vampires, monsters and fallen angels, this subject matter has been very well tackled by many authors, so I was a little hesitant as to how the author could make the story stand alone. However very early on in the book the characters led their own tale following a prophecy and a fight against several evil factions. I enjoyed the story and liked the characters, the book ends very abruptly and leaves the reader with many questions, which no doubt will be answered in the next book in the series.
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A clever tale woven between 2 times zones. The story is set in England and follows the sad story of a Nun in the 15th Century. Then we move to the modern-day and are caught up with 2 hikers who get lost in a forest that has an evil feel about it. Shadows from the past swirl around the couple until they stumble across help from a modern-day white witch and solve the mysteries of the past.