The Key [NOOK Book]

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The battle to protect the future is coming to an end as the evil Order of Chaos launches their final attack on the Named. To defeat the Order, the Named must locate the Key to a treasury of weapons hidden somewhere in the ancient city of Atlantis. The race is on to capture the Key before a horde of undead soldiers find it. And as the Named work against time, one of their own ...
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Overview

The battle to protect the future is coming to an end as the evil Order of Chaos launches their final attack on the Named. To defeat the Order, the Named must locate the Key to a treasury of weapons hidden somewhere in the ancient city of Atlantis. The race is on to capture the Key before a horde of undead soldiers find it. And as the Named work against time, one of their own is plotting against them.

"Enormously imaginative." -VOYA
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The Key by Marianne Curley is the final book of the Guardians of Time Trilogy, which began with The Named (about which PW wrote, "Readers will likely be swept up by the ever-growing complications"). Now the Lathenia and the Order of Chaos are getting ready for their final campaign against the Earth, and the Named must find a key hidden in Atlantis in order to stop them. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The final installment of the "Guardians of Time" trilogy finds the Order of Chaos—headed by arch villains Marduke and Lathenia—and the Named—a group of teens endowed with extraordinary powers—locked in mortal combat. The Named's mission to save the earth by finding the key to a treasury of weapons before the ancient prophecy is fulfilled is complicated when they learn there is a traitor among them. The action, and there is plenty of it, includes time travel back to Atlantis at the moment of its sinking, battles with large rats and the walking dead, shape-shifting, and magic spells. The plot moves forward rapidly and is very engrossing but at times the dense descriptions slow it down. The alternating narrative voice between Matt and Rochelle is sometimes confusing. While it is not necessary to have read the previous books to enjoy this one, it would be helpful in order to understand character relationships and motivations. Fans will eagerly pick this up and for the newcomer who likes plenty of drama with a hint of romance, this will fill the bill. Unfortunately, many will find the ending rather abrupt and be sorely disappointed. 2005, Bloomsbury, Ages 12 to 15.
—Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-This conclusion to the trilogy opens with a meteor shower brought on by the wrath of the evil immortal Lathenia. Various meetings, quests, skirmishes, arguments, and love tiffs lead up to a final battle. The protagonists are the Named-teens and their mentors who are the champions of the forces of good. They spend most of the book wrangling with one another over who is allowed to love whom and who might be a traitor while very little time is spent honing the ill-defined powers that they have all recently received. Among all of the mystical journeying there is only one obvious example of time travel-two of the teens save Captain Cook's expedition that will discover Australia. The titular key opens a secret cache of weapons that are supposedly linked to the powers of each of the Named, but it isn't ever clear what that connection is. The armies of darkness aren't all that frightening and the battle feels more haphazard than climactic. Other than brief references, the book relies entirely on familiarity with the earlier volumes for understanding the causes of action and all other background. The characters never really develop and the dialogue borders on being overwrought. The constant action may appeal to fans of the earlier volumes. For everyone else, recommend the works of Garth Nix instead.-Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599907178
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 12/20/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 234,084
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Marianne Curley's debut novel Old Magic established her place as an exciting and original voice in the world of children's literature and has sold in 13 countries. Marianne lives in New South Wales, Australia.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Anonymous

    WARNING: SOUL SHATTERING SPOILER

    This book was ABSOLUTELY BREATH TAKING! This series will always have a special place in my heart. I REALLY TRULY LOVED ROCHELLE'S CHARACTER. Her journey throughout this series is just amazing. I REALLY FELT FOR ETHAN WHEN ROCHELLE DIED. Reading her death scene was just so TERRIBLY HEART WRENCHING, especially the scene where Ethan is carrying her limp body, overcome with despair. I cried myself to sleep for weeks after reading this. I just wanted Ethan and Rochelle to have a happy ending. WHY DO AUTHOR'S HAVE TO BE SO BRILLIANTLY CRUEL?!!!?

    -A (no, not the one from PLL)

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  • Posted June 19, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Very Good

    This book was my favorite in the series. The series overall is one of my favorites. Its faster pace in this book then in the last two and just a really interesting read. I was really disappointed at the end though, I hope Marianne Curley decides to write the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    I LOVED ITT!!

    My favorite in the series! I loved Ethan but i felt so bad for him when Rochelle died. I thought they should have been together or maybe isabel could heal her but ugh i cant believe it was to late! But i still loved the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2008

    Truly Amazing

    The Key was truly amazing. I LOVED the Named but after the dissapointment of the Dark I wasn't even going to read the Key. I am SO glad I did. It is amazing how moving the book is. You will not believe the ending, it's so sad and kind of abrupt but everything is finally settled. It is an amazing book! If you have already read the first two, definately read it, if you haven't read the first two then read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2008

    spectacular!

    Probably my 2nd fave in the series. I take issue only with the ending. I cannot believe Rochelle died. It should at least have an epilouge. Something where Ethan dies too and they're both back to the same age, and they are wherever the Named go when they die. I'd like to know more about what happens to the tribunal, Matt, Neriah, Isabel & Arkarian also. Apart from that, it's an outstanding book with intense action and thrill. READ THIS SERIES NOW!! It's 2nd only to one other series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2008

    The Key has unlocked a great story!

    In the novel The Key, a battle is raging between the gods Lathenia and Lorian over the fate of the human world. Each god has built up an army Lathenia leads the Order of Chaos and Lorian leads the Named. Under the ancient city of Veridian lies a treasury of weapons, which could tip the war in the Named¿s favor, if they only had the key. Matt, the newly appointed leader of the Named, has to figure out a way to retrieve the key from the mythical city of Atlantis and uncover the prophesied traitor in their midst. Through many encounters and a final battle of enormous proportions, the Named must find a way to use their powers and work as one to finally defeat the Order of Chaos for good. Although they have to work together to fight Lathenia, the members of the Named have very different personalities that oftentimes clash with each other. Matt, for example, has always been extremely protective of his sister Isabel. When he learns of his immortality and takes on the role as leader of the Named, he has a hard time willingly putting Isabel in any danger, even though it is his responsibility. Ethan has an extremely strong instinct for what the right thing to do is, in any situation. Because of this, he sometimes seems to act impulsively and recklessly. Rochelle is a truthseer, a mind reader, and can identify substances and poisons simply by touch. Many of the Named do not trust Rochelle because she had been a member of the Order for a long time. As early as the prologue, we see how much Lathenia is willing to risk for power and how little she values human life. During an argument, Lorian calmly states, ¿Sister, neither of us controls the realms. The humans govern themselves. They have free will and choose their own destiny. For as long as they are mortal we are only their caretakers.¿ To which Lathenia replies, ¿That will change.¿ Lathenia¿s willingness to risk it all puts the Named in more danger than they think. She will use every resource available to her, and could destroy the world as we know it. It is important that the Named realize this, and put all their efforts into stopping her as soon as possible. Their sense of urgency is increased when Lathenia invades the human world with creatures from the dark underworld. She must be stopped at all costs, or their world will be lost, shrouded in darkness. For me, this book was amazing. It addresses loyalty, courage, trust, friendship, love, and war, things that we deal with in everyday life. It also explores time traveling, and how messing with the past could influence the future. Although time traveling sounds amazing, I agree that what has happened should stay the same. That way, for better or worse, the choices we make will have an impact on our lives. If there isn¿t any undo button, every move has to count.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2008

    A reviewer

    It's Rochelle and Matt's turn to raise their voices and to tell of their adventures as members of the guard. There is a lot of tension and distrust in the group and concerns about a traitor. The Key is a suspenseful ending to the trilogy with mindblowing plot twists.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2008

    Read this book!

    After reading the third installment of the Guardians of Time trilogy, The Key, by Marianne Curley, I couldn¿t help but fall in love with this book. In this amazing fantasy adventure, Curley continues the journey of The Named in the dual first person point of views of two very important characters, Matt and Rochelle. This story takes place in the small but beautiful town of Angel Falls. The Named set out on a journey to find the key to the treasury of weapons, along with traveling on a few missions to stop the Order of Chaos from destroying the world. Matt, one of the narrators, is destined to lead The Named into battle, but he hasn¿t come into his powers yet. Because of this, he is haunted by negativity and doubt in himself. In Chapter 2, Matt already starts thinking ¿The Prophecy is wrong. I¿m not the one who¿s supposed to lead the Named.¿ Of course, as the story progresses we see Matt strengthen mentally and emotionally, making him a true leader that he is destined to be. The other narrator, Rochelle, also has a negative attitude in the book. She once worked for the Order of Chaos so she is not trusted and is always suspected by her comrades. Rochelle becomes more and more powerful which scares away her friends so she becomes more and more isolated. As we read, we see her strength and loyalty come through until she is finally trusted. Since the story is in first person point of view and in the present tense, I am able to get a clear image of the narrators' minds which makes me feel more involved in the story. It almost makes me think that I am in the high school in the small town of Angel Falls standing side by side with the remarkable members of the Guard. Curley does an amazing job animating the characters making me believe that if I were to travel to Angel Falls I would find them there. The Key is an unforgettable finale to Curley¿s incredible series. Everyone will want to read this book after completing the preceding novels, The Named and The Dark, and they will not be disappointed. With a book filled with exciting action mixed with romance, how can it go wrong? Read this book to find out the destiny of The Named and fate of the world itself!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2008

    A reviewer

    This book was great. oh my god. Arkarian. I love him. he is sooo great! Ethan is awesome!! Dillon, I was very iffy about him I just did not trust him at all. The ending brought a tear to my eye. well, something to that effect. But I'm really sad that the series has ended. Because these books are so great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2007

    love this series

    this series is the absolute best. read all of the books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2007

    A reviewer

    I may sound like a nerd, but I'm not.I TOTALLY LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2007

    one of the BEST books i've ever read

    this entire series is amazing. it is full of suspense, romance, and adenture. This book kept me on the edge, i had a hard time putting it down. I wish Curley had continued this series, and i cant wait to see what she comes up with next !!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2007

    A reviewer

    This trilogy is the greatest thing I have ever read. If someone doesn't but the movie rights pretty soon, I'm going to have to save up and buy them myself! 'The Named' starts it all and gets you hooked instantly. 'The Dark' is the information book, but still awesome. 'The Key' was better than the first two! And I didn't beleive it possible. The way Marianne Curley writes from the veiw points of two characters the whole book is insanley cool. Curley writes great fantasy and intwines History in such an interesting way. The books are very believable and anyone who doesn't get them, is either too young, or too stupid. Buy these books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2007

    the others

    I have not yet read this book but the other two were extrordinary. I really want to get my hands on this one!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2006

    an amazing end to the series!

    The Guardians of Time trilogy is amazing. Marianne Curley kept my attention the entire time. I read the trilogy in only a few days because I got so hooked. I love that each one is told from a different character's point of view. The Key is from Rochelle and Matt's. The ending is sad, but affective. This was an amazing book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2006

    LOVE IT

    THis is the best book, a combination of my favorite books- its great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2006

    i love this trilogy!

    these books are so terrific. i love seeing everyone's point of view. the love stories and happenings are so cool. i've read all of them twice and am going to buy them. just terrific!

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