Key of Knowledge (Key Trilogy Series #2)

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In the second installment of Nora Roberts? thrilling Key series, Dana Steele is forced to face her past with the handsome Jordan Hawke when he writes a book that connects him to her quest for the Key of Knowledge. Now, Dana must seek out the truth from among deception and lies??or succumb to her worst nightmares.

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In the second installment of Nora Roberts’ thrilling Key series, Dana Steele is forced to face her past with the handsome Jordan Hawke when he writes a book that connects him to her quest for the Key of Knowledge. Now, Dana must seek out the truth from among deception and lies––or succumb to her worst nightmares.

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Publishers Weekly
Following hot on the heels of the first installment in Roberts's Key trilogy, this second book (following Key of Light) continues the story of three contemporary female friends chosen to free the souls of ancient demigoddesses called the Daughters of Glass. This time, the heroine is Dana Steele, a librarian who is sure that the key she's seeking lies in a book. As she begins her search, Dana renovates Indulgence, the gallery-cum-salon-cum-bookstore she is opening with her friends Malory Price and Zoe McCourt. She also spends sometimes passionate, sometimes vexing time with Jordan Hawke, the thriller writer who broke her heart years earlier when he abandoned her and their small Pennsylvania town of Pleasant Valley to seek fame in New York. Dana slowly realizes that the love they once felt for each other has not died-and that Jordan's writing is inextricably entwined with her supernatural quest. In the end, Jordan must join with Dana to fight the spells of the sorcerer Kane and fulfill the terms of her quest. Despite lots of special effects, Kane isn't powerful enough to create much suspense, and Dana is a surprisingly inefficient detective for one so bright. But Roberts's zesty characterizations and fresh, energetic style succeed in drawing readers into this far-fetched tale. (Dec.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Although Key of Light (see Audio Reviews, LJ 4/1/04) effectively set up these two subsequent romances, Roberts completed the trilogy without losing the suspense. Knowledge is Dana's story: the librarian-cum- bookstore owner is determined to cling to the misery of her failed romance with author Jordan Hawke, but it is he who holds the key to her heart. Valor is Zoe's mission: she will protect her son at all costs, but after that she is willing to risk almost anything to save the Daughters of Glass. But both Dana and Zoe must offer up their hearts in order to free their souls. Susan Ericksen only improves as a narrator; she is as comfortable with Zoe's Southern charm that masks a will of iron as she is with Dana's prickly nature. All of Roberts's heroes have their flaws, but under Ericksen's guidance they are very appealing. Public libraries would want these even if Roberts weren't a powerhouse.-Jodi L. Israel, MLS, Jamaica Plain, MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Roberts treats readers to entertaining tales that revolve around a quest to free the trapped souls of three Celtic demigoddesses. Legend states that they must be freed by three mortal women. Thus, three women get an invitation for cocktails and conversation that reads in part, "you are the key, the lock awaits." They are three very different people with different talents and strengths but, ultimately, strong wills and a determination to succeed unite them. Though the women frequently appear in one another's story, each book centers on one of them. In the first book, Light, the scene is set as readers meet the key players. The book then focuses on Malory, whose strength is an eye for beauty. In Knowledge, Dana's passion for books is a vital part of her story. In Valor, Zoe completes the quest and finds her special key. Readers are never really in any doubt that the women will be successful but that doesn't matter. How and where their key is found and how they get to know themselves better in the process make for entertaining reading. Fantasy aficionados who also enjoy a good love story will no doubt be the prime audience for these books.-Peggy Bercher, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515136371
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/25/2003
  • Series: Key Trilogy Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 105,346
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.72 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is the number-one New York Times-bestselling author of more than 190 novels, including The Search, Black Hills, Tribute, High Noon, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. Roberts has more than 400 million copies of her books in print.


Not only has Nora Roberts written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world (according to Publishers Weekly), she’s also created a hybrid genre of her own: the futuristic detective romance. And that’s on top of mastering every subgenre in the romance pie: the family saga, the historical, the suspense novel. But this most prolific and versatile of authors might never have tapped into her native talent if it hadn't been for one fateful snowstorm.

As her fans well know, in 1979 a blizzard trapped Roberts at home for a week with two bored little kids and a dwindling supply of chocolate. To maintain her sanity, Roberts started scribbling a story -- a romance novel like the Harlequin paperbacks she'd recently begun reading. The resulting manuscript was rejected by Harlequin, but that didn't matter to Roberts. She was hooked on writing. Several rejected manuscripts later, her first book was accepted for publication by Silhouette.

For several years, Roberts wrote category romances for Silhouette -- short books written to the publisher's specifications for length, subject matter and style, and marketed as part of a series of similar books. Roberts has said she never found the form restrictive. "If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework, there are reader expectations," she explained. "If this doesn't suit you, you shouldn't write it. I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure."

Roberts never violated the reader's expectations, but she did show a gift for bringing something fresh to the romance formula. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred (1981), had as its heroine a strong-willed horse groom, in contrast to the fluttering young nurses and secretaries who populated most romances at the time. But Roberts's books didn't make significant waves until 1985, when she published Playing the Odds, which introduced the MacGregor clan. It was the first bestseller of many.

Roberts soon made a name for herself as a writer of spellbinding multigenerational sagas, creating families like the Scottish MacGregors, the Irish Donovans and the Ukrainian Stanislaskis. She also began working on romantic suspense novels, in which the love story unfolds beneath a looming threat of violence or disaster. She grew so prolific that she outstripped her publishers' ability to print and market Nora Roberts books, so she created an alter ego, J.D. Robb. Under the pseudonym, she began writing romantic detective novels set in the future. By then, millions of readers had discovered what Publishers Weekly called her "immeasurable diversity and talent."

Although the style and substance of her books has grown, Roberts remains loyal to the genre that launched her career. As she says, "The romance novel at its core celebrates that rush of emotions you have when you are falling in love, and it's a lovely thing to relive those feelings through a book."

Good To Know

Roberts still lives in the same Maryland house she occupied when she first started writing -- though her carpenter husband has built on some additions. She and her husband also own Turn the Page Bookstore Café in Boonsboro, Maryland. When Roberts isn't busy writing, she likes to drop by the store, which specializes in Civil War titles as well as autographed copies of her own books.

Roberts sued fellow writer Janet Dailey in 1997, accusing her of plagiarizing numerous passages of her work over a period of years. Dailey paid a settlement and publicly apologized, blaming stress and a psychological disorder for her misconduct.

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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014


    I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the third! If you read the first definitely continue the trilogy!

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  • Posted October 25, 2013


    This was an enjoyable trilogy. The story line was really fun, mysterious and suspenseful. The "romantic" scenes were a bit over the top, which is the reason I'm giving it 3 rather than 4 stars. But the story and characters were great.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    Highly recommend

    Great series

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  • Posted April 15, 2012

    Great Read for Trilogy Series

    I purchased all books and LOVE IT !
    I always find Nora Robertts great

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  • Posted January 7, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    I love Nora Robets, she makes her characters come to life. The book talks about "magic people" and the series puts 3 women on a quest to save the souls of 3 young women who had a curse put on them 3 centuries before. This book is for people with an imagination who believe that anyone can make a difference I'm not saying you need to believe in the whole magic thing but it helps to enjoy these books if you can believe that one person can make a difference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2009

    Great Book

    Really enjoyed this one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Trilogy

    If you like to escape from reality read this trilogy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2009

    Key Trilogy

    This is the 2nd of three. I enjoyed all of them. They can stand alone but are OH so great to read in order. I gave them to my daughters (28 & 31) to read and they loved them. Nora Roberts is a great writer and she can put a cool spin on things. I plan to keep these books in my library and will reread them again.

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

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    Knowledge is Power

    Just finished book two! It was great! The only problems I am having is, after reading book one then book two, I don't feel the same about the character's personalities. I don't read them the same in the second book. Something was a little off about how the characters would react from the first book. Other than that, it was amazing. I am really looking forward to book three, but not looking forward to the trilogy being over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2007

    Loved It

    The Key series are the only romance novels that I have every really enjoyed. I loved it's twist. All the characters and their relationships were perfect in the story and the other two. The men are every woman's realistic fantasy and the woman are easy to realate to. One loves books, one is a failed artist, and one is a single mother. My mother recomended this book to me and I will never doubt her again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2007

    Key of Knowledge

    Can you forgive the one you loved The one who broke your heart? ---- Dana Steel has an adventure on her hands as she has to find a magical key that would release the souls of 3 Celtic demigoddess¿, but she¿s not alone in her quest. Helping her, are her friends Malory, Zoey and Brad, her brother Flin, and her ex love and current pest Jordan Hawk. Jordan and Dana had a wonderful love relationship when Jordan suddenly packed up, dumped her, and moved to New York. Now he¿s back and she¿s faced with her feelings for him while also trying to be strong and not give in to his temptation. ---- The relationship between Dana and Jordan was wonderful, heartfelt, and moving. It wasn¿t overly mushy, and out of love stories, this one is one of my favorite. The mystery plot was a bit slow, and it seemed predictable in the beginning, but soon the pace picked up and so did the unpredictability. Everything came together in the end, despite the pace at times.. I would recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2006

    Magical Mythological Romance Take 2

    This story picks up right after the first book and leaves you guessing until the last page. Jordan and Dana make an awesome pair. Plus you get a glimpse into the next book with the scenes between Brad and Zoe. Once again Moe shines as a character. Anyone who loves romance books that have a plot besides the romance itself this series would be prefect for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2005


    This book is fantastic. After reading the first one this one has just captivated me. I am not completely finished yet but so far I have laughed and cried. I find myself reading every chance I get. The romance between Dana and Jordan is heartbreaking and heart-warming at the same time. It is very refreshing. Can't wait to get to the end and find out how she finds the key and can't wait to read the next one! Don't miss this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2005


    I thought this book was nice. A romantic suspense; not too mushy, and not too prredictable. I just want to know why does Jordan call Dana 'Stretch'?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2004


    The 'Three Key' books were wonderful. It was just enough fantasy in a modern world. Perhaps there are witches for real, not just wican- but the real ones,only good witches .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2004

    Book two.

    Three demi-goddesses are under a spell. They sleep in glass coffins, beyond the Veil. Their souls are locked away in the Box of Souls, which can only be opened by three keys turned by human hands. In each generation three human women are born who have the means to find the three keys and end the curse. Each, in turn, has one moon phase to find a key. If the first fails, game over. If the first succeeds, the second woman takes up the quest, and so on. If any of the three mortal females fail, they each lose an undisclosed year of her life. If all three succeed, the demi-goddesses will awaken and each of the three human women will receive one million dollars. .......................... Malory succeeded in her quest. The first key has been found. The first lock has been opened on the Box of Souls. Dana Steele's quest begins. Dana's talent and quest is in knowledge, her love of books and information. This novel focuses on Dana's true love, Jordan. Jordan is a highly successful author of dark novels. Problem is that Jordan dumped Dana years ago and walked out of her life without looking back. Now that he is famous and returned, he seems to expect to just pick up with Dana where he left off. NOT! Worse, the entire time all is happening, the evil sorcerer, Kane, watches. ........................ **** Okay, not as good as the first, but still well worth a solid four stars! More time is spent on Dana and Jordan (as a couple) and the store 'Indulgence' (that the women are putting together) than on the quest, itself. Good reading, but a slower pace than the previous story. ****

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2004

    The series continues!

    The Key Series is turning out to be something away from the ordinary from Nora Roberts. I feel that she is experimenting in new areas with new styles to keep her writing fresh and her fans hooked. I am enjoying this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2004

    Key of Knowledge.... GREAT

    i have been a fan of Nora Roberts for a while now and i believe that this was one of her most well written novels

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2004


    I have just finished reading the third installment in this trilogy and cannot say which I liked best! I LOVE Nora Roberts' books! She includes everything in her novels: love, family, romance, intrigue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2004

    A book you shouldn't miss

    Dana is my favorite character in the Key trilogy, so I was so excited to read this book. Roberts is absolutely amazing. Not only was it romantic and magical, Key of Knowledge is also very funny. It made me laugh out loud so many times that the people with me on the bus would look at me as if I was insane.

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