Key of Light (Key Trilogy Series #1)

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Nora Roberts invites you to unlock your dreams... Three women. Three keys. Each has 28 days to find her way through a dangerous quest. Nora Roberts brings us a unique series with a twist—each novel is written in real time, and the novels will be published in consecutive months.

Three woman. Three keys. Each has 28 days to find her way through a dangerous quest. Nora Roberts brings us a unique series with a twist-each novel is written in real time, and the novels ...

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Overview

Nora Roberts invites you to unlock your dreams... Three women. Three keys. Each has 28 days to find her way through a dangerous quest. Nora Roberts brings us a unique series with a twist—each novel is written in real time, and the novels will be published in consecutive months.

Three woman. Three keys. Each has 28 days to find her way through a dangerous quest. Nora Roberts brings us a unique series with a twist-each novel is written in real time, and the novels will be published in consecutive months.

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Publishers Weekly
Roberts built her reputation writing first-rate romantic tales involving legends and magic, and now she returns to the supernatural realm with a story that's not as stellar as her earlier works but should delight her fans. The life of gallery manager Malory Price is stalled when she is invited to a reception at a mansion near her small Pennsylvania town. Upon her arrival, she discovers that she is one of only three guests-all of whom are feisty young women with life challenges just like her own. Their mysterious hosts explain that centuries earlier, they allowed the souls of the three demigoddesses under their care to be stolen by a sorcerer. Legend says the demigoddesses cannot be freed until three mortal women find the keys to the glass box in which they are housed. Should they agree, Malory, Dana Steele and Zoe McCourt will each receive $25,000 to search for the keys, plus a million dollars if they succeed. They nervously accept, and Malory is the first to tackle her task, with the help of Dana's charming but commitment-phobic brother Flynn. The legend is as mistily silly as the art history Malory uses to search for clues, and the financial incentives smack more of a reality show than Celtic lore. Fortunately, Roberts's crisp writing, earthy humor and vivid characterizations combine to make this a compelling read. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Malory Price's perfectly planned life has just gone to heck in a handbasket. Her art gallery job, which defined her, is in immediate jeopardy. Then, at an invitation-only reception, Malory and two other women are offered the quest of a lifetime: find the three keys that unlock the souls of three demigods within three months and receive $3 million; fail and lose a year of their lives. They accept the challenge. Malory draws the first quest, and her life turns inside out. Susan Ericksen has a way with accents, from the Welsh and Irish to a Southern drawl; she imbues each of the three women and their corresponding men with very individual personalities, making the story easy to follow, though it has a slow start owing to character introduction. With Roberts's usual flair for romance and suspense, part one of the trilogy is a worthy adventure.-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: 9780515136289
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Series: Key Trilogy Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 119,135
  • Product dimensions: 4.38 (w) x 6.68 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of more than 200 novels. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.

Biography

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:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Loved it!

    I really enjoyed this book and have already ordered book 2 of the trilogy. I enjoy Nora Roberts' books, but her books that involve even a touch of the supernatural are her best. She has gotten away from it in her recent books, and I wish she'd bring it back. In my opinion, these are her best stories. I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling this way. There are a lot of romance writers out there, but a romance writer who can combine romance, mythology and the supernatural,and keep the reader so riveted that they are engrossed in the fantasy, should keep the successful formula going. This romantic/fantasy genre is Nora Roberts' best work.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2009

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    Mind and Magic

    As i sat down with the book i could not put it down. I loved the thrills and relationships. To know that we hold our own "Keys" in and for life to all that we do is important. Having freindships and relationships are a big key part in life!! I was awe struck by how Nora Roberts puts her mind into this series as well as many others!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!!

    I did not want this book to end. I can't wait for the second book. I love Nora Roberts books. I've cried, I've laughed, they are great books to read. Can't say enough. Thank you Nora Roberts.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Wait!!

    Just get the series. You will be consumed so save what money you can. With mrs. Roberts i look for the set. So far it keeps getting better!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

    Horrible!

    I stopped reading it on the first few pages! ( good thing I got the sample )

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    How can anybody say this book is good!! It was HORRIBLE!!!! Th

    How can anybody say this book is good!! It was HORRIBLE!!!! The plot was soooo far-fetched, I was in shock! I like SOME of her books, The Chesapeake Bay series in particular, but this book was absolutely GAWD AWFUL!! I will NOT be reading the rest of this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    So real life

    Wonderful book, laughed, loved, and mystery all in one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Recommend

    I do love a good nora roberts trilogy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2014

    Blytestyle

    I don't want this book to end

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Book

    Should i read it or not?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Good

    Another great set of books. I have read this set twice. Although it is a love story there's also a lot of action and very strong characters. I wish more of her trilogies were like this. I am hoping because of thelastbook ended Ms. Roberts is going to bring these characgers back. Great read!

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Loved lt could't stop reading

    Can't wait for the move to come out

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  • Posted April 17, 2011

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    I could not put the book down!

    I loved the imagination that Nora Roberts had with this storyline. I cannot wait for part 2.

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

    Amazing!

    Loved it! Could not put it down, read the whole series in a week!

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  • Posted October 21, 2009

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    Thoroughly Enjoyable!

    I thorougly enjoyed this book, just as I do most of Nora Robert's work. The characters are all fantastic. The story draws you in. I will definitely recommend this trilogy to all of my friends!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2009

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    Great Trilogy

    It is easy to escape with her books that are a touch mythological. The whole trilogy is great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2009

    One of Nora Roberts best trilogies!!!

    This series of books was the most fascinating to me. I absolutely loved the story line and the characters were amazing!! I could not stop reading the entire set, then however, I didn't want it to end. It captivates and entices through out the book. An absolute must read!! The whole trilogy is incredible!

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

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    Off To A Good Start

    I just finished the first book of the trilogy and I am excited to get into book two. I love Nora Roberts books, especially those that dabble with the supernatural. This one leans more on romance than supernatural, but has just enough of it to get me hooked! It was a great kick off for the trilogy and makes the rest exciting. I love that couch! I have to admit, of all the characters, Moe is my favorite! I recommend this book to not only Nora Roberts fans, but to book readers in general!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2006

    Magical Mythological Romance Take 1

    This book was recommended by a friend who loves Nora Roberts¿s book. I never reading her stuff thought I¿d give it try and could not put it down. The story took you in on the first page, making it impossible for me to put it down. Moe the dog was a great character. He put a lot of humor into the book, plus the tension between Jordan and Dana was good. Flynn and Malory were meant for one another--the couch scene at the end was great. I loved all the scenes between the guys. The story comes together so well, and leaves you wanting more. A great start to an awesome trilogy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2006

    Love the Series

    This is a great book! I've finished the series and by far my favorite is the second! This series got me completely hooked on all of Nora Roberts' books. She has great plots and even better characters!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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