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Key of Light (Key Trilogy Series #1)
     

Key of Light (Key Trilogy Series #1)

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by Nora Roberts, Susan Ericksen (Read by)
 

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Fate brings three women together for a chance to unlock their deepest desires. Mallory has the soul of an artist and an eye for beauty. She must find the Key of Light -- on the first of three dangerous quests that could fulfill her destiny...or forever destroy her life.

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Fate brings three women together for a chance to unlock their deepest desires. Mallory has the soul of an artist and an eye for beauty. She must find the Key of Light -- on the first of three dangerous quests that could fulfill her destiny...or forever destroy her life.

Editorial Reviews

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.
From the Publisher
“America’s favorite writer.”—The New Yorker

“Roberts’ crisp writing, earthy humor, and vivid characterizations combine to make this a compelling read.”—Publishers Weekly

“Irresistible… Characters, plot, and setting all come together superbly.”—Booklist (starred review)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590863220
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Series:
Key Trilogy Series , #1
Edition description:
Abridged, 3 cassettes, 4 hrs.
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 7.12(h) x 1.43(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 500 million copies of her books in print.

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Brief Biography

Hometown:
Keedysville, Maryland
Date of Birth:
1950
Place of Birth:
Silver Spring, Maryland
Website:
http://www.noraroberts.com/

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Key of Light (Key Trilogy Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 199 reviews.
NookownerFL More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
WENDYWOLF More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book, laughed, loved, and mystery all in one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do love a good nora roberts trilogy!
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I don't want this book to end
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I stopped reading it on the first few pages! ( good thing I got the sample )
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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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