Pandora's Key

Pandora's Key

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by Nancy Richardson Fischer
The key to saving the world hangs from her neck…

Sixteen-year-old Evangeline Theopolis doesn’t know her father, her mother is having delusions, and her godmother is, at the very least, a murderer. A clandestine Order called the Archivists is trying to find and kill her for a magical talisman she believes is just a necklace with an antique key


The key to saving the world hangs from her neck…

Sixteen-year-old Evangeline Theopolis doesn’t know her father, her mother is having delusions, and her godmother is, at the very least, a murderer. A clandestine Order called the Archivists is trying to find and kill her for a magical talisman she believes is just a necklace with an antique key charm. And an ancient and lethal female Sect is bent on kidnapping her.

To fight her deadly adversaries Evangeline is forced to use both her wits and the supernatural talents she never imagined she possessed. Her journey takes her to the steps of Mount Olympus where she will discover her true identity and have a decision to make: accept who she really is or take responsibility for the destruction of the world.

PANDORA’S KEY is a fast-paced, edgy urban fantasy about a young woman’s treacherous path to self-awareness and the realization that sometimes you have to play the hero in your own life’s story. Fans of Suzanne Collins and Stephenie Meyer will appreciate the magic infused gritty realism, flawed yet powerful heroine, intricate plot and cast of characters to love, despise or pity.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Indie
“With vivid imagery, compelling characters and plenty of bursts of action, this first novel weaving mythology and contemporary teenage troubles is thrillingly memorable!
[In] this fresh, intriguing novel, Fischer is clearly laying the groundwork for a trilogy that will successfully continue to bring ancient mythology forward into a modern tale of self discovery...[and] Fischer’s fast pacing and numerous plot twists are sure to keep the reader turning the pages...”
Publishers Weekly
“In this inventive debut installment of The Key Trilogy, an Oregon girl’s life is uprooted by the discovery of her pivotal role in a prophecy stemming from Greek mythology... Surprising twists add to the story’s intrigue. The co-author of several sports autobiographies, Fischer hits her stride in this quick-paced novel.”

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Nancy Richardson Fischer
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The Key Trilogy , #1
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Meet the Author

For the first part of my freelance writing career I wrote sport autobiographies. I'd visit and travel with an athlete like Monica Seles, Bela Karolyi, Nadia Comaneci or Apolo Ohno and then write their book. It was a terrific job. I also wrote a trilogy for LucasFilm - the Star Wars Junior Jedi Knights series: The Golden Globe, Lyric's World and Promises. Being a part of the Star Wars world was an incredible experience!

I've always loved books with adventure, magic, and dark forces. I'm a huge fan of Stephen King, Peter Straub, Neil Gaiman, Suzanne Collins and George R.R. Martin. Those writers allow a reader to lose themselves in stories that are intense, sometimes other-worldly, yet strangely believable. I feel incredibly lucky that now I have the chance to create books for readers that will hopefully captivate and transport them into a world where the supernatural is possible with characters that they can relate to who are flawed yet totally compelling.

Today I live in the Pacific Northwest with my amazing husband, Henry, and our mostly loveable (but sometimes vorpal) Vizsla, Boone. When I'm not conjuring a story, I love to kite-board, bike, ski or plan adventures with Boone and Henry, who both make me laugh for different reasons and who are the best partners in fun a gal could ever imagine.

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Pandora's Key 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
ReviewerMar More than 1 year ago
I love anything that has to do with mythology, so I had very high expectations of it. Luckily, it lived up to my expectations. First of all, my first impression. 1) Greek mythology, 2) amazing cover 3) nice author - this book has to me freaking fantastic! The blurb of this book intigued me, and I instantly started reading it. I couldn't put it down, and I had finished it in a couple of hours. I read it in 2 sits, which hardly happens to me, so that's a very good thing ^^ The main character, Evangeline, is just your average high school girl. Not the prettiest, not the most confident, or the smartest of them all. Nothing special. Or is she? She is given a key on her 16th birthday. And that key will change her life, forever. How can her mothers precious key change her appearance? how can it give her enemies? The necklace brings up some difficult questions and massive trouble. The unknown has to become known to Evangeline. Evangeline is a great character. Just a normal girl, as I said before. Not a silly girl, like some YA-book girls are, but a real character, with thoughts and reasonable feelings, which weren't annoying at all. I hate it when main characters in books annoy me, so this was perfect! This book kept me 100% interested from the first word till the end of the prologue. A real pageturner, as I might as well call it. The editing had been done well, a nice writing style, all of it was one piece of awesomeness A lovely story for every book lover - and even for the ones that don't like mythology at all - which includes amazing characters, lots of drama and a huge amount of action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i purchesed this book i thought it woule be ok, but it was amazing, i couldnt put it down if you like teen books or greek mythology youll love this book!!!!!
Mallory_SupernaturalFan More than 1 year ago
I quite enjoyed this lovely new approach to one of the most important legends in Classical Greek mythology. Highly suspenseful, adventurous, and roller-coaster paced, “Pandora’s Key” kept me turning the pages and reading it in one sitting due to the likable characters, intricately convoluted plotting, and author Nancy Richardson Fischer’s smooth and talented writing style. I’m eagerly anticipating the next book in the series, so I can find out where the protagonist goes from here. However, “Pandora’s Key” functions well as a stand-alone novel, ending in not so much a cliffhanger as a promise for further stories for eager readers (such as myself ¿ ). Evangeline is the sole daughter of a single mother, Olivia, who was herself a sole child, orphaned at seventeen by the sudden grisly death of her mother. She has a lifelong best friend, Melia, who still finds time for her despite Melia’s current love interest, Tristin, a new student in Portland; and another good friend, Raphe, for whom E continues to wish there could be something in addition to friendship. E (as her friends call her) and her mother Olivia both have nightmares (and in her mother’s case, bizarre hallucinations) over a period of weeks leading up to Evangeline’s birthday. On her sixteenth birthday, E receives from her mother the onyx key which Olivia herself had always worn as a pendant, and almost immediately Evangeline’s world turns topsy-turvy and inside out in a reversal of everything she ever thought she knew as fact-both for her personally, and for the world at large. I highly recommend “Pandora’s Key,” which has appeal to readers of many different sub-genres.
shyd More than 1 year ago
Let me start off by saying that anyone that knows me knows how much of a mythology lover I have become. I was so excited to get the chance to read this book as I have heard great things about it. I am so glad I read this too. It was everything I expected and then some. The author did an amazing job. We start this book with us meeting Evangeline who appears to be having some sort of dream. The dream is really vivid and feels more like an out of body experience. We learn Evangeline lives with her mom and has a birthday coming up. For her birthday she receives an amazing necklace with a key attached. This is when things get interesting for Evangeline. She starts to notice differences with herself and others do too. Evangeline spends her birthday at school and comes home to find her mom unconscious. Once her mom is at the hospital she learns some life changing information. Evangeline comes from a long line of Pandora's keepers. Yes that Pandora from Pandora's box. The Keepers are entrusted with the key to unlocking the box. She also unfortunely learns they are all fated to die young. Evangeline also learns that her best friend has sworn to protect her with her own life. She also learns that her mom's friend Sam will do anything to keep her safe also. Evangeline finds herself having to take care of herself and figure out who she can trust. The book takes some twists and turns as she tries to find out more about herself and break the curse. She meets Tristan who is her best friend's boyfriend and finds out who he really is. Tristan who's real name is Malledy is such a complex character. I felt so bad for him and then he transformed into such an evil person eventhough I understood his motives. Overall I think this book lived up to all I want in a book. The writing was superb and spot on. There was intrigue and a great plot. The characters were written very well and complex. The author did a great job with this book and I look forward to reading more from her.
Daydreaming_Star More than 1 year ago
I loved the concept of this story. I haven’t read many books that focus on mythology or use it within their story but I’ve always been quite fascinated by it. I loved the way that she used the mythology at the beginning of the book. She set the tale up perfectly so that even those with no knowledge of the gods and goddesses were able to understand what was going on. This obviously appealed to me. I enjoyed where the story went, how it played out and the differences between the characters. I loved all of the different sub-plots that were going on underneath it all and felt that they really brought everything together. I feel that Nancy did a brilliant job of putting enough information out there for her readers without making it boring but also without revealing too much too soon. There was a lot of mystery going on within the pages that really helped to keep the attention of the reader. And the suspense was riveting and really kept the reader wanting to read more to find out what was going to happen next. I adored the characters in this book! For me characters really help to bring a story to life and I could really believe the characters in this book. I found Evangeline, E, to be a really refreshing character to read. She wasn’t a vain character and had little self-confidence, even when her beauty was visibly shown in the mirror. She had a lot to think through and had a lot going on in that little head of hers. I felt that she got stronger as the book went on and I can see her becoming a level-headed protagonist who protects the ones she loves, while also being protected herself. There were times when I wanted to grind her head for the way she was behaving but that’s just because she acted in opposite ways to how I would have in those situations! I found Malledy really fascinating and I liked the way that his illness was depicted in the book. I liked his journey and the way he saw the world and how Nancy really made you think when it came to him. I was surprised at how much I liked his character actually. But really it was Rafe that I really liked. He was so kind and protective and so clearly in love with E that it made my heart ache when she just didn’t see it. I liked that he worried about her and tried to help her, but that he was also protective of his mother. A great character that I enjoyed reading about and could really imagine being alive and kicking. Overall this was a really well written novel. Nancy has a way with words that really pulls you in. I loved her writing style and found it really easy to read. It wasn’t too confusing - although the beginning was a bit of a battle but only slightly and once you’re in, it gets to be worth it - and it was just an easy and enjoyable read. I liked how everything flowed together, I loved how E really pulled the story along but wasn’t just a protagonist who let things happen to her, she had a little backbone in her! I think it was a brilliant set up to what could be an amazing and creative trilogy and I am really looking forward to the release of the second book. I would recommend this book to anyone who like books with greek mythology, anyone who likes a good YA heroine, a lovely and talented author and someone who likes a bit of mystery, suspense and action. Really I just think you should all go and read a copy right now!
lprather66 More than 1 year ago
Pandora's Key is two stories in one with a mythological twist. It is full of mystery and intrigue which will keep you on the edge of your seat. Evangeline is suffering with nightmares about different women dying tragically. She is also dealing with her mom's disturbing delusions. Looking forward to her sixteenth birthday, Evangeline hoping that things will get better. That hope is shattered when her mom lands in the hospital fighting for her life. This tragedy will make Evangeline question who she can trust and depend on. Malledy is an amazingly intelligent teenage boy who is diagnosed with Huntington's disease. This diagnoses will lead him to find a cure in an unlikely place. He will make choices that will not only endanger himself but others around him. The author does a great job of weaving the two stories together with the main thread consisting of the myth of Pandora's box and key. I really enjoyed this story and would definitely recommend it.
srfeike More than 1 year ago
Pandora's Key starts out as two different stories. Evangeline's story and Malledy's story. Both are equally captivating and fun to read. Evangeline's life completely changes on her 16th birthday. After going from somewhat awkward teen to someone she hardly recognizes in a mirror, what was supposed to be a special day turns into a nightmare. Nothing makes sense anymore to Evangeline and she has no on to turn to for help…no one she can trust anyway. Malledy is a superintelligent man with a disease that is slowly killing him. He is looking for something that will cure him, and he is willing to go to any lengths to get his hands on that something. When the two stories finally merge, it was like nothing I would have expected. People weren't who they seemed to be, both for Evangeline and for Malledy. Evangeline gets to the point where she just does not know who she can trust anymore, so she ends up trusting no one, while Malledy did not really seem to trust anyone from the beginning, with good reason. The characters were great. Evangeline is your normal awkward teen and easy to like as a main character. Her character was well balanced in that she was not so beautiful and popular that you wanted to hate her, yet she was not so down on herself that you got tired of her wining. I think that's a hard balance to create when writing about teen girls, but the author managed it here. Malledy I think we did not get to know quite as well, but we did get to see his motivations and his way of thinking. I loved the mythology background to this story. I loved that the author was able to take such a well known piece of mystery and create a unique story to go with it. It was fresh and entertaining, and I guarantee you'll be left guessing about what's coming next until the very end.
Hazel_G More than 1 year ago
Great YA story with lots of twists and turns! Pandora's Key is the first book in The Key Trilogy by Nancy Richardson Fischer. Review: I really liked this book. It was different, it was exciting and creative and it was smartly written. I love the tale of Pandora's Box and have always had a love of the Greek Gods mythology. This book really put those tales to use with its own spin and story. The writing was great, the imagery was well done and the story itself was plausible. Evangeline was a terrific lead character. She's the reason this story works so well. You can literally feel the changes her life is taking, what she's going through and the heartache she's enduring. The supporting cast of characters were interesting and well written. There was action, suspense, mystery and a bit of romance in this book. There were a few things that I disliked about the book, but minor given the whole of the story. The beginning was slow and a bit confusing. It took me several "put down and pick back up" attempts to get through the first few chapters because I just couldn't get into it. But Im really glad I kept going because its picks up speed and rhythm and it all comes together. Some of the dialogue was a bit rough and I think Evangeline reaction to her new life was a bit off. I also wish we had gotten more of Raphe and Evangeline together. I would have liked to have seen their love story better developed considering they knew each other before the events started to unfold in Evangeline's life. He seemed to really care about her and love her despite her own deprecating self image. All in all this book was definitely worth the time to read it. Im looking forward to reading book two! NOTE - I read this as part of a R2R with Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! in Goodreads. As always, a special thank you to the moderators as well as the author for allowing me to participate.
KConig More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review. The only thing stopping me from saying this is the best experience with an Indie book that I have ever had is that it is my first experience with an Indie book. And it has set the bar pretty high for future Indies, because I absolutely ADORED this book! I admit I was slightly concerned at the beginning, because everything gets started really quickly: strange things begin happening from page one without time to indicate what normal life was like. Then I read a few more pages and I didn't care anymore; I just wanted to know what happened next. The book head-jumps between a few different story lines that eventually collide in a way I had never expected. Now, anyone who knows me can tell you that it is very, very difficult for a plot twist to catch me off guard. Joe and I will be watching a movie and 10 minutes in I'll have figured out the catch - I've been told its rather infuriating. The point is I am not one to be caught off guard easily, but this book did just that. I sat in bed staring at the page with my mouth hanging open in awe of the fact that, finally, someone had beat me. I actually messaged the author on Goodread's just to share my excitement at how perfectly she had set the whole thing up. It is essentially a lesser version of when Snape's background is revealed in The Deathly Hallows; everything you know is a lie. Except..ya know..this one only lies to you for one book instead of seven. The book is a quick read both because it is relatively short and very compelling. The more you read the more you want to know what is going on and you'll be damned if you stop reading before you do. And once you do finish it I am willing to bet you will be just as excited to get book 2 in the trilogy as I am now.
-RadioActiveBookworm- More than 1 year ago
First thing. Thanks to Nancy for letting my group read her book for the book of the month! I really appreciate it. Also, It's great that we got such an awesome book for our first read! I really liked this book. I haven't really read anything like this. Think about Percy Jackson and the Olympians, mixed with a teenage girl's life. EXCEPT WAY MORE EXCITING. hah When I first saw this book, I wasn't really sure what it was going to be about. I mean, I read the description and things like that, But I still didn't expect it to be like this! Also, I learned something! Hah. Not that I didn't know about the greek gods and everything like that, But I didn't know that Pandora was interesting. hah I never really payed attention to them until this book. Uhh I don't want to ruin anything for anyone because there are probably still people reading this! hah. All I'm going to say is that there is a lot of action, and I really couldn't put it down. I wish it was longer, but that's what the second book is for, right? (:
ELSACARRION More than 1 year ago
Good story enjoyed the plot. I do like mythology base stories and this one was very good. I will spare you the synopsis because you can always go and read that elsewhere. Onward with the review….so you’re probably thinking why four stars...and here is why....there was too much thinking going on in her own mind which to me was a little annoying. I understand that sometimes the thoughts of the character need to be told...but it just seem too much. Raphe could have been a stronger character I wish she would included him more scenes with him in it instead of almost at the end. Loved the ending did not see that coming. It took me longer to read than I thought I don't know if it was because I kept getting interrupted or there where time where it slowed down a bit or it cold have been that it was like 48 chapters! Darn if it’s to short and darn if its’ to long right oh well still good glad I read it. I just noticed that there will be a second and third book and because it’s mythology I will definitely be reading it. Pandora Key didn’t really have a big cliff hanger so I can’t wait where the story is going to take me next. Maybe a little more romance in the next book; that would really be nice. Thank you Nancy for letting me review your book. I really enjoyed your story.
NatalieF More than 1 year ago
Although a short read, this book was fantastic. It's unpredictable, inventive, and completely unputdownable for the latter half. The reader is originally presented with an intriguing background story, which was enough to perk my attention. Admittedly, I'm not usually a fan of books revolving around myths, but this book is utterly unique, and one-of-a-kind. The narrative moves between characters, which (as I've mentioned in other reviews) I'm a fan of. The writing style also enables us to know the thoughts of the characters, despite being written in third person. The author is gifted when it comes to manipulating emotions with words, since, for instance, I originally felt sympathetic towards Malledy, although this opinion changed. The protagonist, Evangeline, is also a very likeable characters, and her loneliness was one of the reasons that kept me reading - I felt truly sorry for her! I find that books where you can really relate to the characters are rare, but this is one of them. Overall, a great read with an amazing conclusion. I can't wait to read the next, although I would gladly re-read this one before that happens. A point to consider, however: there is very little romance in this novel. As an avid reader of young adult books, romance is definitely my favourite genre. If looking for a good old love story, then this probably isn't it. I would've liked to have read something with a little more romance. In reality, death is probably the biggest theme in this book - when I say a lot of people die, I mean it! At times, I found it a bit hard to swallow. Despite this, however, Pandora's Key is well-written, beautifully executed, and a true credit to the author. I loved it.
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Lori2013 More than 1 year ago
I have been a Mythology buff since my English teacher introduced it to us in the 8th grade. This book is steeped in Mythology and I was hooked right from the start. The second book in this trilogy "The Key to Tartarus" will be a definite buy for me!
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WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
Evangeline Theopolis or E to her friends is a teenager who is turning sixteen soon. E with her best friend Melia and Raphe Petersen help E cope with life and other struggles she faces. E has been having strange dreams that are more like nightmares of different women killing themselves in the prime of their lives. E's mother Olivia has been acting strangely lately and E is worried about her. Samatha Harris is Olivia's agent and E's godmother. Malledy is an Archivist and suffering from Huntington's Disease. He is searching for some cure and hope that he can defeat the disease. Malledy is keeping a few secrets of his own from Juliette and the Archivists too. Juliette is Malledy's mentor and follow Archivist that is hiding a secret. She is a member of the Pandora Sect and leading a dual life which is wearing on her these last few years. Malledy has an appointment with Dr. Aali regarding Huntington's Disease. He's hoping for good news but not holding his breathe either. E's world is turned upside down when she finds her mother passed out on her bedroon floor. Dr. Sullivan tells Olivia and E that there isn't much hope. E tries to deny the truth yet it's plain on Dr. Sullivan's face. E is kidnapped and taken hostage by unseen foes in front of Raphe. Raphe asks for Dr. Sullivan's in finding E Dr. Sullivan reluctantly agrees to help. Detective Morrison is searching for Evangeline and Samatha too. Will Olivia get better? Will Juliette be found out? What is Malledy's plan? Will E trust Samatha or Melia? What about Raphe? Will Detective Morrison find E? Your answers await you in Pandora's Key.
JK1515 More than 1 year ago
Pandora's Key was a very intriguing book. I was skeptical after the first couple pages, but it quickly picked up speed and I held on for the duration. The story was gripping and I couldn't put it down. Evangeline was a character that remained very confused throughout the book and I kind of liked that she wasn't some kick ass hero. The characters each served a part in the story and I liked the way they were weaved into the story. The only negative about the book was the fact that it wasn't told only through Evangeline. Malledy served as a second narration and I found it to be unnecessary and out of place in spots. I understood the author's intentions, it just didn't flow. There was a lot of mythology and that kept it interesting. All in all, I enjoyed the mystery and it sucked me in. The story made sense and I was satisfied at the end of the book. This is the first in a trilogy and I can't wait to see what the next book holds. This is a great paranormal YA and I highly recommend it:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Curious how it will continue.
mdcampy13 More than 1 year ago
First, I normally don't write reviews, I just put my star rating and go about my business. Only IF I find the book overwhelming moving do I take the time. Mainly because I never know what to say . . . therefore, bear with me :) I used to give books 5 stars all the time and recently I've come to find that books just don't thrill me like they used to. How nice is it to read something that grips me from the first chapter. I loved the writing style, the characters, the story and the small mindless fact that I could read through the book and not find editing errors (I know that's petty but it breaks the flow people!!!). What a way to close the book too. It left me longing for a second, but at the same time content for the time being. Truly a talent! I want a sequel . . .I really, really want another book! P-L-E-A-S-E
Shaineinok More than 1 year ago
One of the better books I've read this year! I didn't want to put it down once I started. Some things I really loved about Pandora's Key Engaging story line No love triangles! Evangeline learns to deal with her life without excessive teen angst. Plenty of action and is appropriately geared toward the YA crowd as well as adults. (aka one of my pet peeves are YA books that are in my opinion to violent for the crowd they are marketed too) I can't think of anything I didn't like about this one :) In short I'll be recommending this one to my friends and also to their preteen/teen daughters. Thanks Nancy for an excellent read! I'll be looking for the next one!(
terrilbn More than 1 year ago
This book was pretty well written. I did enjoy it, except for the punctuation and grammatical errors, which become distracting more towards the ending of the book. If you can get past some editorial problems, you'll enjoy the story.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Quite a page turner once the action started taking place and its one book that you will not want to put down. I don’t know much about Greek mythology but the whole story line had me intrigued – a line of female descendents holding a mystery key which is bestowed upon a 16-yr old who has no clue of her past. This key opens Pandora’s Box which has its own special powers inside which is also wanted by a group of people wanting to unleash Pandora’s powers. Will Evangeline be thrilled at her new role or will the curiosity of what is in the box be too much for her? For Evangeline whose life consisted of her mother and a few friends until she was 16, being a part of the Sect was a life-changing event for her and her family. Her mother kept this information from her which I thought was strange for a mother (any mother) to do. How would you feel if suddenly on your 16th birthday or close to your 16th birthday, you were given a necklace with a key on it and this key unlocked a box? Inside this box held some secret power that others wanted and would kill for? What if you they were hunting you down looking for this box and key? What if you were born into a female Sect and…..? I thought this was a great coming of age story and had lots of action.
BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
In Pandora’s Key the story of Evangeline moves along quite quickly, a wonderful thing after reading so many books with slow starts. Hearing about the mythology of Pandora and Pandora’s box was a treat, I don’t think I’ve read a book based on the Pandora mythology previously. The entire story was well written and there wasn’t a dull moment to be found. I felt bad for Evangeline upon her discovery that her life wasn’t really her own and that there were so many falsehoods placed upon her. People aren’t who she thinks they are and she ends up having to put her trust in someone new. While this story wrapped up the beginning, there is still so much more that can be had in continuing on the series and I would love to see where it goes. Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
Chey3CE More than 1 year ago
Pandora's Key is about a girl named Evangeline and she lives with her mother. Her mother is sick and on her birthday her mother gives Evangeline a present. It is a tradition in their family to pass down a necklace that her mother has never taken off. The necklace is Pandora's Key and it becomes something many people fight for. I liked this book because it is different than others. It is like reading the next chapter from Pandora's box. It is good and different and has myths, the gods and goddesses. It is perfect for any age. I would recommend this book to people that are interested in myths and if they are fans of Greek mythology. I am glad that my teacher Mrs. Stiles let us read this in class.