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The Key

The Key

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by Jennifer Anne Davis

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Within these pages lie kingdoms with castles and princes who fall in love with fair maidens, but make no mistake, this is no fairytale.

His father's kingdom is on the brink of upheaval and at the center of it all is an ordinary girl who could be the key to its undoing. When faced with the ultimate choice, will he choose the girl he's falling in love with or the


Within these pages lie kingdoms with castles and princes who fall in love with fair maidens, but make no mistake, this is no fairytale.

His father's kingdom is on the brink of upheaval and at the center of it all is an ordinary girl who could be the key to its undoing. When faced with the ultimate choice, will he choose the girl he's falling in love with or the kingdom he has sworn to protect?

An ordinary girl with an extraordinary past. All she wants is to be free. What she doesn't realize is that freedom comes with a price she can't afford to pay. She's forced to accept the proposal of a prince she despises, even though her heart belongs to someone else...his brother.

Seventeen-year-old Rema lives in a brutal kingdom where travel between regions is forbidden, people are starving, and looking at someone the wrong way can mean death. Nineteen-year-old Darmik is the king's son and Commander of the King's Army. He spends his days roving the island, doing his father's bidding and trying to maintain control over the people. When a chance encounter throws Rema and Darmik together, they share an instantaneous connection, but any sort of relationship between them is strictly forbidden. Darmik's brother, the Crown Prince, notices Darmik's interest in Rema and, in a calculated, political move, blackmails her. Faced with an impossible choice, Rema is forced to sacrifice her heart in order to save her family.

As Rema is taken to the palace with the Crown Prince, Darmik confronts the growing rumor that a legitimate blood heir to the throne exists and is trying to overthrow Darmik's family. In Darmik's quest to hunt down and kill the threat, he discovers that nothing is as it seems. Locked in the king's castle, Rema finds herself a key player in a massive power struggle. When Darmik shows up, she's not sure if she can trust him. The line between friends, enemies, and loyalty becomes blurred. As truths are unlocked, Rema understands that she just might be the key to finding the rightful heir and restoring peace to the kingdom... if she can manage to stay alive long enough.

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Erin from Between the Pages: “I can’t come up with the words needed to express my love for this book. The Key by Jennifer Anne Davis is one incredible journey. . . . The Key is a rich tapestry of vibrant colors and depth. The story is intricately layered and the characters are marvelously fleshed out. . . . I think everyone would find enjoyment with the story because there is so much complexity to it. It really does have something for everyone. A fantastic story! Hurry up part two! I give this 5/5 stars.”

Amazon - Izzy P
The Key, the first book in the True Reign Series, is a brilliantly crafted story of an autocratic society filled with amazing, engaging characters and situations.
Amazon - Erin D
The Key is a rich tapestry of vibrant colors and depth. The story is intricately layered and the characters are marvelously fleshed out. Even though I passed “young adult” years ago and the genre for The Key is young adult light fantasy, I never once felt like the story or characters were too young for me. Actually, I think everyone would find enjoyment with the story because there is so much complexity to it. It really does have something for everyone.

Product Details

Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date:
The True Reign Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
15 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Jennifer graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. Afterwards, she finally married her best friend and high school sweetheart. Jennifer is currently a full-time writer and mother of three young children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids’ creativity.

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The Key 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 91 reviews.
Ekiefer More than 1 year ago
The opening scene of The Key hooked me from the first page. I had only heard great things about this book and, in hopes of being drawn into this tale for myself, was not disappointed. The author, Jennifer Anne Davis, drew me into a kingdom where the royal line is murdered and overtaken by corrupt rulers... yet where rumors of a surviving heiress causes rebellion and, most importantly, hope among the lower class. I loved the setting of The Key (which is different than most genres out there right now) and how Davis described the layout of the Kingdom without boring the reader with excess detail -- yet you get a clear feel for the unrest among the people. I also loved the introduction and development of each character, each with strengths and believable flaws. The story moved along, keeping the reader's interest with action and mystery, as well as a budding romance that ignites a growing feud between brothers. While there is some violence, the writing is not gory, and the romance and language is fairly clean, which I appreciate, as this adds more substance to the plot and characters. With the cliffhanger ending on the final page, I am thrilled that I don't have to wait to continue this truly captivating story! Eager to begin the sequel, Red, today!
Shebid More than 1 year ago
I have a new favorite author and it is Jennifer Anne Davis! I read The Power to See by her a few months back and loved it so I was dying to read another one of her books. This book was WOW! I have been reading tons of new adult and erotica lately and this was completely different. I think it is technically Young Adult Historical. But it is soooo much more than that. Rema lives in a horrible kingdom ruled by a horrible man, King Barjon. This King has two sons, Crown Prince Lennek and Army Commander and Prince Darmik. Rema is a strong young woman full of independence, kindness and love. She is fierce and I loved her. She is what young women should be like today. Darmik is just amazing. He is kind but loyal. Darmik and Lennek have an awful awful sibling rivalry. Lennek is an ass. There is no way for me to sugar coat him. He is a villain. And I am pretty sure I wished for his death a few times. This book is a complete page turner. I hated that I had to sleep, work and take care of my kids while reading this book. Jennifer’s writing style is just flawless. The descriptions set me right in the room with them. And since this book takes place in what is probably 100s of years ago, she really made it all seem so real. The Key also brought out tons of emotions. I really felt for Rema and Darmik. If you are looking for a great read that is not like anything you have read before, one- click The Key. It was great. Warning… There is a pretty big cliff hanger but book #2 will be out very very soon. I was given an ARC for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was ok till the end and there was,t one . You have to get another book to find out the ending. I hate it when that happens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great, i stayed up all night reading. Then it ends in the middle of the book. And there is no more in the supposed series. If the book concluded in a reasonable manner, had a sufficient climas and conclusion, the ending would be great. But you read 200 pages of fluff to finally get to substance and it ends in the middle. WORST AUTHOR EVER
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
I devoured this book but OMG that ending!!! I was left dumbstruck that it ended how it did! I hate cliffhangers in books but this book is too good to hate! Everything about it was amazing! I'm not going to say too much about the plot for fear of ruining it so I'm going to just start with everything I loved!! Rema was such a sweetheart and I loved her character. She is so nice and sweet but she isn't afraid to stand up for herself and what she thinks is right. My heart broke for her when she was "requested" to visit the palace. She wanted a quite life and was due to marry her childhood friend when the chance encounter with Darmik changed everything. I loved that no matter what was thrown at her, she stood strong and was sure of herself. She put everyone she cared about first and was willing to sacrifice everything for her family.  I wasn't sure of Darmik at first because he is so unsure of things but I eventually grew to like him, though I did want to shake him and tell him to wake up and small the coffee!! How could he miss what was going on??  Prince Lennek is pure evil! He picks Rema simply to get one up on Darmik. He is a womaniser and all round horrible person. Then we have the King. He is as bad as Lennek and so hard to find anything nice about. Both of them treat Rema like she is nothing and poor Rema has no choice but to grin and bear it, though she is in no way passive with them!! She stands up to them many times but with the treat to her family, she has to play it safe till she can come up with a plan.  The world building was amazing. The prologue sets the scene for a plot that's very fast paced and intriguing. The book is full of treachery, heartache, betrayal, adventure, secrets and enough twists to keep your mind reeling! It has everything a great read should. There is a little romance thrown into the mix. Rema finds herself drawn to Darmik no matter how much she tries not too. He can't stop thinking of her either but has to stay away because if his brother found out, he would be accused of treason.  Anyway, The Key was so so good. I listened to the audio and absolutely devoured it. I couldn't turn it off because I needed to see what happened next. I listened to it in 2 days and hated that it had to end. Its the type of book that once you start, you will not want to finish. Be warned though, there is a massive cliff hanger and you will need book 2 to read straight away after! I have book 2 and 3 on my kindle and just need to clear some more review books before diving back into this amazing world, believe me it's hard to stay away!!  A brilliantly written and executed book and one that everyone needs to read. The audio was fantastic and Michelle Michaels did an amazing job of bringing Rema to life. The narrator made you feel her heartache and struggle and she pulled you into the story. All the books need to be brought to audio, and for me, the sooner the better!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree that I hate books like this I don't mind series but I hate cliffhangers. Doing it this way and making readers buy the next books just to get to the end of the story. I will not buy any.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS AUTHOR IS ON MY DO NOT READ LIST!!! Had I known this book would not have an ending to it, requiring you to purchase more books to get the ending, I would not have read it. So many people complain about authors doing this.....why aren't they listening. This was such an enjoyable read for me, had it stood on its own and included an ending, I would have continued to read the series for enjoyment, not due to blackmail.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down! Rema is a very intriguing character, brave and full of spunk. Darmik is my kind of guy. 
Enchantress More than 1 year ago
*This Book Was Given To Me By The Author In Exchange For An Honest Review* This book is your next MUST READ! A cover to cover, could not put it down, even if I tried kind of read. The characters just jump of the pages and the craving to know what happens next is intense. No words in this book are superfluous (apart from the last 4 .. but I will get to those) so read them carefully. Even the prologue offers clues that can help you try and unscramble the mysteries held within the pages that demand your attention. Often YA books can leave an adult wanting but this is NOT the case here. Now back to those final 4 words .... end of book 1 ..... END OF BOOK 1???? Even though I went into this KNOWING there was a cliffhanger coming I was STILL caught off guard. The urge to THROW my kindle across the room is definitely not an understatement here and the only thing that saved it is without it I wouldn't be able to read book 2. Incredible!!. V""V
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG this was the best book I've ever read!!! It was so good. I loved Darmik. He is my new book boyfriend. 
Anonymous 6 days ago
I wasn't a fan of the instant love thing, and I thought Rema was pretty stupid at some points in the story which left me frustrated. It didn't get good until the very end, which was really captivating. But I'm not sure its enough to get me to read the next book.
bucmjt 27 days ago
Wow. The Key by Jennifer Anne Davis is a good one. The twists and turns, the realistic characters, the amazing plot. Well done. I need more.
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Anonymous 12 months ago
I'll be honest. I didn't buy this book. I wanted to. It sounds amazing! I read the reviews just to be sure. And there it was.....the realization that it isn't a book at all. It's PART of a book. I hate that. It keeps happening. Stop. Just stop. We will buy great stories! But please just stop with the "hook and reel it in" method of selling books! It's irritating and insulting. So...I didn't buy this book. I'm disappoited about that. It really does sound like a great story.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3/5 Stars Raised by her Aunt and Uncle since she was a baby, seventeen year old Rema is raised coveted from society in order to protect her from the vicious king figuring out her true identity as queen and destroying everything she holds dear. Seventeen years ago, when King Bajon took over Rema’s kingdom, he assassinated both her parents – but before she Rema could suffer the same fate, Mako, a solider to the king and queen, swapped Rema with his own deceased baby, vowing to project Rema and to not let her suffer the same fate as her parents. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Though I did have some issues with it such as the character development and the world building, I did enjoy this book. I would recommend it to fans of Princess Bride and Snow Like Ashes as the protagonist, Rema, reminds me of Buttercup in the way she speaks and responds to the conflicts she faces in this story, and Davis’ writing style is similar to that Sara Raasch’s. *****SPOILERS AHEAD***** One of the things I love about this book is how Rema had hobbies, something that is usually lacking in other novels. By having diverse hobbies, I felt like Rema had more dimension to her character in comparison to other characters who felt more flat because of their lack of other interests. Because of this, I did not feel connected to any of the other characters. If other characters’ interests and hobbies were shown, I feel like I would have been more connected to them. I did not care for the romance between Darmik and Rema as it developed quite instantaneously. Though this sort of relationship developing fits many plots and stories, I felt that it belittles the story in that it is unrealistic in this situation. Both Rema and Darmik are facing such daunting conflicts and no matter how much they might deserve love after all they have been through, realistically they would not have time for a relationship because of all the conflicts they are currently facing. Because of this, I feel like it would have been better to develop their relationship more slowly over the course of the series, bonding over common goals and feelings instead of an instantaneous love based on looks. In addition to more extensive character development, I would have loved to see more world building. I am a sucker for world building, and I feel like this book had the potential for phenomenal world building as we are told about the many different traditions and differences between kingdoms, but they were never elaborated on. Despite my issues with this book, I did enjoy it! The plot was very fun and adventurous, and the book was an overall quick read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It caught my attention from page one and kept it! So many books today are all the same with only the names changed but The Key is different . Can't wait for the next book to come out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Ends with a cliffhanger. Will have to read the next one to find out what happens.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful suspense filled book! Such a cliffhanger of an ending!
shelleymaMA More than 1 year ago
You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleymaMA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good one. Read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recamend this book because it was action packed. It would be for 13 and up. If you like science ficton books this is the book is for you!
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