The Key (Magnificent 12 Series #3) [NOOK Book]

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Time is short for Mack MacAvoy and the Magnifica! Mack hates doing homework (that's what golems are for), but it seems that the only way to defeat the Pale Queen and her evil daughter, Risky, is to learn the magical language of Vargran. If only ancient, magical languages came with cheat sheets . . .

. . . Oh! But they do! (Or at least, this one does. We can't speak for any other ancient, magical languages.)

Mack, Jarrah, Xiao, Dietmar, and Stefan travel to Europe to find the ...

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The Key (Magnificent 12 Series #3)

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Overview

Time is short for Mack MacAvoy and the Magnifica! Mack hates doing homework (that's what golems are for), but it seems that the only way to defeat the Pale Queen and her evil daughter, Risky, is to learn the magical language of Vargran. If only ancient, magical languages came with cheat sheets . . .

. . . Oh! But they do! (Or at least, this one does. We can't speak for any other ancient, magical languages.)

Mack, Jarrah, Xiao, Dietmar, and Stefan travel to Europe to find the Key, an engraved stone that unlocks the power of Vargran. But can they locate the invisible castle of William "Blisterthöng" MacGuffin, who guards the Key?

(Yeah, we said "Blisterthong." Yeah, it's as painful as it sounds.)

Mack has less than thirty days to master Vargran, round up the rest of the Magnifica, and defeat Princess Risky. Will the Key be enough? Or is there something else Mack must find in order to save the world?

The Magnificent 12: The Key is another fast-paced episode in bestselling Michael Grant's hysterically funny fantasy adventure.

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Editorial Reviews

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Praise for The Magnificent 12: The Call: “Grant’s brand of action and humor should satisfy both those readers who get down with fantasy and those who prefer to send it up.”
ALA Booklist
“The series continues to gather steam, driven by a winning mix of danger, suspense, and daffy doings.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Praise for The Magnificent 12: The Call: “Grant’s brand of action and humor should satisfy both those readers who get down with fantasy and those who prefer to send it up.”
Children's Literature - Chelsea S. Couillard-Smith
In the third installment of Grant's adventure "The Magnificent 12" series, young David McAvoy (Mack) continues his quest to find additional members of what he hopes will be "The Magnificent 12," twelve twelve-year-olds with a power called "enlightened puissance" who are tasked with saving the world. Mack and his companions, Jarrah and Dietmar (fellow members of the 12), Xiao (a dragon in girl form), and Stefan (a fifteen-year-old bully turned bodyguard) need two parts of a key in order to save the world from an imminent attack by the Pale Queen. Readers learn that they obtained the first part from a Norse goddess, but now need the help of the fairies to uncover the second half. The action takes off immediately as Mack and company attempt to outsmart a centuries-old Scotsman protecting the key, and must evade Nessie and other monsters along the way. Meanwhile, Mack's golem is living Mack's life back in Arizona, but has become a target of the Pale Queen's minions. The Magnifica manage to join forces with Sylvie, another member of the 12, and wind up in Paris trying to convince Sylvie's half-brother to join the 12 rather than serve the dark forces. After much fantasy violence and good-natured destruction, they happily manage to resolve the immediate threat so they can move on to the next adventure. For those who have not read the previous books in the series, Grant offers a few brief recaps, but much is not explained and the details of the quest remain murky. References to a magical language called Vargran abound, but its power and role in the quest remain unclear to the uninitiated. Fans of the series will no doubt enjoy this latest offering, and new readers may be won over by Grant's cheeky humor. A good fit for pre-teen fans of The Lightning Thief. Reviewer: Chelsea S. Couillard-Smith
Kirkus Reviews
As in the previous titles (The Call, 2010, and The Trap, 2011), this third installment in the Magnificent 12 series speeds forward with the help of over-the-top action sequences and rapid, clever dialogue. This episode opens with Mack about to be catapulted and most likely smashed into a wall near Loch Ness, when at the last minute he is saved by French goth-girl Sylvie, who is the half sibling of evil Valin, an ally to the dark forces supporting the rise of the Pale Queen--and both Mack and Sylvie happen to be members of the Magnificent 12, on a quest to obtain the second part of the vital key. And this is how the story progresses, like an urgent, never-ending run-on sentence. With many plot twists, comic diversions involving the Golem standing in for Mack back at home, timely introductions of new characters, explanations of Vargan spells, and just-in-time fantastical feats that save lives and ultimately move the Eiffel Tower from one side of the Seine to the other, readers are in for a most entertaining if often hard-to-fathom tale. Grant's series flows like a much-hyped Hollywood summer blockbuster: The special effects are impressive, but readers must instantly agree to suspend disbelief. A website encourages fans to create their own avatars, review characters and settings and keep updated on the latest news about the series. Action, adventure, fantasy, humor and a glimpse of a potential budding romance are all here, making this a great end-of-summer read. (Fantasy. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062190215
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/21/2012
  • Series: Magnificent 12 Series , #3
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 129,735
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Michael Grant

Michael Grant, author of the Gone series and the Magnificent Twelve series, has spent much of his life on the move. Raised in a military family, he attended ten schools in five states, as well as three schools in France. Even as an adult he kept moving, and in fact he became a writer in part because it was one of the few jobs that wouldn't tie him down. His fondest dream is to spend a year circumnavigating the globe and visiting every continent. Yes, even Antarctica. He lives in California with his wife, Katherine Applegate, and their two children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Im crazy bout it

    Is there something wrong with me because I really like Valin. Seriously is there a 4th book yet?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2012

    I love these books!!!!

    I have been waiting for book 3 to come out and it was worth the wait!! These books just keep getting better and better!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2014

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    The Key picks up the story line that started in The Gate, the fi

    The Key picks up the story line that started in The Gate, the first book in the Dark Path series. I have not read The Gate, but it was fairly easy to pick up on the story line and the author does a good job filling in the back story that is necessary to the current plot line. I really enjoyed this book and liked the dual story lines within it, and it was interesting getting a peak into the BDSM world that these characters live in.

    You could really feel Erika’s need to find herself. She’s struggling with the loss of her father and trying to make sense out of her feelings for the two men who have tried to claim her. She’s determined to prove to herself and everyone – especially Max and Chris, her two suitors – that she can make it on her own and be the strong woman that she knows she can be. She had moved to New Orleans to try and get her life in order and make sense of her feelings, but her book is about to release and she must return to New York and face the two men that she ran from. What I loved about Erika is that you could definitely see her becoming a very strong woman, and although she struggled with her submissive reactions and feelings towards Max, you just got the sense she was going to be able to stand on her own two feet no matter what choices she made. When all sorts of craziness erupts around her, Erika has to confront her feelings and make some tough decisions – ones that will set the path to her future in motion.

    Catherine was another story. She has gone back to Raymond, her Master, but is still dealing with feelings that were stirred in her by another man while she was away from Raymond. When she is forced to confront those feelings head on things get a bit nerve-wracking…Raymond demands Catherine’s obedience, and you can just feel the tension as the events unfold around her. It was interesting to watch Catherine struggle with her submissive side, and even though we are left unsure where things will end up, I enjoyed the build-up of emotions that Catherine was trying to sort through.

    Of all the men I think I liked Max the most. As pushy, arrogant and egotistical as he could be, he always had Erika’s welfare at the forefront. And even though Erika continually fought her relationship with Max and tried to not let that spark between them drive all sense of reason from her mind to the point that she felt she was losing herself to him, Max was very aware of Erika’s needs and he didn't try to dominate everything about her. You could really get the sense that Max needed Erika and that need extended beyond a Dom/Sub relationship.

    I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next one to see how things end up for Erika, Catherine and all the men. There were quite a few loose threads left at the end of The Key, but I think the main story lines were complete and the ending did a good job setting up the next book. The author does a good job with her character development and using all the supporting characters effectively to move the story forward and give it added depth. I’ll definitely be coming back for more of K.T. Grant!

    I was given a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

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  • Posted June 14, 2014

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    The Key is book two in the Dark Path series by K.T. Grant.  This

    The Key is book two in the Dark Path series by K.T. Grant.  This book is not one I would recommend reading without reading book one first.  In fact, I really wish I had read book one again before starting this one. I had intended to, but just ran out of time. I really enjoyed book one and wanted to get immersed in the world again before starting this book.
     
    We pretty much start about eight months since the end of book one. Erika has moved to New Orleans with a friend to get away from all the drama (and the two men) that was part of her life in New York. She wanted mostly wanted to get away from everything that happened in the first book.  She not only is she trying to recover from the many things that were thrown at her, she is also in the process of writing, what she expects to be a best selling erotica novel.  She is hoping that this will help save the publishing company that her father built.  It is putting more pressure on her than just a regular book release would on an author, as if that wasn't enough.
     
    Christine talks to Max, that she is going on an extended vacation in Maui.  She plans to go back to her Master, who she has been avoiding for months.  Her hope is to be back in New York in less than a year. Christine has a lot to work through with her Master, from their past and from what has happened while they were apart.  She gets much more page time in this book, which I was really glad to see.  I loved reading her story.
     
    When Max and Erika get back together, he has a real hard time not being the over dominate man that he Dom side wants him to be.  But Erika, is not the same timid girl he first met.  She is much more independent, than the timid woman from the beginning of the series.  That makes things much harder for him, because she doesn't want to take his word as law.  It causes many problems with this relationship that is just starting to be rebuilt.
     
    Overall, I enjoyed this book just as much as book one.  It has some great plot lines between the different characters, there is pretty much two stories going on, one in New Orleans/New York and the one in Maui.  The characters all have very well developed and very strong personalities.  There are some very strong BDSM and menage scenes, which were very well written.
     
    Like book one, this book ends abruptly. I was not real happy with where the story ended.  I'm not a fan of cliffhangers.  I can't believe I have to wait a year for the next book (book three is hopefully coming out in 2015, not sure exactly when). I can't wait to see where this story goes next.
     
    This series is great for readers who like reading the BDSM and menage stories.  The characters are damaged and have a lot of healing to go through, so it is not just sex on the page.
     
    **Book was provided to me by the author. This review is my opinion and was not requested or provoked in anyway by the author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2013

    My nook sucks

    The book seems good but after i bought it it ehouldent let me read past the sample

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    Good

    I just started reading this but they are pretty good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    good quick read

    this is a good quick read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Hilarious!!!

    This book is hilarious!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    Awsome

    Love the bookss

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    Aj

    This book sounds awsome you should get it if you can then share with me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 31, 2014

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