The Key: A Novel

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Hunted. Hounded. Haunted.
She is the most important person in the world.
She is the key

Journalist Liv Adamsen has escaped from the secretive Citadel in the ancient city of Ruin and now lies in isolation, staring at hospital walls as blank as her memory. Despite her inability to recall her past, something strange is stirring within her. She feels possessed by a sensation she ...

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Overview

Hunted. Hounded. Haunted.
She is the most important person in the world.
She is the key

Journalist Liv Adamsen has escaped from the secretive Citadel in the ancient city of Ruin and now lies in isolation, staring at hospital walls as blank as her memory. Despite her inability to recall her past, something strange is stirring within her. She feels possessed by a sensation she can't name and plagued by whispers only she can hear: "KuShiKaam," the key.

At the center of events that defy explanation and hunted by someone she believes is trying to kill her, Liv turns to the only person she can trust—a foundation worker named Gabriel Mann. Together they must elude capture and journey to the place where all life began. From New York to Rome to the deserts of the Middle East, worlds collide in a race to uncover a revelation dating from the creation of man in this electrifying follow-up to the international bestseller Sanctus.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist (starred review) on The Key
“If you like your secrets deeply hidden and your action breakneck, then Toyne’s sophomore thriller is just the ticket. . . . As in his debut, Toyne delivers a gripping, intricate story of religious and political intrigue that’s sweeping yet somehow intimate and very personal. Wow.”
Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Sanctus
“[Sanctus] might turn out to be the next great cliffhanger conspiracy thriller.”
The Daily Mirror (UK) on Sanctus
“Hard to think of it as a debut, better to think of it as the beginning of a massive new adventure, and a so-long to Dan Brown. . . .”
Brad Meltzer
“When you read Sanctus, you’ll see just how frightening, ruthless and relentlessly entertaining an order of monks can be. Haunting in the best way.”
Booklist on The Key
“If you like your secrets deeply hidden and your action breakneck, then Toyne’s sophomore thriller is just the ticket. . . . As in his debut, Toyne delivers a gripping, intricate story of religious and political intrigue that’s sweeping yet somehow intimate and very personal. Wow.”
Booklist
“If you like your secrets deeply hidden and your action breakneck, then Toyne’s sophomore thriller is just the ticket. . . . As in his debut, Toyne delivers a gripping, intricate story of religious and political intrigue that’s sweeping yet somehow intimate and very personal. Wow.”
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“[Sanctus] might turn out to be the next great cliffhanger conspiracy thriller.”
The Daily Mirror (UK)
“Hard to think of it as a debut, better to think of it as the beginning of a massive new adventure, and a so-long to Dan Brown. . . .”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062038340
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 160,376
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 7.36 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Toyne has worked in British television for twenty years. He was the writer, director, and producer on several award-winning shows, one of which won a BAFTA. He lives in England with his wife and family. The Tower is the stunning conclusion to the Ruin trilogy.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted July 8, 2012

    In his debut novel, Sanctus, author Simon Toyne thrilled audienc

    In his debut novel, Sanctus, author Simon Toyne thrilled audiences with his high concept, religious conspiracy thriller. The dazzling story continues in The Key, the next novel in his planned trilogy. The novel opens days after the events of the previous book. After her brother's strange death captured the attention of the world, Liv Adamsen finds herself in a hospital bed, unable to fully remember the events that brought her there. She can vaguely remember entering the secretive religious Citadel located in Ruin, but has no clue how she ended up in the hospital. Even worse, she is hearing whispers that claim she is 'the key'.

    Unbeknownst to Liv, a web of conspiracy is coming to fruition within the confines of the Catholic Church. The mysterious inhabitants of the Citadel, known as the Sancti, were meant to protect an ancient sacrament. When the sacrament was released, all leaders of the group were killed, leaving the compound without a clear direction and threatening the future of the entire church. Even more, a plague has set in, killing the Sancti one by one. Leaders of the Vatican believe that Liv holds the key to the sacrament, and will stop at nothing to return her to the Citadel. As a cat and mouse chase ensues, Liv realizes the enormity of the situation. With the aid of Gabriel Mann, a charity worker who's family has long sought to reveal the sacrament, Liv must discover the true meaning of 'the key' before her life and the fate of the entire world comes crashing down.

    Despite the complexity of the plot, Toyne expertly manages all aspects of the story through his streamlined prose. The novel picks up right where Sanctus left off, allowing the urgency of the story to permeate the entire novel and the characters to continue to develop believable relationships and reactions to their situations. Toyne never lets the enormity of his concept drown out the subtle motivations of his characters. He seamlessly weaves actions, history, romance, and suspense into a nonstop thriller that pulses forward to a shocking and extremely satisfying conclusion. The Key successfully continues the precedent set by Sanctus, and leaves the reader anxiously awaiting the conclusion to this gripping trilogy.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    t The GREATESTbook in a long time

    The first book,Sanctis and this one are without question,the best most exciting books Ever.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2013

    Great book! Really built on the excitement of the story started

    Great book! Really built on the excitement of the story started in "Sanctum" I really didn't want it to end. Can't wait for the "The Tower" to finish the story. I absolutely HATE it when authors write a trilogy with the 3rd book in hardback, so I'll have to wait almost a year to finish the series. Hope it will be worth the wait.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2013

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    A 5 star most excellent read! I won this book on booktrib which

    A 5 star most excellent read!
    I won this book on booktrib which is second in a trilogy, so I went out and got the first book “Sanctus” and I am so very glad I did.
    I knew I would love and give both books 5 stars along with my mother who has read and loved them both as well!
    “The Key” is a crazy twisted ride all over the world everywhere evil religious men lurk.
    It starts out right where “Sanctus” left us off, heart thumping and mind just a whirling….
    I will quote a dust jacket blurb… Hunted, Hounded, Haunted she is the most important person in the world, she is KuShiKaam, “The Key”… and she is journalist Liv Adamsen.
    The first book deals mainly with her brother who was a monk and his horrific and strange death in the ancient city of Ruin where Liv has just made an escape from the famed and very secretive Citadel She now lies in isolation in a hospital room that she must leave very soon as the people who were after her brother are after and will continue to hunt her and the secret she holds inside her.
    There is only one person she can trust, Gabriel Mann and they must go back to Turkey and find a stranger who is called simply “The Ghost” to unravel this mystery as old as time itself.
    This book will keep you up all night turning page after breathtaking page, I am on pins and needles waiting for the third book in this rip roaring, mind bending Trilogy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Excellent book!!

    I read it over one 5 hour plane ride and it was fantastic!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    In for a ride

    Evrn better than book one suspenseful fast paced the characters keep being belivable and likable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Good second book!

    This is a great second story. The story picked up from Sanctus and took off from there! Hope there's a third!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Good Series

    I really enjoyed this trilogy. The characters are well defined and you care about what happens to them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    What a suspenseful, fantastic trip through this world. I really

    What a suspenseful, fantastic trip through this world. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it. But be sure to read Sanctus first!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    Sorry. I don't understand all the five star ratings for this boo

    Sorry. I don't understand all the five star ratings for this book. I liked Sanctus and would give it five stars. But reading this one is a chore. Not sure I'll even finish the trilogy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Great book! Exciting and gripping!

    I first read Sanctus and enjoyed it very much. I couldn't wait to read The Key and was not disappointed. The Key was exciting and kept me very engaged. I enjoyed the characters and the plot development. I was happy to see there is a third book in this series and intend to buy it as a Nook book also. thanks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    It was a good book

    It was a good book

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    The series used people as symbols but was unclear about what it all meant.

    This book states that there was a culture that lived "thousands of years earlier" and founded religion, but were a secret isolated society. The book missed the opportunity to develop more mystery in the Tower and perhaps create more mysticism as well.
    Some of the personal relationships that unfolded were unbelievable. Also the symbolism attached to the artifacts could have been explored more deeply.
    I enjoyed the books for entertainment, and they did not require much analysis or thought.
    How does a reporter become the key?
    How does a brother jumping to his death cause his sister to be the key? This could have been explored much more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    A good read, I highly recommend it

    The book is a second in a series of three-it is fast paced with interesting good and evil characthers. I will go on to the third bird in the series.

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  • Posted June 25, 2013

    Nice finish

    Exciting finish to a very engrossing trilogy.

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