The Key To The Grave (The Price of Freedom, #2)

The Key To The Grave (The Price of Freedom, #2)

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by Chris Northern
     
 

Sumto and his companions have not come through his first taste of war unscathed. Jocasta nearly died; Sapphire was beaten almost to death; Meran broke a leg, and Sumto defeated his enemy only by carrying him bodily into a fire - his only excuse for such stupidity is that he was fairly drunk at the time.

Still, the influence of the necromancers over the

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Sumto and his companions have not come through his first taste of war unscathed. Jocasta nearly died; Sapphire was beaten almost to death; Meran broke a leg, and Sumto defeated his enemy only by carrying him bodily into a fire - his only excuse for such stupidity is that he was fairly drunk at the time.

Still, the influence of the necromancers over the barbarians of the north is shattered and one of their most powerful members dead. There are armies of the city in the north and the enemy has been pacified. All is well, and Sumto assumes he has an easy time ahead of him... until that suddenly seems very unlikely indeed.

The second of four novels that follow the development of Sumto, a man unknowingly manipulated by someone determined to shape
him for his own ends:

Book One: The Last King's Amulet
Book Two: The Key To The Grave
Book Three: The Invisible Hand
Book Four: All The King's Bastards

The four novels may be considered as one long novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016502281
Publisher:
Chris Northern
Publication date:
05/26/2013
Series:
Price of Freedom , #2
Sold by:
Draft2Digital
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
278,568
File size:
390 KB

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Meet the Author

In between bouts of writing, Chris Northern does other things. He says he has no hobbies of his own, but is more than happy to go do things that other people enjoy. Exploring caves, wondering around castles and hiking are just a few examples. Swimming is pretty much out, though. No gills, no swimming. Boats are okay, just so long as they work. He does not get seasick. Or airsick.

Chris Northern lives wherever he happens to be and will move at the drop of a hat. Any hat. To anywhere. Though if it is cold he will likely not stay long. Just long enough to drive a 4X4 over a glacier, maybe.

He is often to be found eying the horizon; shortly thereafter, he is often found to be gone.

Chris Northern writes Fantasy and Science Fiction.

The Price of Freedom (quartet of fantasy novels)

The Last King's Amulet
The Key To The Grave
The Invisible Hand

All The King's Bastards

Dancing with Darwin (A collection of related Science Fiction stories)

Rapture Ready
Headed Home
Evolving Environment
Dangerous Delusions

YA Urban Fantasy

The King's Ward

Science Fiction with Victoria Russell

Loser's Flight

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The key To The Grave 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
MaureenGill More than 1 year ago
Although I thoroughly enjoyed this book's prequel ("The Last King's Amulet") and recommended it highly, I did suggest that it ended too abruptly. Upon hindsight, and having now had the pleasure of reading "The Key to the Grave," I think it would have been more accurate to say "The Last King's Amulet" was something akin to a great Chinese dinner: thoroughly delicious but for some reason not totally satisfying. My hunger pains have now been fully satiated! "The Key to the Grave" is the equivalent of a 7-course feast and "The Last King's Amulet" was but a teasing appetizer to whet the appetite. Taken together, one has no grounds for any complaints and should be fully satisfied. I strongly encourage the author to merge both books into one because neither is well served without the other (my fear would be that "The Key to the Grave" might not be as well received as it deserves if read without the advantage of first having read TLKA.). I praised Chris Northern for his character development in TLKA but it's in this sequel that he really demonstrates the fullness of his talent for characterization and nuanced development. Sumto, as I said before in my earlier review of the first book, was redeemed by his self-awareness, among other things, but in "The Key to the Grave" he matures even more beautifully. In this book we see Sumto's earlier sardonic wit and hedonism ripen into a mature and well reasoned pragmatism as his irresponsible preference for the easy way out is replaced by a warrior's commitment to values beyond one's own immediate self-interest. In this sequel, Sumto's amorality is replaced with a moral awareness (in one example he denounces slavery in a world clearly not yet having gone through such enlightenment) and his innate cleverness is morphed into a richly nuanced intellectualism and wisdom. I especially enjoyed how Sumto respected and then came to deeply love Jocasta and, in the end, found it remarkable that after fighting so savagely for her he had the wisdom and reserve to allow her to claim a far different destiny than the one his own dream envisioned. This ending left me somewhat conflicted because the feminist in me wanted to applaud Jocasta on one level while the romantic in me wanted to kick her in the butt and ask her what the hell she was doing... and do you know why? Because (and this is telling) by then I had fallen in love with Sumto and thought Jocasta was making a grave mistake. To me this is the proof of Northern's success -- having first found Sumto somewhat shallow and juvenile I now found him quite manly in all the best ways and in that regard he became attractive to me. Perhaps in the next book (which I would encourage the author to write) we'll learn more about Jocasta's reasoning and whether it was wise. I hope so anyway because as full as this meal made me, I could still be talked into dessert. (Maureen Gill, author of "January Moon") [PS to Northern: I'd still like to see you write historical fiction!]
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I really enjoyed these books. The first one got me hooked and I just can't wait to see what happens to Sumto next. Aside from some slight editing issues these books are really well written and engaging.
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