The Golden Key

The Golden Key

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ISBN-13: 9780756406714
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 06/07/2011
Pages: 912
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Roberson is the author of the Sword-Dancer Saga and the Chronicles of the Cheysuli, and collaborated with Melanie Rawn and Kate Elliott on the historical fantasy The Golden Key, a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. She has also published three historical novels, and several in other genres. An exhibitor and breeder of Cardigan Welsh Corgis, she lives on acreage in Northern Arizona with eight dogs and two cats. She is currently working on the third Karavans novel.

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The Golden Key 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books.  I re-read it every year.  One of the things I like best is that the story continues over generations.  I don't know anything about painting, but the authors present the details of painting (and art in general, and the language of Tira Virte) in such a way that it's all very clear.  
Guest More than 1 year ago
a book that i keep on going back to read again and again. Passion, romance, thrills drama, action, magic. It has it all, without making it unrealistic (as far as is possible) and pulls on the heart strings of those who have had similar emotional experiences as the characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I have read books by all three authors in the past, I wasn't convinced that I would like this book since I have little interest or knowledge in the area of oil paintings. To others who are avoiding this book for the same reason, I want to say READ ON. The authors give just enough info to let you see into the characters' world of painting without bogging down in details. The descriptions of the finished paintings given in the beginning pages of the book are given to set the scene of the politics of this world and how paintings are used in it. The few references to these paintings are only in the most general terms. It isn't important to remember the small details included in the descriptions. By the end of the book, you will be laughing along with the authors at the critic's reviews of paintings.
BobNolin on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I made it about 400 pages into this book before deciding that life is too short to waste it reading sub-par books. As an artist and fantasy fiction lover, I really wanted to like this book, but it was too much small-time soap opera and not enough story. The idea is such a good one (being able to control people and events through painting), but it's wasted here. My first and likely last encounter with these three authors. (PS - my wife enjoyed this book, but she did characterize it as "chick-lit fantasy". Take that for what it's worth.)
starstorm on LibraryThing 7 months ago
It had been a while since I read this book (quite a few years, actually!) and I'd forgotten so much about it that it was almost like reading it again for the first time. There are some books that I reread after a long time that seem to lose a great amount of their appeal in the intervening time, but that was in no way true about The Golden Key. I was still impressed with how well a book by three authors flows together so seamlessly, following Sario's single-minded goal of guiding Grijalva art out of obscurity to the pinnacle of perfection. At the same time, his very single-mindedness (and those actions he undertakes to insure his success) drive him ever deeper into madness, with his original purpose eventually so idealized and static that he doesn't even realize he will never be able to reach it in a world that is continually changing around him.
jshillingford on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This book is almost indescribably awesome! A truly unique story, with a a few very well developed characters in a fully realized world. The Grijalva Family has a secret. They are renowned artists in a world where fine art represents legally binding contracts. But they imbue their art with an ancient magic - to manipule time and reality with the paintings. Dorian Grey has come to a whole new level! Highly recommended!
SevsOnlyGirl on LibraryThing 7 months ago
So I thought I would add a new feature to the blog. I'm going to call it Wayback Wednesday (for now at least!). It will feature books that are from at least 10 years ago that I think you should all read. :)For our first selection, here's a book that I was thrilled to find is being re-released!I'm going to take a moment here to talk about the authors and cover artist. Melanie Rawn has written numerous books since 1988 and been nominated for the Locus Award on three occasions. The rumor is that a prequel to The Golden Key is coming up later this year, the title? The Diviner. Jennifer Roberson has been publishing since 1984. She has multiple stand alone books as well as series and is still releasing books. Kate Elliott has been publishing since 1988 under her Kate Elliott name and also under Alis A. Rasmussen. She is still publishing and has more books in the works right now. Cover Artist Michael Whelan has done illustrations for authors such as Stephen Kin, Isaac Asimov and Anne McCaffrey. Pretty impressive, eh? He's also done CD covers for Sepultura and Meatloaf. If you look at the picture on The Golden Key you'll see many elements of the story and it's an amazing picture. The most amazing part - go look at a picture of Michael Whelan from the 1990's and then look at the painter on the cover. Look familiar? :)This book was a World Fantasy Award finalist for Best Novel of 1996 and Voya's 1996 SF, Fantasy, and Horror Books of the Year.So finally. The story is multi-generational and covers approximately 400 years. It concerns two families; the Grijalvas - an artistic family and the do'Verradas - the royalty. The Grijalvas give up one female member of every generation to be the official mistress to the reigning Duke, while one male member is the official artist to the Court (Lord Limner). The d'Verradas don't always realize that they are given these Grijalvas, they believe that they are choosing them. Some of the male artists in the Grijalvas family have an ability to manipulate time and reality in their paintings. All records - birth, death, marriage, treaties, etc., are documented by paintings rather than written documents in thisstory. The language used in the book seems to be a blend of several languages with made up words added in. There is a dictionary of sorts in the back of the book, but I caught on quickly and thought that this is such an easy language, we should adopt it! The two main characters are Sario and his cousin Saavedra Grijalvas. Both have been born with the genius for painting, although girls aren't supposed to have it so no one believes it. Sario loves Saavedra and cannot stand for her to give her heart to another. He uses his talents in a new and dangerous way to prevent it.The story moves along quickly and the political elements keep the story fresh and exciting. This is a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite re-reads
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