Locke and Key, Volume 3: Crown of Shadows

Locke and Key, Volume 3: Crown of Shadows


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Acclaimed suspense novelist and New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill continues his Eisner Award-winning story of dark fantasy and wonder.

The dead plot against the living, the darkness closes in on Keyhouse, and a woman is shattered beyond repair in the third storyline of the award-winning series, Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows. Dodge continues his relentless quest to find the key to the black door, and raises an army of shadows to wipe out anyone who might get in his way. Surrounded and outnumbered, the Locke children find themselves fighting a desperate battle, all alone, in a world where the night itself has become the enemy.

Crown of Shadows features an introduction by Brian K. Vaughan (Saga).

Winner of the 2011 Eisner Award for Best Writer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781600109539
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Publication date: 07/19/2011
Series: Locke & Key Series , #3
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 213,902
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Joseph Hillstrom King, better known by the pen name Joe Hill, is an American author and comic book writer. He has published four novels—Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, NOS4A2 and The Fireman—and a collection of short stories titled 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the author of the comic book series Locke & Key. He is the son of authors Stephen and Tabitha King.

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Locke and Key, Volume 3: Crown of Shadows 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
JechtShot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Locke and Key continues it's addictive hold over the reader in the third installment, Crown of Shadows. This novel focuses on the history of the Locke home and of their father's past. In the past two books new magical keys are introduced and this book is no exception. Be prepared, as shadows will literally come to life and evil will stop at nothing until the most sacred of all the keys is located. I cannot wait to get my hands on the fourth story in this series.
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't know what to say about this book. I'm completely in love with the Locke & Key series and I keep devouring them as fast as I can get my hands on them. The drawers are sheer perfection and the writing is astounding. I love our three main characters and their story lines. I'm scared for them, but at the same time I cannot wait to find out what happens next.
bragan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really should learn not to start series like this while they're still in progress. When I have to wait between installments, I tend to lose the momentum of the story and it takes me far too long to really get back into it, in part because I get distracted trying to remember everything that's already happened.Which was a bit of an issue for me here, but that's my problem, not the series'. This, like the earlier two volumes, is both well written and beautifully drawn, with supernatural elements both wonderful and horrible, and characters who are so believable that it's sometimes painful.Unless the remaining volumes turn out to be almost unimaginably disappointing, I recommend this series wholeheartedly. But you might be better off waiting for it to finish first, unless you're far less distractable and impatient than I am.
391 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've really been breezing through these stories, reading volumes 1-4 over the course of a morning. Crown of Shadows is stories 13-18 of the Locke and Key series; we begin to find out more about the past, and why the course of events are turning that way again. And we see the Locke family begin to warp under the pressure of all the disaster they've experienced to date.
lovejoy_rat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third in the Locke and Key series of graphic novels by Joe Hill. This piece of the story focuses more on the development of the main characters, filling them out and making them more three dimentional. We see the family dealing with the loss of their father and the strange things happening in Lovecraft, as well as the mother's decent into alcohol abuse. Can't wait for the next volume! :D
clfisha on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ok number three has to be the best yet, the story is tight, gripping, beautifully written and utterly fascinating. The characters drive this story and emotionally I was hooked. I love the fact they are dealing with some very human issues as well as insane fantastical ones it gives the book its edge and its heart.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the 3rd graphic novel in the Locke and Key series. The 4th, Keys to the Kingdom, comes out July of 2011. This was an excellent installment in this series; this story just keeps getting more and more interesting. I think this was my favorite one yet, which is really saying something since I have loved them all. I should also mention that the hardback version of this is just beautiful; even has a lovely ribbon to keep track of your place in the book.As the Locke children's mother is incapacitated by grief and forced to deal with yet another loss, the Locke children are left to fend for themselves in a house where things are becoming increasingly strange. Dodge continues his search for the Black Door Key and summons an army of shadows to torment the Locke children. The Locke children are forced to fight for their lives against the shadows within.This is just such an interesting, if profoundly creepy, series. Every installment introduces new mystery to the storyline and every installment introduces strange new keys that do fantastical things. I am so excited to see what each new key does, and so interested in how this battle between the living and the dead, between Dodge and the Locke children will play out.This is definitely a novel for adults, some of the things in here are disturbing. The mother of the Locke children continues a rapidly increasing descent into misery and spends a lot of time drinking and being generally useless and tragic. The Locke kids struggle along as well as they can. It is interesting to see some of the affects from Head Games and how they played out in this book. I was thrilled by the fact that this installment cranks up the level of fantasy quite a bit. When Dodge uses the Key of Shadows and summons and epic army of shadows things get really awesome.The artwork is incredibly beautiful and the shadow army lets the illustrators show off even more of their considerable talent. The story ended well enough, but I am still desparate to see what will happen next.Overall just an outstanding addition to this series. These books just keep getting better and better; more and more engaging and interesting. I can't help but feel that this is all building up to something incredibly tragic and I am desparate to know what will happen next. This is one of the few graphic novels I will go out and buy new in hardback; they are definitely keepers. The hardbacks are very beautiful with a lot of attention to detail to the quality of the book; making this book something that is a pleasure to hold in your hands and read. I can absolutely not wait to read Keys to the Kingdom!
andreablythe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't know how to talk about the plot in this third volume of the Locke & Key and key series without giving something away, especially since it's an ongoing story. Let me just say that it continues to be fantastic and I continue to love and deeply feel for the Locke kids and hope they survive the weird and wildly dangerous world they've been thrust into.
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
It had been awhile since I read the previous volume, but it didn't take me long to remember how awesome this series is. The plot is so imaginative, and the artwork is excellent.
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Just when you think the family has more to deal with, next comes another twist and another turn. Then you're thinking, what other keys will they find and will they catch a break already? Also, the tone for this got crazy and a little dark than usual. I like the key designs and the covers. Sets the tone. Weird as ever.
nateMD More than 1 year ago
Another great addition to the Locke & key series. I can not put down these comics.
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bookworm_451 More than 1 year ago
Joe Hill has succeeded in creating a new graphic novel fan. Beautiful artwork and a creepy storyline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just like the first two collections, the third Locke&Key collection is wonderful, engrossing, fascinating, and incredibly hard to put down. The characters continue to become more fully fleshed out and likeable and the dangers to them keep increasing. I love this seriees and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good adventure, mystery, or horror story.
lestrella More than 1 year ago
Each story gets even better
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Cant put it until you finish reading it
BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best Locke and Key book yet. There is so much suspense and action that it outshines the others by miles. It feels good enough to be the last in the series. There’s more emotional stress between the family, and more background to the story, but it’s still unclear. The plot thickens and then like any story gets resolved. At the end of the book you feel like the major crisis has been adverted now, but much worse is to come. Book Rating: 5/5 Reviewer: Kole for Book Sake Yep, better and better. I don’t know if there is much that I can add to Kole’s review of this book, but I will try. We start to see more and more information about the history of Zack and his devious ways. There is tension in this story and at times I wanted to smack the mother – she’s so lost after the trauma she’s experienced. The three volumes I’ve read all flow from one to the next smoothly and seamlessly, building on everything we’ve learned and the problems that the Locke family faces. All the characters that they encounter are fully realized and add to the storyline instead of distracting needlessly. This is my favorite graphic novel/comic series as of late! Book Rating: 5/5 Reviewer: Jessica for Book Sake
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