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Product Details

  • Series: Locke & Key (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Idea & Design Works Llc; First Edition edition (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600106951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600106958
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author of the critically acclaimed Heart-Shaped Box and 20th Century Ghosts, Joe Hill is a two-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, and a past recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship. His stories have appeared in a variety of journals and Year's Best collections. He calls New England home.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karissa Eckert TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 19, 2011
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This is the 3rd graphic novel in the Locke and Key series. The 4th, Locke & Key Volume 4: Keys to the Kingdom HC, 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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cai Yixin Jeremy on January 28, 2011
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Locke and Key is a beast of its own type, not holding back on the details right from the start but still revealing and shocking with every word and action. It does not resort to the usual resets, does not do it like any superhero comic would, but instead pans out like a horror novel of a high caliber. The beginning of this arc tells more to that degree. The recent chain of events, told in the recent arcs, also reviewed before, was particularly rough for the Locke family, begun with the death of Rendell Locke and escalating through what has been developing for a long time: the strengthening of Dodge's hold on the family. With Crown of Shadows, the mystery is deepening to a crucial point.

We have not seen Nina much up to now, but when the first scene comes by we will in a big way. It is no surprise she stumbles into Tyler's room and pouring out all her sorrows on drink and her son who is asleep. It is trademark Joe Hill plot progression and he even adds his contemporary touch into minor details like Nina starting off with a direct swig from her wine bottle and then pouring out some more into the glass she is holding on the other hand. It is small little touches like this that brings us back to the brilliance of the first arc and one would imagine how wondrous and a joy the scripts must have read to artist and fellow creator, Gabriel Rodriguez.

Other plot points continue where they were left off as well, some more important than the others, but all just as entertaining. We see what happens to Sam Lesser, betrayed after the first arc, but now sees the possibly of revenge over Dodge now as a spirit separated from his body.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Grey on February 10, 2015
Format: Paperback
By now the pattern of Hill and Rodriguez's Locke and Key has become apparent: the action (and frequently the metaphor) of each collection will focus on one particular magical key and its powers and practical repercussions.

In this case, it's the Shadow Key, which gives dominion over all shadows and allows the creators to not only stage one of the most beautifully and terrifyingly rendered fight sequences I've ever seen, but also make what may possibly be the most epic Simon and Garfunkel allusion ever.

The lovely thing about this series is not just the exquisite build of horror across the books (though that's also great, and I was happy to see the Lovecraft references start to pay off) but the emotional build. Personal decisions made in prior volumes continue to resonate through the story, particularly those made by Kinsey. Let's face it: You more than half hate her, both before and after she decides to remove her Fear and Sadness, but you understand exactly where she's coming from and all of her actions make psychological sense. (Which doesn't keep you from wanting to shake her until her teeth rattle, but...) Achieving consistency of characterization while demonstrating change and growth is something of a hire-wire writing act, and Hill knocks it out of the park.

Crown has a dark beauty to its story and art, one that will leave you reluctant to turn out the lights and meet what might be waiting in the shadows. If the remaining volumes are even half as good, we're all in for a hell of a ride.
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