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Locke & Key, Vol. 3: Crown of Shadows Hardcover – August 24, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Locke & Key (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Idea & Design Works Llc (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600106951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600106958
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 6.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,980 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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Joe Hill is an amazing writer and Gabriel Rodriguez has a unique and beautiful art style.
Mattman
I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys graphic novels, as long as you don't mind a little horror!
Lauryn
This was an excellent installment in this series; this story just keeps getting more and more interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Eckert 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
Format: Hardcover
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 Lauryn on November 28, 2011
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This series is amazing from the beginning and only keeps getting better, and the 3rd volume is no exception. I have to force myself to not read them in one sitting. Both the storytelling and art are unique practically flawless, and there is something about this series that I just feel a special connection with. I don't know how I'm going to wait 'til late spring/early summer for the 5th volume to be released!
I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys graphic novels, as long as you don't mind a little horror! I find that there are sometimes bits of humor discretely stuck in between the horror, almost so that you're not even sure if the humor was intentional or not. It's a very nice touch and everything fits nicely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Guille on February 15, 2011
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I was amazed by the great script written by Joe Hill and the great illustrations by Gabriel Rodriguez. The story by Hill allows Rodriguez to let loose all his creativity and talent specially when emphasizing lights and shadows. The Crown of Shadows is definitely a must have in your collection of graphic novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Petric on January 4, 2011
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I look forward to each of the Locke & Key stories and can't wait for them to come out. The detail in the artwork is unbelievable and I spend extra time on each page just looking at how everything is drawn out. I think that the pictures can tell the story even without the words, its really fabulous.
As for the story line, its a great one and I would love to see it come to life on the big screen. There are so many different things that can happen with each of the keys/doors and I like the complexity of the different storylines. Even though they aren't, somehow Joe Hill is able to make it seem that the reader has a full-fledged novel in their hands. His writing is concise and quick-witted.
The best thing about this series is that its written for adults. There is murder, sex, lying, and general badness happening. All the stuff I love reading about!
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