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About the Author
N. R. Walker is an Australian author who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn't have it any other way.
Joel Leslie is an award-winning, classically trained narrator specializing in LGBT fiction. A U.K. transplant with American parents, he delivers authentic British and American narration. An accent specialist, Joel received Narrator of the Year and Audiobook of the Year 2016 awards from Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews and is a five-time winner of M/M Audiobook of the Month from Open Skye Book Reviews. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B00XMCQS6S
- Publication date : May 22, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 4599 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 242 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1512217921
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #119,804 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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But the modern friends have much more knowledge than expected and Jorge sees the truth in his head and shares it to save the Key and the world. All of the past rules are revised as exceptions outdo the rules where the Key is involved with powers and knowledge. And sex and blood.
Sexier and more emotional!
Ms. Walker has created such a fantastic world with her Cronin's Key series! I don't want it to ever end and so I'm putting off listening to the third book for just awhile, to delay the inevitable.
I am loving Alec and Cronin even more than book 1, if that's possible. They are such the perfect match for each other- I love their banter and their back and forth! And again with that "Oh" and "No", gah!
And the friendships with Jodis and Eiji make my heart happy. I love that they are so accepting of Alec. But I do feel bad for them, with all the phermones floating around! Eiji cracks me up, for a vampire he's so full of life!
This book was sexier than book one, but it was also much more emotional. It probably wasn't the best idea to listen to the last couple of chapters at the gym- I had to pretend the sun coming in through windows was causing the tears.
I really would love this to turn into a television series- I'd watch it over and over again.
This story starts shortly after the end of the first. Alec resides with Cronin in his New York appartement. Partly because he still is sought after by his colleagues in NYPD and partly because he and Cronin cannot bear to stay away from each other. And they are waiting. By now they know that there is more to come, before Alec can be changed.
But there are already some changes, something is not quite right. Cronin is experiencing things he should not, while tests done on Alec's blood show results all over the place. Something is seriously wrong with Alec. In fact, he is dying.
They consult the only known vampire child. It's said Jorge has multiple personalities, but later it is revealed that he actually channels the dead. The child talks in riddles and it takes some effort to "untangle" all the information. And the last part will be understood much later.
Since they've realised that Alec's life is in danger, they decide to speed up the confrontation. Just to find out that the villain in this story is ready for them. But he is not the only one. Actually he is only a puppet in a larger plan (no more spoilers from me here).
To put the potential reader's worries to rest - there is a third book coming. This time with Alec as the most powerful vampire known to their kind.
As I wrote previously, I appreciate highly that the writer keeps closely to known (and some assumed) facts - this time from Chinese history - even if they are spiced up with some inventive explanations. And I am already looking forward to the third story, wondering what the writer has in store for us.
A lot of my comments for the previous book carries out. This installment of the series followed the same formulae. The pacing was similarly a little slow, but more action and suspense towards the end of the book. Still, Alec and Cronin were really cute together.
The biggest beef I had with this was the research. It said that there are 4 elements in Chinese mythology/culture - wood, fire, water, air - and that they represent the seasons and each have a mythical creature avatar; and that there is a 5th element that scholars are still debating whether or not it exists - metal. Hell no. There has always been 5 elements and they are all connected in a way such that one overpowers and is in turn weakened by another. The 5th element isn't like the quintessence like the Western elements where it connects everything. A little research on the 4 seasonal elements brought a similar picture as the one Walker painted in the book, but the element that connects all is the Emperor, symbolized by a yellow/golden dragon. But instead, it's metal in the book. Another thing, Qin Shi Huang isn't the ancestor of Genghis Khan!
The final battle was quite anticlimatic actually, similar to the last book.
Again, the characters are nice to read about, just don't think too much about the research-y bits.
Would you listen to Cronin's Key II again? Why?
Yes. This is one of my favorite series. I love the author and the narrator, and I always re-listen to my favorites.
What other book might you compare Cronin's Key II to and why?
This series reminds me of the Indiana Jones franchise, but with vampires and gay romance! I love how actual history is incorporated into the story.
Which scene was your favorite?
While I love the entire book, I felt emotional when the cause of Jorge's "personalities" was revealed. He finally felt understood, and it was lovely.
Any additional comments?
This series is wonderful, and I look forward to listening to the next book, which I've pre-ordered.
Top reviews from other countries
If you've not read this book and are intending to, please look away now as it contains some SPOILERS.
This book picks up immediately after book 1, and we're told - but hardly shown - that it's been nothing but a huge sex fest for Alec and Cronin. This author is known for her sexy, sensual, erotic and romantic sex scenes, so I was disappointed that the romance and sex scenes in book 1 were mostly off-page and rather infrequent, and there's more of the same here. I didn't see, feel or believe in their so-called passion. I liked the idea of their need for each other increasing instead of lessening, as should have happened once they were mated, but it was just that. An idea, not something I actively believed.
From the cover image, it's not hard to guess that the Terracotta Army is involved and from that, it wasn't hard to leap, pun intended, to that other leader from roughly that area who conquered a lot of territory, carried out some atrocious deeds and who was buried in an unmarked grave. What really irritated about all of this, is that the baddie/s seemed to just get taken out, Buffy-and-stake-style, poofing into dust. And yes, the baddie behind the baddie/s turned out to be not really that badass and the epic battle that they'd all been preparing for, wasn't really epic or even a battle - more like a confrontation, some loud-mouthing and the next it was all over.
There was very little interaction or action and I found myself skipping pages and had come to the conclusion that what Alec and Cronin seemed to be reciprocating in each other had to be a weapon in their fight, not stuff to be worried about in the grand scheme of things, and yes, so it came to pass.
There was an event right at the very end, which for me in a romance novel, would normally be the icing on the cake. However, the author made it sound really half-assed and boring. I didn't feel the emotions or any romance and yes, I got that the leads were on their way to their HEA, with both of them being on a more even footing, but that came across almost as an anticlimax. As did the event that allowed them to become more equal. I get the impression that book 3 can only be more of the same, so I won't be buying any more in this series.
Must add here, authors can't possibly please everyone all of the time. So while I won't continue with this trilogy I very much look forward to Walkers next offering :)
I'm off to read the author's Red Dirt and Thomas Elkin books, to remind me of what I love about this author.
It was ok and I most probably enjoyed it more than book 1, as this time I knew what to expect from characters and plot and wanted to see how the transformation scene happened.
Seen it (read it).
If there is a Book 3 I don't feel the need to purchase or read it as all loose ends are now tied up neatly.
A powerful storyline and one worth reading, this second book is a masterpiece.
More than five stars should be given. well worth reading if you can get all three and the Audibles to accompany them do.