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Thanks to Paula for confirming this book's greatness!
Audible Notes: Loved the accent of Michelle Michaels! She is an excellent narrator.
I cant say enough good about this book. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND everyone to give it a try and be prepared to want to buy the whole series lol!!!
Mrs. Davis, pls keep writing more like this!!!!!! 5 Stars!!!
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. The first book in the series is technically free, and that isn’t always a good thing. However, free is free and the description sounded really interesting so I decided to give it a shot.
There wasn’t a lot that I didn’t like about it, 2 things really, and they were both pretty technical. It is obvious to the reader who Rema is. Given that you read the prologue, the reader knows for a fact that Rema is the secret princess almost right away… we are just waiting for everyone else to figure it out, including herself. Saying that, the first point on my con list is that there were SOO many clues as to who Rema actually was and Darmik is so blind to it. I was getting pretty annoyed. And when he does figure it out, he gets all peeved because he thinks she knows who she is and lied to him and planned this huge scheme all along, which wasn’t the case at all. The second part I had a problem with was the riddle that is given. It was SO vague and it was solved in no time. It wasn’t really that great of a riddle to begin with, which is a major pet peeve of mine when it comes to that type of thing. It definitely could have used some revising.
Now on to my loves! I LOVED the characters. Rema was headstrong and free spirited and wild, but had a fierce sense of loyalty and showed compassion. Important qualities for a princess… even if she doesn’t know she is one. Darmik was also well structured. I liked how dedicated he was to his job, he was actually sentencing executions and trying to defeat the rebels, he wasn’t helping them escape or showing mercy like I expected his character to do. I don’t think I would have liked him so much if he didn’t have that hard, military side to him. He is a man full of flaws and it was perfectly done… even if I didn’t agree with some of the writing choices, I did like how it tied together with his character.
I WAS a little disappointed by the lack of character development. Darmik maybe develops a tiny bit, but everyone else pretty much remains the same. However, I am willing to cut the author some slack because it is the first book in the series and she was pretty busy laying down the plots foundation. Saying that, I am loving the plot! It has definitely been done before, it reminds me a bit of Sarah Maas’ Throne of Glass (which you can read my review about HERE). Secret princess, tyrant king, love triangle between the prince and the commander of the army. Very similar, even though I would be hesitant to call whats between Rema, Darmik and the prince a ‘love triangle’ seeing as there is an obvious love interest… or at least there is for this first book. I would be interested to see if that changes in the next two novels.
Overall, it was pretty well done. The writing was engaging, the plot is pretty good, I don’t always agree with the artistic choices the author made, but I don’t necessarily disagree with them either… some things were done differently than I would have imagined but the same outcome came out of it. I would definitely recommend this book to my medieval lovers out there, and those who are fond of the whole secret princess aspect. I can’t wait to read book 2!
Where to begin....The Key is a wonderfully descriptive novel that takes place in the age of Kings and Queens, large castles, peasants, and the things that in my mind are from King Arthur's Court. Once you open the cover, you are transported to this amazing land where secrets, drama, and tough choices reside.
Rema is an amazing girl who has an interesting, yet difficult, life. She is hidden away from pretty much everyone, she is taught not to trust outsiders - especially royalty, and there are many secrets Rema has yet to learn.
I loved Darmik and really hoped that in the end, he would prevail. I hated Lennek and his father, and enjoyed every minute of that hatred. Those two seem to be united in ruling through evil doings....and I really wanted to knock their heads together!
I really enjoyed the fact that the story is told from different points of view which allowed me to connect to the different characters more fully. The different classes of people, life under the thumb of a tyrant, and the troubles that everyone faces, including members of the royal families, were all described flawlessly.
Before I end my review, let me say this "THE END?? REALLY?? YOU'RE GOING TO LEAVE ME HANGING LIKE THAT!?!?" Ok, seriously best cliffhanger EVER.
For me, this world and the characters who live in it were skillfully created in my mind. I am waiting quite impatiently for the next edition of this series to be released.
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