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Locke & Key, Vol. 3: Crown of Shadows Hardcover – August 24, 2010
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About the Author
Joe Hill is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Horns, Heart-Shaped Box, and NOS4A2. He is also the Eisner Award-winning writer of a six-volume comic book series, Locke & Key. He lives in New Hampshire.
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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.Read more ›
I was first attracted to Locke & Key when I was reading a February 2011 New York Post article about comics and graphic novels that have been or will be turned into movies or TV series. Locke & Key will be one of the latter with a potential pilot episode airing as soon as the end of this year on FOX. So I thought that I'd get "the real story" from the actual author prior its release as a TV series. And so far, after Books 1, 2 & 3, I am not disappointed. (EDIT: 7/2011 - Fox has scratched the Locke & Key pilot - see link in the comment section of this review.)
Locke & Key is violent at times, bloody at times, scary at times, disturbing at times, but most importantly it is very well written. After tragedy struck and took away the father in the Locke family, they relocate from the West Coast and move into a big old spooky mansion in, where else but..."Lovecraft", MA. And you can bet your bottom dollar that in a mansion in a New England town called Lovecraft created by the spawn of Stephen King...thar will be ghosts! And it turns out that there are more than just ghosts; there are keys hidden all over this spooky mansion that unlock amazing powers for the holder of the key(s).
While well written, in Book 1 there were some recycled themes and predictable moments that I thought might take the series to a, well...predictable place. But as Book 2 and 3 unfolded, or should I say unlocked, there's more of a cool uniqueness that's really got me hooked and looking forward to digging into ...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So far the series is a great story. Can't wait to find out why this family was entrusted with the keys and who this person is.Published 13 days ago by S. Chavez
The art is great, and it's a good story, and fun read, I would recommend you pick it up.Published 14 days ago by John Noelsax
Love the artwork and storytelling! Joe Hill really captures the imagination with his characters and story arc. I highly recommend it.Published 3 months ago by saiello
My least liked of the volumes I've read so far because Crown of Shadows seemed to be all over the place with the storyline. Read morePublished 5 months ago by T. Geo
Another terrific entry in this horror series. This series isn't going to turn me into a horror fan or anything, but it will certainly get me to properly consider reading the next... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stewart Bushman
Good read, action, suspense and drama. A well thought out series that leaves you waiting for more. Highly recommend it.Published 8 months ago by Thomas Flagg
The mystery of the keys continues to unravel alongside the desperate and deeply personal journeys of the Locke family. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Drown Hollum