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Crown of Shadows (Locke & Key #3)

4.43 of 5 stars 4.43  ·  rating details  ·  11,883 ratings  ·  598 reviews
The dead plot against the living, the darkness closes in on Keyhouse, and a woman is shattered beyond repair, in the third storyline of the Eisner-nominated series, Locke & Key! Dodge continues his relentless quest to find the key to the black door, and raises an army of shadows to wipe out anyone who might get in his way. Surrounded and outnumbered, the Locke children ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by IDW Publishing (first published 2010)
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mark monday
oooooo... the eeriest of the eerie, The Crown of Shadows! and what exactly is a crown of shadows? well, the wearer of this fell crown becomes the Dread Lord of All Shadows. and what exactly does that mean? well, shadows become solid and are now at your beck & call - to dance, to fight, to search for magic keys, to battle man and woman (and poor little children and headstrong teenagers as well), to wreak havoc and to bring down terror amongst your enemies. i want one! i can think of a lot of ...more
Algernon
[9/10]

The Dreams and Ideas of Free Men are as an Army of Shadows, and as impossible to strike down ...

So says Colonel Adam Crais, a hero of the American Revolution whose statue guards the grounds of the school where the Locke kids go in Lovecraft, Massachussets. The quote is well chosen to define the turning moment in the comic book series written by Joe Hill and brilliantly illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez. Because in this third album, the Locke kids start to fight back against their hidden e
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Brandon
Locke & Key has been nothing but spectacular since it's inception. Hill and Rodriguez, despite crafting a series about keys that literally do the impossible, have created these very relatable characters that are both memorable and seemingly real. You hurt when they hurt, cheer when they overcome and anticipate what happens next when the story ends. These are all feelings that an author wants to pull from their audience and Hill does it so well that it's hard to believe that he's still so you ...more
Brendon Schrodinger
The third volume of this series becomes very dark, with the progressing decline into alcoholic anarchy of the mother and literally with an attack from the shadows. The enemy is strong and is fighting tough. There are two key/lock systems explored which have been hinted at in previous volumes.

Once again Bode, the 8 year old boy, is a highlight with his verve for exploration and his wide-eyed enthusiasm making me smile.
Ronyell
6 stars!!!

Oh my goodness! This series just keeps getting better and better every time I pick up a new volume on Joe Hill’s fantastic “Locke and Key” series! In the third volume “Crown of Shadows,” we are introduced to the more mysterious and haunting adventures of the Locke kids and how well they are trying to get on after the death of their father. “Locke and Key: Crown of Shadows” is definitely a brilliant follow up to the second volume “Head Games” that fans of the “Locke and Key” series wil
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Anne
Crown of Shadows is yet another awesome installment in this series. Joe Hill is at the top of his game telling the story of this family, and Rodriguez is quickly shooting to the top of my list as the illustrator.

This one deals with horror from the paranormal, and horror from personal crisis. The mother, Nina, is sinking quickly into alcoholism to cope with the tragedy that took her husband. Naturally, her problems are seeping into the children's lives. While you want to hate Nina for what she is
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El
The most exciting aspect to these graphic novels are, obviously, the keys - finding them, discovering their secrets, watching what they do with them, the battle(s) for them, etc.

But the secondary aspect to the story is just as important and has really grown on me since the first installment - the characters, the family. All three of the Locke children, especially, have won over my heart and each installment brings out a little bit more of them than the last, as if the graphic novels, the books t
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Scott (GrilledCheeseSamurai)

"Your dad got shot in the face this summer and I have apparently forgotten how to juggle."

Fantastic volume! Every time I open up the 'next book' in this series I am so stoked to see what (if any) new keys will be discovered. I wasn't a big fan of the second chapter in this book - all that cave stuff just kinda bored me, I know it was mostly to show Kinsey cementing her friendships with those two 'uncool' dudes...but still. Meh.

The rest though? Bangin!! Spirit battles, shadowy invasions, giants,
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Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
There certainly were a lot going on in this book of the series. Another great gem but Hill. He sure knows his stuff. Gotta get the next 3 from the library real soon. Awesome graphic novel series!! :)
Sesana
The third volume of Locke and Key is, if anything, better than the previous two. The focus here is on Kinsey, who is recovering, and on her mother, Nina, who is not. There's far less of Dodge, of anything supernatural, and that's fine. Hill's strenght in Locke and Key is really the family itself, how they interact and react to what is happening to and around them. I've grown to really like Kinsey, and I feel for Nina even as I see her further damaging her already broken family. Yes, it still adv ...more
Sumit Singla
Oh my, what a book! Bode. Kinsey. Nina. Rufus. Brilliant characters, with so much depth to them. The story turns even darker in this volume (as if that were possible!). Nina's descent into alcoholism continues and Dodge's nefarious designs become more and more apparent.

Will the troubled Locke children be able to escape the evil force all around them, or will it end in a Stephen King-esque world of doom and gloom?

The art gets darker and more intense, and so does the story.

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Brooke
This stuff is just awesome. Probably my favorite graphic novel series since Sandman.
Fox
My only complaint about the Locke & Key series is that each new volume is just too short. I want these stories to go on forever, but alas, the quality would probably deteriorate if they did. Either that or I simply would be incapable of processing the sheer cleverness of such a fantastic series. One or the other, I'm sure.

The third entry is both darker than the last two and a bit more fantastic. The incredible artwork of The Tempest performance in Volume 2 is formed into the evil shadows in
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Paul Nelson
This series just gets better and better, Zac Wells or Dodge or the lady from the well uses the ghost key and battles the ghost of the killer Sam Lesser, who it has to be said is not to happy. On returning to his body Zac is interrupted by Nina and loses some of his precious keys. The story continues and we get a few hints at the past as a list of names is discovered by Kinsey from 1988, now under water the names start with Rendel Locke and the last name is Dodge Caravaggio, now Zac Wells.

Dodge i
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Chris
I have really enjoyed this series. Each new installment has new keys and it keeps you wondering what each new key does. The mysteries around the keys alone is enough to keep me going in this series. The story is really interesting, and I keep reading to get what little answers I can in each new chapter.

When it comes to this book I was not as impressed with this one. I kind of expected to see more of what the Shadow key had to offer. We find out what it does towards the very end. It is a very bri
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David Sven
Another great entry in the continuing saga of the Lockes and Keyhouse. There's a lot more focus on developing (or deconstructing) the Locke's. In particular the Mother and Kinsey. Kinsey finds some new friends and Mrs Locke continues her path of self destruction leaving the kids to pretty much fend for themselves.

Zack of course is still looking for the black key and we find out about a few new keys that have some interesting effects. But with a mostly absent mother, when the shadows start closin
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Rob
Story
More Keys of course! The Shadow Key freaks me the hell out. I think the mending key would really handy and the Giant Key is just awesome. The creativity not only of the keys themselves, but how they get used in the story makes for some truly excellent scenes.

Artwork
Mr. Rodriguez is able to do so much without words. It adds so much. He can do full pages without no dialogue and show so much that would be much harder in text.
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Just when you think the family has more to deal with, next comes another twist and another turn. Then you're thinking, what other keys will they find and will they catch a break already? Also, the tone for this got crazy and a little dark than usual. I like the key designs and the covers. Sets the tone. Weird as ever.
Melissa Chung
This 3rd volume was just as good as the first two. It makes me happy to know I'm so invested in the story. This story was just as messed up as the last ones.

The third key was super creepy. I liked what it unlocked but not who unlocked it.

(It's hard to review this book without giving too much away)

Kinsley's new friends are pretty funny. I'm glad she is coming out of her shell, but the adventurous side makes me a little nervous.

The drunk mom makes me very sad. All the hurt she is trying to cove
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colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
Pretty intense installment in the series. Or, to put it another way, "Shit's getting real up in here, yo."

Still not quite as good as the first, but better than the second. I still wish there was more focus on Bode, as there was in the first, because I think that's what made the first one the best one for me so far.
Mariah
(SPOILER ALERT KIND OF) And the crowd goes wild for the hat trick! Another beautifully done piece of this ever complex puzzle of Lock & Key. The art style in this particular one has to be my all time favorite because of how the shadows are drawn. I mean look at Kinsey's shadow... That is some freaky beast right there. Funny it kind of looks like one of the emotions she pulled out of her head. Alright enough with the ruining the story. Overall, I am still completely sucked into the story, Joe ...more
Chris
4.5 stars. Awesome stuff yet again, and the epilogue was almost good enough to bring the whole book up to that 5th star.
Kerry
Wow! The title Crown Of Shadows is very appropriate for more reasons than one. Not only was the Shadow Key found (horror of horrors,) but this installment was also psychologically dark with the mother's continuing descent into alcoholism. Illustrator Gabriel Rodriguez was very impressive in this volume. The shadows that he created were like demons out of nightmares. His depictions of ghosts were spectacular as well. Things are very tense in Lovecraft, and I think it's going to get worse before i ...more
Mike
Another fast read - which is a shame, considering it doesn't leave me enough time to linger over the first rate art that keeps this book looking like such a top-shelf work of art. Re-reading this (well, probably all books in this series) is mandatory for anyone who believes they enjoy great storytelling in comics. Holy shit people, this one has some excellent moments forged through hard-won escalation of the tension for these kids.

The (good) characters actually seem to grow in this book - they s
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Julie Hayes
Tyler’s mother is troubled by shadows in the night, so she wakes Tyler, bending his ear with her drunken outpourings, as well as the news that she has to go to Provincetown for a while, as Duncan’s lover was hit by a car. The patient Tyler listens to her ramblings, promises her to take care of things while she’s gone and puts her to bed. Little does he realize that there are indeed problems in the shadows—in the form of Zach/Lucas, and his many keys. But he’s still missing at least one key that ...more
Jessica at Book Sake
This is by far the best Locke and Key book yet. There is so much suspense and action that it outshines the others by miles. It feels good enough to be the last in the series. There’s more emotional stress between the family, and more background to the story, but it’s still unclear. The plot thickens and then like any story gets resolved. At the end of the book you feel like the major crisis has been adverted now, but much worse is to come.

Book Rating: 5/5
Reviewed by Kole for Book Sake.

Yep, bette
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Jeffrey
This series just keeps getting better and better. The artwork and writing is consistent throughout the series so far, so nothing there going wrong to drag things down. As such the rating rides entirely on the writing and story development, and that just keeps improving volume to volume. I can't speak for other readers, but I have really become emotionally invested in these characters, and as such really want to know more about them and where they are going as characters. This is not something th ...more
Mollymillions
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The Flooze
Brian K. Vaughan's intro seemed to be directed right at me: "Wait, you're just reading Crown of Shadows now? What the hell took you so long?"

Stupidity?

From the very beginning of the series, both Hill and Rodriguez revealed themselves as amazing, imaginative storytellers. They have a keen insight into not just thrill-and-gore horror and the wonder of the supernatural, but into the innate terrors that haunt us daily: death, abandonment, loss of self, the inability to cope, the willful blindness we
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Nayeomi
it's official. i have fascination on these keys! i mean, the designs are just so freaking creepy and gothic and awesome!

the story keeps getting better. i love how Joe Hill puts vividly each characters' hopes and fears and insecurities and knit it together to intricately intersperse with the others. I want to see more of Uncle Duncan to be honest. he's my fave!

the villain reminds me of a Ryuk... the shinigami in Deathnote.. and how devilishly Loki in some ways.
Loving this series much !
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