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The Key (Guardians of Time #3)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  3,846 ratings  ·  161 reviews
In the thrilling, final installment of the Guardians of Time trilogy, tentative guard members Matt and Rochelle have emerged as crucial players in fulfilling the prophecy of the Named. Matt has learned that he is the son of an immortal, while Rochelle is struggling with her newfound powers and her fear that the group doesn't trust her. In fact, their leader is certain that ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published February 7th 2005)
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I have never hated a final book in a series as much as I hated this one. I was truly loving this light, romantic, and adventurous, multi-award winning fantasy trilogy. Finally I was onto book three, the last one. It was heartwrenching, main characters die all over the place, the romance is piling up, the blood is every-freakin''s beyond fabulous! It is soap opera galore, you have no clue what is going to happen next. You have hunches but damnit if the book doesn't stab you in the ass ...more
Krista (One Love) (Critical)
Okay, so based on the ending, I'd love to give this book one star, because I can't possibly think of a worse ending. Firt of all, I didn't really like getting Matt and Rochelle's perspectives...Ethan and Isabel's and even Arkarians POV's were much more interesting. I also felt like Isabel and Ethan's parts in this last book were too small, and Matt's transition from a clueless no one to the leader who knew everything and had every power in the world..was way over the top.
The story in itself was
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This was an entertaining end to the trilogy. The two POVs offered in this book are Matt and Rochelle. They aren't my favorite narrators out of the lot. I kind of missed the characters from the two previous books, but I can see why the focus shifted to these two.

There's not a lot of time travel since the conflict comes to a head in the present. I didn't really miss it that much, though, since this series has never really spent much time on the actual time travel.

I tried not to get hung up on a
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Na téhle knize jsem si jasně ukázal, jak moc jsem se za ty dva roky změnil. Vyvoleného jsem přečetl v roce 2012, když jsem toho nepřečetl moc a říkal si, jak je první díl série úplně dokonalý. Jenže než se mi podařilo dostat se k dílu třetímu, uběhla poměrně dlouhá doba a mě pod rukama prošlo několik epických, ale taky průměrných knih. A potom jsem začal číst Klíč a uvědomil si, že jsem asi vážně od té doby dospěl. To, co mi přišlo zajímavé a dokonalé, se stalo průměrné a ničím nezajímavé. Čtení ...more
*****BIG SPOILER ALERT!!!!*****
I wish with all my heart that I could give this a 5 but I just can't. If this didn't have one of the most abrupt endings in all of the books I've ever read in my life, than this would definitely be 5 stars.

This third and final installment had the fast-paced action from the second book along with the romance from the second book, but after I finished the last sentence, I literally said outloud "what the f---?!" There was definitely a last chapter missing somehow...
kitabın sonundan nefret ettim hala kendime gelemedim. böyle hayal gücü olmaz ola. isyan ediyorum yazara. nası kıyarsın o çifte esas kızı öldürürsün. 1 yıldız vericem son 20 sayfa yüzünden... kıyma kitaba özde diyorum. çok sürükleyici bir seri ama böyle biticeğini bilseydim son kitabı yada son sayfaları okumazdım. bütün hayallerimi yıktın Marianne isyan ediyorum sana
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Feb 06, 2009 Lauren rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: The Guardians of Time trilogy fans
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Dynamagne Pariñas
The span between the time I read the second book and the last book is years because I wasn't able to find a copy of The Key in any of the bookstores I went to. Alas I finally found a copy and when I started reading it, I was taken again to a whole new world created by Marianne Curley. I didn't mind that the writing suited an eight-year-old reader, this is a book for children anyway. I didn't mind that the different love stories weren't dwelled much into because this isn't a romance novel in the ...more
Isabelle Low
Feb 08, 2013 Isabelle Low rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 13-14
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I wasn't sure if I should give this three or four stars. I'd like to give it three and a half, but that's not an option.
The Key is told through the eyes of Matt and Rochelle. I see why the author decided to tell this part of the story from their point of view, but I really missed seeing the story through the eyes of Ethan, Isabel, and Arakarian.
One of my favorite parts was the ending. It was fast-paced, and a lot was resolved. But, at the same time, it left a lot unexplained. There are many loo
Diana López delgado

I don't have words to describe this trilogy, what it ment to me, what it made me feel and how would I spent my days daydreaming about it.

I was obsessed with this trilogy! even had a forum (since the firt book came out) to talk about the next books, characters, fanfiction and other!

GREAT book for all ages, and I hope others have the opportunity to explore this great universe!

Also thank you again Marianne Curley for answering the email I
Este libro me ha dejado literalmente con el corazón en la boca. El final, oh dioses, me ha hecho lagrimear un poco sinceramente. El libro es algo que vale la pena leer (en si toda la trilogía) pues por lo menos a mi me lo parece. Tiene de todo un poco y sin duda te logra sorprender con los sucesos. Me gustó el hecho de que fueran contados desde diferentes perspectivas, eso como que te ayuda a conocer un poco más los personajes y le da también cierta intriga porque mientras no sabes qué está pasa ...more
The Key--Marianne Curley. Shawn

This is the third book in The Guardians Of Time Trilogy
"As the evil Lathenia and the Order Of Chaos prepare to launch their final campaign against earth, the members of the Named have one chance to defeat them: they must locate the key to the treasury of weapons - a key is hidden somewhere in the ancient city of Atlantis. Suddenly, the race is on to retrieve the key before Lathenia's horde of undead soldiers finds it , and before the city meets its watery doom. Ye
The final battle for the world has begun at Angel Falls when the goddess of Chaos loses her temper and starts a meteor shower. Ethan and the rest of the Named are caught between keeping their identities secret or defending themselves and everyone else. Matt learns a few secrets and starts taking charge, and everyone is caught within the bounds of the prophecy.

It's hard to know what to say about the book without giving away too much. The battles were nice, but the lack of thought around setting h
This was a fun series. There is a prophecy that predicts a battle between the forces of good/evil over Earth. The forces of good are 9 Guardians of Time because much of the war is protecting/changing past events.

What I liked is that the Guardians were a combo of teens and adults - that made it a bit more interesting. Also, unlike a lot of trilogies - in this one the 2nd book held up. It had a satisfying ending.

What I didn't like - the Prophecy made no sense at all and it was impossible for the r
This was the last part of the Guardians Of Time -series and it was big thing for me. I started to read this series when I was 13 years old and now I'm pretty soon 15 and somehow I've been growing and leveling up with these "kids" in this book. I was scared about this one because I heard this was a really awful book but those people who told that.. You were liars! The Key was exciting and amazing. It was scary and SO FREAKING CATCHY. I wanted just to read this all the time and do nothing else! I ...more
I really LOVED this whole series and going into this last and final book it didn't let me down. Right from the start it captures and keeps your attention until the very end...but that's where it really falls flat. I wish Marianne would have put in an epilogue. It ends with something to be desired. Your left with so many questions on what happens with the rest of the characters and how they're going to put everything back together in their world. It leaves you with a sense of loss and the 'and th ...more
This is the third book in the Guardians of Time Trilogy.

This trilogy is a classic good versus bad + plenty of superpowers + lots of budding new love/relationships. Oh yeah, and of course...time travel.

A-ma-zing! Loved it. Funny, in I Am Number Four, I complained that I didn't like love stories in books. Well, the Guardians of Time Trilogy has LOTS of love going on. It seemed like every character! But, it didn't bug me at all. I'm not going to say too much about the story. One thing I liked was
Sammy Nicholas
I thought that this book was a really good end to this series. This was such a new and unique series, unlike any other book I have ever read. This was a fun series to read for that reason alone, but it had many other reasons to be as good as it turned out to be. Some reasons are how well the characters are made and the conflicts between them are so addicting! Another is the story alone was just incredible and I am so glad I found these books and read them! The only problem I had was the ending, ...more
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Nov 13, 2011 Aliza rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
I agree with quite a few reviews for this book. Up until the end of this book I would have given it a 4 star rating. After the end of the book I would give it a 1 or less. I don't mind the death at the end of the book, I just mind the abruptness of of my favorite characters loses their "soul-mate" and is left heartbroken, then NOTHING. As another person commented, I turned the page to see if there was an epilogue or, well, anything at all. Instead that was it.

So my question is this...
Dziś rano skończyłam trzecią książkę z cyklu Marianne Curley The Guardians of time. Składa się on z 3 części: The Named, The Dark i The Key. Wszystkie trzy czytałam w języku angielskim i wpłynęło to znacząco na mój odbiór. Odkryłam bowiem, że kocham czytać w języku angielskim. Na dodatek przyznanie się przed samą sobą do tego, co lubię wyszło mi na zdrowie.

Podchodziłam do pierwszej książki z trójcy trochę jak pies do jeża. Czytałam wcześniej inną książkę, pierwszą normalną książkę fabularną po
The Key

The key is the last book in the guardians of time series by Marianne Curley. I have not been able to read the first two books in this series. So it took me a little while to get what is going on. But when I caught on, I was on a wild ride that only stopped at the end of the book. So there are three immortals, two brothers and a sister and the sister is evil and wants to take over the world and its realms. Lorain is one of the brothers who are trying to stop his sister from wo
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Caitlin Smith
Eh. The premise of the series is fascinating but I was disappointed by the end. I never felt that the characters grew beyond their initial descriptions which, in some cases (*cough* Dillon), was frustrating. Overall, it was a bit flat and fairly predictable. Even the curve balls were more confusing or disjointed than interesting. A fun, easy series for teens who like fantasy, adventure, and romance but I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who like depth in their reading.
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“He says, "I have loved you since the first moment I saw you. I wanted you then, and when I thought you didn't want me, I turned my love into hate."

"Ethan..." Before I say another word his mouth comes down over mine and he kisses me.”
“For a moment Ethan simply stares. Before him is the monster of his nightmares: his sister's murderer, the beast who robbed him of his greatest love. How easy, how fulfilling would it be to take Marduk's life? But the arrow in Ethan's fingers slips to the ground.
"No. even revenge is too great an honor for you."
As the night falls and brings an end to this long day of darkness, Marduk inhales his last staggered breath and his body turns to stone.”
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