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The Granite Key (Arkana Mysteries #1)

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  67 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Forget everything you thought you knew about ancient history. The real facts have been buried… Until now!

Imagine yourself a nineteen year old college student. Your life is normal in every way until a bizarre set of events drags you into a hidden world of danger. You are recruited by an underground society questing for artifacts that reconstruct the lost histor
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Published February 12th 2011 by N. S. Wikarski
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What impressed me the most about The Granite Key was the large amount of archaeological and historical detail that crept its way into this novel. It reads very much like an updated version of a Dan Brown book, matching fact with fiction until the reader is unsure of which is which. At the beginning of the book, our main character Cassie, already finds herself going through an enormous challenge. Her sister was murdere
Victoria Brinius
This was a good first book for a series. However that is exactly what it is. It is only the beginning of a well written story, and I felt like I was missing something. A professional hit man that misses his target, a clueless husband, mythology and a mysterious key. I liked everything else about the book, especially the feminine perspective. I know that the author will write book 2, and it will have a great ending. I would give that book a 5/5. This book is a 3/5 because I don't feel like the bo ...more
C.M. Truxler
The Granite Key Gives Solid Base to Series

The first book in the Arkana Series, by N. S. Wikarski, The Granite Key captures history and the accepted premises of archeological “fact” and stands them on their heads. It is a pliable and plausible alternative to set theories, which does a great deal to thrust the work into a living reality within the reader’s mind. So, one might ask if it is just another stretch of the imagination, and a set of unanswered questions that are pulled from the author’s t
Kimber Wheaton
*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

When I saw the blurb for this book, I definitely wanted to read it! I'm a sucker for mythology, history, and archaeology. I decided that since main character Cassie is a nineteen year old college student, this novel could pass for new adult. The Granite Key is kind of DaVinci Code meets Indiana Jones meets the paranormal. Interesting combination.

The story opens with Cassie seeing her sister's death in a dream. She soon learns
Beth Cutwright
I found this book to be interesting and thought provoking. I went into it with an open mind and I expected it to challenge my belief system. And it did. I have not taken the time to verify the bibliography information the author used as reference material. The author however, referenced a lot of resources to support the historic evidence that society began much earlier than history teaches us and that it was a matriarchal society. This is definitely an empowering read for women, which defies eve ...more
Aug 17, 2011 Fran added it
The Granite Key: Nancy Wikarski
Reviewed by Fran Lewis

Waking up in the middle of the night after envisioning your sister’s murder is more than frightening for nineteen-year-old Cassie. Thinking what she so vividly pictured in her dream was only a dream she never imagined waking up to the harsh reality that while dreaming the murder it really happened. An intruder that was after a Key of some type that cost Sybil her life. What does this Key unlock and why would someone kill to get it?

One man Abr
2.5 stars, but rounded down due to editing issues.

This is the first in a series (apparently of seven books) dealing with a race to find some mysterious artifacts. The pros: lots of interesting history and theory in here. The cons: not a whole lot actually gets done in this first version, be prepared to get really tired of the term "overlord," some questionable character development. Oh, and the editing issues. Please learn to use quotation marks correctly. Every second or third chapter seemed to
Marta Rawlings
I like a fast moving story with a strong female lead character. I like it too when she has a partner who is her equal and not threatened by her strength. Gwen and Jack are just such a couple. Married a short time, Jack is about to find out just how much he doesn't know about his wife's past after a professional hit man fails to kill her. Gwen skills are not as rusty as she feared when she begins investigating the attempt on her life. I have to hand it to Jack; he must really love Gwen because he ...more
The Granite Key is a good beginning for an archaeological series of stories. It still amazes me (in stories such as this one) that so much can happen in such a short time period.

It was a decent read and I'll read the others if they come as a free book and I recognize the author' name.
Ed Mestre
I'll be kind & just say this was amateurishly written. There were times when I could almost sense her thumbing through a thesaurus. Often picking a word that was close, but no cigar. This is not a direct quote, but a similar example of what I'm talking about. " 'Let's go' he said succinctly" Well, is there a long winded way of saying let's go? So, you might ask, why did I bother finishing it. It was short enough to trudge through and it was a lot like watching some bad B movie whose entertai ...more
it was a 2.99 book on Kindle so I took a chance. It has a Dan brown type of plot regarding how historians have it all wrong but not to worry because the clues are all around us. I would have given it 3 stars but not enough happens. The author takes a lot of time to teach and explain. I imagine the sequel will have a lot more adventure now that the history lessons are taught. However, I don't think I'll be reading the 2nd book anytime soon.
Finished reading this today and thoroughly enjoyed it. Interesting plot and wonderful characters. I love stories where the characters have to visit ruins and decipher things to move on to their next place. Love the bits of history too. On to the next book in the series.
This book took me some time to get in to but once I did it moved very quickly. The story is very interesting and re-writes mythology from the female perspective. Great premise!
Um livro bastante interessante! Junta arqueologia e acção! Recomendo!

A great book! When you want also to learn something about archaeology this is the book!
Good Read. A great story but falls short by being a little predictable and all seems to come very easy to the good guys
Jane Herring
Little far fetched, but enjoyed it. Saw it compared to Dan Brown books, but don't believe it.
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... i got through half of it and couldn't bring myself to finish...
Everyone's view of evil is certainly not the same.
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“There’s a 52% chance that the next Dan Brown will be a woman … or should we just make that 100% now?" --Kindle Nation

Nancy Wikarski is a fugitive from academia. After earning her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, she became a computer consultant and then turned to mystery and historical fiction writing. Her short stories have appeared in Futures Magazine and DIME Anthology, while her book rev
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Other Books in the Series

Arkana Mysteries (5 books)
  • The Mountain Mother Cipher (Arkana Mysteries #2)
  • The Dragon's Wing Enigma (Arkana Mysteries #3)
  • Riddle Of The Diamond Dove (Arkana Mysteries #4)
  • Into The Jaws Of The Lion (Arkana Mysteries Book 5)

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