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Key of Knowledge (Key Trilogy #2)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  23,065 ratings  ·  407 reviews
What happens when the very gods depend on mortals for help? That's what three very different young women find out when they are invited to Warrior's Peak.

To Dana Steele books and the knowledge they hold are the key to contentment. But now that search for knowledge must include the second key needed to release three souls held captive by an evil god.

She won't be alone, for
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Published June 10th 2004 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 1st 2003)
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Even though this is the second book in the Key trilogy, Key of Knowledge can be easily read as a stand-alone because Dana, the heroine, gives a pretty good - and funny - recapitulation of what happened in the first book, Key of Light. That said, I still recommend reading this series in order, as you get a better understanding of how things work in this PNR realm created by NR.

That certainly helped me to guess where the "key" Dana was assigned to find was hidden, because the pattern had already b
This book is my absolute favorite in the Key Trilogy, La Nora does it again!

What I enjoyed the most was the chemistry between Dana and Jordan. It was so well written and sumptuous,romantic without being sappy. It almost upstaged the thrill of reading about Dana's quest to find the second key. The connection and history Dana and Jordan shared was so rich, it wasn't just about the steam (which there was plenty)but a tenderness and connection that was enjoyable and satisfying to read.

Dana made a v
~* 4.5 Stars *~
Strong Second Installment

Once upon a time and beyond the Curtain of Power, the Curtain of Dreams, there lived three Celtic demigoddesses, sisters and daughters of a Celtic king and human woman. Some in their world revolted against their existence, offended by their links to mortality. One such god, Kane, rose up against the king and his progeny, and in a moment, a single moment when the demigoddesses' protectors had dropped their guard, he attacked with swift vengeance and wicked
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
In this second installment of Nora Robert's Key trilogy, librarian and book afficianado Dana Steele finds herslef tasked with the quest to find the second key, the key of knowledge. Her journey takes her into the past, present, and future, as she struggles with the feelings she still harbors for writer Jordan Hawke.

Not only is this my favorite book in this trilogy so far, but this may be my favorite Nora Roberts book so far as well! I love this series and the mystical nature of the quest that th
Damn, the second part of the Key trilogy is so much better than the first one. Much more intense and intriguing. And the first one is already a great book.

Dana Steele is one hard-assed woman, the kind of heroine I just love and adore. And she love books. She covet books. The perfect heroine for me. She's the kind of woman who fights for her own rights and not easily bullied. She's tough, intelligent, snarky, loves anything chocolate and she loves with all her heart. Even when her heart was broke
Dana Steele had made two new friendships recently, became co-owners in business with these special ladies and resurrected an unwanted relationship with her former boyfriend, Jordan Hawke. He is a novelist who writes thrillers and somehow is connected to Dana's future. But that doesn't mean she has to like him.

She had also been presented with the next phase of locating a special key for Rowena and Pitte. They were interesting characters returning from KEY OF LIGHT but I didn't see enough of them.
Connie N.
Hard to imagine, but this second book in the Key Trilogy was even better than the first! I loved Dana, the main character, a feisty and headstrong book lover who is the next searcher for the key to release the Daughters of Glass. Since Malory found the key in a painting last time, it made sense that Dana would look in a book. Fascinating search, helped by Jordan Hawke, her childhood love and current lover, who also happens to be a bestselling author. Dana and Jordan search through their shared p ...more
Well this one was better than the last but i had several of the same issues. The female character was much easier to connect with. She had real pain in her past that she had to learn to let go of in order to complete her quest. She was hard headed and snarky but not in a cold way. She didnt have the same stop and go feeling as the last heroine either which made it an easier read. The hero sort of faded into the background for me. His strongest trait that came across to me was his apparent skill ...more
The start of the book was a bit dragging, and lacked a bit of Jordan-developing. (Just like I was captured by Flynn's mouth in the first book, I was reeled in by Jordan's cool, aloof but haunting history) But as the story progressed, two factors came at me like wrecking balls. The first is the emotions between Jordan and Dana, as humorous desite the crass and sarcastic mockery between the two, struck a true chord within me. Words so beautifully woven by Nora that I felt just like Dana -- the her ...more
Dec 08, 2011 Devina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Suckers for paranormal romance and Nora Roberts
Recommended to Devina by: Ramona
I liked Key of Knowledge better and maybe that's because Dana stuck on me from the very start, don't get me wrong I love Malory but I can relate to Dana's love of books and I admire her logical thinking and the fact that she has a mouth on her and isn't scared to put it to use when she's pissed!

That's Kane's a pain in the ass (no pun intended). His tactics will only result in his own undoing since they pretty much have the opposite effect than intended, other than scaring the living daylights o
The second book in a trilogy can become a "middle" book (no pun intended). It just sort of shuffle the story forward until the ending in the third book. Not so this one. I think it was even better than the first.

Dana Steele is a bookworm. She has an affinity to find knowledge in books and that is going to help her to find the second key.
In the second book of the Keys it´s Danas time to find the key and herself. To go through the demons of lost love to be able to fall in love again. With the sam
Jacob Proffitt
If you haven’t read the first in this series, you definitely should before reading this one—and not just so that this review is easier to write because I can say “if you read the first in this series, then you know what you’re getting with this one.”

Not that it was formulaic or stereotypical, really. I liked Dana from the first book, and we get to see the events that were hinted at in the prior book regarding her relationship with Jordan. I really liked her as the librarian type and could sympat
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Key of Knowledge is the second of three books in the "Key Trilogy" by Nora Roberts.

If you read the last review or the first book, then you've got a pretty good idea of what's going on. Malory has her beau and her key, and we're moving on to the next of the three, Dana. Now, we know very well that Dana's key is the Key of Knowledge... which is perfect considering she's one of the biggest book nerds (other than myself *wink*) that I've ever heard of.

Dana is STILL not my favorite character though.
I love Nora Roberts. I love her strong heroines and her kind heroes. I love how she makes this book more aligned with magical realism then flat-out fantasy (it works better for her characters and story types). I love how she takes a few defining aspects and allows them to become such integral parts of the characterization, making them more than basic character labels (such as Dana's career as a librarian becoming an entire philosophic love of books that is well shown and well described). Gosh, I ...more
Book Binge
Book Two in this trilogy follows Dana Steele through her journey of finding the key of knowledge that will free the second daught of the glass. It follows her while she finds her destiny and deals with her past, her present and prepares for her future.

Dana is straight up and takes no bullshit from anyone. Most especially her ex-boyfriend, Jordan Hawke. The man who walked away from her and what they shared in the two years that they were together with no backward glance.

His up and leaving left he
I'm with the other reviewers that said this was the best of the three in this trilogy,

I agree with the other reviewers that said this was the best of the three in this trilogy. I liked a good bit of this book which is more than I can say for many of Nora Roberts books in the past several years. I still found the sexual encounters to be completely overdone and distracting in the story. I get that her fans would probably protest if they were missing, but I have learned about where they will show
Duncan Mandel

In the second installment of Nora Roberts’ thrilling Key series, Dana Steele is forced to face her past with the handsome Jordan Hawke when he writes a book that connects him to her quest for the Key of Knowledge. Now, Dana must seek out the truth from among deception and lies––or succumb to her worst nightmares.


From Publishers Weekly

Following hot on the heels of the first installment in Roberts's Key trilogy, this second book (following Key of Light) continues the story of three contemporar

For a time back in the 80’s & 90’s, my reading material of choice was frequently bodice rippers, historical fiction, and regency romances with a few contemporary best sellers thrown in for good measure. Most of them were pretty steamy (blush) &/or overly romantic, but I read them during a time in my life when I found myself as a single parent, and these books fit the bill. I found them to be highly entertaining.

I recently donated a slew of them, but I wanted to catalog them all the same
In the second book of the 'Key trilogy', it's Dana's turn to find the second key to free the demigoddesses. But she is not alone, not only she has her newest friends Malory (book 1) and Zoe, she also has her brother Flynn (book 1) and his best friends Brad and Jordan.

Unfortunately, she's not in the best terms with the latter one. She and Jordan dated once. He broke her heart and left her. Since he returned in book 1, it was obvious Dana wasn't happy to see him. She's still hurting and angry ove
I love Dana's story. The young love that breaks her heart. I get that...been there, done that. I love her love of books and knowledge, and especially the daily trivia she facilitates between 2 town residents. It sounds like something that could happen in a small town with the local library. It's just a quirky part of being in a community. I also understand Dana's feelings...loving Jordan, and yet hating that she loves him because he broke her heart. It would be so hard to get past that hurt and ...more
Just what you'd expect from Nora Roberts. I'd have to say that my reading style is a lot like that of Dana, the heroine. Reads all kind of books without being snob; or at least I try to be anyway. An easy going read that adds a touch of the supernatural to the romance formula.

I must say that I loved the author's attitude toward this installment's stud, Jordan Hawke, who is a bestselling author..."commercial fiction" with it's "cardboard characters."

Kudos Ms. Roberts for your tongue in cheek re
Zauberfeder Gedankenschnörkel
In dem 384 Seiten langen Zeit der Hoffnung geht es um Danas Geschichte und den zweiten Teil des Rätsels um die verwunschenen Prinzessinen. Jordan lenkt sie dabei gehörig ab - und die Bibliothekarin muss sich mit alten und neuen Gefühlen herumschlagen, und ganz nebenbei auch noch ihren Teil der Abmachung erfüllen. Gut, dass sie sich bei allem auf ihre neuen Freundinnen verlassen kann!
Dana und Jordan sind sehr interessante Charaktere mit vielen Gemeinsamkeiten. Ihr Faible für Bücher muss man als L
The first in this series was a gift. It's a quick read and while the dialog and story line were more like a TV soap or mini-series drama, it was a quick read and had a guilty kind of pleasure to it. So, I decided I might as well continue with the series. This book was the same as the first, quick read that you can caught up in if you don't think too long about the story line and sappy dialogue but I've decided that while I didn't dislike this book, it wasn't worth reading the 3rd and final book ...more
Three women have been summoned by Gods to find three keys that together will break an evil spell. One key has been found. It is now Dana Steele's turn to find her golden key. With her love of books and knowledge, Dana works to decipher her clue. She has the help of her friends, her brother, and surprisingly, her ex-lover Jordan Hawke. Jordan has come home to help his friends with their quest. He also wants to win back Dana and keep her safe from evil.

I thought his book was much better than the f
Second in the Key Trilogy, featuring Dana, my favourite out of these characters, in the main role. Entertaining and highly enjoyable mix of contemporary romance and fantasy. Looking forward to the conclusion!
Mindy Conde
Now, before you start judging me, I completely agree that nora Roberts can be utterly stereotypical and downright cheesy, but the woman can write and has her moments of creating some fun, escapist reading. I like it when she is less romance and more action/suspense, which is what the Key Trilogy is. Granted, there are some awful lines here and there that had me rolling my eyes (something along the lines of, "I could walk three miles in these heels, I'm a professional woman" uugh), but overall th ...more
Kristin M
The first one of this trilogy was good. This was even better!
3.75 Stars for the book; 3.25 Stars for the series. I'm a fan of Nora Roberts' supernatural/thriller trilogies, (the Sign of Seven being my favorite), but I hadn't gotten the chance to read The Key Trilogy until this week. This book, the second of the series, was the strongest for me. I liked Dana's strength and her voracious love of information. I also very much so embrace her storied and palpable connection to Jordan. I enjoyed the series as a whole, but I found Dana's leg of the quest especia ...more
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“She surrounded herself with books at work and at home. Her living space was a testament to her first and abiding love with shelves jammed with books tables crowded with them. She saw them not only as knowledge entertainment comfort even sanity but as a kind of artful decoration. ” 172 likes
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