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The Ninefold Key

3.14  ·  Rating Details ·  63 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews

Since childhood, Ariana Levesque has been haunted by a strange, frightening dream about a handsome young man and a dark, foreboding castle. But after a Gypsy fortune-teller divines a perilous destiny, Ariana finds herself caught up in a dangerous intrigue that began over two hundred years before she was born.


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Paperback, 456 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Mira Books
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Cheesy paranormal mystery + rambling infodumps + boring fated romance with an occasional Scottish accent. Yawn.

I'm almost certain I could push myself to finish, but why bother? I just DO NOT CARE, & apathetic, mediocre, words-on-a-page reads like this are precisely what I'm trying to DNF more ruthlessly. Life's too short, y'know?
April Joy Lee
This book could have been really great. The plot is good and the characters are interesting. But a lot of the narrative parts are so boring, especially when the author discusses the history of the places mentioned in the book. I get the whole "historical" part of the genre but in this book, there was just too much that sometimes, the whole flow of the story got interrupted. At one time, I had actually forgotten which part of the story I was reading because I got so distracted by the historical ...more
Sep 30, 2013 Shevvy rated it did not like it
i couldnt read past 2 chapters, the narritave was way to descriptive and i found it really hard to connect to the storyline and what was going on. I tried twice to read it but it bored me and thats odd since i usually like reading on the historical part of a book but to me this was to long and i got lost a few times wondering if i was reading the same thing or something else.

not for the faint hearted but perberbly a good read for people who like long descriptions and narritives

not something id p
The set up for the MAIN story was the longest I've ever read. Too much detail and the language made the book seem incredibly detached. The two main characters didn't even "meet" until nearly 200 pages into the book! On top of it, all the characters were connected in someway or another, all because of a stolen antiquity. I couldn't get into it all too much, in part because of it being too neaty, another part due to the detached, lofty language.
Apr 26, 2012 Carmen rated it liked it
Not a bad book, but I could have done without most of the historical information about who the land belonged to, and how long the building had been there, and where the hospital was before it moved to its present location. Those sorts of things really didn't interest me, but I was afraid to skim or skip over it, in case it was important later. FYI: it wasn't.
Jan 29, 2014 Lisa rated it it was ok
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Agree with all the comments written up to this date (and immediately below mine). TOOOOOOOO wordy/descriptive! Just like that too has tooooo many o's! And a detached/formal writing style. If the author hadn't been so obviously over-eager but truly sincere (a combination that made me both like her in a magnanimous sort of way and somewhat pity her at the same time), I would say the book was supercilious.

I just kept getting this feeling of the author as a super dedicated person who was beside her
Jun 03, 2009 Annette rated it really liked it
Starts off with each chapter moving from one character to another. I hate get involved with this one person and what they are doing, chapter ends and it starts with someone new, new setting...NOOOO..what happened to the people in the first chapter. Push past this and get to page...about 125 or 130 and it starts to come together and gets good. Towards the end of the book, about the second to last chapter everything is repeated. I'm not sure why. I just read the book, I know all ...more
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Oct 08, 2015 Persis Kkh rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading this book, I wanted to put it aside because I found it boring but as I continued reading, the plots began to add up and I became interested in it. There's a little bit of romance in the book making it enjoying. I love reading about Malcolm and Ariana and I love the romance between Nicholas and Christine and wish there was a book about them too . In all, I really enjoyed reading this book and I highly recommend this book to all readers who enjoy historical books. An ...more
Feb 16, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
I was in the mood for a historical romance and this fit the bill. It had a centuries old mystery to be solved along the way, which made things interesting. The cast of characters was long, but the author kindly provided a list of them at the beginning of the book, which I was thankful for a couple of times.
Nov 17, 2012 Gretchen rated it liked it
It would have been a lot better if the author had cut out a lot of the non-essential narrative. The basic story was very interesting once you actually got to it.
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Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Rebecca lived in Knoxville and then, later, Chattanooga for the first few years of her life. After that, she and her family moved to Kansas, where she grew up, spending her summers in Alabama, visiting both sets of her grandparents. She says she's just a country girl with a dash of big city sprinkled in for spice. But having traveled extensively in the United States, ...more
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