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The Key (Guardians of Time #3)

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The battle to protect the future is coming to an end as the evil Order of Chaos launches their final attack on the Named. To defeat the Order, the Named must locate the Key to a treasury of weapons hidden somewhere in the ancient city of Atlantis. The race is on to capture the Key before a horde of undead soldiers find it. And as the Named work against time, one of their o
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published February 7th 2005)
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Krista (I remember you, Min) (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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Liz
Mar 22, 2011 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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'-where...it'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
Nilin Börekçi
Sep 13, 2016 Nilin Börekçi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of ya! Of, of, of!

Hiç böyle bir dilekte bulunmazdım ama, bir bölümcük daha? Hiç mi? Lütfen? Tamam. Peki.

Kendimi toparlayamıyorum şu an. Odada yalnız değilim ve sanırım bu şekilde olmasam, tek başıma olsaydım; emin olun hüngür hüngür ağlardım. BÖYLE BİR MÜKEMMELLİK YOK, GERÇEKTEN. Deliricem ya, gerçekten. Kalbim parçalanıyor, kalbim!

İlk iki kitaptan çok çok çok daha güzel olduğunu söylemem gerek. Direkt bu kitaba ben 5 puan verdim ki elimde olsa daha fazla yıldız verme de bir an bile tereddüt etm
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LeNa
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Allison
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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Mindy
Dec 16, 2008 Mindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, ya
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Nicole
Apr 09, 2010 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*****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...
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Filip
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
Özde
Sep 16, 2011 Özde rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alex
Jul 26, 2015 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
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Lauren
Feb 06, 2009 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 13-14
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Loren
Jul 07, 2009 Loren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Rachel
Mar 13, 2009 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Diana López delgado
BEST BOOK EVER - BEST TRILOGY YET TO COME - GREAT UNIVERSE

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
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Riley Blue
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
Jacqui
Mar 25, 2016 Jacqui rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A weak four stars. More like 3.5. Definitely the best book of the series. Some parts were too convenient and I was not a big fan of the ending.
Shawn
Feb 12, 2015 Shawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Aelvana
Oct 28, 2014 Aelvana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Debbie
Oct 04, 2014 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
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
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Nilin Börekçi
Jun 29, 2015 Nilin Börekçi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delicesine ağladığım ve tekrar okusam, tekrar ağlayacağım bir seri. Okuyun. Nasıl okumamış olabilirsiniz?
Cassie
This book was spectacular. It was the only one in the series that I hadn't already read yet, therefore every page was a new wonder. In this "last" book of the Guardians of Time series, there is so much happening, so much going on at once: there literally is no time to breathe. The books starts at a sprint of events and never slows, not even for a climax or falling action. There, of course, is a climax and falling action in the book (it would be a poorly written book had it not had one). The inte ...more
Sandra Gallegos
Sep 07, 2015 Sandra Gallegos rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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vilma
Jul 07, 2014 vilma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jessica
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
Karen
Mar 22, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sammy Nicholas
Aug 24, 2012 Sammy Nicholas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Becks
Feb 28, 2013 Becks rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Morning
Mar 23, 2009 Morning rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.”
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“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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