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The Key

(Guardians of Time #3)

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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  5,058 ratings  ·  205 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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Cri (PaperbacksandPizza)

First of all, I have to say I am not a native english speaker so, please, I prefer to not be attacked, if I made any mistakes. Instead of do that, it would be nice if you corrected me, thank you :)


Here we go with the final installment of The Guardians of Time series! Don’t know if you guys know this, but Marianne Curley said she was writing another book to this series, still untitled and still with no release date. But hey, we will have an another book! We can only hope for the best and keep fin

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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 rated it it was ok
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
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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Gemma ♕ Books_McCoy
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
God even after all this time, the ending always destroys my soul.

You would think, having read it a dozen times and being well aware of what's coming, I would be prepared. But no. No, no. The pain is real.

Imagine my sheer f**kng delight that after ten years there is a book four. Yes, I'm sure it will break my heart to start but maybe, just maybe, it will put it back together again!

*Zooms away*
Nicole
Mar 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
*****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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Mindy
Nov 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, ya
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Sydney
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book is actually more like 3-3.5 stars, however I docked a star because

1) Lorian's gender neutrality is treated horribly. The pronoun used for Lorian is always always "he" and about five to seven times, it is said that there is no way for Lorian to have romantic feelings for a woman without being male. As someone who identifies mainly as gender neutral, it is painful to read this sentiment over and over again

2) Dillon's misogyny, while briefly addressed, isn't really called out more. Not on
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Fedra
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-series, e-books
Wow! It was a common YA story at the beginning, but... The feelings! The tension! The suspicion shifting from one to another endlessly... The third book of the series is really great, even after all these years, even after I've read all those YA series... Definitely a 5 star book ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Marianne Curley is an amazing author indeed!
Courtney Robeson
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
NOOOOOOOOO! WHAT IS THIS ENDING?!?! IT CAN'T END LIKE THAT!
Loren
Jul 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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meg
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Lauren (Luna)
The final part of the trilogy was much more enjoyable that the previous installments.
A number of predictable "twists" as usual, one genuine "omg" moment and a fairly weak/unsatisfying ending though.
I'm glad to have finished the series and am glad I read it. It's not one that I'll bother to reread again though.
Dynamagne Pariñas
May 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 13-14
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Lauren
Feb 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: The Guardians of Time trilogy fans
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Rachel
Mar 03, 2009 rated it liked it
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
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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Ava
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
THIS book reminds me why I always loved reading so much.
Jacqui
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
Flossmoor Public Library (IL)
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is one of my all-time favorite juvenile/young adult series because it has many genes – action, adventure, time travel, fantasy, history, a little romance – all wrapped into one well-crafted, imaginative plot. This is a MUST read for almost any reader, because of its broad diversity.

Ethan is a normal, modern-day boy when he’s awake, but when he sleeps his powers awaken as a Guardian of the Named. The Named are a secret organization whose purpose is to preserve and protect history as we know
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Deyla
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! I really loved this book!

First of all, I'd just like to say that it got me to like certain characters even more than I thought was possible! With the different view points, you really get to understand the characters better!

Ok, this book was really exciting and I couldn't stop reading it! adored it, and it had me giggling in places everywhere! I adored it!

So, we came off from the last book, The Dark , and now, the characters are on a big journey to find, well, the Key that Matt found
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Pao Yang
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like this book because of its interesting plot setting and where they mostly focus on the story takes place in the lost city. I like it but also not because it almost like a movie where you want one thing to happen but a different thing happens and just like feeling when your angry about something but also want to find out in the end what happen and i like how the author make a story where many kind of emotion you get reading it and enjoyable. I would recommend this book to those who want to g ...more
Sarah
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it
It was full of action and fun. There were some fun plot twists. Fun to read like the other two.
I was frustrated with the romances. Luckily no love triangles. But I hate it when characters are stubborn and I feel it's a stubbornness that's out of character.
The ending left me wanting, which is why she probably published a fourth book recently to close up loose ends.
Ann Salmon
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another enjoyable book
Brenda
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2018
A good ending to the series.
Analise Powell
May 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
this was not a book i liked. It was very confusing but somewhat interesting but hard to follow.
Alice
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG so bloody good!!!! haha cause there was lots of blood in the battle XP.
Aaron
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
I cant the ending was pointless and completely made me disdain even bothering to read the series
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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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