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The Changer’s Key

(A Riddle in Ruby #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  20 reviews
The Riddle in Ruby trilogy takes readers on a rip-roaring adventure through an alternate version of colonial America, where magic and science meet, and where one young thief carries a secret everyone wants. In this second volume, Ruby Teach has become the enemy’s prisoner. She bargained with her freedom to protect her friends—but her friends aren’t about to abandon her, ei ...more
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Greenwillow Books
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Hannah Jayne
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Is that all you ever do? Draw your sword? Does this strike you as a dangerous moment?”
“All moments are dangerous if you give them enough time,” she said.
He blinked. “What does that even mean?”

Cram, his lady, and the professor. Their banter is the best. Their growth in friendship is the best. Their growth as individuals is the best. They’re only missing... Ruby.

“And so we are bound, the four of us. We are bound together by fire and blood.”

And while the trusty three are galavanting through the
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
After the events of A RIDDLE IN RUBY, Ruby Teach is now in the custody of the man she was running from. He’s placed her in a strange group with young men and women training to become soldiers. While Ruby struggles alone, her father, Athena, and friends are doing their best to find and rescue her, but they face hang-ups of their own. Along the way, both groups find clues to a mystery bigger than they ever expected.
What I Loved:
Once again, Kent Davis amazes with the incredible world building of an
Samantha B
Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was Delightful. And though I had been taking this series one book at a time while I decided if I liked it or not...I may pick up the third book much more quickly than I picked this one up! (I mean...major cliffhangers help with that, lol.)

It did feel a bit like a classic Middle Book In A Trilogy, in which a lot of stuff gets set up and People Take Journeys To Go To Significant Places, but at the same time
a) The places were interesting--the worldbuilding drew me in a lot more this time arou
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book is brimming with details that I want to see brought to life! Sometimes when I think about this book it seems very much like the middle book in a trilogy, where nothing much happens, but at other times it seems to me to have quite a story of its own! I like the separate stories as we focus more on the individual characters. Mostly I want to reread it!

Read my full review here:
Anita McDivitt Barrios
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy
Ruby's willingly under Rool's control now, and she discovers the Reeve means to use her secret -- whatever it is -- against the crown's mounting enemies any way he can.

He takes her back to the Reeve training grounds, where orphans are taught the "works" of a Reeve and how to be the best, merciless, loyal fighters possible.

Rool also hands her over to Dr. Swedenborg, who is supposedly trying to find the key to unlock her secret for the crown. The doctor slowly discovers the secret in Ruby -- lite
Saruuh Kelsey
I remember really liking the first book, but I just did connect with this at all. The Ruby plot, I liked but I didn't really care about it, and the other plot didn't interest me at all. But I still like Athena a whole lot, and kinda wish the book was all from her POV. By the end of this, I was just reading so I could finish it, and I'm not sure why because I really loved the first book. ...more
Jason Cole
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lives up to the promise of the first book

This book picks up where the first one left off, grabbing readers by the neck and not letting them go until the last page. Mr. Davis has honed his craft, tightening the pace and deepening the characterizations to make his second book even more enjoyable than the first. I can't wait to dive to the finale.
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg, fantasy
Another exciting installment of Kent Davis's steampunk alternate history set in 18th c. England and America, a world ruled by "chemystry," featuring the rollicking, rebellious, indomitable Ruby Teach who carries a secret in her very being. ...more
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun book. It is fast paced without feeling forced. The characters feel nuanced and realistic. I enjoyed it.
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A tremendous sequel in what is proving to be an outstanding series. Can't wait for book #3.
Bravo, Kent Davis!
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I must admit, that I forgot what happened in Book 1 and Book 2 did little remind me.
Picks up where the first book left off. Still good, but parts were a bit flat and dragged out. The world built in the first book is maintained (thank goodness), though perhaps with somewhat less emphasis. More focus on the story with less “length” would have served better.

Hopefully the third book will regain some of the core substance and balance. The author has what it takes and has demonstrated it. In a world filled with carbon-copy attempts of what everyone else is writing about, it is that m
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Unlike the usual downward spiral of trilogies, this book is even better than the first in the Riddle in Ruby series. We get to learn more about Ruby Teach, her family history, and her band of misfit buddies. I love how Kent Davis creates characters that are fully three dimensional, with genuine feelings, flaws and motivations - and then puts those characters through the wringer to bring out the best (and worst) in them. He deftly incorporates strong, smart and interesting women, people of color, ...more
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even better than the first installment in the series, picking right back up with the same driving pace we reached and the always higher than high stakes, I was immediately absorbed once again! We get a deeper understanding of the characters we already know and love (or fear) and are introduced to a new host of very real people. Even the smaller characters who speak hardly at all are full of depth, leaving me rooting for everyone. I smiled a lot, I cried just a little, I found myself trying to ma ...more
Mark Austin
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
★ - Most books with this rating I never finish and so don't make this list. This one I probably started speed-reading to get it over with.
★★ - Average. Wasn't terrible, but not a lot to recommend it. Probably skimmed parts of it.
★★★ - Decent. A few good ideas, well-written passages, interesting characters, or the like.
★★★★ - Good. This one had parts that inspired me, impressed me, made me laugh out loud, made me think - it got positive reactions and most of the rest of it was pretty decent too.
Maria Tag
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh my goodness! :D The changer's key was soooo good! Waaaay more easy to understand/follow than the first one, enough action, and last but not least TONS of character development in Ruby! :D :D :D Great job Kent! ...more
Teresa Osgood
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Brave Ruby's adventure, and that of her hurt but persistent friends, continues in really surprising ways. These are complex characters, and weird situations, and it is all so well written. I guess I'll have to wait longer for the next episode. Sigh. ...more
Sarah Kim
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a good book, but it's a little scarier than the first. It has more adventure, though, and really engaging. ...more
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Kent Davis has spent most of his life making stories. He is a fantasy writer, game designer, actor, playwright, teacher, improvisational comedian, and vocation collector. A Riddle in Ruby marks his fiction debut.

He and Chris Organ are the two geekomatics behind the Epic RPG tabletop gaming system. Kent's theatrical, film, and television credits as a short, bald man include an array of concerned fr

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