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The Keys of the Watchmen

(The Watchmen Saga #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  477 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Katelyn Michaels plans on hating every moment of her visit to Mont Saint Michel with her father’s new French wife. Once there, she is confused when she experiences sensations of déjà vu as she and her younger brother explore the medieval village and abbey. She is even more disturbed when she is confronted by two unusual young men, one who insists she has a sacred mission, ...more
Paperback, 394 pages
Published December 12th 2014 by Langon House
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Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
I absolutely adored this book, a gem offering more than I bargained for. Where do I begin to list the merits of the author and her vision.

From the first sentence you’ll find yourself swept away, caught in the mystique unable to put the book down.

Perrin provides descriptive writing furthering the intrigue of the narrative and its historical focal point. If you’re unfamiliar with Mont Saint Michel you won’t be after reading this book, I’m sure you’ll want to voyage to this landmark island in the v
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
This book was really good. I was a bit afraid it would be a bit preachy in the beginning when they started talking about the Bible and fallen angels. Nothing wrong with that, but I have kind of read a little too much theology that I need a break from it. But after a while my worry about it just melted way and I found myself really enjoying the story.

Katelyn Michaels is a wonderful character. She isn't perfect; she had problems adjusting to having travelled in time like any seventeen year old gir
VERDICT: I highly recommend The Keys of the Watchmen to all lovers of historical suspense and Medieval France. It is funny, very smartly thought out, and packed with great information on Mont Saint Michel. Grab your key and follow Katie right now: time travel at its best on one of France most unique islands!

this way to my ecstatic review:
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"The Keys of the Watchmen" drew me in from the beginning prologue. The characters were dynamic and evolved throughout the story. The writing was descriptive and beautifully conveyed emotion and setting. Overall, this was a great, clean (PG rated) read. I would recommend this to any age 14 and up, and am looking forward to the next book. ...more
Njkinny (Njkinny's Blog)
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All historical and paranormal lovers

The Keys of the Watchmen by Kathleen C. Perrin came as a surprise to me. When I agreed to review it I wasn't expecting the book to be so unique and fantastic. The cover is intriguing and mysterious and caught my attention right from the start and when you add the unconventional title, I knew I had to check it out.
The blurb is okay but after reading the book, I feel that it could have been made more appealing.

Kathleen's writing style is simple, engrossing a
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh my

I freaking loved this book soo much

Probably my favorite historical fiction EVER

characters were just amazing

OTP for life

Amazing is the only word that I can use for this book

Can NOT wait for the next book :) I need more Katelyn+nickolas
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
A bit of romance, lots of action/adventure, plenty of historical background... all the makings of my kind of book. I like how the characters actually evolved. I will be looking forward to book #2.
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: couldntfinish
My mom got me this book, So I wanted to give it a good try. Generally, my rule is to give a book 50 pages or 5 chapters to grab me. Though some books have a slow start, I feel like that is enough for me to get a feel for if I would like the book or not.

Well, I finished over 11 chapters and 90 pages and was very not interested. Sorry, mom.

I had a number of problems getting through this book. First off, whats with the changing tense? One chapter will be in past tense, the next in present, and the
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I started reading ‘The Keys of The Watchmen’, I didn’t really knew what to expect. From the very beginning I loved Kathleen C. Perrin’s writing style, it is fun to read and there is a lot of humor to her writing. But when the story began going about Katelyn’s deja-vu moments, and an Archangel who was talking to her, I became a little worried. I’m not a religious person, and I was afraid this book would be more about religion and the bible. But because the writing was so fun, I kept reading ...more
Lane Vance
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Engaging Writing, Immense Insights, Unique Perspectives

I rarely read fiction, but I was drawn to read this book! Thank you Kathleen for your engaging writing and your immense insight into this amazing site along with your unique perspectives. I enjoyed your believable touch connecting your characters: Katelyn and her brother Jackson on the front end; Katelyn with her father and his new French wife; and my favorite - Katelyn with Jean and Nicolas working together in the heart of the matter. You w
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: Well, seeing as I read this book in five days, I would say the answer is yes. However, I will say it wasn’t love at first chapter. It took me a good twenty-five percent of the book before I embraced Nicolas and Katelyn as decent and believable characters. I knew going into Perrin’s book that this would be YA, but it was a bit too angsty and whiny at the start. I nearly had some wine to mute the whining.

It was when Jean’s character fully came into the story that I took a st
Time Travel, but in an intelligent way.

A 21st century teenage girl and her brother are exploring Mont St Michel when they become embroiled in a good vs evil struggle. The younger brother is left with a bloody chin, but the sister finds herself in the 15th century when the English are about to attack the medieval island after a starvation blockade.

She finds that she is a Watchman when her guidance comes from St Michael himself, although he is never seen. A lot of history and fifteenth century li
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great read! I really enjoyed this story, and I loved learning about the history of Mont St. Michel. Now I need to visit France! I devoured the last half of this book, I couldn't put it down (which resulted in a couple of very late nights)! It's a great story, it's very well written, and I can't wait for #2! ...more
Maria Rodriguez
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love the story. I am fascinated by Mount Saint Michel. I want to see this place in person. I want to know what happens next with Katelyn and Nicolas when they find each again. I am looking forward to reading Book 2. I can't wait to read it. What's the publication release date? ...more
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a great story. It was easy to read, entertaining and I learned a lot. Can't wait for #2! ...more
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. It was amazing. I couldn't put it down. The history that was involved, it was fun to read about this mount and learn all the history that was part of it. ...more
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Loved learning more about mont st Michel and need to go back now. There were a few slow parts in the book for me but the end really drew me in and I couldn't put it down. ...more
The Keys of the Watchmen The Keys of the Watchman is one really good book. Once I get into the book it, I can not put it down. It got all of what you would want in a book, it has action, mystery and time travel and romance all in one book. What a way to read a book.
The author does a wonderful job of tell the story of the of the historical facts. You get to feel as if you are part of it. You want to help the characters. You learn about christianity though this book as well. The Archangel Michael
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Full disclosure: I was chosen a Goodreads winner and received a paperback copy of The Keys of the Watchmen by Kathleen C. Perrin in the mail. That in no way influenced the review that follows.

At the end of her own review of this book, Kathleen Perrin mentions her goal of making the reader burn with desire to visit Mont Saint Michel, and she definitely accomplished that! I was delighted, upon completing the book, to learn that there are 100+ photos that she has taken of Mont Saint Michel on her w
Lucy Pollard-Gott
What an enchanting book! You can see its beautiful cover, which shows the island fortress of Mont-Saint-Michel off the coast of Normandy. Perrin’s heroine, 17-year-old American teen Katelyn Michaels, is visiting the Mount as a tourist with her younger brother Jackson, when she becomes enmeshed in a centuries-long fight to destroy Mont-Saint-Michel and its place in history: both as guardian of France at a crucial time and as bulwark again Satan and his fallen angels. She is attacked by one of tho ...more
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fbt
copy from France Book Tours
First, I really enjoyed this book. There are a couple of things I think really made all the different elements of this story work. 1) The story begins with and interesting tease, "banished. They had been banished." Immediately I was interested to see who was banished, why, from where etc... 2) Mont Saint Michel is a fascinating place to learn about. Even though I've been to France and loved it, I'm disappointed I did not know about Mont Saint Michel. 3) Katie (the main
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am a complete sucker for historical fiction, and I am intrigued by time travel (when it is written in a unique and adequately descriptive manner, making one actually able to envision themselves there in the middle of the action). I know a book is going to be great if I am completely invested in the story within the first few chapters. This book engaged me into the storyline from the very first chapter and held my complete attention until the very end. I often read more than one book at a time ...more
Erika Messer
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Keys of the Watchmen is a fantastic voyage full of twists and turns that you never see coming. Between the mysterious monk and the amazing setting of the beautiful Mont Saint Michael in France this is a thrilling novel that is full of plots and subplots and at the center of it all is a small medallion that Katelyn does not fully understand until it takes her back in time and she realizes that she is the only hope for the survival of the town. It was really fun to watch Katelyn grow into her ...more
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Though the start is a little slow this book still grabbed my attention right at the start and the story soon picks up in pace. I especially loved how easy it was to learn a little history right along with the main character. I learned a few historical things that I didn't know before. There is also plenty to think about as the heroine follows her hero's journey. The author includes and integrates many historical and scriptural thoughts and elements. There are plenty of moments where I stopped re ...more
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I would like to thank Goodreads and the author for this great book. From the very beginning I was pulled into the story and had a hard time putting the book down. It was a fast paced story and a quick read. I loved all the historical information about Mont Saint Michel, France. I can't wait to read book 2 of this saga. ...more
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book a few weeks ago and can't get it off my mind. It makes you think. It was a wonderful lesson in French history, a great mystery, a romance and fun read. It picks up gradually and by the middle of the book you can't put it down. I loved this book. I want to go to Mont Saint Michel as soon as I can. I am glad I read this book before I go! It will mean so much to me. ...more
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a great story line! I loved my visit to Mont Saint Michel, and reading the book makes me want to go back. I especially liked the way the heroine used modern-day solutions from her backpack to solve the problems she encountered.
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely blasted through this. I loved it. I loved the history, I enjoyed the story. It was well written, well thought out, and very well edited. I would certainly read more by this author, and would strongly recommend to others.
Alice N.
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this story

I thoroughly enjoyed this story of Mont St. Michel and Katelyn, the 21st century heroine who helped save it from the devil and the English in 1424. So much history. And fiction together for a rousing read.
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Kathleen C. Perrin graduated summa cum laude from Brigham Young University with Bachelor's degrees in both French and Humanities. She is a French-to-English translator certified by the American Translators' Association, and is also an accomplished pianist and a music arranger/composer. While completing her education, Kathleen met a dashing young Frenchman, who later became her husband and greatly ...more

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