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The Black Key

(The Lone City #3)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  9,635 ratings  ·  941 reviews
For too long, Violet and the people of the outer circles of the Lone City have lived a life of servitude, controlled and manipulated by the royalty of the Jewel. But now, the secret society known as the Black Key is preparing to seize power and knock down the walls dividing each circle.

And while Violet knows she is at the center of this rebellion, she has a more personal s
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Hardcover, 295 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by HarperTeen
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Giska Anandita
Sep 26, 2015 marked it as to-read
i need this like right now!!! THE ENDING FROM THE WHITE ROSE IS KILLING ME!!!



WE GOT THE COVER OHMYGOD
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I've been sitting here for several moments trying to figure out how to begin this review. The Lone City is such a weird YA trilogy: it's dark, and yet not dark enough; it makes genuine attempts to be gritty, but is bogged down by cliche and tepid romance; it appears to be a fantasy novel, yet the world-building is so terrible that it could just as easily be a drastically different version of our world. In short, The Lone City is the perfect
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Sarah
“Help me. Help me help my sister.”


This was a YA dystopian story, and the end to the series.

Violet took a lot of risks in this book, and really went out of her way to try and do what she thought was right. She did maybe take too many risks at times though, and put herself and other people in danger because of it.

The storyline in this was about Violet returning to the Jewel to try and save her sister, and working to take down the royalty from the inside. This was an enjoyable story but it did
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Clary Morgenstern
4.5 :)
Maddie
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a fast paced read, I had to stay up late to finish it in one sitting! I love Violet and how powerful she is, and what she inspires in others. Her sense of loyalty to her family and friends was lovely to read about. Aside from that, man, did things get real at the end there. The plots and motivations for the different characters all came to the surface and it made So. Much. Sense. I also thought that all the deaths were really well handled too, so overall, this is one of the best finales I'v ...more
Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
"Es diferente leer un titular en un periódico a ver las ruinas ennegrecidas que dejamos atrás".

La Ciudad Solitaria fue una trilogía distópica que me sorprendió gratamente. En realidad no esperaba mucho de la historia porque ya estaba un poco saturada de tramas de chicas bonitas, revoluciones y opresión. Con La Llave Negra se cierra una historia cruda, desagarradora y sangrienta.

El final ha llegado y las apuestas son muy altas. La revolución, toda la Sociedad de la Llave Negra se están jugando s
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Drew
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
1 1/2 stars

I want to say this was a completely ridiculous, stereotypical dystopian/fantasy trilogy and I would never recommend it, but that's not entirely true. For some odd reason, I liked the second book. Sequels are usually the ones that end up disappointing me, but here it was the opposite. Let's run through what I thought of this series:

The Jewel was addicting, but I had so many problems with it. The vague world building, underdeveloped characters, instalove, and clichés, just to name a few
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Lizzie
Jul 21, 2015 marked it as to-read
I NEED THIS RIGHT NOW
Stopfi
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es ist vorbei 😭😭
Ich habe dieses Buch innerhalb von 24h gelesen...das sagt schon alles, oder? Es lässt sich einfach so schnell lesen und verschlingen und macht total süchtig!
Auch wenn ich gern noch ein bisschen mehr darüber gewusst hätte, was in der Zukunft passieren wird, ist das mein Lieblingsband der Reihe 💖 Die Charaktere sind so stark und bilden ein so großartiges Team. Außerdem gab es in diesem Buch einige geniale Szenen (ich denke nur an das Aufeinandertreffen Ravens mit ihrer früheren Her
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Tanja
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5 Sterne
Ein schöner und spannender Abschluss dieser Reihe.
Josiemaus85
Zu einem krönenden Abschluss hat noch ein bisschen was gefehlt.
SyaSya Syed Nasir
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: english-novels
Lucien...oh Lucien...I'm gonna miss you! I really don't know what I feels. Its all mixed up. I'm sad, angry, happy, disappointed, and etc. This third book of the series really makes me emotionally crazy. However, I do think this book is much more better than the other two. Gonna miss all the characters though. The whole review will be in my blog soon.
Alina
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Der Anfang war soooo viel versprechend aber das Ende hat mich doch irgendwie enttäuscht. Ich dachte das Buch endet mit einem großen booooom aber irgendwie war es wie ein kleines pff... Schade aber ich kann damit leben. In diesem Teil ist Violet anders, einfach rücksichtslos, nur zwischendurch kam die alte Violet zum Vorschein. Die Liebesgeschichte fand ich ehrlich gesagt auch einfach zu gezwungen ohne dies wäre es auch nicht schlimm. Ich fand es war nichts ganzes und nichts halbes. Aber im große ...more
Kiki
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was unexpectedly excellent. I actually loved it.

RTC.
Sean
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
WOWWWW! what a conclusion. by far one of the best, most consistent series i have ever read. speechless.
Jenny
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ein gelungener Abschluss der Reihe.
Zwar hätte ich mir den Kampf am Ende ein wenig ausführlicher gewünscht, aber das ist meckern auf hohem Niveau.
Die Charaktere haben eine so unglaubliche Entwicklung durchgemacht und ihr Entschlossenheit für ihre Ziele zu kämpfen und einzustehen ist überwältigend.

Insgesamt fand ich den ersten Teil am Besten, aber auch Teil 2 und 3 sind nur knapp an den 5 Sternen vorbeigeschlittert.
Von daher klare Empfehlung für diese Reihe.
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Nina
*** 3.5 STARS ***

I didn’t like this book as much as I liked the second part of the series but I still think it was a great conclusion to this trilogy! The only things that bothered me a little were that the beginning was really slow and that whenever events from the other two books were mentioned, they were also once again thoroughly described. It just really disrupted my reading flow. I usually don’t mind those recaps of the other books because they do help if you don’t read all the books in a
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Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
The Black Key is an entertaining and captivating dystopian series, blending fantasy with an oppressive rule and a band of heroines that are determined to end the oppression. The Jewel begun Violet's journey as a Surrogate, chosen by the Duchess of The Lake to bare her an heir and a sibling for Garnet, the former playboy Prince. After their brazen escape, Violet, Raven and former Companion Ash have retreated to the White Rose, a rural haven for those seeking solace from the merciless royal court. ...more
whenlovespeaks
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ein großartiges Ende einer außergewöhnlichen Reihe!
Ich war etwas besorgt nach den Veränderungen bzw. Geschehnissen in Band 2, aber das Finale hat mich von vorne bis hinten packen und begeistern können!
Das Juwel ist eine ganz neue, interessante und erschreckende Dystopie, die ich jedem empfehlen kann!
Anis Athirah
Mar 06, 2015 marked it as to-read
Oooooooookay.

I haven't even read the second book yet to get this far, but you know what?

Heck yes.

Untitled?

No problem.



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There's a cover....and a title...... and it's beautiful!
Annika Bibbidi- Bobbidi Book
Dieser Band war der sehr gelungene Abschluss einer zauberhaften Trilogie. Hier war anders in den beiden anderen Teilen wieder eine ganz andere Handlung im Vordergrund, was unheimlich zur Spannung beitrug. Außerdem fand ich dieses Buch unerwartet traurig und dramatisch. Das Ende habe ich mir ähnlich, aber nicht exakt so vorgestellt, da hat mir irgendwas kleines gefehlt. Ich bin wirklich traurig, dass diese Reise mit Violett, Ash und Co. vorbei ist, aber mindestens genau so froh, solch eine tolle ...more
Alaina
The Black Key was the last book in The Long City series. It also picked up right where the second book, The White Rose, left us with the cliffhanger. It shows us Violet trying to find and save her sister Hazel at any cost. However, she was also a huge influence to the rebellion because she was one of the leaders - but family will always come first to her.

I really liked how the story unfolded and how this book ultimately ended this pretty amazing series. It was a pretty quick read and was very ha
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Liz Weasleyhead
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
H O L Y B A N A N A S !
The Lone City trilogy is one of the best YA trilogies I read so far <3
The world building and magic system is awesome :) the story is so gripping, intense and sometimes very emotional :) and what matters most: we've got Violet, a very selfless, caring and strong female protagonist who improves every single book a bit more :) her companions are so lovely and very well written as well :)
The trilogy has more to offer than just beautiful book covers :)
PLEASE please please re
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Ana Paula
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WHY??
What did I do to you to deserve this tormentous waiting time!?
Like, I was reading and said..."Okay, I understand there is another book so I shouldn't have much hope in everything ending..."
But then BOOM! Im here, wondering why is it so so so difficult to read a really amazing series that doesn't leave a HUGE cliffhanger!
(And no. This cliff is NOT relaxing nor amazing as the cliff un the book)
Danielle (Love at First Page)

3.5-4 stars

I enjoyed this series a lot! It's totally underrated, imo. Thankfully The Black Key is a satisfying conclusion for Violet, Ash, Garnet, and Raven, with once again quick pacing that had me racing through its pages and a sprinkle of romance. Looking forward to more books from Amy Ewing!
Yoda
I expected a lot more plot twists, instead the story was expected, there wasnt anything even a bit surprising. It was a bit of a let down after that amazing series. ...more
Lamaleluna
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sin duda el mejor de la saga.
No pude soltarlo desde que empecé a leerlo, tanta acción, magia y yo preocupada de sus a estos personajes con los que finalmente me encariñé les pase algo.
En este libro Violet debe volver al lugar donde más peligro corre y hacerse pasar por otra persona mientras cumple su misión. No puedo decirles más que eso porque sería spoiler.
Me gustó bastante y me voy con una buena impresión de esta trilogía, la escritura crece un montón del primer libro a este. Más aventuras, m
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Sandra (LadyGrey Reads)
These people are the air I breathe and the blood I bleed. They are my courage. I will not let them down.


Violet and the other Surrogates are preparing for war. They have trained as many girls as possible in using the elements - and on the day of the Auction they will attack.
But before then, Violet has another thing she cannot leave be.
She must save her sister Hazel, whom the Duchess of the Lake has kidnapped - in order to have the child she needs. One that will kill Hazel.

This book starts off qui
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The Owlery (Elizabeth)
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series has super paced paced writing and keeps you wanting more at every chapter! If you enjoyed The Selection's pace and writing style you will love this! If you enjoyed the caste system and magical elements of The Red Queen you are sure to enjoy this story from beginning to end!
Eva
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Der letzte Band der Trilogie war ein guter Abschluss der Reihe, aber im Nachhinein hat mir der erste Band echt am Besten gefallen. Jedoch fand ich die Fügungen im letzten Band echt spannend aber die Reihe hat mich einfach nicht total überzeugt.
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Amy Ewing is the young adult author of The Jewel, the first in a trilogy from HarperTeen, coming out September 2014.

She grew up in a small town outside Boston, where her librarian mother instilled a deep love of reading at a young age. Amy moved to New York City in 2000 to study theater at New York University. Unfortunately, her acting career didn’t quite pan out. She worked in restaurants, as an
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Other books in the series

The Lone City (3 books)
  • The Jewel (The Lone City, #1)
  • The White Rose (The Lone City, #2)
“These people are the air I breathe and the blood I bleed. They are my courage. I will not let them down. I” 8 likes
“The people you love make you strong, Violet. They make you brave and fearless. I wish there were some way I could make you see that.” 7 likes
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