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The Black Key

(The Lone City #3)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  13,865 ratings  ·  1,203 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
Hardcover, 295 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by HarperTeen
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Sep 26, 2015 marked it as to-read
i need this like right now!!! THE ENDING FROM THE WHITE ROSE IS KILLING ME!!!

Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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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 perf
Sarah Elizabeth
“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 bu
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
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I'd rather die fighting the royalty than serving them."

It's like I connected with Air and flew through these pages.
The finale of The Lone City- Trilogy is fast paced, violent and bloody. It was as well written as the first two books in the series and it surely kept me glued to the pages. You get to see a whole other side of the city and of the life of it's inhabitants which was really fascinating. There are some things that could've gone another way for this to be perfect, I mean... (view
Jul 21, 2015 marked it as to-read
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Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: english-books
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. ...more
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was unexpectedly excellent. I actually loved it.

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.
savannah chandler
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely trilogy! I flew through all three books in a matter of 72 hours and had such a fun time. I loved being immersed in this storyline and grew a connection with these characters quite quickly. It has a similar premise to The Selection series which I absolutely loved back in 2014, so these books made me a bit nostalgic and make me want to do a Selection series re-read. The writing in these books are a bit juvenile, with the world not being as complex and
*** 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
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
Anis Athirah
Mar 06, 2015 marked it as to-read

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

Heck yes.


No problem.


There's a cover....and a title...... and it's beautiful!
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 read
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
Ana Paula
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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!
I expected a lot more plot twists, instead the story was expected, there wasn´t anything even a bit surprising. It was a bit of a let down after that amazing series.
Elizabeth Conway
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! ...more
“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.”

Actual Rating: 2.75 stars

This was fine for what it was.

It's been a few years since I read the first two books, but I had never gotten around to finishing the trilogy. I'd actually kind of forgotten about it until I was scrolling through Hoopla and saw that it was available. Since my reading tastes are vastly different than they were when I read/enjoyed the first
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
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing

May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
I'm really glad I waited to read this, because if I read it right after the White Rose I probably would've hated it.

That being said, I'm not sure if this was better than book 1, I don't remember enough from that one. I did enjoy this story overall. Violet was really annoying in the beginning when she basically was the only one allowed to take stupid risks. I'm glad Ash didn't listen to her.

I definitely enjoy the paladins compared to the surrogates. I also liked that Violet and co had an actual
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: released-2016
It's been quite a while since I've finished an entire series, and it feels kind of really good? Like I feel so accomplished and glad that I got to see this Story unfold from beginning to end. And I did really enjoy it.

Overall this series does have some flaws, definitely, like the, sometimes frustratingly bland, main character or the very simple distinction between good and bad. Or, related to the main character thing, how the books would majorly focus on Violet (I know she's the main character
I received a copy of The Black Key from Walker Books Australia to review. This is the last book in the Lone City trilogy.

I've really enjoyed the first two books in the trilogy so I was excited to finally see how the story was going to end but sad at the same time.

I loved the story behind how/why the surrogates have their abilities. I don't want to give too much away for those that haven't read these books yet but I loved that after Violet and Raven told the surrogate they could get to the trut
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"These people are the air I breathe and the blood I bleed. They are my courage. I will not let them down."

Love love love this trilogy. So underrated! It has such a cool concept, an amazing mixture of dystopia and fantasy and the characters are amazing. Especially Garnet whom I love with all of my heart. The first book is definitely weaker than the second and third book so even if you didn't like that one, keep going! I promise, it's worth it. I wish I could reread the whole trilogy right now and
rachel ☾
#1) The Jewel ★★★☆☆
#2) The White Rose ★★★☆☆

I genuinely love how much this series made me feel and think but damn it, this was such a disappointment.

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Chelsey Connor
What a great ending to this series. There’s one thing that happens which saddens me so much 😿 and then there were things that made me not want to stop reading and keeping me on the edge. Like I said, great ending.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Can't give this five stars because the ending felt very rushed and a little too easy. ...more
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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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