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Guardian's Key

(Crystal Keep #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  251 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Guardian's Key tells the dark legend of Crystal Keep. Into this magical fortress, protected by the all-powerful Guardian, comes a young woman searching for her own special magic, and her own self. ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 310 pages
Published May 1996 by Berkley Publishing Group
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This book sent me into a book slump because I was so fucking disappointed. It was actually hard to find because it was recently pulled from ebook and I had to buy a used copy of it like a total book bitch. But someone told me that this was basically ill-concealed Labyrinth fic, and that sort of shit is my fangirl kryptonite so I was like shut up and take my $$$$. I ordered that shit used from Amazon like a champ of ordering used books an
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Bonnie
Jun 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. I've already re-read it four or five times since I first picked it up six years ago and I plan to re-read it again. And this is from a girl who very rarely re-reads. What can I say, I'm a sucker for the old she hates him-she loves him trope where the love interest is initially the mysterious bad boy the heroine sees as an antagonist. Plus, the concept of every door opening into another landscape (including one into an amazing library) is wish-fulfillment for me. However, do not ...more
Jennis Andelin
Sep 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
sorry, can't get on board with a book where the protagonist falls in love/ends up with the man who rapes her. especially when the book justifies the rape and makes it seem like no big deal. yuck yuck yuck. ...more
Irene
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Took me two tries to get a physical copy of the mass market paperback, so my appetites were whetted, to say the least!

Anne Logston's Guardian's Key is about Dara, the daughter of 2 powerful mages turned scullery maid-we'll get to that in a moment- who travels to the magical Crystal Keep in order to get her wish granted. Think of the Crystal Keep as a wishing well with a warning sign ~*~be careful what you wish for~*~

Dara, despite being the child of 2 mages whose family lines are all mages, does
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Kagama-the Literaturevixen
After seeing reviews comparing this to the movie Labyrinth, but with a romance, I couldnt wait to read this book. Yes I admit... I ship Sara/Jareth *blushes*

Dara is a daughter of two magicians,but as she had no powers of her own she ran away from home.
She became servant at a castle and fell in love with a young man who is the heir to the kingdom.
They cannot marry though because she lacks magic talent (seems being a commoner isnt too big of an obstacle for marrying,but being magicless is.)

The sto
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Cassie
It may not be the most well-written book I've read, but I am starved for Problematic Villain Love Interests. I enjoyed it well enough and it certainly did its job. There were more than a few select scenes that spoke directly to my very specific interests. ...more
Amanda
Jan 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
Dara goes to get an answer from the Oracle, but she has to get by Vanion, the latest Guardian to get it. While in the magic castle (no kidding, an ACTUAL magic castle, imagine that?) she winds up finding how the Oracle came to be, what makes the Guardian - plus she rescues people trapped in their own little hells inside the mysterious rooms of the no-kidding-Magic-Castle.

It was okay, but I don't like the thread where Vanion tricks Dara, seduces her and then she falls in love with him. Not that h
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The Writer
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was honestly surprised with how much I enjoyed this read. I honestly expected it to be a bit of a throwaway read. but it was absolutely enchanting. between the mystery and magic of the keep, to Dara's intrepid and determined spirit the entire thing was absolutely wonderul. very interesting and with hardly a dull moment, all carrying a very beautiful theme. can't wait to get my own copy and read it again and highly reccomend it. ...more
Kate H
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I always loved this book and all the author's other stories. I wish she had written more books. Her characters are approachable and yet appropriately foreign. The land is just obscure enough to not be ours but yet relatable enough to make it viable. I love her humor and her characterization. ...more
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The ending is cheesy and predictable but the story itself is one of a kind. I haven't read anything quite so delightful in a while! I wish certain aspects were hashed out a little more...could use a sequel. :/ ...more
Hannah Maree
Feb 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Was clearly once Labyrinth fic, and not even good Labyrinth fic unfortunately
Sarah
Jun 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Really good book. It's got a really interesting story line, and it's easy to get drawn into. You might be able to guess the ending, but it's not the most obvious. ...more
Stack Reviews
May 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I look forward to future installments of Guardian's Key . ...more
Gojiem
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
These books are defitely.
Greymalkin
Feb 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
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Emma
Apr 23, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so I read this book off of a suggestion that it was similar to Ella Enchanted, so I snatched it up and read it hoping to find a fantasy story with a strong, independent female protagonist with just enough romance to make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

And it was sorta like that

It was similar in the fact that the main character was female and was written in the first person point of view. She is fairly independent and winds up saving herself or whatever. The setting is the good ol' middl
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Tripleguess
Sep 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
"Misunderstood Jerk, Take #579,354." I'm going to go spoiler here --

-spoiler-

he basically rapes the protagonist (you are splitting hairs if you say he didn't -- it's just gross either way) but she goes for him in the end because she feels sorry for him. Lady, you're crazy and there is no way I can identify you.

If he'd been a bit spiteful in the beginning then showed some depth gradually I could have swallowed the basic premise, but using someone like that then coming up with a half-assed excuse
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Victoria
Oct 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
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RogueHireling
Mar 06, 2010 rated it liked it
I would probably give this a two and a half. It took me a really long time to read, I think mainly because I just didn't find it that interesting.
The ideas were interesting as such, but I just dont think the delivery was quite engaging enough.
The characters were somewhat bland mainly because there was no time given to investing the reader into the characters.
Overall it was a fine read, but not a book I couldn't put down.
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Tracy
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Wow, time changes perspective! I read this years ago and was never bothered by the shallowness of the characters, or the really ridiculous idea that -

-spoilers-

-she's going to forgive him for being a rapist, and fall in love with him.
What?
The?
Fuck?
All that said, it's still engagingly readable, and well paced.
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tatterpunk
Dec 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
Even when I was so in love with Anne Logston's heroines I kept every title possible on my shelf, this one was... difficult to reconcile. I think I read it through at least three times, trying to let Logston persuade me that a "relationship" beginning in trickery and rape can eventually become voluntary, even... sweet?

Yeah, no. In the end, that's a bridge too far.
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