Do you believe in magic?' When Zoe McCourt was sixteen she had been dazzled by the handsome and wealthy James Marshall. He had taken her innocence and left her to bring up their child alone. Now, after ten years of struggle, Zoe's life is finally coming together. Her son, Simon, is her pride and joy, and she is about to venture into business with her new-found friends Malory and Dana. There is even a hint of romance on the horizon, in the very sexy form of Bradley Charles Vane IV, a man whose wealth and good looks make Zoe a little wary but seriously tempted to throw caution to the wind. But before she can embrace her future she has a challenge to face. For Malory, Dana and Zoe have been chosen to undergo a quest to free the souls of three demi-goddesses trapped by an ancient evil. It is a challenge that promises great riches but also grave danger. And, of all of them, Zoe has the most to lose. Three women. Three keys to find. If one fails, they all lose. If they all succeed - money, power and a new destiny awaits. It will take more than intellect, more than determination. They will have to open their hearts, their minds, and believe that everything and anything is possible.
Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Hideaway, Under Currents, Come Sundown, The Awakening, Legacy, and coming in November 2021 -- The Becoming -- the second book in The Dragon Heart Legacy. She is also the author of the futuristic suspense In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.
This final installment in the Key trilogy was the weakest for me. I don't know, maybe I shouldn't have read all three books in a row, because reading about the tale of the three demigoddesses' souls trapped in a box of glass and how three mortal women, the heroines, were destined to find the "keys" to release them got a bit stale this time around. It was pretty much the same basic thing all over again, and neither Zoe nor Brad, the couple du jour, was compelling enough to engage my full interest.
I admit I didn't like Zoe very much from the glimpses I had on the previous books, Key of Light and Key of Knowledge: she came across like this "wonder woman", larger than life and independent to the point of being too stubborn. Unfortunately, my impression didn't change after reading this book and there was a time or two when I wanted to give her a good shake to make her see reason. Her reluctance to accept Brad's love was justifiable in the beginning - after all, single mothers are, or should be, wary when considering a new romantic relationship - but I though she dragged it a little too long. If Brad was a "shady" character, I could understand it, but he was far from it.
Brad was the handsome, honest millionaire with a heart of gold, no flaws and not a single skeleton in the closet. He fell fast and hard for Zoe and, bonus points there, he also adored her son Simon. The ultimate good guy, he was perfection in flesh and bone, there was absolutely nothing wrong with him... and I couldn't care less about him. Would I love to have a guy like him in real life? Sure! But that kind of hero doesn't work for me in Romancelandia, I'm sorry to say. Hmm, maybe that's why Zoe took so long to fall for him, LOL.
As for the search for Zoe's "key", it was obvious - for me, not for Zoe - that the answer was so the mystery part of the story didn't add much spark to make this an engrossing read. I was kind of bored halfway through the book, since neither the romance nor the mystery was thrilling. It's somewhat funny: I liked the mystery but not the romance in Key of Light, liked the romance but not the mystery in Key of Knowledge, and didn't like either the romance and the mystery in Key of Valor. Not exactly the combo I wanted.
Since this was the third and last book in the series, Key of Valor ends with a nice scene featuring only the three heroines in order to give closure to the whole quest for the "keys". While I understood the reason behind the way NR chose to end the story, I was left feeling that That was the final nail in the coffin for me... Meh!
Of all the Key books, at a glance, it was the title of this book that already spoke volumes to me.
Fiction books have always captured me. Being able to slip into worlds I'll never step foot on. Stepping into the shoes of the hero. Feeling the laughter bubble in my gut when the humor and sarcasm of such characters pop out of the page. The warm feeling of sunlight in my chest when I see the clarity and intensity of love between family, friends and lovers. I can keep going with many more euphemisms to escape the blunt pleasure I get when reading a book.
Simply put, this is the 3rd trilogy of Nora's that I've read. Circle was the first: I'm stuck. Sign of 7 second: I'm intrigued. This did me in. Though I laughed less with this book, it still brought home all the joys and loves I have about reading. The romance between Zoe and Brad tugged just as much as Dana and Jordan. I felt the battle at the end was a bit rushed, and required more detail, but maybe I can pinpoint that on my being greedy for action, excitement, the literal battle between the light and the dark. Zoe's struggles were admireable as was the man who stood beside her.
For once, like Zoe, I'm not going to argue and say wow. This book is one of my faves, especially with Zoe's young son Simon in it because he was the icing on top of my cupcake, because I'm a romantic and it really hits home of what I've dreamed, fought for, am still fighting for and wanted.
I have such a book hangover from this series! From the very first sentence of the first book in the trilogy, I was sucked in, turning pages, wanting to know what happens next. Nora Roberts can write just about anything, from regular romance to murder mysteries. Thankfully, she is a master at romance with a twist of magic and/or supernatural. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it and the whole trilogy to everyone. Be prepared for a major book hangover.
Waring this review is more personal then about the book.
Books are magical. Pure magic. I've been in a rut lately, I've lost both of my grandparents with in a period of 5 weeks of each other. It's been 2 months for one and a month the other. It's been hard and only made harder and more real on Sunday when the family went through their stuff. And that night the smells and memories of childhood (I lived with them from the age of 4 to 21) hit me hard. The reality that I won't smell these smells or hear them or see them again sunk in. And I've been in a daze basically. I couldn't read, I wanted to, but I have no drive, no desire. To do anything really but I had to try. I needed something to take me away. And so I picked up the Key of Valor. The final in a trilogy I had been meaning to read and I'm glad that this was the book I chose. It distracted me and made me smile, made me cry but happy tears, and I needed happy tears there has been so much sad tears.
I guess I should do something about the book.
It's Zoe's turn to look for the 3rd key to help the sisters of glass. Zoe who's life revolves around her 9 year old boy Simon. Who by the way is a lovely child. I related to this book and character more then the others, being a single mom myself. The feelings she felt I have gone through. Now she needs to figure out what she needs to do in order to find the remaining key. Will she have to give up everything she wants for the greater good or will she still succeed if she fallows her heart.
At last I can put this trilogy to rest, knowing that what I attempted to try all those years ago in high school, I've finally done.
Out of all the books in this trilogy, I think this might be my second favorite, but don't hold me to that statement. As far as being the conclusion to the story that began in Key of Light, this book was really a nice way to wrap up the greater story that happens throughout the trilogy. We get to see our underdog of the protagonists, Zoe, face the challenge to find the most difficult key of the three required.
However, that aside, I have a lot of issues with a lot of the way in which this story was executed. So naturally, it's time for me to go down that list.
All in all this trilogy isn't the greatest thing ever, but I am glad that I finally read all of it and gave it a chance. I'm not sure yet if I'll hang onto it permanently, but it'll stay in my library for now, because it does feel like a series that can [and probably should] be read and re-read without the use of a lot of critical thinking or brainpower required.
The best of the trilogy, though not by a huge margin. If you've read the others, you know what you're getting into so I'll keep my remarks short.
At the start, Roberts takes Simon (Zoe's son) off the table as an attack vector for Cain. This is absolutely essential to prevent Simon from taking over the story. Also, it allows Brad to develop a natural relationship with Simon and seeing that evolve was a lot of the charm of the book.
I was a bit worried that Zoe would make a lousy warrior type and was pleasantly surprised with how well her protective instincts meshed with her innate stubbornness to make someone who would fight Cain with all that she had without flinching or defaulting before the fight began. I was less pleased that the same traits kept her avoiding intimacy with Brad for so long. There's really no credible reason to avoid emotional entanglements, even from her historical perspective. Brad is clearly a decent, supportive guy who wouldn't even think of hurting her or her son (even inadvertently).
I liked the wrap-up of the larger storyline, as well. Roberts did a good job of letting us understand the dynamics of the court and how Rowena and Pit figured into them. And Zoe's solution to the tangled mess was both unexpected and exactly right.
A note about Steamy: Standard Roberts steam factor in this book. Not a bad thing.
Magic, destiny and gods, that's the new reality of Zoe McCourt for the past two months. The preparations for the upcoming opening of three new combined shop at the same adress with her friends are well advanced. Malory will handle the art galery, Dana manage the library/tea room and Zoe have the beauty salon. But now it's her time to search for the last key to save the souls of three goddesses. The pressure is stronger on her since Dana and Mallory already found theirs so if she fail, everyone lose.
Thanks to unreliable parents, Zoe learned at a young age to take care of herself and depend on no one. Pregnant at sixteen, she still had to manage on her own and is used to do everything by herself. But she never regretted it, because her nine-years-old boy is her treasure. But when the quest for the key brought Bradley Charles Vane IV, heir to Homemakers enterprise, in her life, it destabilized her. Not used to a man's attention, she misinterpret what he say or do. He's too pretty, too rich, too everything and she feel intimidated. But Brad is not a man who give up and when he want something, there's no stopping him, no matter the time it will take. It make him sound like a ruthless man but he's the opposite. He's just a patient and clever man who know what he wants.
Awareness, annoyance and attraction, what a great way to tell us Zoe and Brad's love story. Ever since we saw the sparks between them in the first book, I knew they would be great together. By book 2, I had the strong impression they would be my favorites and I couldn't wait to see where this amazing chemistry was going. Individually, they were great characters and as a couple they were just as awesome. How Brad did his courtship, the things he said, what he did, it was all swoon-worthy. Add to that the special bond he quickly developped with Simon (Zoe's son), it's no surprise the heroine and I felt for him. Maybe some people will find Zoe too stubborn and wary but I thought her mama bear's attitude was one of her best feature. I also like how she see life as something not easy but worth it and that she's proud of what she did and who she became. The scene where she go see her mother and what she said to her, it all showed what an incredible, strong and amazing woman she is. One of the most inspirational character I've ever read for sure.
One of the great thing about this series was the friendship between the three women, but I really enjoyed the friendship between the three guys too.
Finally, I liked how the author subtly raise the questions : what is love ? Is it a matter of chance ? or is it fate ? Do you have a say in it or was it already written and no matter what you do it will lead you to it ?
Güzel bir üçlemenin sonuna geldik. Noracığım bu sefer işin içine mitolojiyi, tanrıları felan katmış ve çok hoş olmuş. Kelt efsanelerinden yola çıkıp bize güzel bir hikaye anlatıyor. Kelt tanrılarından biri bir ölümlüye aşık olur ve kızı kendi dünyasına getirtir. Bunun üzerine kimileri bunları hoş karşılar kimileri de bu duruma sinir olurlar. Bunların üç kızı olur, hepsi yarı tanrıdır ve özellikleri farklı olsalar da çok sevimli, cana yakın ve birbirlerini seven üç kız kardeştirler. Ama bir büyücü onları bir an korumasız yakalar ve ruhlarını bir kutuya hapseder. Kutunun 3 kilidi vardır ve ancak 3 fani tarafından açılabilecektir. Bu 3 fani de aynı kasabada yaşayan Malory, Dana ve Zoe isimli kadınlardır. Malory sanat galerisinde çalışmakta ve işinde huzursuzluk yaşamaktadır, Dana da kütüphanede çalışmakta kitaplarla kafayı bozmuş bir kadındır ve o da huzursuzdur, Zoe ise bir kuaförde çalışan yetenekli elleri olan ve 9 yaşında bir oğlu bulunan genç kadındır. Bu üç kadın da 3000 yıldır uyumakta olan kızlara benzemektedirler ve hepsi sırasıyla anahtarları bulma görevini kabul ederler. Önce Malory bulur ilk kitapta, ikinci de Dana, en son heyecanlı bir bitiş ile Zoe bulur. Bu arada aşk olmaz mı olur tabi. Malory kalbini Dana'nın üvey abisi Flynn'e kaptırır. Dana ise yıllar önce onu terk eden, bu olaylar için kasabaya gelen onun ve abisinin çocukluk arkadaşı Jordan'ı affeder ve daha güçlü bir birlikteliğe başlarlar. Zoe ise Flynn'in diğer kankası Bradley'e kalbini kaptıracaktır. Onların anahtarları bulmasını engelleyen Kane isimli kötü bir büyücü de vardır ve onları içlerine çektiği düşlerle vazgeçirmeye çalışmaktadır.
Kitaplar hem romantik hem mitolojik hem de merak unsurlarını güzelce işliyor. Siz anlamadan kendinizi 100-150 sayfa okumuş buluyorsunuz. Zaten Nora yazar da okunmaz mı? :D
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
"I think you should do what makes you happy. And sometimes doing what makes you happy is harder and scarier than doing what's safe."
In this third and last book in Nora Robert's Key trilogy Zoe must come to terms with her past and her present if she is to locate the final key, the Key of Valor, and release the three daughters from their imprisonment.
I really can't say enough about this series. It is such a perfect blend of magic, mystery, and romance. I loved learning more about Zoe in this book and finding out what makes her tick. I loved seeing her grow as a character as she learned to accept help from others, and that it is okay to care about and depend on friends and family. And I loved watching her and Brad fall completely in love with each other.
Overall this was a great book and I highly recommend this series!
The third and final book in this trilogy equals the first two. It's Zoe's quest to find the third and final key to unlock the Daughters of Glass. Added into the mix is romance and intrigue as she examines her past in light of her present. Kane tries to tempt her into giving into despair while Bradley does his utmost to win the love of Zoe, the warrior of the trio that includes Dana and Malory.
Will she succeed in finding the key before her month is up, or will the quest be a failure? What does her son Simon play in the quest? How about Bradley?
Each of the stories build on the others, but it could stand alone; however, read them all in the order written to understand the progression of the ladies' adventures helping Rowena, Pitte, and the Celtic gods to restore life to their world behind the curtain.
Third and final book of the Key Trilogy has single mother Zoe and wealthy hottie Brad up for the search for the third and final key that will unlock the prison the Sisters of Glass have been in for three thousand years. There was more than it's fair share of angst and a lot of soul searching, which got tedious at times. Kane, the baddie, didn't seem to bring his A-Game to this one either. I would definitely recommend reading the other books as a lot just wouldn't make sense if you don't. 3 1/2-Stars
Such a wonderful book!!! This ends the trilogy of the keys. And, it goes out with a bang! Nora Roberts has the gift of bringing all three books together seamlessly, building on the excitement in each book, then wrapping it all up to a beautiful happy ending.
Aesthetics showing a Key of Light firstly, flowing into Wits by Key of Knowledge and finally facing off Key of Valor...
Key trilogy is a story of Beauty, Knowledge and Courage. Three women, who were on the verge of losing their current jobs suddenly gets an invitation to a place called Warrior's peak. There they are given an intriguing yet interesting responsibilities each and suitable reward for the same.
According to the task, each must find a Key which unlocks the glass coffin where souls of three daughters of a Keltic God is sealed and if it is achieved, each is rewarded with a million dollars...
The main problem I had with this trilogy is the repeatability of sequences. The path woman takes and the thinking and also the inevitableness is almost similar in all three books... Among three, story of Dana felt quite different atleast..
Nora Roberts is well known for great sex scenes and this trilogy is not an exception.. Again, sex scenes in book two is superior compared to book one followed by book three..
A woman of beauty, Malary.. A woman of truth, Dana.. A woman of valor, Zoe..
Malary being a protagonist of book one works at art gallery and loves paintings... She is a kind of perfectionist and a woman who likes to plan everything in order.. She meets Flin who is the brother of Dana and fall in love with him..
Characterization of Flin is super cool... They say that he has a way to talk you into anything he wants and its quite true. Humorous angle of this character is really good.
Second, Dana is a witty woman who works at library and is a fellow bookworm.. Am all love for this character and book two of the trilogy.. It's the best one of three.. She and her past colliding in the form of Jordan.. Silent yet valiant and understanding character of Jordan is what made a ferocious tiger like Dana to fall for him...
Lastly, Zoe who works at saloon and a beauty expert.. I couldn't bring myself to like Zoe no matter how much I tried to... She whines alot and feels a bit overprotective of her son and herself... A guy who enters her life Brad... O man... This guy is too unreal.. He is just, perfect.. Idk.. Please don't make characters perfect.. It never works.. But dynamics with him and Simon (Zoe's son) is noteworthy..
The couples who lives in Warriors peak namely Rowina and Pitt are given the needed screentime.. Neither less nor more..
Cain... Well.. I felt him as just an passing cloud but not a cool antagonist which I hoped him to be..
World Building :
Much of world building is not there since the primary focus of the story is Romance.. Often Cain drags the women responsible in finding the keys behind the curtain to create an illusion and as far as fantasy world, that's petty much it..
But the world of trio protagonists are designed fairly..
Fantasy and Romance :
I would not say the primary genre of this book as Fantasy because of the sheer scarcity of fantastical elements in the story.. Romance is predominant which is supra normal with Nora Roberts and I would not blame her because she has done a fantastic job with it as she always have..
Romance in first book is very good.. Second book is awesome.. Third book dips pale..
I enjoyed the first book... Second book was excellent.. But third book didn't appeal to me much...
Key of Light = 3 stars Key of Knowledge = 4 stars Key of Valor = 2 stars
This was a really solid series by Nora, and this final installment might be the strongest of all. I loved Zoe McCourt, her sweet son, Simon, and her relationship with Brad. I loved the angst and tension surrounding the search for the final missing key - the one that would finally unlock the trapped souls of three demigoddesses. Beyond the far-fetched, at times silly, story line, I really was totally absorbed in this book.
Zoe's past was not an easy one. She'd grown up in a trailer park, with an abusive - then absent - father, and an alcoholic, hard mother. She got pregnant at sixteen by a boy who wanted nothing to do with her or the baby, and she left that trailer shortly afterwards to work her way towards a decent life in the mountains of West Virginia. Now, with 9-year-old Simon, she knows she's the luckiest woman in the world. But she's shocked to discover that she's been chosen - along with two other women, Malory and Dana - to take on the magical, centuries-old quest of finding three hidden keys, which will unlock three tortured, trapped demigoddess souls.
Through the first two books, Malory and Dana find their respective keys, and they also find love with Flynn and Jordan - men who became integral parts of their missions. Now, in this third novel, it's Zoe's turn to play her part, and her primary goal is to keep Simon safe while she searches. The evil god, Kane, will be trying to thwart her efforts, as he'd done with the other two women - but now, being so close to the end, she's sure his attempts to stop them will be more bloody and dangerous.
Meanwhile, she's dealing with a struggle of a different kind - whether or not to trust her heart (not to mention her son) with the man who claims to be falling in love with her, Brad. He's determined to be a part of her quest, and to keep Simon safe - but after all that Zoe's been through, it's hard to put her faith in a man.
This story was complex, emotional, and engaging. Kane was ten times more menacing in this book than in the previous ones, and I finished this really quickly because I felt so invested and interested in what was coming next. I loved Zoe - the toughest, bravest, most courageous warrior of them all. And Simon just added a dash of pure, innocent sweetness to the mix.
All in all, a really great magical series (and I don't always love these magical, unrealistic plots). This one was very well done, and had me hooked from the first page of Malory's story until the final page of this one. I highly recommend!
Nora Roberts Key Trilogy ends just as strongly as it began, with hairdresser/mom Zoe finding the third key when she makes a home and family for herself. With all the obstacles that she had to overcome to succeed, Zoe's journey is that much more powerful, which she discovers when she traces her footsteps. Zoe and Brad are more connected than they knew (he was in the building when she went into labor while working at one of his stores) and their relationship, which has been building over the course of three novels, creates a great ending. I only wish we could have an epilogue with the wedding.
I read this for the "related to the word Magical" part of my 2021 mini challenge. It's definitely magical, with the keys and the gods and the sorcerer. The proposals all came a bit quick for my taste, but the characters are real and exciting and I love this trilogy.
Zoe - hairdresser, mother, resourceful, ... Pitte refers to her as both Little Warrior and Little Mother. Abandoned by father, oldest of 4, mother a hairdresser from their trailer... at 16 she fell in 17 year old, son of one of her mother's rich client. When she comes up pregnant, he abadones her and her mother ridicules her. She leaves home, and begins a path to caring for herself and Simon.
Simon is now 10... they live in a small house of their own, where she did a lot of the home improvements herself.
Bradley... rich scion of the town's hardware family... he moved to NY for a dozen years, and has now moved back to Pleasant Valley, to the river house... with a great game room.
This trilogy was written differently than others... it is in fact one long story, that highlights a different woman, but all of them are growing... they're gearing up to open Indulgence... etc. Often trilogies seem like 3 separate stories... these were weaved together.
Zoe even more so than the other two, revisits her past, and the choices she made that brought her to the present. A psychological evaluation... and she must find the strength to not only fight Cain and his deceptions, but to trust Bradley.
Her key is found under the kitchen door mat... symbolizing her awareness that she truly belongs to Bradley & his life...
A satisfying end to a pretty decent trilogy. It was a little predictable after reading the 1st 2 novels but that's to be expected with trilogies like this.
In the first & second book I was a very big fan of Zoe but once I read her story... I didn't really care for her too much. But she is a loving mother & very much a Little Warrior.
Brad - the good guy, perfection on earth, there was absolutely nothing wrong with him... and yet - Ugh! Can you say boring?!?
Simon however was such a little charmer and a total doll. He really made the story for me.
In terms of which books I liked better, I'd put the books in order as #2, #3, then #1. I rated them each 3 Stars since I thought they were all better than Ok but I wouldn't write home to my mama about them either.
It is true. I have no self-restraint and stayed up way too late reading this book (of course, it might also have something to do with drinking a latte at 5 in the afternoon!). Of the series, this was the story that I was most looking forward to reading. The first two books both offered lots of lead-up to this story of the third seeker, which was very appropriate considering the characters involved. Unfortunately, it just didn't satisfy whatever it was I was looking for. The lead-up in the previous titles was a lot more exciting for me than the romance itself, and the search-for-the-key plotline was just losing its lustre for me. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't all I had hoped it would be.
A lot of the same as the first two books, but nonetheless, a good conclusion to a solid trilogy. I found all three books to be sharp, engaging, and witty. Roberts is good at mixing fantasy elements with contemporary fiction. Nothing profound or groundbreaking here, just a fun story. While I didn't find Zoe as interesting as Malory or Dana, I thought she was much more self aware and mature. I liked that all three girls were very different too.