The Key (The True Reign Series)
***Winner – Curvy Book Award 2013: Best Overall Small Press***
His father’s kingdom is on the brink of upheaval and at the center of it all is an ordinary girl who could be the key to its undoing. When faced with the ultimate choice, will he choose the girl he’s falling in love with or the kingdom he has sworn to protect?
An ordinary girl with an extraordinary past… All she wants is to be free. What she doesn’t realize is that freedom comes with a price she can’t afford to pay. She’s forced to accept the proposal of a prince she despises, even though her heart belongs to someone else… his brother.
Seventeen-year-old Rema lives in a brutal kingdom where travel between regions is forbidden, people are starving, and looking at someone the wrong way can mean death. Nineteen-year-old Darmik is the king’s son and Commander of the King’s Army. He spends his days roving the island, doing his father’s bidding and trying to maintain control over the people.
When a chance encounter throws Rema and Darmik together, they share an instantaneous connection, but any sort of relationship between them is strictly forbidden. Darmik’s brother, the Crown Prince, notices Darmik’s interest in Rema and, in a calculated, political move, blackmails her. Faced with an impossible choice, Rema is forced to sacrifice her heart in order to save her family.
As Rema is taken to the palace with the Crown Prince, Darmik confronts the growing rumor that a legitimate blood heir to the throne exists and is trying to overthrow Darmik’s family. In Darmik’s quest to hunt down and kill the threat, he discovers that nothing is as it seems. Locked in the king’s castle, Rema finds herself a key player in a massive power struggle. When Darmik shows up, she’s not sure if she can trust him. The line between friends, enemies, and loyalty becomes blurred. As truths are unlocked, Rema understands that she just might be the key to finding the rightful heir and restoring peace to the kingdom… if she can manage to stay alive long enough.
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4.5 Stars from me!!!!I feel that before I start with my review, there are a few things that I need to address right off the bat.1.) I DID receive a copy of this book for MY honest review.2.) I absolutely can NOT stand YA. I’m sorry it’s just not my cup of tea.3.) I completely hate cliffhangers.4.) I am completely IN LOVE with this book and can’t wait for the next book!Now that I have those out of the way, I will start with my review.When I first started reading this book, the switching of the POV’s was slightly annoying at first. I was really getting into Rema’s character and then Darmik would pop his head in. And it was reversed as well. But as the story progressed, I did enjoy the way that the author was able to switch the POV’s in a way that it added more to the story than if she would have told it from only 1 character POV.The character’s themselves I feel were written very well, the attention to detail when it came to describing not only their looks but also their personalities was done in a way that you weren’t left confused or wanting more from them. Each of the characters in the story had their own completely different personalities, even down to the chamber maids and it was great fun to read and see how they interact with each other.There was quite a bit of drama that was taking place throughout the story, and while I don’t usually like stories with that level of it, I think that the author was able to incorporate it in the story very well. There were enough twists and turns that were taking place that this story will suck you into it and you won’t want to put the book down.With every book, no matter how much you love it, there are also the downsides. To me, the “discovery” that Darmik made? I totally saw that coming, but even still, I enjoyed the book. I really wish that I would have known there was a cliffhanger because come the end of the book I was on baited breath waiting to find out what was going to happen next. I also felt like there were more questions than answers during the course of this book. I am hoping that the next book will be able to answer some of those questions, because I felt in a way that we didn’t discover anything new in this book.Overall, I did completely enjoy this book and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great new read!
The Key is a riveting and breath-taking journey of an ordinary young girl who turns out to be anything but ordinary. Her story is one of bitter betrayal, profound love, and fierce determination. It is not one to be ignored or taken light, so heed this warning. Now, enter this story at the risk of your own heart, but don’t let that make you shy away from the adventure and passion that awaits you.Rema could be considered as just another peasant girl. She was raised by her aunt and uncle into the simple life of a horse merchant. While she has always loved her family, she still longs for travel and adventure before settling down. Her wild heart hasn’t been tamed like the horses her uncle trains. It longs to ride free unrestrained by the shackles of everyday life. However, her dreams like her freedom are about to be dashed onto the jagged edge of a cold and heartless mountain known as the Crowned Prince. She risks her life and her heart as she is unwittingly made a pawn in the shift of allegiance in her kingdom. Does Rema have the courage to walk the unseen line that is set before her, or will she falter and fall into despair at seeing all that she has lost?After recently finishing a fantastic medieval trilogy, I was afraid I would not find another of equal or greater brilliance. I will freely admit that I was very wrong. This tale is absolutely wonderful. It claimed my attention immediately and never let it go. The stunning landscape, the vibrant characters, and the bone-chilling yet intriguing plot created a dream world that I was able to truly love and appreciate. Once this story started, there was not stopping it. It raced forward at record speed and never let up. Even the ending has you on pins and needles waiting to see what happens. You don’t often come across an ending that leaves you with multiple emotions choking in your throat at the same time. That takes a lot of heart and soul from a very talented author to pull that off.Rema is a beautiful character who is independent, devoted, and loving. To her family, she is the ideal niece who loves her uncle and aunt with all her heart and would go as far as resigning herself to an arrangement marriage to make them happy. She is wiling to push aside her dreams of traveling the countryside and keeping her freedom to remain true and faithful which speaks volumes about her character. I ached to watch what she was forced to go through at the hands of the Crowned Prince, but my heart soared at the love and kindness that his brother Darmik showered her with.No matter what trials and hardships you face, always remember that there is always something worth fighting for, something worth living for, and something worth dying for. While Rema had no idea of the nightmare that her life would become, she refused to give up, lay down, and let it take her without a fight. While darkness tried its best to destroy her, Darmick was the hope, the love, and the light in her life that fueled her decision to not give in. He became her foundation stone, and she in turn brought his heart back to life. What lay before them was engulfed in shadow and uncertainty, but Rema pressed forward knowing with everything in her that things would get better either by her own hand or with help from another.Responsibility and privilege were two notions that echoed throughout this story. The current King and Crowned Prince were ruthless and cruel. They lived only for their own pleasure and personal gain. They ignored their responsibility to take care of their people while indulging in what they saw as their privilege. As with any leader, the people under them need to be confident that the decisions made will be to their benefit and not their detriment. People will follow a good leader as long as they continue to make wise decisions, but they will overthrow a dictator whose only concern is making his life easier and his stores richer. In stark contrast Prince Darmick wanted nothing more than to see his people fed, happy, and prosperous. He cared little for the life of luxury and indulgence that he saw his father and brother partake in. They repulsed him, and yet he was forced time and again to protect them at any cost. He longed for a simple life with simple pleasures that included Rema and a family. He wanted to see his father and brother change into better people, but he also knew that was a dream that would not come true.I am in awe of this amazing story! It is filled with wondrous beauty and ravishing love that is pitted against depraved cruelty and dark deception. There is action, adventure, mystery, romance, and lots of drama. What is there not to love?! Jennifer Anne Davis is a fantastic writer who has such a captivating ability to draw you into what seems like a stunning fairy tale before unleashing the unyielding evil that tries every way possible to destroy the hope and love that begin to grow. Hold onto your seat for what feels to be the beginning of a heart wrenching and action packed tour de force that you will not want to miss out on!
The Key was an exceptionally well written story and it blew me away from the beginning to the end. The author starts out by giving her readers a back story on how a major takeover was done in a kingdom, while now a cruel and evil king has been ruling for 17 years. Total chaos, starvation, and segregation between the various sectors has ruined a quiet kingdom. However, there is a possible heir that may have survived, or so rumor has it!Rema has grown up in one of these horrible times but been kept from everything and everyone by her aunt and uncle except for the neighbors next door. She is head strong, independent and wants her freedom but will do anything for her aunt and uncle. While we meet the king’s sons Darmik and his brother Lennek, they are definitely different. One is a strong commander but is not fully agreeable with the way things is done; while the other in my opinion is a spoiled rotten prince who needs a lesson learned. He is as evil as his father if not worse!!!The author brings you this amazing story that I didn’t want to put it down, her characters seem so real that it takes you into their world. The descriptions in my opinion was just enough for my imagination to actually picture it, and not drag on. To me she brings a total package into one and then leaves it open for more. I would definitely recommend this book. When I got done reading this book my exact words to the tour host was “Amazing book and stopped it at a perfect time, BUT ARGH I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.. This is what is an amazing author.” Well done and I will without a doubt be looking forward to the next book and future books by this author. Trust me you do not want to miss this.Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!!
I have a new favorite author and it is Jennifer Anne Davis! I read The Power to See by her a few months back and loved it so I was dying to read another one of her books. This book was WOW! I have been reading tons of new adult and erotica lately and this was completely different. I think it is technically Young Adult Historical. But it is soooo much more than that.Rema lives in a horrible kingdom ruled by a horrible man, King Barjon. This King has two sons, Crown Prince Lennek and Army Commander and Prince Darmik. Rema is a strong young woman full of independence, kindness and love. She is fierce and I loved her. She is what young women should be like today.Darmik is just amazing. He is kind but loyal. Darmik and Lennek have an awful awful sibling rivalry. Lennek is an ass. There is no way for me to sugar coat him. He is a villain. And I am pretty sure I wished for his death a few times.This book is a complete page turner. I hated that I had to sleep, work and take care of my kids while reading this book. Jennifer’s writing style is just flawless. The descriptions set me right in the room with them. And since this book takes place in what is probably 100s of years ago, she really made it all seem so real. The Key also brought out tons of emotions. I really felt for Rema and Darmik.If you are looking for a great read that is not like anything you have read before, one- click The Key. It was great. Warning… There is a pretty big cliff hanger but book #2 will be out very very soon.I was given an ARC for an honest review.
~MY REVIEW~Where to begin….The Key is a wonderfully descriptive novel that takes place in the age of Kings and Queens, large castles, peasants, and the things that in my mind are from King Arthur’s Court. Once you open the cover, you are transported to this amazing land where secrets, drama, and tough choices reside.Rema is an amazing girl who has an interesting, yet difficult, life. She is hidden away from pretty much everyone, she is taught not to trust outsiders – especially royalty, and there are many secrets Rema has yet to learn.I loved Darmik and really hoped that in the end, he would prevail. I hated Lennek and his father, and enjoyed every minute of that hatred. Those two seem to be united in ruling through evil doings….and I really wanted to knock their heads together!I really enjoyed the fact that the story is told from different points of view which allowed me to connect to the different characters more fully. The different classes of people, life under the thumb of a tyrant, and the troubles that everyone faces, including members of the royal families, were all described flawlessly.Before I end my review, let me say this "THE END?? REALLY?? YOU’RE GOING TO LEAVE ME HANGING LIKE THAT!?!?" Ok, seriously best cliffhanger EVER.For me, this world and the characters who live in it were skillfully created in my mind. I am waiting quite impatiently for the next edition of this series to be released.
*This Book Was Given To Me By The Author In Exchange For An Honest Review*This book is your next MUST READ! A cover to cover, could not put it down, even if I tried kind of read. The characters just jump of the pages and the craving to know what happens next is intense. No words in this book are superfluous (apart from the last 4 .. but I will get to those) so read them carefully. Even the prologue offers clues that can help you try and unscramble the mysteries held within the pages that demand your attention. Often YA books can leave an adult wanting but this is NOT the case here. Now back to those final 4 words …. end of book 1 ….. END OF BOOK 1???? Even though I went into this KNOWING there was a cliffhanger coming I was STILL caught off guard. The urge to THROW my kindle across the room is definitely not an understatement here and the only thing that saved it is without it I wouldn’t be able to read book 2. Incredible!!.V""V
Greenwood Island is being invaded by Emperor Hamen and will stop at nothing until the entire royal family has been exterminated, at least so he thought. Royal Commander Mako vowed to keep the last living heir safe. Seventeen years later, we see Rema has grown into a lovely young woman. She’s raised by her "Aunt Maya" and her "Uncle Kar", raised on a farm, she has a love for horses. A chance encounter with Prince Darmik awakens desires to travel and seeing other lands instead of her current future as a farmer’s wife. Unfortunately, Prince Darmik’ s brother has more sinister plans for Rema. Will Rema fall prey to Prince Lennik’s plan? Will the real heir finally return to the throne?The Key is a great coming of age story. I was engrossed in the story from the very beginning. This novel focuses on a medieval kingdom wrought by the tyranny of an evil king. There’s suspenseful moments as Rema continually gets close to finding out who she really is. This even has a great romance! The only disappointing thing I found with this book is that it’s a trilogy and the end leaves us hanging! I can’t wait for book two to see what happens to Rema. Jennifer Anne Davis has written an amazing historical fiction novel, that I truly enjoyed and I’m sure you will too.
What???!!! No! It can’t be over. **Starts crying in the corner** I need book two NOW!!! How will I survive who knows how long without more Darmik? And what about that cliffhanger? If I wasn’t sitting properly I would have fallen out of my seat. The author is just exceptional! I have read all the books she has written and each one gets better and better. I love several characters in this book.