by Nora Roberts

January 2004
ISBN: 0-515-13653-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Jove Books
Mass Market Paperback

In completing the Key trilogy, Nora Roberts has given the readers several plot bonuses. First of all, there is the legend itself - compelling, mysterious and other-worldly. Can three mortal women defeat a powerful sorcerer and free the Daughters of Glass? Then there is our heroine, Zoe McCourt, the woman who must complete the quest. She is the embodiment of courage and personal determination. There is enough steel in her backbone to create a Hummer, yet she is soft, loving and loyal. Her son, Simon is another facet. There is a wisdom in his young eyes, a knowledge of what is true and right. And the third “key” character, Bradley Charles Vane IV. He has the soul of a poet and the heart of a warrior. The love he has for Zoe and Simon flows through him and supports him like the armor of ages long past.

Readers can easily identify with Zoe and the sacrifices she has made. A mother protecting her young can accomplish miraculous feats. Zoe will need a miracle if she is to find the final key. Vulnerable on a personal level, she must overcome her fears and insecurities. To leave them open is to invite attack. Her vision and dream of a better life have carried her far away from the West Virginia mountains. Her grit and determination have created a safe haven and welcoming home.

This book will invite cheers of encouragement, tears of anguish and tears of joy. It may also make you take a look at the life you lead. Can you look back on the choices you made and be satisfied? Who we are or will be is tied to who we were. Zoe and her partners have made the right choices. Will it be enough to find the last key?

Reviewed in December 2003 by Paula.

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