by Rebecca Brandewyne

September 2004
ISBN: 0-7783-2003-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Since she was a young girl, Ariana Levesque has had nightmares of a young boy, a castle and a great sea monster. After a gypsy tells her that her destiny lies in a far off land, Ariana finds herself caught up in a dangerous game of intrigue that began over two hundred years before she was born.

After witnessing his fatherís brutal murder, Malcolm Blackfriars makes a shocking discovery; his family lies under an ancient curse that is over two hundred years old and that curse conceals many dark secrets and many deaths. With his own life at risk, Malcolm sets upon a dangerous quest to learn the truth about his heritage and put an end to the family curse.

Malcolm and Ariana are fated to meet and fall in love. But will their search for the ninefold key unlock the many secrets it has kept locked away for generations? Or destroy them both?

If you are looking for a passionate romance, this book is not for you. If you are looking for a story rich in historical detail, mystery and murder, then this is a perfect story for you. Is there romance?, yes, but very little. The story does not revolve around the romance, it revolves around the mystery of the ancient curse and everyone that it touches. There are many secondary characters in this book, in fact, Ms. Brandewyne breaks them up for us in the first page of the story, to help set up locations and timelines. Sometimes it is very confusing; but the mystery of the curse keeps the reader glued to the pages. The attention to detail, at times, overwhelms the reader but the plot would be lacking if the research hadnít been put to use.

The Ninefold Key is a wonderfully written story of mystery, intrigue and history, but if youíre looking for a warm, romantic love story, you won't find it here.

Reviewed in October 2004 by Debbie.

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