Pandora's Key

Rated 3.93/5 based on 29 reviews
On her sixteenth birthday Evangeline is given a necklace with a key charm. Everything changes. Her looks morph from geeky to stunning. Her mom is hospitalized. Her godmother attempts murder. An ancient Order tries to kill her, and a lethal Sect to kidnap her. Evangeline must use the key to unlock an unbelievable mystery. But can she accept who she really is and save the world? More

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About Nancy Richardson Fischer

I was born on the east coast and went to Cornell University. After college I worked as a writer for Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. It was a fun first job and I learned how to write quickly, and also that when elephants sneeze on you it's very (VERY) messy. After a year in the circus, I moved out west. I lived in Aspen, Colorado where I skied as much as possible and worked as a waitress in a Mexican restaurant. Great experience but I learned that waitressing is hard (HARD) and I'm not very good at it.

After Aspen, I moved to San Francisco, California where I worked as a writer for University of California, San Francisco and wrote freelance for LucasFilm. At UCSF I learned that sitting in a cubicle under fluorescent lights dulls my soul. LucasFilm taught me that writing freelance, especially fiction, is fun (FUN). So I headed to graduate school in Boulder, Colorado to further hone my skills.

For the first part of my freelance writing career I wrote sport autobiographies. I'd visit and travel with an athlete like Monica Seles, Bela Karolyi, Nadia Comaneci or Apolo Ohno and then write their book. It was a terrific job, but after ten years and tons of incredible experiences I got tired of writing other peoples' stories and not my own.

I've always loved books with adventure, magic, and dark forces. I'm a huge fan of Stephen King, Peter Straub, Neil Gaiman, Suzanne Collins and George R.R. Martin. Those writers allow a reader to lose themselves in stories that are intense, sometimes other-worldly, yet strangely believable. I feel incredibly lucky that now I have the chance to create books for readers that will hopefully captivate and transport them into a world where the supernatural is possible with characters that they can relate to who are flawed yet totally compelling.

Today I live in the Pacific Northwest with my amazing husband, Henry, and our mostly loveable (but sometimes vorpal) Vizsla, Boone. When I'm not conjuring a story, I love to kite-board, bike, ski or plan adventures with Boone and Henry, who both make me laugh for different reasons and who are the best partners in fun a gal could ever imagine.

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Review by: Nenia Campbell on July 19, 2014 :
I've always found Greek mythology fascinating; it definitely consists of one of the most interesting pantheons in the world rivaled only by my interest in ancient Egypt. As a child, I grew up with D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths, and it says something that those "dead gods" are still worshiped even today, in the twenty-first century, in our fiction.

Pandora's Box is one of those stories that I demanded be read most. Mostly because it's just so like a fairytale: to punish the humans, the gods release a very roundabout means of delivering their revenge--a beautiful woman with a deadly deus ex machina. The first femme fatale. Naturally, I was super excited when I found out that somebody had written a story about one of my favorite myths.

Pandora's Key is about a Dan Brownesque group of followers who protect the descendent of Pandora, and the box. However, there's an additional bonus to this curse--the descendents are doomed to die early, and painfully. Oh boy! There is also an evil group of people dedicated to collecting and selling the artifacts of the gods for money and power, and they are called the Archivists. They're pretty much like a society of evil Indiana Joneses. Except they walk around in robes, not Stetsons.

Some readers complained that there was too much mythology. I kind of liked that; it was a great way to brush up on the myths this story was building off of, and since the author added some things it was nice to have an idea of where the story was going.

Pandora's Key wasn't perfect though, and aside from the problems that frequently plague us indie writers (typos, info dumping, haphazard pacing), there were some issues about this book that bothered me.

First, let me say that I liked Malledy's character. He's a young member of the Archivists with early-onset Huntington's, a disease that will gradually wreak havoc with his muscle control, eventually even keeping him from swallowing--and, ultimately, breathing. (For another interesting book about early-onset Huntington's, check out the translated magic-realism novel, April Witch.) He thinks that if he can find Pandora's box and descendent, he can force her to heal him. The passages with him were pretty well done and I liked the twist with him at the end--I totally did not see that coming. Well done!

Evangeline's character, by contrast, was not so great. She's very passive and socially inept. A lot of the things other characters said about her didn't jibe with what she said and did. She doesn't think she's pretty, she envies her best friend's good-looks, she's clumsy; I would have liked to see her fleshed out, with interests, hopes, desires. Interests stemming beyond her looks and her love life.

I thought the way that she brought up her absent father when Melia's BF asked about her birthday was super-awkward. Who does that? "How was your day?" "Oh, my days have been pretty bad ever since my parents abandoned me on brothel's front porch when I was only six months old." I understand the need for exposition, of course, but it should come in a natural way that matches the flow of the story as it unfolds.

I didn't like Tristin and Melia, either. Tristin's behavior was sort of accounted for at the end but Melia was a total witch. Also, (view spoiler). I do like the fact that Evangeline didn't believe she was Pandora right away, but it actually went on for too long. That never happens! So I'm actually bizarrely pleased by this.

Let me close by saying that I really liked the idea. PK could use some polish, but the idea is very similar to the Artemis Fowl/Percy Jackson sort of deal, with a precocious kid fulfilling destiny and coming into age, blah blah blah. I'm not quite sure who the target audience is. I think the characters were sixteen, but they acted younger--and yet the medical information, while well-researched--is complicated enough that most readers probably wouldn't understand it without college biology.

So, to quote Simba, from the Lion King, I'll finish by saying that this book was "slimy, yet satisfying."

Thank you, Nancy Richardson Fischer, for providing me with a copy for review. I hope both that my review is useful, and that I didn't offend you by not liking it quite as much as some of your other readers. :)

2 stars!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. This in no way biased or shaped my reading or opinion of the book.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)

Review by: Mackenzie Mensching on Sep. 30, 2012 :
This book was awesome. Nancy did such a good job. I would recommend this book to anyone. I cannot wait for the second book.
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)

Review by: Lili Lost in a Book on Sep. 21, 2012 :
I don't need to mention (again) that I love Greek mythology, right? Of course I do! I LOVE it! And I really liked Pandora's Key! I though it was a very interesting take on Pandora's myth, which I liked!

So, Evangeline holds the key to the one and only Pandora's box. She is its protectress, and she comes from a long line of protectors. But there are people out there who really want the key to open the box...for better or for worse. Evangeline's job? protect the box from being opened and unleashing the things that lurk inside. It's not an easy job, I tell you. There are people after her and the key.

The line between confidants and enemies blurs, and Evangeline doesn't know who she can and cant trust in this world she was suddenly thrust into.

Pandora's Key was an enjoyable read with a great story line and Greek myth intertwined awesomely! There were some shocking moments...One surprise in particular (*cough* Malledy *cough*) left me speechless! I sat there blinking, thinking: "He...this whole time? OMG! Whoa." It was pretty crazy stuff.

Overall, I really liked the story and found that it was very interesting. I am looking forward for more of the series!
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)

Review by: Renetta on July 24, 2012 :
My actual rating of this book is 3.5 stars.

It was fun to read a story about how Greek mythology plays a role in current time.

I enjoyed the prologue which told the mythology version of Pandora's Box. Not exactly how I remember the story but it was an interesting version.

The story is set in Portland, Oregon. I lived there for a few years so I liked the familiarity. The story is about an average teenage girl, Evangeline, who finds out she's anything but average. Her mother isn't well and she fears losing her and being on her own. While her mother is hospitalized she learns that almost everyone she knows has secrets they've been keeping from her. The secrets of Pandora's Box and how she's involved with the "cult" as she refers to it.

There's another story going on that later entwines together in the story. A teenage boy, Malledy, is part of a secret group, known only to the rich and powerful, that searches out powerful talisman for their wealthy clients. The search becomes personal when he figures out that it can save him from the incurable disease he has, Huntington's disease.

Evangeline has to quickly find the courage within her to learn about her family's history and protect herself and the people she loves.
This being the first book in a trilogy, I will definitely read the next two books and follow this story to it's end.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Gwynneth White on July 24, 2012 :
This is a very quick read, but I think the premise of Pandora's Key book was better than its execution.

Things I liked:
It was interesting to see Greek mythology from the perspective of us mortals. And I liked that Nancy Fischer didn't sugarcoat the gods - they were awful and she didn't hide it. The plot line was fascinating and well worth a read.

Although I did not like Mallady, and had very little sympathy with his plight, he was well-sketched. I also enjoyed the complexities of Juliette's character. These two carried the book for me. That said, I also had a soft spot for the doctor.

The book certainly had its twists and turns and I admit there were a few things I just didn't see coming. Well done to Nancy Fischer for that.

Things I didn't like:
Evangeline. No way! I just could not get my head around this girl, and therefore had no sympathy with her. I thought she was self-absorbed, selfish and spineless. Also, I thought the whole 'Raphe betrayed me' act was unbelievable. It was as if the author added it to spice up the drama. It was very transparent. So, Evangeline? Not a favourite heroine.

I also struggled with Samantha. She was supposed to be a kind, caring friend to Olivia and Evangeline, so why was she such a bitch? Can people change so much? I didn't buy it.

Will I read the next book? To be honest, no. I just am not invested enough in the story or the characters. But I have no doubt that my daughter, with her obsession with Greek Mythology, will lap it up.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Angie Lenkevich on July 21, 2012 :
Evangeline Theopolis or E to her friends is a teenager who is turning sixteen soon. E with her best friend Melia and Raphe Petersen help E cope with life and other struggles she faces. E has been having strange dreams that are more like nightmares of different women killing themselves in the prime of their lives. E's mother Olivia has been acting strangely lately and E is worried about her. Samatha Harris is Olivia's agent and E's godmother. Malledy is an Archivist and suffering from Huntington's Disease. He is searching for some cure and hope that he can defeat the disease. Malledy is keeping a few secrets of his own from Juliette and the Archivists too. Juliette is Malledy's mentor and follow Archivist that is hiding a secret. She is a member of the Pandora Sect and leading a dual life which is wearing on her these last few years. Malledy has an appointment with Dr. Aali regarding Huntington's Disease. He's hoping for good news but not holding his breathe either. E's world is turned upside down when she finds her mother passed out on her bedroon floor. Dr. Sullivan tells Olivia and E that there isn't much hope. E tries to deny the truth yet it's plain on Dr. Sullivan's face. E is kidnapped and taken hostage by unseen foes in front of Raphe. Raphe asks for Dr. Sullivan's in finding E Dr. Sullivan reluctantly agrees to help. Detective Morrison is searching for Evangeline and Samatha too. Will Olivia get better? Will Juliette be found out? What is Malledy's plan? Will E trust Samatha or Melia? What about Raphe? Will Detective Morrison find E? Your answers await you in Pandora's Key.
(reviewed 52 days after purchase)

Review by: Mineliz Medina on July 20, 2012 :
I had a bit of a problem getting into the story first. It was kind of slow in building to the interesting parts. But about 1/4 into it, it got my attention.

Something I liked was the different POV's in the story. Many authors have trouble making the POV's unique to the characters.

Also liked the struggle Evangeline has with accepting the truth of her ancestry. 'Cause let's face it it's not everyday a girl is informed she is descendant of someone famous, and it gave the story an edge.

I liked the hint of romance mixed in the story. I would love to read more about Raphe.

Something I didn't like...some of the things where to predictable.

But all in all it was a good story.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Lilly Jean on July 19, 2012 :
I've always been interested in Greek Mythology and I liked this book from beginning to end. There was one part near the end that I didn't like, but that was eventually fixed :) I've definitely found a great author with Nancy Richardson Fischer and can't wait to read more of her books!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Andrea Heltsley on July 19, 2012 :
Pandora's Key was a very intriguing book. I was skeptical after the first couple pages, but it quickly picked up speed and I held on for the duration. The story was gripping and I couldn't put it down.

Evangeline was a character that remained very confused throughout the book and I kind of liked that she wasn't some kick ass hero. The characters each served a part in the story and I liked the way they were weaved into the story.

The only negative about the book was the fact that it wasn't told only through Evangeline. Malledy served as a second narration and I found it to be unnecessary and out of place in spots. I understood the author's intentions, it just didn't flow.

There was a lot of mythology and that kept it interesting. All in all, I enjoyed the mystery and it sucked me in. The story made sense and I was satisfied at the end of the book.

This is the first in a trilogy and I can't wait to see what the next book holds. This is a great paranormal YA and I highly recommend it:)
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Marie Francis on July 14, 2012 :
This book is completely enthralling!
It had me fixated page to page.
It was a completely different and very interesting take on pandoras box. And I had no idea what to expect as the story continued.

Its definitely worth reading and I am very glad the author offered her book up for a review for it is a series good enough to ensure I read the next installment.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)

Review by: Marie Francis on July 14, 2012 :
This book is completely enthralling!
It had me fixated page to page.
It was a completely different and very interesting take on pandoras box. And I had no idea what to expect as the story continued.

Its definitely worth reading and I am very glad the author offered her book up for a review for it is a series good enough to ensure I read the next installment.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)

Review by: Sam Ang on June 30, 2012 :
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I wasn't particularly attracted to the Young Adult genre, but somehow I got drawn into a few of them, with Pandora's Key being one of these. Short the story may be, with only about 130+ pages in e-book format, twists and turns snaking throughout made reading this a distinctly fun process.

My feeling at the end of the book was mixed - there was a certain satisfaction with how the story goes yet something seemed missing from it at the same time. Maybe it was the lack of action or the lack of any ingenuity on the part of the protagonist despite the surprising twists which kept me through the whole book.

With sweet 16 around the corner, Evangeline expected much of the life ahead of her - getting a date with her crush, getting married, getting a family, getting a career... Her life was not perfect with the lack of a father and the lack of a beauty her mother somehow did not pass to her, but she was content. But then again, there wouldn't be a story if everything stayed that way.

Somehow her 16th birthday turned out to be a nightmare, and that was after she had nightmares about the final moments of different ladies, all of whom she had no inkling about. Her mother's succumb to delusions, her godmother turning into a killer, and the involvement of a certain cult she knew none about - all of these made her almost forgot about a charming key chained to a delicate necklace which she received as her birthday gift before all these happened. A key which was ancient, which she knew not what door it unlocks, and which she knew not were related to all these events unfolding around her. With the obviously named Pandora's Key, it wasn't hard to guess what it really unlocked...

By twisting Greek mythology slightly, Fischer managed to came up with a fantasy involving a small list of dramatis personae but which all of them were easily recognized. From the parallel story of villainous Malledy and the crumbling days after Evangeline's birthday, the story unfolds and revealed how events had conspired since before the defining day of the protagonist's birthday.

Especially satisfying was the fact that while I was slightly suspicious of certain characters, I was still taken aback when the revelation came. Kudos to Fischer for such a nice sleight of hand in hiding the relationships between characters and entwined them to each other. The characters themselves, including some which initially served as sidelines, were cleverly revealed to be tied to the plot, and while not all of them memorable, they do leave enough of an impression to know who is who, unlike certain stories which have such a giant cast that I start to forget who was doing what at where.

The story of Pandora being a gift sent from the Greek gods, as well as being endowed with special abilities, should be no stranger to those enchanted by the ancient myth, but the abilities endowed from the gods were slightly altered for the benefit of the story. In some sense, these gifts were inherited through Pandora's child as well as her curse.

Still, the aforementioned "missing item" is the fact that Evangeline's abilities were not being utilized in clever little ways, much like Number Four did not utilize his special abilities in clever little tactics in fighting his enemies (read more from my previous review of I Am Number Four ).

Even so, Evangeline's portrayal as a young lady at the turning of age being faced with momentous revelations about her life and ancestry could be translated to be the same for all adolescents facing the uncertainty of society life, especially for one stepping out into the working force for the first time. Sometimes life could be cruel in rearing its ugly head, but when the worst had passed, it would be one's courage and stamina in facing life that will defined what came out from the fires of the forge.

The pace of the story, as well as its twists and turns, is thrilling. It brought the momentum which is required to push readers past pages and keep wanting more. It isn't slow since the beginning, and it didn't slow down until the end.

Maybe I am still hooked to the kind of thriller like Dan Brown's and Matthew Reilly's, so much so that I find the momentum and revelation in Pandora's Key not as addicting. I would also have expected more revelations about the Greek gods since this clearly is in the league of Percy Jackson's Greek adventures, but the story seemed content to deal with magic only through Evangeline, and no divine power seemed to intervene to put things into motion. There weren't even any suggestion as to whether they were still watching.

Where creativity is concerned, no novel concept, something which I cherish most in stories, was introduced in Pandora's Key, making that another minus for me. The story could have brought forth the ancient gods as well as show how Evangeline evades the ingenuity of Malledy, but somehow it all ended without such.

All in all, Pandora's Key is a nice book, well deserving its praises from different reviewers and an award from IndieReader Discovery Awards for Young Adult Fiction. It would be a better book if the concerns highlighted above are addressed. Even with the few negative comments from me, I am still looking forward to Fischer's next installment in The Key Trilogy.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Alana Rock on June 28, 2012 :
Read from June 15 to 16, 2012

This book did NOT end up like I expected at all. Not one bit- in a good way.

Some of the characters REALLY pissed me off. It is a good sign that the writing draws me in so much, that I start talking back to the book, "Oh, no- Bestie did NOT just say that!" I was honestly ready to throw my Kindle around I was so ticked off. You don't know why to trust, how deep the rabbit hole goes.

"Evangeline was feeling like Alice in Wonderland hurtling down the rabbit hole."

"I do love you," he whispered, feeling unbearably sad. "But there's not enough love in the world to keep me from killing you if you stand in the way of my survival."

Very unique story, I don't think I've read any before that focus on Pandora. Even the few stories I can think of that involve Gods (as in Greek/Roman: Zeus and the like)... usually they focus on the Gods themselves, or the 'demigods'. But it was an interesting take on the story. I'm still trying to decide why the story slightly deviated from the one I grew up with, where Pandora trapped Hope in her box.

What a mind-f*&ck! Seriously, like a conspiracy theory nut's wet dream.

"If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck... they're part of this thing, too."

I will definitely continue the series.

Very vanilla, YA, young romance- do not read this book expecting serious hanky-panky action.

"Raphe said I was beautiful and I believed him. I am such a pathetic cliche."

If you enjoy YA, and PNR/Urban Fantasy with some dark undertones a 'everyone IS out to get me' feel to it- RUN, don't walk and get your own copy!
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)

Review by: Mallory Heart Reviews on June 28, 2012 : (no rating)
I quite enjoyed this lovely new approach to one of the most important legends in Classical Greek mythology. Highly suspenseful, adventurous, and roller-coaster paced, “Pandora’s Key” kept me turning the pages and reading it in one sitting due to the likable characters, intricately convoluted plotting, and author Nancy Richardson Fischer’s smooth and talented writing style. I’m eagerly anticipating the next book in the series, so I can find out where the protagonist goes from here. However, “Pandora’s Key” functions well as a stand-alone novel, ending in not so much a cliffhanger as a promise for further stories for eager readers (such as myself  ).

Evangeline is the sole daughter of a single mother, Olivia, who was herself a sole child, orphaned at seventeen by the sudden grisly death of her mother. She has a lifelong best friend, Melia, who still finds time for her despite Melia’s current love interest, Tristin, a new student in Portland; and another good friend, Raphe, for whom E continues to wish there could be something in addition to friendship.

E (as her friends call her) and her mother Olivia both have nightmares (and in her mother’s case, bizarre hallucinations) over a period of weeks leading up to Evangeline’s birthday. On her sixteenth birthday, E receives from her mother the onyx key which Olivia herself had always worn as a pendant, and almost immediately Evangeline’s world turns topsy-turvy and inside out in a reversal of everything she ever thought she knew as fact-both for her personally, and for the world at large.

I highly recommend “Pandora’s Key,” which has appeal to readers of many different sub-genres.
(reviewed 66 days after purchase)

Review by: shyd on June 27, 2012 :
Let me start off by saying that anyone that knows me knows how much of a mythology lover I have become. I was so excited to get the chance to read this book as I have heard great things about it. I am so glad I read this too. It was everything I expected and then some. The author did an amazing job.

We start this book with us meeting Evangeline who appears to be having some sort of dream. The dream is really vivid and feels more like an out of body experience. We learn Evangeline lives with her mom and has a birthday coming up. For her birthday she receives an amazing necklace with a key attached. This is when things get interesting for Evangeline. She starts to notice differences with herself and others do too. Evangeline spends her birthday at school and comes home to find her mom unconscious.

Once her mom is at the hospital she learns some life changing information. Evangeline comes from a long line of Pandora's keepers. Yes that Pandora from Pandora's box. The Keepers are entrusted with the key to unlocking the box. She also unfortunely learns they are all fated to die young. Evangeline also learns that her best friend has sworn to protect her with her own life. She also learns that her mom's friend Sam will do anything to keep her safe also.

Evangeline finds herself having to take care of herself and figure out who she can trust. The book takes some twists and turns as she tries to find out more about herself and break the curse. She meets Tristan who is her best friend's boyfriend and finds out who he really is. Tristan who's real name is Malledy is such a complex character. I felt so bad for him and then he transformed into such an evil person eventhough I understood his motives.

Overall I think this book lived up to all I want in a book. The writing was superb and spot on. There was intrigue and a great plot. The characters were written very well and complex. The author did a great job with this book and I look forward to reading more from her.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)

Review by: Daphne Rosario on June 25, 2012 :
Pandora's Key was entertaining. Molded around Greek Mythology and tons of thrilling action.

Evangeline Theopolis lives a normal life with her mother Olivia in Portland, Oregon. Recently, her mother has been having episodes of hallucinations and headaches but its often overlooked by being fatigued.

The morning of Evangeline's birthday her mother gives her the family heirloom a necklace with a onyx key; it is tradition to give the necklace to your child on their 16th birthday. The mother has never know the reason behind it due to the fact that she had always been protected by a secret sect. This group wanted the heir to the key to live a normal life and in order to do so knowing less is best.

Once Evangeline puts on the necklace she starts seeing a difference in her appearance. I cringed in these areas in the book. Everyone would diss the poor child by making a point of saying how different she looked because she was becoming beautiful. Dayum! Backhanded compliment. She also learns about the line of women in her family and the important role they played which is now her responsibility. Danger lurks and they know of her abilities and now knowledgeable of all secrets she must be on alert. All these drastic changes leaves this teenager to grow up fast and find comfort and shelter where you least except it.

Rate this book 3.5. Enjoyable; but wish their was more romance.
(reviewed 59 days after purchase)

Review by: Leigh on June 23, 2012 :
Pandora's Key is two stories in one with a mythological twist. It is full of mystery and intrigue which will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Evangeline is suffering with nightmares about different women dying tragically. She is also dealing with her mom's disturbing delusions. Looking forward to her sixteenth birthday, Evangeline hoping that things will get better. That hope is shattered when her mom lands in the hospital fighting for her life. This tragedy will make Evangeline question who she can trust and depend on.

Malledy is an amazingly intelligent teenage boy who is diagnosed with Huntington's disease. This diagnoses will lead him to find a cure in an unlikely place. He will make choices that will not only endanger himself but others around him.

The author does a great job of weaving the two stories together with the main thread consisting of the myth of Pandora's box and key. I really enjoyed this story and would definitely recommend it.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Think on June 01, 2012 :
I received this book from the author through the Making Connections group on GoodReads. If you haven’t joined this group, go and do it right now!!! They offer tons of books you can read for free as long as you provide a review. Brilliant if you ask me!

I really enjoyed reading this book and everything about it. Honestly, I did not know what to expect when I started reading “Pandora’s Key.” But, let me tell you that this book is happy, sad, exciting, romantic, scary and full of action! This book has everything to keep the reader turning pages like a mad person.

The character of Evangeline is a strong female lead, especially for being barely 16. She faces things that seem impossible and has a hard time not asking questions. The great thing is that she never gives up her search for truth and hope. Evangeline wasn’t the only fantastic character. I would say all of the characters, even if they were barely in the story, gave off a definite sense of meaning and purpose. Even the nurses that tend to her mother were memorable. That is quite a feat you have accomplished there, Nancy Richardson Fischer!

The plot was just… perfect. I don’t know what other word to describe it that would give it justice. The plot basically starts out with two stories. One is the story of Evangeline while the other is the story of a young man named Malledy. Both stories are so gripping separately, but when the characters collide it is impossible to stop reading “Pandora’s Key” after that.

I want to say so much more but I don’t want to give away too much about the book. That is why my reviews are always short, sweet and to the point. I think anyone that enjoys a great work of Fiction, YA or not, should read “Pandora’s Key.” Just trust me on this one! Plus, it is only the 1st book in the Key Trilogy! I am very, very, very excited about the next two books.

5 stars because “Pandora’s Key” is a gift from the gods!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Sangita Tamang on May 26, 2012 :
Pandora's Key has its ups and downs like every other books but significant because of the twisted Greek mythology is intriguing.

On her sixteenth birthday Evangeline is given the key necklace that has been passed down generations in her family-mother to daughter. But when Evangeline mother starts to get sick and  Evangeline is hallucinating she can't help but think that something is really wrong. Malledy is a Archavist with a desease (huntington's disease) he wishes for a cure but there isn't hope. But there is a chance that Pandora's descendant will cure him-if he finds her.

Firstly, i would say that Pandora is a great book but it also had some negative points. One, the slow pace after the exciting start started to bore me, however, it did pick up so i did enjoy it. Seconly, what really annoyed me was Evangeline. Evangeline is a strong character but she didn't put much effort in actually believing on the Pandora. She only started to realise like nearly a quarter to the end and that really ticked me off.

On the other hand, i loved the greek mythology twist in the story! For a start i love greek mythology so it already had a positive point before i read it and then i found out that it was about the Padora's Box (of course because of the title) it added another plus side to it. Then, another thing i loved about the greek mythology twist was that Malledy was a Activist. Actvists are people who gets mission to get things (and let me tell you they are not ordinary stuffs.) These are immortal things that we humans or any mortal can never lie their eyes on.

Therefore, i would give it a rating of 3.5
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)

Review by: Sheri on May 26, 2012 :
Pandora's Key starts out as two different stories. Evangeline's story and Malledy's story. Both are equally captivating and fun to read. Evangeline's life completely changes on her 16th birthday. After going from somewhat awkward teen to someone she hardly recognizes in a mirror, what was supposed to be a special day turns into a nightmare. Nothing makes sense anymore to Evangeline and she has no on to turn to for help…no one she can trust anyway. Malledy is a superintelligent man with a disease that is slowly killing him. He is looking for something that will cure him, and he is willing to go to any lengths to get his hands on that something.

When the two stories finally merge, it was like nothing I would have expected. People weren't who they seemed to be, both for Evangeline and for Malledy. Evangeline gets to the point where she just does not know who she can trust anymore, so she ends up trusting no one, while Malledy did not really seem to trust anyone from the beginning, with good reason.

The characters were great. Evangeline is your normal awkward teen and easy to like as a main character. Her character was well balanced in that she was not so beautiful and popular that you wanted to hate her, yet she was not so down on herself that you got tired of her wining. I think that's a hard balance to create when writing about teen girls, but the author managed it here. Malledy I think we did not get to know quite as well, but we did get to see his motivations and his way of thinking.

I loved the mythology background to this story. I loved that the author was able to take such a well known piece of mystery and create a unique story to go with it. It was fresh and entertaining, and I guarantee you'll be left guessing about what's coming next until the very end.
(reviewed 39 days after purchase)

Review by: Hazel G on May 22, 2012 :
Pandora's Key is the first book in The Key Trilogy by Nancy Richardson Fischer.

I really liked this book. It was different, it was exciting and creative and it was smartly written. I love the tale of Pandora's Box and have always had a love of the Greek Gods mythology. This book really put those tales to use with its own spin and story. The writing was great, the imagery was well done and the story itself was plausible. Evangeline was a terrific lead character. She's the reason this story works so well. You can literally feel the changes her life is taking, what she's going through and the heartache she's enduring. The supporting cast of characters were interesting and well written. There was action, suspense, mystery and a bit of romance in this book.

There were a few things that I disliked about the book, but minor given the whole of the story. The beginning was slow and a bit confusing. It took me several "put down and pick back up" attempts to get through the first few chapters because I just couldn't get into it. But Im really glad I kept going because its picks up speed and rhythm and it all comes together. Some of the dialogue was a bit rough and I think Evangeline reaction to her new life was a bit off. I also wish we had gotten more of Raphe and Evangeline together. I would have liked to have seen their love story better developed considering they knew each other before the events started to unfold in Evangeline's life. He seemed to really care about her and love her despite her own deprecating self image.

All in all this book was definitely worth the time to read it. Im looking forward to reading book two!

NOTE - I read this as part of a R2R with Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! in Goodreads. As always, a special thank you to the moderators as well as the author for allowing me to participate.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)

Review by: Charlayne Elizabeth Denney on May 20, 2012 :
Sixteen year old Evangeline Theopolis is having her birthday. Her mother, Olivia, is a brilliant artist who has started having problems with delusions that are scaring Evangeline. She is painting a portrait of her daughter that she refuses to let her see. For her birthday, she gives Evangeline a necklace with an antique key, a family heirloom that her mother has worn all of Evangeline’s life, and her grandmother wore before her. It is so old that no one remembers what it opens.

As she tries to sleep, E, as her friends call her, starts having nightmares about women she has never met, nightmares of their deaths. Her best friend, Melia, is listening to her with one ear but more interested in being with her new boyfriend, Tristin. Raphe, E’s best guy friend, is hanging around with them, trying to get closer to her. Her mom’s friend, Samantha, who is Evangeline’s godmother, has been a part of the family for as long as E can remember.

Her mother is hospitalized and then assaulted, ending up in a coma. Her godmother is wanted by the police for attempted murder. Then Evangeline finds out that someone, or several someone’s are trying to kill her and another group is trying to kidnap her. Why? Things start to make even less sense as she finds her face changing and she begins to manifest magical powers.

In the same town, Malledy, a brilliant young man finds that he has a disease that will leave him paralyzed and insane, and eventually kill him. He finds out that there is a girl in the town with a key, a key that can open a box that will contain the power to heal him. He decides to go after the key, go after Evangeline, and no one, not even the woman who has loved and raised him, will stop him.

Pandora’s Key is a new telling of the myth of Pandora’s Box from Greek mythology. Nancy Richardson Fisher has built a new history around the box and how it is handed down between generations. Carefully crafted, the book weaves between Evangeline’s story and Malledy’s story and brings them closer and closer to their meeting. The twists in the story are very surprising and very interesting. I really enjoyed how those around E’s life figured into the entire situation.

This is a good book for teens as well as adults.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: A Michelle on May 19, 2012 :
Loved it
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Aurora Schnarr on May 17, 2012 :
First thing.
Thanks to Nancy for letting my group read her book for the book of the month!
I really appreciate it.
Also, It's great that we got such an awesome book for our first read!

I really liked this book.
I haven't really read anything like this.
Think about Percy Jackson and the Olympians, mixed with a teenage girl's life.

When I first saw this book, I wasn't really sure what it was going to be about.
I mean, I read the description and things like that,
But I still didn't expect it to be like this!
Also, I learned something!
Hah. Not that I didn't know about the greek gods and everything like that,
But I didn't know that Pandora was interesting. hah
I never really payed attention to them until this book.

Uhh I don't want to ruin anything for anyone because there are probably still people reading this! hah.
All I'm going to say is that there is a lot of action, and I really couldn't put it down.
I wish it was longer, but that's what the second book is for, right? (:
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)

Review by: Mar on May 17, 2012 :
Thanks a lot to the author, Nancy. She just contacted me via goodreads and gifted me her book, which is so awefully nice of her! THANK YOU NANCY!

I love anything that has to do with mythology, so I had very high expectations of it. Luckily, it lived up to my expectations.
First of all, my first impression. 1) Greek mythology, 2) amazing cover 3) nice author - this book has to me freaking fantastic!
The blurb of this book intigued me, and I instantly started reading it. I couldn't put it down, and I had finished it in a couple of hours. I read it in 2 sits, which hardly happens to me, so that's a very good thing ^^
The main character, Evangeline, is just your average high school girl. Not the prettiest, not the most confident, or the smartest of them all. Nothing special. Or is she? She is given a key on her 16th birthday. And that key will change her life, forever. How can her mothers precious key change her appearance? how can it give her enemies? The necklace brings up some difficult questions and massive trouble. The unknown has to become known to Evangeline.
Evangeline is a great character. Just a normal girl, as I said before. Not a silly girl, like some YA-book girls are, but a real character, with thoughts and reasonable feelings, which weren't annoying at all. I hate it when main characters in books annoy me, so this was perfect!
This book kept me 100% interested from the first word till the end of the prologue. A real pageturner, as I might as well call it. The editing had been done well, a nice writing style, all of it was one piece of awesomeness

A lovely story for every book lover - and even for the ones that don't like mythology at all - which includes amazing characters, lots of drama and a huge amount of action.

5 stars - definitely recommended!
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: Lynxie on May 10, 2012 :
Pandora's key is a well thought out and somewhat complex themed book. You are thrust into Evangeline's (E) world and force fed some pretty cool history around olympus and the Gods.

At times I really liked E, at others, I thought she acted like a spoilt brat ( typical teenager I suppose!). Some of the twists I had picked ahead of time, others not. So not 100% successful with the plot surprises, but a worthy attempt.

All in all, this is a relatively quick read which is entertaining as well as imparting some history. Good work Nancy!

One thing I noticed:

47% - 'Evangeline crouched beneath the window and them (then) jumped,'
(reviewed 76 days after purchase)

Review by: ELSA CARRION on May 07, 2012 :
Good story enjoyed the plot. I do like mythology base stories and this one was very good. I will spare you the synopsis because you can always go and read that elsewhere. Onward with the review….so you’re probably thinking why four stars...and here is why....there was too much thinking going on in her own mind which to me was a little annoying. I understand that sometimes the thoughts of the character need to be told...but it just seem too much. Raphe could have been a stronger character I wish she would included him more scenes with him in it instead of almost at the end. Loved the ending did not see that coming. It took me longer to read than I thought I don't know if it was because I kept getting interrupted or there where time where it slowed down a bit or it cold have been that it was like 48 chapters! Darn if it’s to short and darn if its’ to long right oh well still good glad I read it. I just noticed that there will be a second and third book and because it’s mythology I will definitely be reading it. Pandora Key didn’t really have a big cliff hanger so I can’t wait where the story is going to take me next. Maybe a little more romance in the next book; that would really be nice. Thank you Nancy for letting me review your book. I really enjoyed your story.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)

Review by: Kristiane Elsner on May 05, 2012 :
Note: The author, Nancy Richardson Fischer, was kind enough to give me the means to obtain a free Copy without any requirements attached.


"Pandora's Key", Book 1 of "The Key Trilogy", is an awesome blend of Greek culture and the Supernatural. It is a unique approach on Greek mythology, mainly about the "Olympian Gods" and their secrets they left behind for humans.

Evangeline is your average teenage girl of today. She just turned sixteen at the beginning of the book and got a very special gift from her mother. A necklace with an antique key which is a heirloom given from daughter to daughter at their sixteenth birthday. After that, everything changes for Evangeline, her best friend Raphe asks her out, her mother suddenly gets ill and her godmother Samantha betrays her in the worst way possible. What is a girl supposed to do when her daily life is falling apart around her. She fights to stay above the water, of course.
Especially, when Evangeline finds out that she is a descendant of Pandora and the key charm actually openes Pandora's Box.

There are other side characters who play an important role for the story development with Malledy leading the way as an archivist with a fatal disease, Samantha as the leader of Pandora, Melia as her childhood friend and finally Raphe and Dr. Sullivan. Each gets it own space and I hope to learn and see more of them in future installments.

In the meantime, Evangeline strains to stay strong through the whole book. She tries even harder to understand what is happening, but can't really grab the significance of everything until the end. The various people around her attempt alternately to use or help her and it is difficult to say which aganda each person is following. That makes the Story all the more interesting since there is no saying what happens next.

The final conclusion brought the Side story for this first book to a solid end, despite many open threads for further books. However, I found the end still a bit rushed. That is mainly because Evangeline's sudden acceptance of her role in a crucial moment. There is an interior monologue where she reflects again why she has to accept her fate which made it somehow alright for me once more.

This minor matter doesn't change the fact, that this book is great and I will look out for the next installment.
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)

Review by: Sandy on April 22, 2012 :
Quite a page turner once the action started taking place and its one book that you will not want to put down. I don’t know much about Greek mythology but the whole story line had me intrigued – a line of female descendents holding a mystery key which is bestowed upon a 16-yr old who has no clue of her past. This key opens Pandora’s Box which has its own special powers inside which is also wanted by a group of people wanting to unleash Pandora’s powers. Will Evangeline be thrilled at her new role or will the curiosity of what is in the box be too much for her? For Evangeline whose life consisted of her mother and a few friends until she was 16, being a part of the Sect was a life-changing event for her and her family. Her mother kept this information from her which I thought was strange for a mother (any mother) to do. How would you feel if suddenly on your 16th birthday or close to your 16th birthday, you were given a necklace with a key on it and this key unlocked a box? Inside this box held some secret power that others wanted and would kill for? What if you they were hunting you down looking for this box and key? What if you were born into a female Sect and…..? I thought this was a great coming of age story and had lots of action.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)

Review by: Kellie Kiely on Nov. 27, 2011 :
Highly recommended. The storyline and characters in this fantasy novel paint a glorious tale of a familiar world intertwined with the mystical. Pandora's Key is a beautifully tragic coming of age story that throws innocence into the snares of power and evil. What I see in Richardson Fischer's writing that grabs me most is her ability to suck you into an intelligent world of imagination. There is depth to her characters and a fascinating history into mythology. What a breath of fresh air! This is my first time reading Nancy Richardson Fischer and I can't wait to read more.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

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