The Key to Erebus

Rated 4.75/5 based on 15 reviews
The truth can kill you…

Taken away as a child, from a life where mythical creatures are real and treacherous, Jéhenne Corbeaux is unprepared for a frightening world.

Inexorably drawn to the terrifying figure of Corvus, an ancient vampire, Jéhenne is about to discover that, not only is Corvus far more dangerous than she could ever imagine but that he holds much more than the key to her heart… More
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Words: 166,710
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301893515
About Emma V. Leech

As a child I spent more time than I'm going to admit to wishing I was Samantha from Bewitched. Despite hours spent perfecting the nose twitch; sadly I have to say that, so far at least, no magical ability has been discovered. Now I have to admit it’s looking unlikely, but remain hopeful.

I was born in Kent in the UK and moved to France in 1998. I currently live, according to my husband, in LALA land but the rest of the time in the middle of nowhere in darkest Dordogne, as far from the real world as possible. I'm married with three daughters and a wild imagination.

I like Tarot cards, anything creepy (except spiders), worship Florence + the Machine and most music as long as it's LOUD, love chocolate, think The Wizard of Oz is the scariest film I've ever seen and still believe in faeries ;)

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Review by: cristy edrial on Aug. 02, 2013 : (no rating)
this story is imaginative,superb and has so much thought in it. Every details has its own stories behind it. Characters seems to be real if you too is as imaginative as its creator. Mademoiselle is really a artist kudos to you.
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Review by: Nikki on June 30, 2013 :
I thoroughly enjoyed the story, although at times it was hard to get past the stubbornness of Jehenne. She was at times, downright impossible. The fact that Corvus would run to her like a lost puppy, made him seem weak which was something that seemed out of character for him. I just felt, at times, that Jehenne was unreasonable and in turn, it caused a few unnecessary issues. Rodney was a lovable character and Gran...well she was even more stubborn than Jehenne.
I liked how the story was a different spin to the typical vampire love story because it was more than just that. It had a lot of different elements to it and I can't wait for the sequel whenever it does come out.
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Review by: Graham Downs on June 09, 2013 :
This book was okay. The language was distracting, and it was tough to read at times. I was tempted to abandon it a few times, but the story was just good enough that I really wanted to see how it turned out. There's a bit of a surprising twist at the end, but not enough to detract from the otherwise quite predictable tale.

It's set in France, in modern times. That was cute, but I feel much of the French wasn't adequately explained. The narrative is also very melodramatic - it's written in the first person, but I honestly feel that's no excuse for the excessive editorialising that goes on. And it's not even consistent, either. This is supposed to be a world where the characters still believe in the old gods, yet these same characters often invoke the various names of the one Christian God in vain. Totally unnecessary, I felt.

As to the punctuation, there are missing commas all over the place, and not a semicolon in sight. There are plenty of places where I think they are sorely missed!

All in all, an okay story, but not one I'd recommend. There's apparently a second book coming in the series, but I don't think I'll be reading it.
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Review by: Jane Thornley on May 13, 2013 :
One of the many things I love about this book is that it's a different take on Vampire tales. Besides being set in France, the characters are rich and varied with the kind of protagonist, Jéhenne, who a reader can identify with, regardless of their individual circumstances. She seems extraordinarily real in increasingly supernatural circumstances. The book is an easy read but not simple, by any means. Enough plot twists and adventures exist to keep any reader interested and the romance, well, enough said. If you long for adventure, romance in a lush, supernatural setting, this is your book!
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Review by: ana marie deibel on March 29, 2013 :
love this book.had me reading it again and again for days.can't get enough of it.can't wait for book 2.
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Review by: ericson llorca on March 19, 2013 :
love reading this book!! :)
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Review by: Mark Dyer on Jan. 03, 2013 :
The story is set in France and the opening chapters make use of french words and phrases which are well delivered in a melange of french and english. "Ah merci Jéhenne, mon Dieu it's as cold as the grave today." The names of places such as Nontron and Brantôme added colour as I know the area. This french flavour faded as the story progressed which was a shame. Although the story is based on an old theme of vampires, witches and may other creatures the author was able to work in imaginative new ideas that I thought worked well.
For me the end could have been stronger/more believable. The taster of the second book presents familiar characters that instantly had me wanting to know more. More french please.
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Review by: kilashandra on Dec. 05, 2012 :
I found the book well written & compulsive reading, an impressive feat of imagination.
The writer weaves a spell with words which draws you into the story making you feel you have glimpsed experiences no mortal ever had.
Cannot wait for the second book to be finished.
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Review by: jannette lane on Nov. 27, 2012 :
a really good read, looking forward to the next book!
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Review by: jannette lane on Nov. 27, 2012 : (no rating)
I really enjoyed the first book....waiting for the second.....
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Review by: lgee on Oct. 31, 2012 :
Great read, I loved it. Can't wait for the next one. Well done!!!
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Review by: lgee on Oct. 31, 2012 : (no rating)
A really good read. Read it in 3 days and hae just finished the start of the second book. Can't wait to see what happens!! Well done to you both.
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Review by: Rick Petrey on Oct. 20, 2012 :
A wonderful read. I look forward to more.
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Review by: Heather Vulcano on Oct. 19, 2012 :
The book was awesome!! Wish I knew when the 2nd one was coming. :)
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Review by: aramide on Oct. 15, 2012 :
I love it, i love it, i love it, aaaarrrrghhhhh. I'm so knackered but i just couldnt put it down, i had to finish it. And then that little tidbit, i want to read it. Thank you for a great book and the next one in advance too. Ta xx
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