The Key

Rated 4.75/5 based on 4 reviews
Rema is forced to choose between her heart and her family when she falls in love with Darmik, commander of the king's army. But in this brutal fantasy landscape, power can come from the most unusual places… With over 1,000 five-star ratings on Goodreads. The Key is the first book in the now complete True Reign Series.  More
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About Jennifer Anne Davis

Jennifer graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. Afterwards, she finally married her best friend and high school sweetheart. Jennifer is currently a full-time writer and mother of three young children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids’ creativity.

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Review by: Anna Tan on May 12, 2014 :
Seventeen-year-old peasant Rema should be happy - the Crown Prince has picked her to be his wife. The problem is she hates his cruel guts, was blackmailed into submitting to his proposal, and she may be in love with his brother, Prince Darmik.

Prince Darmik can't help thinking about that girl he met in the forest - but he's too busy trying to quash the rumour that a legitimate blood heir to the throne exists and is trying to overthrow Darmik’s family.

The Key has all the ingredients to a fascinating read - a budding but thwarted romance, deadly sibling rivalry to overcome and a mystery to be unravelled. Jennifer Anne Davis weaves all this together into a wonderful tapestry of words that keeps you wanting more.
(review of free book)

Review by: Sabrina C on April 06, 2014 :
I completely agree with both reviewers and yes this is one I definitely was glued to and if I actually had to put it down I was constantly daydreaming of the characters and their stories. For me a great story comes from believable story where i can justify a characters actions and with one I was glad to say I could. I cannot wait to get my hands on book 2!!! Great work and Cannot wait to read your other works!
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Review by: Melanie Newton on Jan. 19, 2014 :
*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!!.

(reviewed 16 days after purchase)

Review by: Amber McCallister on Jan. 07, 2014 :
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!
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)

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