The Key of Kilenya

Rated 4.44/5 based on 14 reviews
Two monstrous wolves drive fourteen-year-old Jacob Clark down a path to a different world near his small-town home. The creatures of this new world are peculiar, and he is surprised to learn that they know everything about him. Even the evil, immortal Lorkon, who stole the Key of Kilenya. They are jealous of Jacob and wish to control powers he doesn't know he possesses. More
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Words: 83,880
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458000545
About Andrea Pearson

Andrea, a Brigham Young University graduate, is an avid reader and outdoor enthusiast (hiking, fishing, boating, biking, spending time in the Rocky Mountains, and taking walks). She spent a year and a half serving the Spanish speaking community in Toronto, Canada, and is fluent in 2 ½ languages. She plays several instruments, not including the banjo, and loves putting together musical arrangements. Her favorite sports are basketball and football, though several knee surgeries and incurably awful coordination prevent her from playing them.

Andrea is always in the mood for a good movie with close friends and family (especially her husband and mom), with a large glass of milk and a bowl of overly buttered popcorn nearby. She also enjoys oil painting, making earrings, squeezing every bit of oxygen out of Ziploc bags, and she hopes to someday travel to Italy and Alaska.

Andrea has published three books.

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Andrea Pearson describes her book, The Key of Kilenya (first in the Kilenya Series), plus a contest that will take place around the time of the book's release (June 28, 2011).

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Review by: Aldrea Alien on Jan. 26, 2014 :
The following is a word for word quote from my seven-year-old daughter...

"It had heaps and heaps and heaps of magic! And there were special healing trees. And all the bad guys got defeated in the end and it was cool!"
(review of free book)

Review by: Sherilynn Green on May 11, 2013 :
The Key of Kilenya was a fun adventure. I really enjoyed it and liked the characters. I'd recommend it to one and all who like Fantasy Adventures. I felt it was well written and easy to keep up with. I look forward to reading her other books in the series. Oh, I wish we could bottle some of that healing sap. I could really put that to good use ;) Thanks Andrea for the adventure, I really enjoyed it.
(review of free book)

Review by: Mrs. B on Sep. 23, 2012 :
I wanted to read the next books in the series, so I just re-read The Key of Kilenya to refresh my memory on the characters and events. Now, I've already read this book, yet I couldn't put it down! It is gripping all the way through. It moves very quickly from adventure to adventure. There is no rest till the end of the book. I can picture all the characters because they are described so well, from the Minyas to the Fat Lady. This could be too scary for younger childen, but pre-teens and teens should love it. My son thought it was great!
(review of free book)

Review by: Mrs. B on Sep. 23, 2012 : (no rating)
I wanted to read the next books in the series, so I just re-read The Key of Kilenya to refresh my memory on the characters and events. Now, I've already read this book, yet I couldn't put it down! It is gripping all the way through. It moves very quickly from adventure to adventure. There is no rest till the end of the book. I can picture all the characters because they are described so well, from the Minyas to the Fat Lady. This could be too scary for younger childen, but pre-teens and teens should love it. My son thought it was great!
(review of free book)

Review by: Kristi (Books N Beans) on May 01, 2012 :
Yes, I did use the word "fantastical" correctly. I know, because I looked it up. Not only am I referring to the fact that The Key of Kilenya is a fantastic read, but I'm also referring to the fantasy element. This applies to the "as if conceived by an unrestrained imagination" portion of the definition. (quoted from Dictionary.com)

As is always the case when I read a YA book, I started off not really thinking I was going to like it. The reason I always start this way is because the book is written for someone younger than me, so I have a harder time getting connected with the characters. However, if the author is good at what they do (writing) then they will draw me in regardless of the character's age. Andrea Pearson does just that.

I was so engrossed in Jacob's travel through a gateway to another world that I actually read this story in one sitting. As with all worlds there's a history here that ultimately leads to Jacob's arrival. The Key of Kilenya is a story that will have you asking questions all the way through it. What happened to the people from before? Where did they go? What powers does Jacob hold? How exactly does this key work? Who are "the humans" that come and stay in the tree from time to time? Is there a connection between the people from before and Jacob's family?

I grew frustrated towards the end of the story as I was made to remember that, while I would have a conclusion of sorts, this is the first book in a series. Therefore some of Jacob's story is still left to be told, not all of my questions got answered. Argh! However, I was very happy to note that book two is already available. Oh yeah, it was that good that I immediately searched for the next one in the series. And yes, I am buying it!

My recommendation is to go get yourself both books, The Key of Kilenya and The Ember Gods, and keep reading!

*Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for a review*
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: DeDe Smith on Oct. 28, 2011 :
The book starts out fast and keeps you going right up to the end. This is not a slow-mover. It puts you right in the action quickly and keeps you there. There is lots of danger and adventure and wonderful characters. I love the descriptions and the world that Andrea has created. It feels very fresh and it is exciting to have a new world to delve into. I enjoyed the kind of 2 sides to the story - as you read journal entries at the beginning of each chapter that hint at things that are revealed as you go along. It was a very fun way to interweave all the backstory! It's left open to what I think will be a few sequels and I am excited to see where it will take me! Just a very fun, creative, exciting adventure!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: DeDe Smith on Oct. 28, 2011 : (no rating)
The book starts out fast and keeps you going right up to the end. This is not a slow-mover. It puts you right in the action quickly and keeps you there. There is lots of danger and adventure and wonderful characters. I love the descriptions and the world that Andrea has created. It feels very fresh and it is exciting to have a new world to delve into. I enjoyed the kind of 2 sides to the story - as you read journal entries at the beginning of each chapter that hint at things that are revealed as you go along. It was a very fun way to interweave all the backstory! It's left open to what I think will be a few sequels and I am excited to see where it will take me! Just a very fun, creative, exciting adventure!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Mary Ann Dennis on Oct. 27, 2011 : (no rating)
First off, I love the book cover. I've always had a fascination for keys, especially antique keys. I have a collection, so that all by itself grabbed my attention.

Second, I enjoyed the journal entries--a very unique way of providing the back story. I found myself caring as much about the characters in the journal entires as I did for the main characters.

Third, the action begins from about page two and never lets up. In fact, I had a hard time keeping up. I felt a lot like the main character, learning on the run.

When two of the largest, and darkest of wolves chase fourteen-year-old Jacob Clark into the forest behind his home, he leaves this world and enters the forest of another world.

With vivid descriptions, the author paints a new world of sights, sounds, smells and lots of new terrors. Jacob learns of new races of beings, and creatures, and the properties of this world while being hunted, or is he being driven?

He has to learn quickly of his own abilities--abilities he never knew he had. He has to reach deep within himself and push himself harder than he ever has before. He learns to care for others and he has to make hard choices.

The end of the book leaves some unanswered questions as the adventure continues in the next book of the series. I was a little surprised by the reaction of Jacob's parents. If he were my son, I wouldn't have taken that information so lightly.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Donna K. Weaver on Oct. 16, 2011 :
I've been enjoying this story a lot. I love how the notes/diary in the beginning of most of the chapters provide hints not only of the past but of what is about the happen to the characters.

Readers who enjoyed the Fablehaven story should get a kick out of this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nichole Giles on Oct. 02, 2011 :
When I was first asked to review The Key of Kilenya, I believed it a young adult story that was as much romance as adventure. To my delighted surprise, I realized that it is actually more of a middle grade adventure story which is appropriate for fans of books like Fablehaven and the Far World series. This is a good thing, IMO, because there just aren’t nearly enough fun adventure stories available for kids of this age. (And by this age, I mean too old for kid books, but not quite into dark, heavy YA that is so prominent in the market lately. Mainly the 10-14 age group.) And FYI, even though it contains a girl / boy relationship, it's not really a romance (a relief to my MG reader son).

It’s clean, well written, and packed with adventure in a way that makes the chapters fly by until you realize you’re almost at the end. And then you’re sad to realize the adventure is over, and relieved to discover it's the first of a series so there will be more adventures to come.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tamera Westhoff on Aug. 03, 2011 :
Wow! This was an awesome book! Here I am in the last week of summer school drowning in school work, and I didn't want to do any homework in order to read this book! I fell asleep a couple times while reading, because I had a hard time stopping. You know how it is, "I'll stop reading before the next chapter...Maybe when it slows down..." It starts off with action and never slows down! I was very sad when it ended! I hope there are a LOT of books in this series and even a pre-book that gives more info than the journal entries! I love all the different creatures that I can imagine how they look! She "illustrates" her characters and the places they are in an incredible way, but still leaves enough room to imagine the rest (especially the Lorkons). Andrea is a fantastic writer and I'm thoroughly looking forward to more of her books!
If you like action and/or Sci-Fi books, then this book is for you! It is about a teenager, but could be good for pre-teens and up! Matter-of-fact Ill let my (advanced) 8-year-old read it and see what he thinks too! I have a feeling that he won't be too happy when he finds out it is just the one in the series so far!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cindy M. Hogan on July 28, 2011 : (no rating)
Interesting and adventure-filled read. Perfect for Middle graders.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jessica Casper on July 06, 2011 : (no rating)
I loved it! Great book Andrea and I can't wait for the next ones. You have a lot of creativity that comes out in your writing and you come up with lots of good details.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Megan Taylor on June 28, 2011 :
Look no further for your next reading adventure! Pearson’s debut novel introduces inventive characters, a mysterious new world and a storyline that will keep you asking for more. The quest for the key is in your grasp! Join Jacob in his exciting adventures……you won’t be sorry you did. Fantastic read for ages 11 and up.
(review of free book)

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