• Key of Light

  • Key Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (3,809 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What happens when the very gods depend on mortals for help? That's what three very different young women find out when they are invited to Warrior's Peak.

The Malory Price Life Plan does not include a quixotic quest - but the strangers on Warrior's Peak claim that she must find a key that will release three souls held captive by an evil god.

Little does she know that the quest will bring her two new friends: the love of her life - and danger beyond anyone's imagination.

Unlock the rest of Nora Roberts' Key Trilogy.
©2004 Nora Roberts (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Contemporary Romance Plus Ancient Mystery

STORY - (romance/fantasy/mystery) I enjoyed Key of Light. It's not just a sweet contemporary romance. There is also an interesting Celtic mystery, magic, Gods and a big silly dog. The lead characters are smart, likeable, and their clever banter will make you chuckle.

This is Book #1 of a trilogy, and in each book the characters will be searching for one of three keys which will unlock a magic box and release a soul which has been imprisoned inside for centuries. This is the story of Mallory's search. It comes to a nice conclusion, so the book can stand alone, but you will probably want to continue the trilogy and learn what happens when the other two keys are found.

PERFORMANCE - Susan Ericksen does a great job. She is the same narrator who reads the In Death series, so you will recognize Roarke's voice/accent in one of the characters.

OVERALL - Recommended for romance readers, especially if they might like an ancient mystery mixed in.

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AWESOME BOOK!

I very much love this story & there is no better narrator than Susan Ericksen

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I loved it

I'm not usualy a fan of romance novels but this one has an intererting plot and amusing and entertaining characters.

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Now this is what I expected

This is exactly what I expected from Nora's books.

The writing at it's best - the narration fantastic.

I thouroughly enjoyed the book = even though you know how it should end, the way it gets there keeps you going.

Thank you - I have already downloaded book 2

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LOVED IT!

What did you love best about Key of Light?

The whole story really gets you into this book! I didn't want to stop listening! I listened to this on a five and a half hour drive and I've never been so awake and intune while driving for so long!

What did you like best about this story?

You feel the compassion of these characters, feel their emotions and best of all there's that hint of sarcasm and humor that really keeps this book going!

Have you listened to any of Susan Ericksen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first listen from the narrator Susan Ericksen, I really enjoyed her though I love her Welsh voice!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I've been addicted to this trilogy! I'm a poor college student but I was willing to search under the couch for spare change just so I could see what happened next! This is a book series you never want to end!

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key of light

This is a fun story, if not predictable at times. I enjoyed it with its twists and turns at the dark side. Light, fun reading.

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Just download them all now and call it a day.

This trilogy is awesome. I am not a romancy girl but these stories had mystery excitement and a perfect touch of magic and fantasy. Yea yea the romance was ok too. I got sucked into the characters quite quickly and pretty much listened back to back. Really couldn't put them down, in the car, in the kitchen, getting ready for bed, nonstop. Good stuff.

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Key of Light

Very good listen. Could not put it down. On to the Key of Knowledge. Get all three you will enjoy.

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Missing the usual Nora Roberts magic

Sorry, but I really did not find this book appealing and did not continue to the others in the series. While many of Nora's books are very engaging, this felt contrived and foolishly put up, with a sort of half-baked belief system in magic spells to drive real people to coordinate to find supposedly real keys to unlock their powers from past lives as well as finding their true loves through the finding the keys project. Some nice character touches while others were drawn too strongly - and so it seemed foolishly yet strategically laid out - which left it without much magic.

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Key of Light

This review addresses a series, The Key Trilogy, by Nora Roberts. Book 1 Key of Life, Book 2 Key of Valor, Book 3 Key of Knowledge.

A Nora Roberts novel is usually a simple boy-meets-girl-romance with a story sprinkled throughout. Out of the box a tiny bit, The Key Trilogy is fantasy, i.e., witches and Celtic gods type Sci-Fi. A character even walks through a mirror as in Alice In Wonderland. But, Roberts does stick to her formula of chic-lit with the typical mawkish romance scenes *roll-eyes-hit-fast-forward* and an intriguing mystery.

All the characters are drop-dead-gorgeous, and much of the story is will-he-won’t-she romance. Two of the Celtic gods are personified by a handsome couple that own a mansion in a pretty town. They invite three women, complete strangers to each other, to complete a mysterious task (hint: involves keys, duh), ergo three books, one for each.

Anyway, if you like Nora Roberts, saccharine love scenes that do not fade-to-black, a bit of mystery, paranormal/SciFi, these will do.

Brilliance Audio, 2008, narration by Susan Ericksen (same reader as the In Death series) is great as usual. Each book is about 10 hours of listening.

Chic-lit fans enjoy!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-17-21

Once upon a time......

A great blend of the past mixed with the presen. Excellent narration bringing the characters to life . A most enjoyable listen .Loved the suspense . Would recommend.

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  • M. S. Piekarski
  • 07-13-22

Excellent

A thoroughly compelling story beautifully read
It leaves you looking foward to the next part

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  • D. A. Steele
  • 05-27-22

Mix a fantasy and romance

This story tried to achieve a mix of fantasy with romance, but in the ring I don’t believe it achieved either successfully. The story telling was good, apart from the worst Welsh accent I’ve ever heard. I don’t think the narrator knows what a Welsh accent is.

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  • Freda Lowe
  • 09-26-20

One criticism only

As a Brit used to Irish, Welsh and Scottish accents, it was excruciating to listen to the mangling of accents for the Pitt and Rowena characters.
Better not to assign accents if you can’t do them reasonably well.

Otherwise narrator was good. Well paced, well emoted. Thank you.

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  • Bronagh
  • 09-26-20

Always a great story

I love hearing Noras words come to life and not just in my head. My only commet is that here in Ireland I would pronounce pitte as Pete, not pit.

Hope this helps for the future. Maybe get a person from Ireland to help with the names. Nora puts lots of Irish in her books so good luck xxx

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  • Catherine kelly
  • 12-20-18

Very enjoyable listen

Good, entertaining story and well read. I found it funny and genuinely looked forward to each new chapter. Would thoroughly recommend it. I only gave 4* to the performance though as I found some of the Irish/Welsh/weird hybrid accents a bit grating

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  • charlotte dawber
  • 04-18-18

Great story but the reader lets it down

I have read this book se real times and always enjoyed it, so was expecting to do so in an audible format. The reader though just ploughed ahead, one pace and little dramatic rhythm. I was exhausted! Doubt I will be buying the trilogy.

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  • Karen Kenny
  • 07-25-16

Narrator

Brilliant story with the best narrator. She made the entire story come alive. I can't wait to listen to her again. Highly enjoyable!

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  • PJ van Zetten
  • 01-28-15

Unfailingly entertaining

Nora Roberts knows how to weave a good yarn. Her character are real. Almost makes one believe in magick ..... Almost.

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  • Mrs. K. I. Richards
  • 08-01-14

good start of another trilogy by nora roberts.

Where does Key of Light rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

at the moment it is on par with her other romantic trilogies.

What other book might you compare Key of Light to, and why?

one of her other trilogies dealing with celtic myths. so far this one is good but it really depends on the third book. I have found the first two books are really good but the third part can be a bit of a let down.

Have you listened to any of Susan Ericksen’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I think she narrates all of nora Roberts books and does a good job of performing it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

it held my attention all the way through but you can't listen to a 10 hours book in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

nora Roberts is a very good writer with good characterisation and plot which holds your attention and keeps it there. the only reason I have given it a four star rating is that personally I don't like explicit descriptions of intercourse. in some cases you can't fast play through these scenarios as you could miss something important to the story. also in these scenarios the sex is always fantastic..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-24-21

Glorious easy listening

Quite steamy in places, perfect for summer reading and relaxation and wiling away the hours in another world

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  • Catherine
  • 08-05-22

Awesome

Loved the storyline it keeps you thinking and challenges your imagination. Can’t wait for the next book

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  • Veronica Brighton
  • 08-02-22

one of her best

loved it! just love to follow up on the story lines, can't wait to listen to the next book

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  • Jamoz23
  • 06-06-22

I have loved this series for years.

AUDIBLE I have loved this series for years and to listen to this in audible is just brilliant. I can do other things but still immerse myself in this wonderful world of magics, mystery and the battle between good and evil. Good narration. BOOK REVIEW 4.5 STARS - This is book one of a trilogy. In this we meet all the main characters but we focus on Malory, a down to earth ex Art Gallery manager and her part of the quest. Malory\s love interest is Flynn the local newspaper owner and his wonderful dog Moe. Flynn is a real sweetie. I have owned and read the paperback version for years and this is one series I keep rereading. Now it is in eBook format I can take them on holiday with me. If you like strong women as heroines paired with really great guys, add a bit of mythology, a puzzle to be solved, throw in Celtic Gods and Goddess’s and of course the obligatory bad guy, you will love this series. Not to mention the humour, romance and intrigue that this series is. 2022 - Still love this series but the silly errors in the EBook (one line repeated in one place) should not have made it through.

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  • Happiest when reading.
  • 03-23-22

Interesting

I really enjoyed the story, however the narrators voice grates. She lacks definition in her characters and at times they all merge. She was also far to aggressive with her narrative!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-02-21

Okay

The story is predictable but good in true Nora Roberts style. Annoying accents by narrater.

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  • IndianaDoogs
  • 03-14-21

Beautiful plot great narrator

Super relaxing to listen to. I really love the plot and I’m definitely going to listen to the next two books in this trilogy

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-20-20

easy listening

loved it.
well written and easy to listen to.
Love the plot and story line

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  • Cheryl
  • 12-05-16

Love the series

I loved the whole series so far, can't wait for the next book. When is it going to made as a audiobook?