The Black Key

The Black Key

Book - 2016
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For too long, Violet and the people of the outer circles of the Lone City have lived in service of the royalty of the Jewel. But now, the secret society known as the Black Key is preparing to seize power.While Violet knows she is at the center of this rebellion, she has a more personal stake in it for her sister, Hazel, has been taken by the Duchess of the Lake. Now, after fighting so hard to escape the Jewel, Violet must do everything in her power to return not only to save Hazel, but the future of the Lone City.
Publisher: London :, Walker Books,, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2016.
ISBN: 9781406347593
Characteristics: 298 pages ; 20 cm.


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Sep 18, 2018

I really loved this trilogy and loved the ending. After finishing the book, I wished there was some sort of an epilogue that happened after maybe a couple years after all that has happened. I'm curious on how their life would have been after everything are settled in. How does the little island, Excelsior, look now? What kind of life will they have? Did Ash and Violet get the life they wanted after everything was over? So on and so forth.
However, the ending was still satisfying.
I do want to say that one of the side characters had a place in my heart ever since the first book. And when I learned about what happened to him and he, himself, Sil, and Ash said it wasn't Violet's fault and tried to comfort her, and everything they said about him after his death, my heart couldn't handle it. Those moments really played with my heart and made me cry. I usually don't cry when I read books.
I really love this last book and it really pulled some strings in my heart.

Oct 23, 2017

I really loved the main character because she is willing to stop at nothing to save her sister from the same fate that she was stuck with.

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Dec 15, 2016

This is the third book of the series, after The White Rose. The books are about girls who are trained to be surrogates and are auctioned off. That is what happened to Violet, the main character. The story revolves around her and what she experiences. From the second book, the readers were left with a cliffhanger and obviously, I could not wait to see what happens. I was not disappointed at all, the third book was just as good as the first two, maybe even better. We meet even more new characters and we got to see how Violet faces all her major problems. I loved the fact that the books never had me bored and always had something new, something better than before (like as the book progresses, the characters faced more and more cool problems). I would definitely recommend this book to older kids (ages: 14-19). I give this book a 4.6 out of 5 stars.
- @terrificbooklover of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

When I first held the book, I was a bit concerned with its size. It was so tiny in comparison to all the other books I was reading at the time! But I guess you can't judge a book by its size as much as its cover, I was just a little concerned with content amount. The author made this whole book very intense by connecting it right from the second book and hitting a high note from the start. It still escaladed from there, as any final book in a series/trilogy would. I like how in the first book the girl is trapped in the Jewel, in the next one she rises a bit, and in this book she is shown surrounded by fragments. It really reminds me of Matched. 5/5 stars.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The Black Key is one of my favourite last books of a series. Everything wrapped up so beautifully I didn’t feel like I was missing anything at all. I felt like everything was in check and perfect because it all came to a pleasant end. Ewing really hits the mark because she covers all the aspects we have been introduced too. Violet has changed, but not a lot, so we still see the young girl we have grown to love. Alongside her team, she plans to overthrow the Jewel using the powers that the royals have tried so hard to mask away. The auguries are behind her now, and Violet is more ready than ever to pursue her dream of freeing her sister Hazel from the evil Duchess of the Lake. Uniquely written and portrayed, The Black Key has Violet back in the palace which she so happily left in disguise, and more than ever willing to risk her life to save others. A great uplift and fast paced read. Rating 4/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

kirstd31 Nov 21, 2016

I loved the first book in this series. But the rest of the books have been a disappointment. There is not enough action and the ending is easy figure out.

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