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Title:The Key
Authors:Simon Toyne
Info:William Morrow (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 448 pages
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The Key follows on immediately after the end of Sanctus. Liv Adamsen and Kathryn Mann are hospitalized along with the surviving members of the Sancti from the Citadel, who have all suffered massive hemorrhaging as a result of the removal of the Sacrament from the mountain. Kathryn’s son Gabriel has ended up in police custody.

In The Key, Simon Toyne introduces us to The Ghost, a Bedouin warrior who deals in ancient relics found in the deserts of Iraq and Syria. Meanwhile, over in the Vatican, Cardinal Secretary Clementi has put together a scheme that will help the Church prosper financially, and in the ancient Citadel, located in Ruin, the remaining monks try to adapt to life without the Sacrament. An ancient prophecy found in a notebook belonging to Kathryn Mann’s father. This “Mirror Prophecy” sets Liv and Gabriel on a journey into the Iraqi desert, the fate of the world in their hands and the power of the Catholic Church and the Citadel set against them.

Just as in Sanctus, The Key provides believable and sympathetic characters in a framework of fantasy, suspension of disbelief, continual plot twists and turns, and plenty of surprises. You will be at the edge of your seat in anticipation of the third installment titled The Tower. The Key is a roller coaster ride of a thriller that builds on the foundations laid in Sanctus, so I definitely recommend this not be read as a stand alone novel. The Key is one the best thrillers you will read this year. Simon Toyne as a man to watch and it's nice to think this young writer has years ahead of him to write books that will captivate us.

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  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
A worthy follow up to his first book, the Sacrament has been revealed but now there are consequences - and a time limit to accomplish the reunion of the Sacrament with its source - the lost garden of Eden. Toyne's characters are captivating and well developed and they complement his plot development very well. An enthralling read that is difficult to put down and was hard to finish because I want to know what happens next - on to the third book and then I will have to check some of his other books as well. ( )
1 vote Al-G | Nov 19, 2015 |
This is the second book in the trilogy and didn't disappoint taking the story that commenced in the Sanctus a stage further. Brilliant punchy action it kept me enthralled. I read all three books in the sequence and believe it to be one of the best stories I have ever read. Plenty of action, plenty of intrigue and wonderfully imaginative. American journalist Liv Adamsen lies in an isolation ward staring at walls as blank as her memory. She knows she entered the monumental Citadel at the heart of Ruin but can remember only darkness. Something strange is stirring within her, whispering that she is 'the key,. But the key to what? For the Ghost, a mercenary operating in the Syrian Desert, Liv could unlock one of mankind,s most potent secrets. For the brotherhood in the Citadel - now cursed by a terrible plague - her return is the only way to ensure their survival. And for a powerful faction in Rome, she threatens the very future of the Catholic Church. Hunted across continents and caught up in events that defy explanation, Liv turns to the only person she trusts - a charity worker named Gabriel Mann. Together their paths lead to a shocking discovery - one that will tear them apart and change the world forever. ( )
  imyknott | Jul 8, 2015 |
Second in series of three. I hate having to wait for he the next book to be published! This was as good as the first and kept me interested. Just a fun action mystery along the lines of Dan Brown books. ( )
  KarenHerndon | Jul 30, 2013 |
"The Key" is the second act of the Sanctus trilogy. While I don't think it was a strong or mystical as "Sanctus," this was still a good read.

Liv Adamson can't exactly remember what happened in the Citadel (the events at the end of the previous book), but she slowly begins to realize what she carries...or rather, who she's become. And it's because of this that the monks in the Citadel want her back inside the mountain.

At the same time, a dig in Iraq is occurring with the secret consent of a high-ranking member of the Vatican. This person knows Liv cannot be allowed near the site as all of his plans will crumble. Yet Liv, with the help of Gabriel Mann, is being drawn to this place. In fact, her very life depends on their discovery of the site although they're not exactly sure why.

Again, "The Key" isn't quite as clever as "Sanctus," but it's well worth continuing the story. ( )
  Jarratt | Jul 2, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062038338, Hardcover)

Hunted. Hounded. Haunted.

She is the most important person in the world. She is The Key

Journalist Liv Adamsen has escaped from the highly secretive Citadel at the heart of the ancient city of Ruin and now lies in isolation, staring at hospital walls as blank as her memory. Despite her inability to recall her past, something strange is stirring within her. She feels possessed by a sen-sation she can't name and plagued by whispers only she can hear: "KuShiKaam," the key.

To others the meaning is clear. For a mercenary operating in the Syrian Desert, a man known only as "the Ghost," Liv may hold the key to one of history's most powerful secrets. For the brotherhood of monks in the Citadel—now cursed by a terrible plague—her return to Turkey may be the only way to ensure their survival. And for a powerful faction in Vatican City, her very existence threatens the success of a desperate plan to save the church from ruin.

At the center of events that defy explanation and hunted by someone she believes might be trying to kill her, Liv turns to the only person she can trust—a foundation worker named Gabriel Mann. Together they must elude capture and journey to the place where all life began. From New York to Rome to the deserts of the Middle East, worlds collide in a race to uncover a revelation dating from the creation of man in this electrifying follow-up to the international bestseller Sanctus.

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Liv Adamsen, unable to recall the events that transpired within the ancient walls of the Citadel, reunites with Gabriel, a warrior for a group working to bring down the Sancti, and together they uncover a revelation that holds the key to humankind's survival.… (more)

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