Title: The Key
Author: Jennifer Anne Davis
Series: True Reign (Book 1)
Release Date: 11/16/13
Within these pages lie kingdoms with castles and princes who fall in love with fair maidens, but make no mistake-this is no fairytale.
Seventeen-year-old Rema lives in a brutal kingdom where travel between regions is forbidden, people are starving, and looking at someone the wrong way can mean death. Nineteen-year-old Darmik is the king’s son and Commander of the King’s Army. He spends his days roving the island, doing his father’s bidding and trying to maintain control over the people.
When a chance encounter throws Rema and Darmik together, they share an instantaneous connection, but any sort of relationship between them is strictly forbidden. Darmik’s brother, the Crown Prince, notices Darmik’s interest in Rema and, in a calculated, political move, blackmails her. Faced with an impossible choice, Rema is forced to sacrifice her heart in order to save her family.
I first decided to read this book when I was doing a school project. I honestly wasn’t expecting much out of it. Sure, the concept sounded good to me and the idea was definitely there. Though, as soon as I started “The Key”, it immediately occurred to me that this wasn’t just another book I was being forced to read for school. To perfectly sum up my feelings about the book would be entirely impossible to do in just one sitting. Though hopefully I can give you a little insight of what I felt. Hopefully.
From start to finish, this book is a whirlwind of emotions. With death and other twists (although predictable), this book never had a bland moment, not once. The lives the characters were living were relatable, though gratefully not too much. The medieval time period has always had a certain calling to me, so while reading this, I definitely was impressed at the amount of knowledge and research done to give her characters like Rema true and realistic feelings on society. Jennifer Anne Davis writes not only a love story, but one of adventure and deceit.
Like I said, me writing this review could never do this book, or the series justice as I can’t describe it to myself. But because all of the components incorporated into this book, and the next two, I finished my school project not only with time left to spare but I had to grit my teeth as I waited for the third book to come out. All in all, I have read this book and the other two in the series about three times, and that number will undoubtedly continue to grow.