Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Key Trilogy by Nora Roberts

Key of Light

First sentence: The storm ripped over the mountains, gushing torrents of rain that struck the ground with sharp ring of metal on stone.

Key of Knowledge

First sentence: Dana Steele considered herself flexible, open-minded woman, with no less than her fair share of patience, tolerance, and humor.

Key of Valour

First sentence: Zoe McCourt was sixteen when she met the boy who would change her life.

This is what started it all: It is a tale of a young Celtic god who fell for a human girl, and of their three daughters, demi-goddesses all, who were cast into an eternal sleep, their mortal souls placed under lock and key. And in each generation three are chosen who have the power to release them -- if they dare accept a challenge that could promise them great riches but also grave dangers... - Synopsis from Book 2 of The Key Trilogy

I think this is one of Nora Roberts most solid trilogies. It has the elements of romance, mystery, and of course paranormal. Relationship is examined from all angles: family, friendship, love. Good will always prevail at the end of the day, but not without truth and courage.

Three beautiful young women are brought together by a mysterious invitation to Warrior's Peak, an old and huge mansion up on the hills. Malory Price is an art lover and she works in an art gallery almost all her professional life. Dana Steele is a very capable librarian and the regular patrons love her. Zoe McCourt is a talented hairstylist and a single mother to a nine-year-old boy, Simon. All three are on the verge of losing their jobs and fate brought them together. And the three stands for the keys they are to find to unlock the souls of the demi-goddesses: Malory, art or beauty; Dana, truth or knowledge; and Zoe, courage or valor.

Fate also brings three very sexy and handsome, almost warrior-like men to the quest: Flynn Hennessy, a journalist; Jordan Hawke, a bestselling author; and Brad Charles Vane IV, an insanely wealthy businessman. Oh yes, and a handsome dog named Moe. It is not a smooth beginning as far as their relationships are concerned with friction and all, but suffice to say, things progressed well.

Together, they take turns to find the keys. The quest can only be continued if the first key is successfully found. If one of the keys failed to be found at any point of the quest, they will all suffer a penalty: Malory, Dana and Zoe will lose a year of their life. I almost forgot to mention the bad guy. Kane, the sorcerer who's responsible for the trapping is out to ensure that these women (and men) do not succeed. He even plays dirty.

Initially, the women are encouraged by the financial reward but down the road, strong bonds formed even towards the demi-goddesses and their guardians, Rowena and Pitte (they are the residents at Warrior Peak). To kickstart, they each get twenty five thousand dollars and the money do come in handy judging from the job problems that they're facing. When they are successful, they each will get one million dollars.

This will be one of Nora Roberts works that I will be rereading. It's great stuff there with the usual funny and clever dialogues. I have had my laugh-out-loud moments while enjoying the novels. Coincidentally, I was flipping through another book entitled List to Live By: For Everything That Really Matters just a moment ago, and came across the Keys to Kindness which I must share with you (originally from H. Jackson Brown Jr. and Rochelle Pennington, condensed from “Highlighted in Yellow”):

  1. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
  2. Make it a habit to do nice things for people who’ll never find out.
  3. Be kinder than necessary.
  4. Be open and accessible. The next person you meet could become your best friend.
  5. Never underestimate the power of a kind word or deed.
  6. Seek out the good in people.
  7. Never allow a friend to grieve alone.
  8. Be there when people need you.
  9. Practice empathy. Try to see things from other people’s points of view.
  10. Look for opportunities to make people feel important.
  11. When you receive a kindness, pass it on.
  12. Be the first to say hello.

It absolutely depicts the spirit of the story. I'm glad I stumbled upon it.