The Key
Within these pages lie kingdoms with castles and princes who fall in love with fair maidens, but make no mistake−this is no fairytale. His father's kingdom is on the brink of upheaval and at the center of it all is an ordinary girl who could be the key to its undoing. When faced with the ultimate choice, will he choose the girl he's falling in love with or the kingdom he has sworn to protect?
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About the Book

***Winner: Curvy Book Award Best Overall Small Press***                 

His father’s kingdom is on the brink of upheaval and at the center of it all is an ordinary girl who could be the key to its undoing. When faced with the ultimate choice, will he choose the girl he’s falling in love with or the kingdom he has sworn to protect?

An ordinary girl with an extraordinary past. All she wants is to be free. What she doesn’t realize is that freedom comes with a price she can’t afford to pay. She’s forced to accept the proposal of a prince she despises, even though her heart belongs to someone else . . . his brother.

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.

As Rema is taken to the palace with the Crown Prince, Darmik confronts the growing rumor that a legitimate blood heir to the throne exists and is trying to overthrow Darmik s family. In Darmik s quest to hunt down and kill the threat, he discovers that nothing is as it seems. Locked in the king s castle, Rema finds herself a key player in a massive power struggle. When Darmik shows up, she s not sure if she can trust him. The line between friends, enemies, and loyalty becomes blurred. As truths are unlocked, Rema understands that she just might be the key to finding the rightful heir and restoring peace to the kingdom . . . if she can manage to stay alive long enough.

 

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Reviewed by Cynthia Shepp
Violence
5
There was plenty of murder and war in the book, graphically described. Even a murdered baby. There were prostitutes in the book, but only mentioned. There was genocide as well, a whole group of people murdered because they were the royal family, or related to the royal family. There was also torture.
Language
2
There was barely any cussing. A few bloody hells and a damn.
Romance/Sensuality
2
There were a few steamy kisses, one scene where Lenneck had the maid up against the wall, and one where Darmick and Rema got a little hot and heavy. It never went beyond kissing though.
Drugs/Alcohol/Smoking
2
There is a lot of wine and ale drank in the book, but only by adults, and only in moderation.

Supernatural Characters: None

About the Author
Jennifer Anne Davis

Jennifer Anne Davis graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. She is currently a full-time writer and mother of three highly energetic children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids' creativity.

Awards:
The Voice: Finalist in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
The Voice: Winner of the 2013 San Diego Book Awards: Best Published Young Adult Novel
The Key: Finalist in the 2014 USA Book Award: Young Adult Category

For more information, visit www.JenniferAnneDavis.com.

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