Monday, February 20, 2012

Pandora's Key by Nancy Richardson Fischer

Title: Pandora's Key
Author: Nancy Richardson Fischer
Series: The Key Trilogy #1
Year: 2011
Read in: English
Where'd I get this copy: Nancy sent me a copy through Shelf Awareness - thank you so much!
Pandora's Key on Goodreads.

Teaser (from Goodreads):

Sixteen-year-old Evangeline Theopolis doesn’t know her father, her mother is having delusions, and her godmother is, at the very least, a murderer. A clandestine Order called the Archivists is trying to find and kill her for a magical talisman she believes is just a necklace with an antique key charm. And an ancient and lethal female Sect is bent on kidnapping her.

To fight her deadly adversaries Evangeline is forced to use both her wits and the supernatural talents she never imagined she possessed. Her journey takes her to the steps of Mount Olympus where she will discover her true identity and have a decision to make: accept who she really is or take responsibility for the destruction of the world.


Slightly spoiler-ish, I should warn.

Let's jump right into it: I never really got caught up in the plot, it seemed too compressed, although it was keysmashingly intense.
That’s one thing I like about books that span only a couple of days. Even though you sometimes want to yell ‘hold on, it’s going too fast!’, you’re always on the edge of your seat throughout the whole book. And if you miss something in the rush, well, it’s a book! Go back and reread it.

And all of that Greek mythology… yum! I can honestly say I had to put the book down in favour of just taking deep breaths. It was perfect and just enough to get anyone interested in reading more (of both Greek mythology and The Key Trilogy). Also, the way Mrs. Fischer blended the mythology in with modern-day – Evangeline being not a reincarnation of Pandora herself but a descendant – made it that much more believable.

Pandora, according to Marta Dahlig

One scene from this book that I would give anything to actually see – either in a movie, in real life (oh God, yes) or just as a really large painting – is the scene just after Evangeline and Raphe breaks into that (almost) abandoned house where Sam resides. That room! Those paintings! Oh, it made me wish to become part of that bloodline, no matter the cost, if I could just get my painting up there.

Let’s just say I’m very excited to hear even more about this ‘saving the world’…

A very beautifully composed book, a solid urban fantasy, that I would recommend to almost everyone. 7/10.

Frederikke, out.

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