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The Key (Guardians of Time Trilogy) Paperback – 3 May 2010


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (3 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408804476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408804476
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 594,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for 'Old Magic': 'A confident debut that announces the arrival of a bright, lively new voice' TES Praise for 'The Named': 'Another gripping teenage novel from the author of Old Magic. Once more Marianne Curley pulls off a thrilling, complicated and magical story while keeping a firm grip on the reality of present day life' Irish Independent 'Marianne Curley's second novel, The Named, succeeds in combining the contemporary with the historical in this lively, eventful adventure' The Bookseller 'This pacey, contemporary mix of action, suspense and fiery relationships is cleverly calculated to appeal to both boys and girls' Books Magazine

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Marianne Curley's debut novel Old Magic established her place as an exciting and original voice in the world of children's literature and has sold in 13 countries. Marianne lives in New South Wales, Australia.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Feb. 2005
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like my title of the review i do not know where to start with how good and how compelling the last book of Marianne Curley's fantastic trilogy of beautifully told charcters that i love was. It is an expert of a book so good i couldn't put it down even though i didn't want to finish it straight away. it gets you straight in to the plot and this time picks up on the viewpoints of Matt and Rochelle. This last book is superb and a jewel. Although some of the more final scenes made me cry i have to say that this was the best book i have ever read not only because it has all the elements of a good book for me but because it didn't leave me feeling confused or anything but made its point. A brilliant fantasy story filled with laughter, love, loyalty, fantasy, drama, action Marianne Curley pulls of one gem of a book. At the end i had to sit there and read the last chapter again and was so disappointed that this time unlike the other two there was no follow-up. I had to sit and wonder what had happened to the characters lives and i wish Marianne Curley could write another. Ethan, Isobel, Arkarian, Matt, Rochelle, Neriah... all wonderful characters that i would love to read about again. I cannot express how much i enjoyed this fabulous and explosive last book to a superb trilogy. I can only say: "More, More"!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "rach_r99" on 6 Feb. 2005
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This is the last book of the FANTASTIC Guardians Of Time triology and I certainly wasn't disappointed. The trilogy follows the lives of the Named who are responsible for protecting the earth and the past from the Order of Chaos. The book is from the viewpoint of twom of the characters Matt and Rochelle and because of this you are puller completely into their world and understand how different characters view the different situations.
The final book completes the story beautifully while leaving you with a need to discover more about the characters. A fact in itself which clearly indiocates how wonderful it was. I can not recommend this fantastic book highly enough. With it's intense mix of love, action, suspense and history it has you hanging on to each world until the final sentence. This book would appeal to anyone who enjoys a good read and wonderful characters. The only problem now is that the series is finished and I cant discover any more about the amazing characters created.
If you only read one book this tear make it The Key
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Student on 2 Feb. 2005
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I think that The Guardians of Time trilogy was absolutely amazing, and this final third instalment was brilliant! The story is told this time from the perspective of Matt and Rochelle, and was well-crafted and gripping from start to finish! The only bad thing about this book was that it ended!
I loved it and I hope that we will not have to wait too long for the next book by Marianne Curley!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Lewis on 11 Dec. 2005
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There are no words to describe how brilliant this book is. Gripping to the very end, I didn't want it to finish. I was in floods of tears all through the last chapter...all I can say is read the prophecy carefully and you'll understand!
About 1/10th less good than The Dark (but still one of the most perfect things I've ever read), but then again nothing can beat poor, tortured Arkarian and Isabel-ness! Ends just as suddenly as the other three and leaves you desperate for more!
Neriah is a beautiful character. I loved Rochelle. Keep your eyes open for who the REAL traitor is...there are tiny little clues all over the place!
From the interesting PoVs of Matt and Rochelle (ooh, awkwardness), this book takes you right from a conference between the 'Gods' to the final battle. Funny, heart-wrenching, action-packed, thrilling and beautiful. Do not pass this book by!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LouLou on 23 Sept. 2006
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This book really was exceptional, and a brilliant end to the trilogy. It keeps you hooked until the very end. I was in floods of tears, as I knew it was the last in the series, and I wouldnt learn any more about the characters, or magnificent storyline.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Phelps on 17 Mar. 2007
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I can honestly say this trilogy is the best I've ever read - and I've read a lot of books!!!

I couldn't put it down, but at the same time I didn't want it to end! I cried at the last chapter - the first book I've ever cried at!!(the story just seemed so real!!)- and was really disappointed when I closed it knowing there was no more to read in the set!!

It's really rare to find a book this good, and to find a trilogy of them is absolutely amazing!! No-one should miss out on these books!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Feb. 2006
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If you have read the other books, you will need no encouragement to read this one and will understand why it is called the key.
So the prophecy is played out and the final battle takes place...
The problem with trilogies like this is that once you read the last page of book 3 - that's it there is no more. But I want to know what happens next and to the named et al! I have fallen in love with Arkarian and Matt and the others.
While waiting for this book to come out I read 'Old Magic' which is also excellent so you might read that while we wait to see what Marianne Curley brings out next.
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As the prophecy starts to unfold, The Named look to Matt to reach his powers before the Goddess Lathena starts to gain control of the realms.

In the third and final part of the Guardians of Time trilogy, Marianne Curley brings that wondrous flowing magic back in a devastating and shocking thriller that is simply the best out of the three.

When reading The Named, it seemed Marianne Curley had brought something new and diverse to the table with her own thoughts and imaginations of the complexity of time and magic. A fast flowing narrative that questioned reality with encoded humour and a slight soapy feel, it broke minds. Her second novel, The Dark, had the same level of magic and imagination by sending her colourful characters into an underworld where we saw more devastating and imagination to the series which made this an anticipated read.

Now all the characters are established and we have a general idea of the prophecy and the consequences, where could the author take the series?
Taking into account the level of magic Curley had already encoded it was unnecessary to further that and so this novel focuses more upon the future and drama of the characters' lives rather than bringing more fantasy to the novel, which is perfect scripting. Don't worry as there is still the exceptional presence of magic that truly gives Potter a run for its money

Told from the point of view of Matt and Rochelle this time, these one time partners are of interesting reads, each with their own agendas. Matt is unable to access his powers and Rochelle's past is playing on everyone's mind. Whereas Matt feels a bit too negative and paranoid for reader's liking, Rochelle's insecurities but ambition will give readers hope and admiration as the plot continues.
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