Title: The Black Key
Author: Amy Ewing
Published: October 4, 2016
Series: The Lone City #3
Genre: Dystopian/High Fantasy
For too long, Violet and the people of the outer circles of the Lone City have lived a life of servitude, controlled and manipulated by the royalty of the Jewel. But now, the secret society known as the Black Key is preparing to seize power and knock down the walls dividing each circle.
And while Violet knows she is at the center of this rebellion, she has a more personal stake in it—for her sister, Hazel, has been taken by the Duchess of the Lake. Now, after fighting so hard to escape the Jewel, Violet must do everything in her power to return, to save not only Hazel, but the future of the Lone City.
Almost two years later, I finally finished The Lone City trilogy, and overall, I was pleased with it.
The Black Key picks up when Violet Lasting and her best friend Raven, along with other Paladin, are preparing to mount an attack on the royalty of the Jewel.
But as the date of the surrogate auction approaches, Violet discovers that her little sister Hazel is in danger. After Violet disappeared, her former mistress kidnapped Hazel so the rest of the royalty wouldn’t suspect what happened. But when intelligence indicates that Hazel someone is trying to kill Hazel, Violet can’t rest knowing her sister isn’t safe.
While The Jewel wasn’t one of my absolute favorite reads of all time, it was solid enough to keep me reading, and the same can be said of The Black Key. It might have been “crappy TV effect” where I just couldn’t stop reading even though it wasn’t exactly profound.
The initial issues I had with the cliche romance between Ash and Violet continued through The White Rose, and honestly, they’re still an issue for me in the final installment of the series.
Violet was true to her character down to the end — full of spunk. In a world where she’s not supposed to have any control, she makes her own rules. While I liked that about her, I really hated her total lack of empathy for others in the same situation as her and her inability to think through the consequences of her actions.
But I guess that’s what makes a good book, right? If everything were all buttoned up, it might not be believable.
I would definitely recommend finishing The Lone City series. It may not be riveting for twenty-somethings, but it had a solid finish, and Ewing does a beautiful job building her characters.