Author: NR Walker
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Sara York
Caroline’s Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Teresa’s Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/18/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, M/M Romance, Paranormal
History isn’t always what it seems…
Twelve months after his change, Alec MacAidan is still getting used to his many vampire talents. While most vampires would give anything to have more than one supernatural power, Alec craves nothing more than peace and time alone with Cronin. But when Alec meets entities from outside this realm, he’s left powerless in their presence.
Zoan are half-lycan, half-dragon creatures that have slipped through time and reality, seemingly undetected by man and vampire. Or have they? They bear an uncanny resemblance to gargoyles, leaving Alec’s view on all things weird to get a whole lot weirder.
This new quest leads Alec, Cronin, and their band of friends to Paris, Rome, and Moscow, where they learn that gargoyles aren’t simply statues on walls. In the underground pits beneath churches all over the world, Alec discovers the Key’s true destiny. Facing the Zoan might take every talent he has. And he may need help from the dead to get them all out alive.
Coming up to the end of his first year as a Vampire and settling down into married life for Alec is proving difficult as the need for his attention and new found powers are still in demand. With very little downtime after his last adventure he finds himself off on the next one. It would seem the life of the Key is not to be a quiet one and Alec is starting to feel the pressure.
Cronin’s Key III is very much like the two books that come before it in that it takes well known historical characters and gives them a vampire twist. This time round the mystery involves Gargoyle’s that are extremely difficult to kill and are enmeshed into a secretive Catholic sect. There is one other very big problem – only Alec can see them and his powers are no help at all.
Cronin feels like a caretaker in this story as he struggles to keep Alec safe from an invisible enemy and worries that his new life is proving too much for him. His fears run so deep that he wants nothing more than to whisk Alec away and keep him safe but he realises the futility of this and it leaves him frustrated.
Whilst Cronin is worrying about Alec Alec himself is worrying about his father as he has to face the fact that the man is still human and at some point will no longer be in his life. No matter how selfish it makes him he wants his father around forever and it is proving to be a sticking point in their relationship.
The action is hot paced and exciting as they hop around the world and try to solve this latest mystery. This book had a definite feel of finality for the series, it answered a lot of questions from the previous book yet it left us a slight chance of more. As a couple Alec and Cronin were perfect…again… and my favourite saying from the book…
Alec, are you well?
I was so happy when I found out this book existed! I really enjoyed the first two books and was happy to see what Alec, now a vampire, was up against this time.
As the Key, Alec is gifted (or plagued, depending on your perspective) with almost all the gifts a vampire can have. This of course puts him right in the middle of things when ancient beings come back to the world threatening the humans and vampires alike.
I enjoyed the fast pace of the story. We are constantly traveling the globe seeking information to battle the bad guys. The cast of characters was great and we meet many old friends as well as make new ones.
I liked Alec and Cronin’s relationship and their devotion to each other. The sex was hot and tender at the same time.
The only drawback to the book was that I felt Alec’s vast and varied powers gave them too many outs when the going got tough and lessened the team effort. However, that might just be me, so don’t let that deter you from reading this great adventure.
The story is definitely left open for more in the series, but could happily end here too, so who knows what’s up for the future. I highly recommend this series
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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