Wednesday, 15 January 2014

The Key Blog Tour - Review & Character Bio

Title: The Key
Series: The True Reign Series #1
Author: Jennifer Anne Davis
Release Date: November 15, 2013
Publisher: Clean Teen  Publishing
Review Copy: From author in exchange of honest review
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?

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.

Let me start off by saying that I am pretty sure I just read what would happen if you threw Thor and Loki into the medieval times. Price Lennek and Darmik are related by blood and have a few similar looks, and that is where their similarities stop. Lennek is ruthless, power-hungry and wants to outdo Darmik in every way possible. Darmik, as you can guess, is the opposite. Yes, he may be Commander of the King, but as you read, you discover he does a lot of things for show. Especially when it comes to showing the kingdom whose boss.

Jennifer does an amazing job at world building. What makes this book different from your atypical fantasy novel is two things. One being the fact that everyone is a marking on them, given to them as a baby. It's almost like an ID. The other being that you're not allowed to go to other countries. Which, when I read that was like YES, creative crazy rulings.

I loved Rema. What she goes through in this book are some things I would love to experience and then there were times where I just wanted to take her place so she didn't have to see some things she did. With that note, this isn't a book for someone who has a weaker stomach. Some of the scenes are very graphic and at points I had to remind myself it was just a book. I applaud her for being so strong against Lennek. He is using her as a pawn against Darmik, but it doesn't break her down. She has a backbone and doesn't give in to what Lennek wants. YAY!

Usually in a series, the main character discovers they're the missing heir or chosen one first. This isn't what happens here. Which, I found as a splendid change. While Darmik is on this search to find if their is still a living heir, you just want to shake him and go "LOOK IN FRONT OF YOU".

The ending! Jennifer, how could you do this to me. I'm in agony over that cliffhanger. Just wow. This is an amazing fantasy book that readers shouldn't pass up. I need book two like now.


Spunky, sassy, and a bit of a wild one, Rema is seventeen with blonde hair, blue eyes, and is fair skinned. She looks “different” from everyone else on the island. She grew up with her aunt and uncle who are horse breeders. She has always dreamed of traveling and seeing the world instead of being stuck in her small village living a sheltered life. Everything changes the day she crosses paths with Prince Darmik.

About the Author

Jennifer graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. Afterwards, she married her high school sweetheart, worked as a legal assistant, and taught high school English. Jennifer is currently a full-time writer and mother of three young children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids' creativity.
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