Monday, May 18, 2015

The Key (The True Reign Series Book 1) by Jennifer Anne Davis

Book Synopsis:

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.

Page Length: 342 pages

Audio Length: 8 Hours 51 Minutes

My Review:

This is book 1 of 3 and is not a standalone book. The entire

 series is available so there’s no waiting for the next in the


I listened to this book on audio and the first thing that I

 noticed about the book is that I had to slow down the

 narration speed to half-speed. The narrator, Michelle

 Michaels, was speaking pretty fast and I had a hard time

 keeping up with her at first. She has a very good accent for

 this story, just talks fast.

The book starts right into the middle of a big, bad situation.

 You have a King dying, a Queen sending her daughter away

 to try to survive while she loses her life, a trusted man of the

 court running off with the infant Princess. It is pretty much off

 and running from the beginning. Things slow down a bit after

 the book jumps 17 years to the future.

We now have a young woman who has a life with her Aunt

 and Uncle and her best friend, Bren that she can out race on

 a horse every time. I’m not going to put any spoilers in here,

 since I hate it when people do that to me, but things start to

 go up and downhill quickly for Rema.

She then meets a couple of Princes, one of which is 

awesome for a time, the other is a jerk from the get-go. At 

this point, there is love, betrayal, political games, dismissals,

 dungeons, rebels, and a cliff-hanger ending. Thankfully, book

 2 “Red” is already out and we won’t have to be beating our 

head against the wall over the cliffhanger, but it is still there.

 Fair warning! Buy book 2 before finishing book 1.

When it comes to rating, I rate the narration of the story 

about 3.5 STARS but the story overall I will give a GOOD 4 


*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Author Bio:

Jennifer graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. She is currently a full-time writer and mother of three highly energetic children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids' creativity.

The Voice: Finalist in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
The Voice: Winner of the 2013 San Diego Book Awards: Best Published Young Adult Novel
The Key: Finalist in the 2014 USA Book Award: Young Adult Category

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