We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Keys Audiobook

Keys: City of Keys, Book 1

Regular Price:$19.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

My name is Octavius Septimus Stalk, but my friends call me Oss. I live in the City of Keys, a town of gears, keys, locks, and wonder. Our forefathers banished magic long ago, bolted the doors and locked everything up tight to keep people out and the town's secrets in. Four Lock Lords control what information is left, and everyone else is left struggling to survive.

Despite what Thorne, my naïve lover, thinks, I was an orphan, but not a victim. When I walked the streets at the age of 12, I learned fast where to steal the best food, how to use my daggers, and where to hide my would-be attackers' bodies. No one suspected me of such violence. No one knew then or now that I have magic inside me.

Now, power-hungry men intend to release the magic for their own benefit - at the expense of the rest of the city. We will stop them, even if Thorne must battle his own kin, even if I must reveal my hidden talents and the role I seem destined to play.

©2015 Amber Kell (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (51 )
5 star
 (28)
4 star
 (11)
3 star
 (6)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (3)
Overall
4.0 (48 )
5 star
 (24)
4 star
 (11)
3 star
 (4)
2 star
 (5)
1 star
 (4)
Story
4.3 (48 )
5 star
 (29)
4 star
 (12)
3 star
 (3)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (3)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Belen 06-11-16
    Belen 06-11-16 Member Since 2015

    I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    663
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    302
    221
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    57
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "This is Fantasy done right, my friends!"
    Any additional comments?

    Now, this, ladies and gentlemen is how you do Fantasy right.

    This story is absolutely amazing!

    The world building is startlingly impressive. The characters are smart, funny, ruthless, vulnerable, and real. The storytelling is rich and thoroughly entertaining. The narration was hands-down terrific and pitch perfect.

    Octavius Septimus Stalk (my friends call me “Oss”) is one of the best characters I’ve read in a long time. From the first few minutes I was hooked. It opens with a bang, I was immediately and absolutely immersed in the narration, and I loved every minute.

    I can hardly wait for the next installment!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Morgan A Skye 04-19-16 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    417
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    471
    411
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    55
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "If you love steampunk..."

    Oss is in charge of some of the keys that help keep the magic of the City of Keys locked down safe. He might actually be more than that….

    His boyfriend is Thorne, a sweetheart, who will do anything for Oss.

    When the magic that Oss holds within rises to the fore, the entire city faces major changes and nobody knows what will happen when the Master Lock is opened.

    **

    I have to say – I’m not a steampunk fan – BUT I’m a total Keys fan!

    This is less romance and more adventure than I usually like – thus the 4 star rating rather than 5 – but the world building is phenomenal, the characters are three-dimensional and fascinating (I love Oss’ anti-hero role and his adherence to his own unique moral code) and the adventure is fun and moves us along at a fast pace.

    Thorne and Oss are well matched (good foils for the other) and sweet.

    If you’re looking for a book focused on romance – this isn’t it – but a romantic tale with a fair amount of feels and a fantastically unique world – this is your book!

    Audio

    Derrick McClain is a great narrator – especially for this story. His style is crisp and clean and well suited to the world in Keys. He makes it clear who is speaking and really infuses emotion into the story. What I like most is how easy he is to listen to for hours and how much he brings a story alive.

    For both the narration and the audio 4.5 of 5 stars

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Paisley 03-03-16
    Paisley 03-03-16 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    41
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "An exciting blend of fantasy and romance!"
    If you could sum up Keys in three words, what would they be?

    Unique, sexy and fun


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The story is told from Octavius’ point of view, and I found him to be a very likable character. His love interest, Thorne, is a sexy sidekick. They are an established couple as the story begins, so this allowed the plot to focus on other issues. I think that worked well because there is a lot to understand about the City of Keys and it’s happenings. Oss and Thorne are a great match, but since it is a first person narrative there were times I wondered what was going on in Thorne’s head.


    What about Derrick McClain’s performance did you like?

    Derrick McClain does a wonderful job of narrating the story. He is Oss, and his voice adds humor and passion in the right places. He acts out all of the characters in a unique way, and I found myself being able to keep track of who was saying what during the dialogues. There are a lot of characters in the story, so this aspect of the narration was important and well done.


    Any additional comments?

    Amber Kell created an unusual world in the City of Keys. I love fantasy and all the sub-genres that can go along with fantasy stories. Her creation is a steam punk world and it also has magic. So, it really is a blend of a few of my favorite kinds of fantasy realms. I think that one of the issues that goes along with reading (or listening to) fantasies is that the reader has to understand the world and the unique aspects of the author’s creations in order to feel comfortable and absorb the story without feeling confused. Sometimes I have to read parts of a fantasy book a few times to really get it. Thankfully this wasn’t the case with Keys. It did take me a few chapters to get into the flow of the story, and be able to visualize the world the author constructed. That was probably because it is a unique world with an interesting history, and allowing it all to digest in my brain took some time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tom(C) 08-31-16
    Tom(C) 08-31-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    55
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    350
    92
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Charles Dickens Meets meets Harry Potter's Magic"

    In the books of Charles Dickens there are several stories of street urchins living under oppression, poverty, and cruelty. Living in destitution, hunger and danger such as in Oliver Twist led to hopelessness. In Keys: City of Keys, Book 1 [Audible Edition] our hero Oss is living in the horrors of a Dickensian world but he is smart, patient, skilled in weaponry and lives within a network of fellow street smart young adults and children who share the movements and secrets of the bad guys.

    Like some of the wizards and witches in the Harry Potter series Oss has some magical powers chiefly control over locks and the ability to heal faster than normal folks. Oss is not a candidate for sainthood. He feels no remorse about murdering in order to stay safe even if knifing and killing someone is a much greatly penalty than deserved in what he perceives as the offense. He hates the gentry who live their lives in comfort and never help the poor. It is odd then that Oss's romantic partner is a member of that aristocracy.

    Some readers will find Oss without morals, others will find him justified and more than a few will just see him as the hero of the story and not consider his morality. This is especially so as his enemies wound or kill good guys and embroil Oss in their evil plans. Oss is not evil. He is kind to his fellow rapscallions, friends, and his aristocratic lover as well as lover's brother, a Lord.

    Hero or ruffian as the action progresses anything goes because the fate of the City (Oss's world) and it's inhabitants is at stake. In fact as the plot develops Oss finds he is top member of a new kind of noblemen who will have one of the greatest parts in future of a new world for his City.

    I'm looking forward to next audiobook in the series however since the second book hasn't even been written yet it may be years before there is an Audible edition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    VHB 06-16-16
    VHB 06-16-16 Member Since 2016

    Love listening to great stories matched well to the right narrators.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    88
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    204
    132
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    7
    57
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great story"
    What did you love best about Keys?

    The story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Keys?

    The talking locks


    What about Derrick McClain’s performance did you like?

    Good preformance


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I like the light relationships the characters had,


    Any additional comments?

    Good narration , great story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Riva 07-20-16
    Riva 07-20-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    725
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    553
    288
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    116
    11
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wonderful story"

    This is the first part of a three part story. I really enjoyed this fantasy story with a steampunk twist. I had really great, 3 dimensional characters, a sweet romance, a mystery and some action and intrigue. Pretty high body count as well, if you care about that sort of thing. The story is told from Octavius’ POV. He is a former “street rat” who is trying to turn over a new leaf through his new job as a “key keeper” in the city of Keys. What no one knows (not even Oss) is he and his friends are much more than that. And that realization and future implications for other books is the heart of the story. Although, the romance between Octavius and Thorne is really sweet and satisfying, it is really not the point of the book. It is kind of like icing on a great story cake. This is my first book by Amber Kell and I really look forward to the next two. Although we get a satisfying ending, the story is not complete.

    Derrick McClain does an excellent job narrating this story. His characterizations and multiple voices were great. I did wish he had pushed through a little more emotion with some of the scenes, such as when Oss believed that Thorne betrayed him. It sounded a bit flat. But overall, I really enjoyed it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.