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Publisher's Summary

The thrilling conclusion to the New York Times best-selling Lone City trilogy, which began with The Jewel, a book BCCB said "will have fans of Oliver's Delirium, Cass's The Selection, and DeStefano's Wither breathless".

For too long Violet and the people of the outer circles of the Lone City have lived in service of the royalty of the Jewel. But now the secret society known as the Black Key is preparing to seize power.

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.

©2016 Amy Ewing (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • 10-06-16

Read it overnight!

Wow I've never enjoyed dystopian books like this. As soon as I started reading I couldn't stop so I read it all overnight.
Especially I really liked Erin Spencer's performance she really is the fast and the radiator and I would like to read everything that she had narrated.
One thing I really didn't like was the way Violet acted. I mean because of what she did.. what happened to Lucian.. that kind of thing is exactly what I'm talking about. Was that really necessary?
And here and there Violet's act make me so annoyed.
Other than that I really enjoyed the story and I would like to read this authors other books as well.
Erin Spencer she's the best narrator.

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Thrilling series!

I didn't want the series to end yet I Has to get to the end!

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An unfortunate heroine

Why can't a heroine retain her brain power when she has emotions? Very sexist. So disappointing after a fantastic first book.

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Abrupt ending

I liked this book but feel like the ending left a lot of detail that was probably happening during the rebellion out. The ending felt a little too quick for me.

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predictable

An adequate conclusion but super predictable. The weakest of the three books, but overall a good storyline.

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So simplistic

I somehow forced myself to make it through this series hoping it would get better but it didn't. The writing was unpolished and simplistic and the main character wasn't easy to sympathize with many times but the premise was great and got me through all three books.

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Good, but

Intriguing and fun, but very predictable. Main character lacked depth and minor characters were too easy to figure out. I knew who would be dead before the second chapter started.

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loved it

this was an amazing storyline! I love Amy's work and can't wait to go on to the next book. this series was great to see the characters change and grow

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Amazingly written as always

Would you listen to The Black Key again? Why?

Yes! I have already actually! 3 times!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lucien - I just loved him from the very beginning.

Have you listened to any of Erin Spencer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Only her performances with the Jewel series. I love her, she does an amazing job and the words just flow which makes the whole experience that much better. I will be listening to more of her books.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Lucien. Thats all I'm going to say so I don't ruin it.

Any additional comments?

This is an amazing dystopian series, one of the best I’ve had the pleasure of reading. The story line is addictive. The first book The Jewel, you learn about the characters and this world they live in and what is expected from them. The White Rose you learn who the characters really are as the come into themselves and their abilities. The final book, The Black Key, breaks your heart into a million pieces and builds it back together again and makes you hold your breath! It was an amazing ending to an amazing series. The story follows them from the Jewel to the White Rose and now back to the Jewel for the grand finale with the Black Key. Violet has grown a lot since the first book, when in reality the time has only been a few short months for them. Violet returns to the Jewel, looking like a new person, to save her little sister, Hazel from the Duchess of the Lake. The twists and turns in the book are never ending in a good way. You are always on your toes wondering what will happen next. This was such an amazing ending. I wish we could have seen a little from Ash's perspective. Maybe as a companion novel to the series? Pun totally intended!

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Fantastic production and story

Amy Ewing has quickly became
a favorite author of mine with The Lone City series. The fantastic plot and character development makes the story unforgettable. Erin Spencer's narration was incredible. I will be looking at all books that she's done. I highly recommend.

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