The Key by Simon Toyne

In his debut novel, Sanctus, author Simon Toyne thrilled audiences with his high concept, religious conspiracy thriller. The dazzling story continues in The Key, the next novel in his planned trilogy. The novel opens days after the events of the previous book. After her brother's strange death captured the attention of the world, Liv Adamsen finds herself in a hospital bed, unable to fully remember the events that brought her there. She can vaguely remember entering the secretive religious Citadel located in Ruin, but has no clue how she ended up in the hospital. Even worse, she is hearing whispers that claim she is 'the key'.

Unbeknownst to Liv, a web of conspiracy is coming to fruition within the confines of the Catholic Church. The mysterious inhabitants of the Citadel, known as the Sancti, were meant to protect an ancient sacrament. When the sacrament was released, all leaders of the group were killed, leaving the compound without a clear direction and threatening the future of the entire church. Even more, a plague has set in, killing the Sancti one by one. Leaders of the Vatican believe that Liv holds the key to the sacrament, and will stop at nothing to return her to the Citadel. As a cat and mouse chase ensues, Liv realizes the enormity of the situation. With the aid of Gabriel Mann, a charity worker who's family has long sought to reveal the sacrament, Liv must discover the true meaning of 'the key' before her life and the fate of the entire world comes crashing down.

Despite the complexity of the plot, Toyne expertly manages all aspects of the story through his streamlined prose. The novel picks up right where Sanctus left off, allowing the urgency of the story to permeate the entire novel and the characters to continue to develop believable relationships and reactions to their situations. Toyne never lets the enormity of his concept drown out the subtle motivations of his characters. He seamlessly weaves actions, history, romance, and suspense into a nonstop thriller that pulses forward to a shocking and extremely satisfying conclusion. The Key successfully continues the precedent set by Sanctus, and leaves the reader anxiously awaiting the conclusion to this gripping trilogy.

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12 Responses to “The Key by Simon Toyne”

  1. I read the review on Amazon and clicked on the yes button that it was helpful. My e-mail address is sherriwhitern(at)gmail(dot)com.

  2. Hi Ethan, I read your review and marked it as helpful. I was #3.

  3. Sounds like a great read, Ethan. Thanks for reviewing it. I would sign up for the giveaway, but I'm so backed up on books right now, it's really not fair. I'll keep to the sidelines this time and leave this one up to the folks who need the reading material. ;)

    Jonathan @

  4. I liked the review. and completed the above step.

    But m in Canada, Ethan ... too bad , lets c ..

    Thanks , bye :)

  5. Great review. Now I will have to read #'s 1 and 2 in the trilogy.

  6. I did the Amazon thing. My email is 365booksayear(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. read the review, and would love to read the book!
    kelly goss

  8. "YeS" the review was helpful :)
    lzamudio02 @ hotmail .com


  9. Hey John!

    New follower here. :) Saw your over on Book Blogs and am glad that I did. I like the varied genre's you seem to review. Refreshing! If you'd like, head on over to my blog: and check out my crazy! ;)

  10. I said yes the review was helpful. allisonmoyer (at) yahoo (dot) com

  11. Yes the review was helpful

  12. Congratulations to Sherri! She will receive a copy of The Key by Simon Toyne. Thanks to the publisher for making this giveaway available, and thanks to all who entered. Be sure to check this site for future giveaway opportunities.


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