Skeleton Key Book Series
One Skeleton Key. Endless Adventures.
When Hazel Walsh discovers a strange key in the attic of the Old Brook Inn, she doesn’t imagine the door it unlocks will lead anywhere special. Though superstitious, she’s never bought into the local stories of fairies, ghosts, and demons. But when she opens the door, she discovers just how wrong she was.
Hazel is dropped into a world in the midst of a revolution, where monsters have overthrown the humans who once enslaved them. All of the humans, that is, except for Verelle, the cruel sorceress who vanished at the moment of Hazel’s arrival. If Hazel wants any chance of surviving and making it back to her own world, she’ll have to join forces with the amalgus Zinian—horned, winged, and monstrously attractive—to unravel the mystery of Verelle’s disappearance. If they can’t, the fates of two worlds will be at stake. – Goodreads.com
I had such fun reading this book. Hazel is having a bit of a struggle in her personal life, having to tuck her tail and head back home – a place she couldn’t wait to leave – then finds a skeleton key, opening a door that takes her to another world. And this author is crazy talented at creating other worlds (The Bound Trilogy).
Hazel’s situation makes it easy to identify with her and I enjoyed how her thoughts occasionally fall out of her mouth before she realizes it, and one moment she’s all awkwardness, the other oozing confidence. But Auphel had my heart from the beginning – such an endearing and amiable supporting character. The twist on the monsters being the good guys and humans the evil oppressors made Elurien an intriguing place and I’d love to read more about this world and these characters.
This is an absorbing fairy-tale-ish novella containing action, adventure and, yes, romance – and about finding your place in this world or another.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.