KEEPER of the KEY
By: Cyril Patrick Feerick
Book Reviewer for THE DRUNKEN DRUID
Another killer release from author Renee Spyrou. ‘Keeper of the Key’ is #2 in the Seraphympire Series and like in the first book, the main character Makayla takes us on a journey – Not just adventure, but also emotionally. She must find Alexander before a deadly virus wipes out humanity, but Alexander isn’t all that he seems. This second book adds enough new characters to deepen the enjoyment while sticking with the central forward moving plot. Thanks to Renee, who sent the book to me and its the perfect book to read by firelight on these cool Autumn evenings. A very enjoyable story and I am so glad that I was able to share my view.
By: Stephen Carter
Author of Bangkok Z, Infection Day, Toey’s Burden, Z Inferno, New Siqdor,
The Holographic Self, Stormring & The Storyworks Monthly Magazine to name a few.
I enjoyed ‘Seraphympire: Keeper of the Key’, a larger than life struggle between Promethean forces. The scenes with Makayla and Alexander form a compelling paranormal romance within a larger dark fantasy universe. The scenes of Alexander in captivity as Marianna nursed him back to health were also very affecting. These scenes are the heart of this wide-ranging novel. By contrast, those scenes with Zobiana and Alexander in the first half are truly horrific, a dark enmity of hate and immolation. This is that rare novel in which demonic evil (the Dark One) is very believable. The evil characters overall, Zobiana, Abigail, and Lilian are as well-crafted as their good counterparts. A great read! Plus I wanted to see more of Makayla’s dragon-like protector, Salomae.
The transition Makayla makes in Act 3 provides a needed resolution, but it also somewhat interrupts the main story of Alexander’s imprisonment. That said, the story’s Climax is a hugely satisfying escalation that points to an even more suspenseful Book 3, ‘The Edge of of the Apocalypse.’ All told, ‘Seraphympire’ makes for an entertaining dark fantasy series.
By: Kerstin Papanikolas