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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
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5 out of 5 stars
By Belen on 06-11-16

This is Fantasy done right, my friends!

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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!

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Tom(C) on 08-31-16

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.

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