The Key (The True Reign Series) : True Reign

  • by Jennifer Anne Davis
  • Narrated by Michelle Michaels
  • Series: True Reign
  • 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

His father's kingdom is on the brink of upheaval and at the center of it all is an ordinary girl who could be the key to its undoing. When faced with the ultimate choice, will he choose the girl he's falling in love with or the kingdom he has sworn to protect?
An ordinary girl with an extraordinary past. All she wants is to be free. What she doesn't realize is that freedom comes with a price she can't afford to pay. She's forced to accept the proposal of a prince she despises, even though her heart belongs to someone else... his brother.
Seventeen-year-old Rema lives in a brutal kingdom where travel between regions is forbidden, people are starving, and looking at someone the wrong way can mean death. Nineteen-year-old Darmik is the king's son and Commander of the King's Army. He spends his days roving the island, doing his father's bidding and trying to maintain control over the people.
When a chance encounter throws Rema and Darmik together, they share an instantaneous connection, but any sort of relationship between them is strictly forbidden. Darmik's brother, the Crown Prince, notices Darmik's interest in Rema and, in a calculated, political move, blackmails her. Faced with an impossible choice, Rema is forced to sacrifice her heart in order to save her family.


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Winner, Curvy Book Award: Best Overall Small Press


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Fast talking narrator, but good story

This is book 1 of 3 and is not a standalone book. The entire series is available so there’s no waiting for the next in the series!
I listened to this book on audio and the first thing that I noticed about the book is that I had to slow down the narration speed to half-speed. The narrator, Michelle Michaels, was speaking pretty fast and I had a hard time keeping up with her at first. She has a very good accent for this story, just talks fast.
The book starts right into the middle of a big, bad situation. You have a King dying, a Queen sending her daughter away to try to survive while she loses her life, a trusted man of the court running off with the infant Princess. It is pretty much off and running from the beginning. Things slow down a bit after the book jumps 17 years to the future.
We now have a young woman who has a life with her Aunt and Uncle and her best friend, Bren that she can out race on a horse every time. I’m not going to put any spoilers in here, since I hate it when people do that to me, but things start to go up and downhill quickly for Rima.
She then meets a couple of Princes, one of which is awesome for a time, the other is a jerk from the get-go. At this point, there is love, betrayal, political games, dismissals, dungens, rebels, and a cliff-hanger ending. Thankfully, book 2 “Red” is already out and we won’t have to be beating our head against the wall over the cliffhanger, but it is still there. Fair warning! Buy book 2 before finishing book 1.
When it comes to rating, I rate the narration of the story about 3.5 STARS but the story overall I will give a GOOD 4 STARS!!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
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I devoured this book but OMG that ending!!! I was left dumbstruck that it ended how it did! I hate cliffhangers in books but this book is too good to hate! Everything about it was amazing!

I'm not going to say too much about the plot for fear of ruining it so I'm going to just start with everything I loved!!

Rema was such a sweetheart and I loved her character. She is so nice and sweet but she isn't afraid to stand up for herself and what she thinks is right. My heart broke for her when she was "requested" to visit the palace. She wanted a quite life and was due to marry her childhood friend when the chance encounter with Darmik changed everything. I loved that no matter what was thrown at her, she stood strong and was sure of herself. She put everyone she cared about first and was willing to sacrifice everything for her family.

I wasn't sure of Darmik at first because he is so unsure of things but I eventually grew to like him, though I did want to shake him and tell him to wake up and small the coffee!! How could he miss what was going on??

Prince Lennek is pure evil! He picks Rema simply to get one up on Darmik. He is a womaniser and all round horrible person. Then we have the King. He is as bad as Lennek and so hard to find anything nice about. Both of them treat Rema like she is nothing and poor Rema has no choice but to grin and bear it, though she is in no way passive with them!! She stands up to them many times but with the treat to her family, she has to play it safe till she can come up with a plan.

The world building was amazing. The prologue sets the scene for a plot that's very fast paced and intriguing. The book is full of treachery, heartache, betrayal, adventure, secrets and enough twists to keep your mind reeling! It has everything a great read should.

There is a little romance thrown into the mix. Rema finds herself drawn to Darmik no matter how much she tries not too. He can't stop thinking of her either but has to stay away because if his brother found out, he would be accused of treason.

Anyway, The Key was so so good. I listened to the audio and absolutely devoured it. I couldn't turn it off because I needed to see what happened next. I listened to it in 2 days and hated that it had to end. Its the type of book that once you start, you will not want to finish. Be warned though, there is a massive cliff hanger and you will need book 2 to read straight away after! I have book 2 and 3 on my kindle and just need to clear some more review books before diving back into this amazing world, believe me it's hard to stay away!!

A brilliantly written and executed book and one that everyone needs to read. The audio was fantastic and Michelle Michaels did an amazing job of bringing Rema to life. The narrator made you feel her heartache and struggle and she pulled you into the story. All the books need to be brought to audio, and for me, the sooner the better!!

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- Natalie @ BookLoversLife

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-05-2015
  • Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing