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The Key - Book Review

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Published June 27th 2012
Simon Toyne does it again. The author of Sanctus has published a sequel to his mega hit. Titled The Key, this book picks up where the events of Sanctus ended. The still-untitled final part of this trilogy should be available by the end of next year.

In Sanctus, a monk of the Citadel of Ruin in Turkey threw himself from the top of the sacred mountain where his order was based. This sparked off the destructive chain of events that led to the activities of the Citadel coming under public scrutiny, much to the chagrin of a powerful faction at the Vatican. New York crime reporter Liv Adamsen, the sister of the deceased monk, has ended up in the psychiatric ward of the local hospital, along with charity worker Kathryn Mann. Kathryn's son Gabriel meanwhile has been arrested by police on trumped-up charges.

Publisher Harper Collins has described Sanctus as an "apocalyptic conspiracy thriller like no other" that "resets the bar for excitement and fascination". They have hailed Toyne as a major upcoming talent and The Key does not disappoint. Like Sanctus, The Key is full of suspense and littered with plot twists. It can be compared to Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code as both deal with Catholicism. However, the Sanctus trilogy carries an element of the supernatural with it in the form of the Sacrament of the Citadel of Ruin.

Liv Adamsen proves herself to be a feisty heroine in The Key. Having checked herself out of hospital, she is haunted by visions of the end of the world and disturbed by an ancient prophecy. She learns that she has absorbed the essence of the Sacrament from the Citadel and that she is the "key" to preventing the apocalypse from happening. With Ruin beset by an earthquake and the brotherhood in the Citadel falling victim to a mysterious blight, the task of locating the Garden of Eden before the full moon becomes all the more urgent.


Gripping: The Key, book two of the Sanctus Trilogy picks up following the explosive denouement of Sanctus.


The only person who can aid her would be Gabriel Mann. Many years ago, Gabriel's father John was conducting an investigation in Iraq on ancient relics when he was supposedly killed by agents of the Catholic Church who wanted to cover up the existence of such artefacts. For Gabriel, his quest to help Liv has a personal touch to it as he intends to find out how his father died. However, it seems that John Mann may be alive after all.

Toyne places the location of Eden at an oil rig in Al-Hillah, Babil Province, Iraq. Across the Euphrates River lies the ancient city of Babylon. He also makes liberal use of passages from the Book of Revelation that relate to the end of time.
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Why? Part 2 of Simon Toyne's Sanctus Trilogy
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