Review- The Key by Simon Toyne

Title:  The Key (bk 2, The Sanctus Trilogy)

Genre: Religious Conspiracy Thriller

Author: Simon Toyne

Publisher: William Morrow, June 2012

Source: Free for review from Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 3

Description from

Hunted. Hounded. Haunted.

She is the most important person in the world. She is The Key

Journalist Liv Adamsen has escaped from the highly secretive Citadel at the heart of the ancient city of Ruin and now lies in isolation, staring at hospital walls as blank as her memory. Despite her inability to recall her past, something strange is stirring within her. She feels possessed by a sen-sation she can’t name and plagued by whispers only she can hear: “KuShiKaam,” the key.

To others the meaning is clear. For a mercenary operating in the Syrian Desert, a man known only as “the Ghost,” Liv may hold the key to one of history’s most powerful secrets. For the brotherhood of monks in the Citadel—now cursed by a terrible plague—her return to Turkey may be the only way to ensure their survival. And for a powerful faction in Vatican City, her very existence threatens the success of a desperate plan to save the church from ruin.

At the center of events that defy explanation and hunted by someone she believes might be trying to kill her, Liv turns to the only person she can trust—a foundation worker named Gabriel Mann. Together they must elude capture and journey to the place where all life began. From New York to Rome to the deserts of the Middle East, worlds collide in a race to uncover a revelation dating from the creation of man in this electrifying follow-up to the international bestseller Sanctus.


Woo-Hoo! If you read my review of the first book in this trilogy, SANCTUS (here), then you know I’m hooked.  This, the second book in The Sanctus Trilogy, did not disappoint. There is heart pounding action and suspense on every page.  Where there is power there is corruption, the fate of the world rests with one woman and those willing to help her.

Toyne’s style is the short chapter, never more than a few pages long but each leading to interplay of international characters.  There are surprises and twists and, of course, a cliff hanger at the end leading us to the final book of the trilogy.  In spite of the cliff hanger, this novel is wrapped up quite satisfactorily.  I do suggest that you read SANCTUS first because it is such a good book and it will give a better foundation for THE KEY, although the author is quite adapt at bringing us up to date in THE KEY without the much dreaded info-dump.

Anyone who enjoyed THE DAVINCI Code will definitely enjoy this trilogy from Simon Toyne.


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One response to “Review- The Key by Simon Toyne

  1. Edyta

    This is not my usual genre, but I do read the adventure/thiller type books from time to time to break things up. I will have to add this one (well the first in the trilogy I mean) to my wish list.


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