The Golden Key
By Melanie Rawn, Jennifer Roberson, & Kate Elliott
In Tira Virte, art is prized for its beauty and as a binding legal record of everything from marriages to treaties. Yet not even the Grand Duke knows how extraordinary the Grijalva family's art is, for certain Grijalva males are born with the ability to alter events and influence people in the real world through that they paint.
Always, their power has been used for Tira Virte. But now Sario Grijalva has learned to use his Gift in a whole new way. And when he begins to work his magic both the Grijalvas and Tira Virte may pay the price.
Read an excerpt from Kate Elliott's section of The Golden Key.
BONUS! The fabulous cover art was carefully painted to represent many details from the book. Best of all, artist Michael Whelan used himself as the model!
"The Golden Key is a truly good and original book, far removed from your standard fantasy. It also features one of the cleverest covers (painted by Michael Whelan) I’ve ever seen . . . Covering a very long span of time, the novel is also one of the very few in its genre to show real lasting social and political change, moving from something rather medieval to a more modern constitutional monarchy. Notably, it was nominated for the World Fantasy Award, and it certainly deserved that accolade. It’s not all swords and high adventure, but it’s a subtler and more rewarding read than you’re likely to find."
"The authors have devised a fascinating setting based on medieval Italian, Spanish and Portuguese models for a novel of love and power -- both political and sorcerous. Many stories -- love stories, Machiavellian thrillers, coming-of-age stories and stories of magic -- are tightly wound together in this suspenseful, enthralling one-volume trilogy..."
"...[T]he three authors who have collaborated on this hefty historical fantasy comprise a competent team...creat[ing] a novel that is seamless yet preserves their individual literary personalities."
"This three-way collaboration is original in concept and superior in execution...Characterizations and world-building are finely realized, Rawn and company have done their homework on art, the pacing is respectable...[D]emands its place in most fantasy collections.