I am always on the lookout for a ‘series’ of books to follow, or at the very least a trilogy, and hopefully a good one.
My literary interests are the following:
1. Classics (Dickens, Dumas, Tolstoy, Wilkie Collins, Dostoevsky, etc.)
2. Good historical fiction (Sharon Kay Penman, Jack Whyte, Bernard Cornwell, and Ken Follett are top picks for me)
3. Well-written ‘dramedy’ (John Irving excels at this, as does Jack Kerouac)
4. Mysteries/thrillers that involve ancient relics, artifacts, and religion or Angels and even demons/spirits and ancient brotherhoods/organizations. (favorites are James Rollins, Steve Berry, and Raymond Khoury).
Right now I’m reading from category 4.
The book I’ve chosen is ‘The Key’ by Simon Toyne. It’s the second book in the ‘Ruin Triology’, following Sanctus, which I read a couple of years ago. The third and final part of the trilogy, The Tower, has also been released in the interim. I’ve just now delved into ‘The Key’ and am now well into it. It picks up days after the end of the first book, and continues on the same tale about a mountain cathedral in Ruin, Turkey and the ‘mysterious’ secret that the monks inside are desperate to keep. Having read the first book, I know what that secret is, but won’t spoil it for anyone else.
The flap description is as follows:
Hunted. Hounded. Haunted. She is the most important person in the world. She is the key Journalist Liv Adamsen has escaped from the secretive Citadel in 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 sensation she can’t name and plagued by whispers only she can hear: “KuShiKaam,” the key. At the center of events that defy explanation and hunted by someone she believes is 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.
Critics have called the author the ‘new Dan Brown’ – I have to say, having read three of Brown’s books, Simon Toyne is a FAR more capable writer. The story is more engaging, the characters more ‘real’ and well-developed, and the action better paced and better fleshed out. If you like Dan Brown, I dare say you’ll LOVE Simon Toyne. Hopefully the remainder of this book and the third and final part of the trilogy live up to the expectation set by the first. If you haven’t read Sanctus yet, give it a try. I was not at all disappointed, and thus far have zero complaints about the sophomore novel in the story.