Title: Cronin’s Key III
Author: N.R. Walker
Publisher: BlueHeart Press
Release Date: September 18, 2015
Genre(s): Mystery & Suspense, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Page Count: 193
Reviewed by: Jewel
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
History isn’t always what it seems…
Twelve months after his change, Alec MacAidan is still getting used to his many vampire talents. While most vampires would give anything to have more than one supernatural power, Alec craves nothing more than peace and time alone with Cronin. But when Alec meets entities from outside this realm, he’s left powerless in their presence.
Zoan are half-lycan, half-dragon creatures that have slipped through time and reality, seemingly undetected by man and vampire. Or have they? They bear an uncanny resemblance to gargoyles, leaving Alec’s view on all things weird to get a whole lot weirder.
This new quest leads Alec, Cronin, and their band of friends to Paris, Rome, and Moscow, where they learn that gargoyles aren’t simply statues on walls. In the underground pits beneath churches all over the world, Alec discovers the Key’s true destiny. Facing the Zoan might take every talent he has. And he may need help from the dead to get them all out alive.
It’s no secret that I absolutely adore NR Walker’s writing. Her stories are always beautiful and vivid and the Cronin’s Key series is full of adventure, too! Cronin’s Key III, though not my favorite in the series, still delivered an enjoyable story. The same type of formula was followed in this installment as the previous ones. Action, adventure, mythology, all combined to give us a story that will undoubtedly entertain.
In Cronin’s Key III, Alec has been a vampire for about a year and he and Cronin have had a few months of relative peace. They are happy and content. That is until a new Big Bad shows themselves to Alec, and only Alec and he realizes that he and his friends must work to save the world, again. No time for love Dr. Jones, we have a world to save!
This installment read a bit more like the Dan Brown novel that was referenced a few times in the story (though I liked this one much more). Secret sects of Catholic priests and what seems like a sort of treasure hunt, though it wasn’t treasure our fearless vampires were hunting. But rather a way to defeat a new evil that was really very very old.
As with the previous novels, Alec’s relationship with his father comes into play. Alec is realizing that not only is he going to outlive his father, as most children do, but he will very likely live a very very long time after his father is gone. Alec doesn’t handle that reality very well, but Kole is content. Parental role’s come into play in a couple ways here and the results are not always happy. But in the end, all works out as we knew it would. Even if a bit unexpected.
The smexytimes were more fleshed out in Cronin’s Key III, than they were in the previous two books, which I wholeheartedly approved of. And Alec and Cronin are disgustingly happy. I loved it.
As a novel to finish up the Cronin’s Key series, I enjoyed Cronin’s Key III, and I’m glad that Alec and Cronin will finally see that peace and quiet they’ve both been craving.
Cronin’s Key Series