Cronin’s Key III (Renee’s review)

croninskeyTitle: Cronin’s Key III (Cronin’s Key #3)
Author: N.R. Walker
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: September 18, 2015
Genre(s): Shapeshifters/Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Page Count: 193
Reviewed by: Renee
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.7 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 N.R. Walker, so you know the writing is fabulous. The mystery, history, and magic is all still there.

We get to see Jorge, the wonderful vampire child who is misunderstood, and Kennard, the snarky elder from London gets a bigger role here.

This time the enemy is the Zoan. They are lycan-like evil creatures who were released from a portal when Alec was converted to full vampire in the last book.

I was a tad bored though. It was just same old, same old. The title is Cronin’s Key III, and you should take that LITERALLY. The same amount of action. The same small amount of smexy times. The same relationship between Alec and his dad, Alec and Cronin, Alec and his friends, etc.

I’d still recommend it because it’s Walker, and I can’t say I’d ever NOT read her stories. But I’m glad that this seems to be the last in Alec and Cronin’s story. It’s time for them to call it a day.

Cronin’s Key Series

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Jewel’s Review Daila’s Review Cronin’s Key I Cronin’s Key II

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ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.


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