Throwback Thursday Review: Key of Valor by Nora Roberts

Posted July 23, 2020 by Rowena in Features, Reviews | 8 Comments

Throwback Thursday Review: Key of Valor by Nora RobertsReviewer: Rowena
Key of Valor (Key Trilogy, #3) by Nora Roberts
Series: Key Trilogy #3
Also in this series: Key of Light (Key Trilogy, #1), Key of Knowledge (Key Trilogy, #2)
Publisher: Penguin, Jove
Publication Date: May 1st, 2004
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Fantasy
Add It: Goodreads
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Ripped Bodice | Google Play Books
Series Rating: five-stars

What happens when the very gods depend on mortals for help?

That's what three very different young women find out when they are invited to Warrior's Peak.

Light and knowledge have succeeded in their quest, and two of the keys have been found. Both Malory and Dana had taken their turns. The final, and last, test goes to Zoe McCourt - valor.

Now it was her burden, her risk. Her chance. She had to be brave enough, smart enough, strong enough, or everything they'd done before her would be for nothing.

Zoe has the courage to raise her young son alone, and to face all the adversity life has thrown at them. But will she have the courage to face a foe determined to do anything to stop the third key from being found - even destroying everything - and everyone - she loves?

*** Every Thursday, we’ll be posting throwback reviews of our favorite and not-so-favorite books. Enjoy! ***

This review was originally posted on May 14, 2007.

I think this one is my favorite of all the Key books.

I really think so.

I fell right in love with Brad and was frustrated right along with him where Zoe was concerned. I fell in love with Simon right alongside Brad and before the story began, I was already in love with Brad.

He’s just one of those heroes that you want for your very own. He’s one of those heroes that you want to fight your demons and hold you close at night. The kind that will make quick work of anyone that would try to hurt you. He’s the kind of hero that is quiet and intense and just all around the bomb.

I loved his wealth of love that he had for both Zoe and Simon. Almost right from the very beginning, he had that thing for Zoe. And I loved how he explained his feelings to her. He knew that she was unsure of if he loved her face from the painting or if he truly did love her. And the way he explained it all to her was just oh so sweet and made my insides tingle with delight. I loved the way he was with Simon and I loved the way Simon loved him as a friend and then as a Dad.

The only thing that would have made this book even better for me was if NR would have brought James back into the picture so that Zoe could have told him what a weenie he was for not standing by her when he got her pregnant. I wanted James to see what he missed out on and how great a son Simon was and the woman that Zoe grew up to be without his help. I wanted him to see it and regret that he never stood by her. I wanted him to see her happy with Brad and I wanted Brad to be smug about it all…but well, that’s just what I wanted to see but I was content with what NR wrote in for us to read.

Zoe and her hesitation sort of got on my nerves but not enough for it to ruin the book for me. I really enjoyed this series and I really enjoyed reading this book in particular. I loved seeing Zoe come into her own and see the goodness that other people see in herself and I loved how she was finally able to accept Brad and his love. It got annoying how many times Brad had to jump through hurdles to please her but she always put Simon first and I couldn’t be mad about any of that since she was only trying to protect what was hers.

So all in all, this series was a sure winner for me and this book was a pleasant ending to another fantastic series done by NR.

Great, great books!

Grade: 5 out of 5

Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

8 responses to “Throwback Thursday Review: Key of Valor by Nora Roberts

  1. Well, I have the trilogy but haven’t cracked one of the books yet. I’m in a tizzy because I don’t know what book to read next!! Love the TBR, hate the TBR…

  2. Wena
    I read the series and loved all three! I must agree I liked Brad from the begining. I think I may start on the garden triology next! Have you read it if so do you think its as good as the key series?

  3. I read the garden trilogy a few months ago. It was alright, but not OVER THE MOON wonderful.

    And I haven’t read these yet. I keep saying I’m going to..then never do. 🙂

  4. Wena
    I gotta agree I liked Brad seriously he’s a hottie He tried so hard and she made him wait so long damn it (stop being wishy washy and just suck it up would ya) course the book wouldn’t have been as good if she just gave it up right away. He was good to Simon (I’m always a sucker for the guy whos good to the kids.) Laughed my butt off bout the whole sex talk!

    I have to say I like all three but Fylnn would be next. NAH who the hell am I kidding I liked Brad hes a hottie made me boil!

    I also so would have liked James to get his as well.

    Holly and Rosie you should read their good!

  5. Rowena


    Wasn’t Brad a total hottie and the way he was with Simon? Totally swoonworthy, LOVE THIS SERIES! So seriously Sunshine, who was your favorite hero in this series? Mine is Brad but my friend Grace has it bad for Jordan…so who’s the one for you? Poor Flynn, not getting any love. LOL.

    I read the Garden series not too long ago and it was pretty good, I love me some Harper, he was a hottie for real! I liked the In the Garden series but I liked the Key series a whole lot more. Let us know how you like the books when you read them, will ya?

  6. Rowena

    I can’t be mad at you Holly because I’m the same way with those LM books you’ve been telling me to read for like years…LOL.

  7. DeN

    I’ve read this trilogy a while back and fell hard for Brad since Key of Light. He’s so sexy, and the way he treats Simon? That’s some dream man *sigh*

    Anyway, have you read the Circle trilogy yet? That has got to be my most favorite of all the Nora Roberts trilogy ^_^

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.