Simon Toyne’s breathtaking international bestseller, Sanctus, had critics everywhere cheering, calling the author the new Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code) or Steve Berry (The Jefferson Key), while praising Toyne’s debut thriller as “remarkable,” “thrilling,” “provocative,” “haunting,” and “spectacular.”
The adventure continues with The Key, returning readers to the dark world of a sinister religious order older than Christianity and their Vatican-like secret citadel high in the Turkish mountains—as one courageous woman must fulfill an enigmatic prophecy that could determine the ultimate fate of humankind. James Rollins, Raymond Khoury, and Chris Kuzneski fans will not want to miss this one.
The middle volume of Toyne's Sanctus trilogy (after 2011's Sanctus) fails to deliver on the promise of the first. In the ancient Turkish city of Ruin, hostility to Catholicism has prompted someone to set off explosives at the Citadel, "the oldest continually inhabited structure on earth and the original center of the Catholic Church," and the resulting damage has led to the first ever appearance in public of any of the Citadel's occupants. Speculation runs rampant that the survivors of the bombing possess the real secret of the sacrament, another church-foundation-rattling possibility that, unfortunately for the Vatican, coincides with another, more mundane crisis. Cardinal Secretary of State Clementi has learned that trillions of dollars have disappeared from the church's coffers and hangs his hope for a solution on the secrets of Ruin. Readers should be prepared for less than engaging protagonists and trite setups (e.g., one character avoids being murdered by pure chance).
Fantastic 2nd book in trilogy. Really enjoyed and got lost in the story and read the book in one day I enjoyed it so much. Highly recommend and make sure your read Sanctus first.
Good story leading to Liv's return to the Garden, which ended most anti-climatically. Would have liked more of that piece of the story, more of Eve. However, the story rushed to set up the next chapter leading to the third book. Typical of second stories in a trilogy, making the first and third books the best. Let's hope Simon redeems himself thusly.