The Cursed Key

About the Author: Miranda Brock

From an early age Miranda Brock has always loved fantasy and adventure everything Since she doesn t live in a world of enchanting powers, mythical beasts, and things unbelievable she has decided to write about them Although, if you happen to see a dragon flying around, do tell her Born in southern Illinois, where she still resides with her husband and two children, she grew up running through

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  • Paperback
  • 220 pages
  • The Cursed Key
  • Miranda Brock
  • 13 February 2018
  • 9781949112085

The Cursed KeyA Forgotten Past, A Dark Mage, And An Unyielding Curse.Another Team Beat Free Spirited Archaeologist Olivia Perez To The Dig Of A Lifetime, And Now She S Left With The Choice To Wait For Scraps Or Brave A Dangerous, Dusty Tomb In Hopes Of Finding Other Priceless Artifacts Her Reward A Mysterious Key She Has No Idea Is Cursed Soon, Olivia Realizes She S Brought Home Than Just An Ancient Rarity.Malevolent Visions Begin To Plague Her Unnerved By What They Reveal, She Casts Away The Key Unknowingly Placing It Into The Waiting Hands Of A Dark Mage Bent On Destruction Only When A Shifter Agent From The Paranormal Intelligence And Tracking Organization Arrives Searching For The Key Does Olivia Realize What A Huge Mistake She S Made Forced To Team Up With The Ill Tempered Shifter, Her Journey To Reclaim The Cursed Key Leads Down A Twisting Path Of Dark Histories, Dangerous Magic, And Deadly Obstacles But Olivia S Efforts To Take Back The Ancient Relic Before The Dark Mage Can Destroy The Lives Of Humans, Shifters, Witches, And Fae Alike Are Thwarted By Her Own Dark Past And A Price Steeper Than What She S Willing To Pay.

10 thoughts on “The Cursed Key

  1. Darcy Smith says:

    Great Story This was full of action with drama and suspense throughout it It was a unique story Olivia was a kick butt of a woman who at times shows a softer side Kael is this grouchy but protective It is gripping and beautifully developed with beautifully developed characters Even the support characters are amazing It is definitely worth reading and doesn t disappoint.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  2. Willow Ellis says:

    The Cursed Key is about a girl who has no idea she is cursed and Malevolent has casted away the key Malevolent doesn t the want the dark mages to have the key because if they do it can cause alot damage She has to team up with the ill tempered shifter and she has to go to reclaim the key.

  3. Gypsy Madden says:

    This really shouldn t be likened to Tomb Raider It is so far from it So, I was expecting an Indiana Jones adventure with exotic locals, and lots of history, booby trap adventures, and some romance What I got was one opening scene of Tomb Raider, then a veeeerrry long stretch in contemporary USA where the heroine just had vision after vision without really leaving her house Seriously, there was no dialogue for six solid chapters after leaving her team in the jungle The heroine is unfriendly, hostile, and antagonistic, while the guy she partnered up with was rude and chauvinistic he insisted on driving her car when they first meet up and he wouldn t take no for an answer Seriously, who does that I don t even trust my friends with my car And who raids the fridge of the person they just met an hour before And they didn t learn any lessons or change their personalities by the end of the book either Calling her by a nickname does not make a relationship I found myself skimming quite a bit of it, since most of it just seemed like a blur of action and magic being thrown around in generic power blasts sadly without the exotic locales One very important question that was never raised, not even once, during the entire book was what does the key physically unlock It was like the author just wanted a relic with power and just arbitrarily chose the shape of a key because it looked cool Not to mention that there was no history surrounding the key, a lot of blood, yes, and people with power trying to possess it, but no actual history to be discovered about it And it should be mentioned that this book leaves off on a to be continued note, without resolving anything, and I do mean anything.

  4. Taylor says:

    Spoilers Mild spoilers below So, I wavered on what I should rate this book I initially was going to score it lower, but as the book progressed and I got wrapped up in the story I began to see a redeeming side of The Cursed Key However, calling it an Adult urban fantasy book seems a little off as it read like a young adult novel to me That might just be my perception though as I tend to read young adult than adult novels My biggest issue with the book is that the beginning around 1 4 of the book seemed to drag on, but then the last 3 4 seemed to go by very quickly and almost felt rushed The book isn t very long to begin with puts it at 229 pages, on my iBooks it was around 400 pages and I feel like it would it did the plot and character development a disservice by keeping it shorter While it is a trilogy, the first book almost gave me whiplash with all the scene changes and rapid character relationship development There is no clear timeline presented in the book, but it did not seem like that much time had passed from when Olivia was sweating bullets in South America and then freezing in Scotland I don t believe a lot of time needed to pass to be a believable timeline for the plot, but I do think Olivia and Kael s relationship developed pretty quickly for how much they seem to care for one another Overall, I enjoyed the book far than I thought I would when I first opened it up I am excited to see the following books be released so I can follow Olivia s journey in finding who she is and what will happen with her soul.I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  5. Mary Brannian says:

    Sacrifice to surrender Blood to bind A dark mage had stolen a cursed key from me, a key that had awoken some kind of ancient magic deep inside myself Now I was stuck with a grumpy man who could change into a jaguar and he was driving my car to find a shady witch Olivia Perez Olivia Perez is an archeologist, and wildly excited about investigating newly discovered the ancient ruins of Vale do Jabari in Brazil Drawn to the site, a knowing tugged Olivia away from her team and deeper into the rain forest Finding herself in another location, with ancient ruins, Olivia is startled when a large male jaguar threatens her As Olivia is attempting to protect herself, the ground gives way and Olivia finds herself in a previously unknown chamber.The knowing returns Following the strange tugging sensation, Olivia barely manages to escape several deadly traps, and discovers another chamber, deep within the complex A runic puzzle solved, and Olivia makes a discovery one that will transform her life, and her life s workDiscovering she is the processor of an ancient magic, unknown and untried, turns Olivia s world upside down Jael, the jaguar shifter, is determined to retrieve the mysterious artifact that Olivia discovered and removed from the Brazilian rainforest Unfortunately, not only Jael is in pursuit of the artifact so is a dark mage, myth than reality, whose evil transcends time.Haunting Ethereal tendrils of fascination and fear twine all around you until all you can do is shudder and read on Captivating characters that leap from the pages and entreat your senses to continue until the startling ending Loved every sentence

  6. Jamie Brydone-Jack says:

    I am not quite sure what to make of this book There are elements of it that I enjoyed, but there were definitely some issues with it I enjoyed the paranormal aspect and the idea that such a paranormal world existed was unknown to the heroine at the book start, but I didn t feel like the MacGuffin, the key, was explained well enough so that the reader would know why it was so important to everyone We weren t really given much background about it to understand its significance nor were we told what exactly it did I thought that the two main characters had grating personalities, which sometimes made them annoying to read about I also thought the heroine acted unprofessionally and unethically at times The opening jungle sequence was a good start to the story, but then the pacing slowed down to a crawl when the heroine returned to the United States luckily, it did pick up again towards the middle of the book Some of these flaws may be overlooked when you re reading because the author actually has a good writing style It is engaging, especially in the action parts, and easy to read But then only when you start thinking about the story do its flaws truly become apparent.I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.Read my other reviews at

  7. Kay Smillie says:

    Olivia Perez is an experienced archaeologist on the dig of a lifetime in the ian jungle, when she decides to ignore the competition and explore a temple on her lonesome She uncovers an ancient key which she decides to keep for herself, despite having visions and unusual feelings.On her return home, how did she manage to get the relic through the airport she continues to feel changes within herself and experience flashbacks So much so, that she thinks she is losing her mind So would you if you were seeing the horrors that she was As a result of the surprise visit of a familiar looking jaguar shifter, she is pulled into a world full of magical beings right under her nose She finds out, however, exactly how she is involved and what it is that she has to offer.I enjoyed the book, however I felt that the first part dragged a wee bit longer than it should ve The second part, in comparison, was exciting, action packed, and riveting It s a good story, well told, and well written, but I ve still to decide whether I ll carry on with the rest of the trilogy or not Time will tell It should be noted that the copy I read was unedited.I chose this book from a selection in BookSprout which I then voluntarily read and honestly reviewed All opinions are my own.

  8. Keisha says:

    I started this book and actually had a hard time getting into the story at first So, I set it aside a few days with the hope that it would be better if I started fresh another day The archeological dig scenes dragged even though there was a hint of danger as Olivia stumbled through the ruins to retrieve the key The story did pick up once the mysterious visions and weird guys came on the scene I liked the plot of the story but felt there were many things that were left hanging at the end, though not a complete cliff hanger There was plenty of action and disturbing visions I thought the character development was okay, but could have been better I would have enjoyed learning about Cordelia and Ren, though side characters, they seemed to add to the story There were a couple of things that confused me, but I think it will be cleared up in the coming books There are no adult scenes and a smattering of cuss words There are violence and blood for those with queasy stomachs This series shows promise This could easily be a YA read, though the characters are adults.I received a copy from BookSprout in exchange for an honest review.

  9. Linda Frigault says:

    Olivia Perez is an archeologist with a thirst for adventure and a knack of getting herself in tricky situations It is thanks to her intuition that she manage to solve the riddles and pitfalls she encounters Throughout this first book Olivia doesn t know what she s becoming and what she s capable of doing with the power that she awakenned when she found a key in the ruins of the Vale do Javari nestled in the Rainforest From there she will discover a supernatural world with fae, witches, dark mage and she will find an ally with a certain broody jaguar shifter.I really liked this first setting, a good storyline, plenty of actions and mystery This was a first Rebecca Hamilton read for me and i will say it won t be the last Can t wait to follow Olivia next adventures Quest for answers and dark mage hunting.My only wish is that it would be awesome if in later books we could have some Kael POV Could this be possible Love to have different POVs from characters.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am volontarily leaving a review.

  10. Laure says:

    Her impulsive decision to keep an ancient artifact she finds at a dig site in the rainforest means that archaeologist, Olivia Perez, will be drawn into a community she had no idea existed Kael Rivera is a jaguar shifter, and he is looking for the key that Olivia had in her possession, but quickly finds out that she buried it, hoping that getting rid of it would stop in disturbing visions that she has had since she took the artifact Unfortunately, a powerful and evil mage had taken it, and Olivia and Kael will team up to retrieve another key, then find and confront the mage to get the first key back Wow Exciting, fast paced adventure, filled with action, suspense, and a fascinating cast of characters Olivia will feet a fae, witches, and wolf shifters in her travels with Kael A unique, well written and absolutely fascinating world with sometimes humorous, and believable dialog Fantastic book I am voluntarily leaving and honest and non incentivized review of this ARC.