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The Golden Key

The Golden Key In a land where art is prized above all else the master painters of the Grijalva family stand apart from other artists Theirs is an art that can alter Reality a secret Gift passed down for generatio

  • Title: The Golden Key
  • Author: Melanie Rawn Jennifer Roberson Kate Elliott
  • ISBN: 9780886777463
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Paperback
  • In a land where art is prized above all else, the master painters of the Grijalva family stand apart from other artists Theirs is an art that can alter Reality, a secret Gift passed down for generations and always used for the good of the kingdom But now the most talented of the Grijalvas has decided to use his power for his own dark intentions with results devastaIn a land where art is prized above all else, the master painters of the Grijalva family stand apart from other artists Theirs is an art that can alter Reality, a secret Gift passed down for generations and always used for the good of the kingdom But now the most talented of the Grijalvas has decided to use his power for his own dark intentions with results devastating than anyone could imagine

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    1. This fantasy yarn written by three hands is surprisingly good, better than I'd expected, and though I came expecting very little, it ended up hooking me up and maintaining my interest till the end.Whilst the plot is still fresh in my mind, having just closed the book, I could say that its strengths are:- The story premise, which is the centuries-long saga of the Grijalvas, a family of prodigy painters who, in addition to their unsurpassed painting skills, possess magical blood that manifests its [...]

    2. I'm going to take a moment here to talk about the authors and cover artist.Melanie Rawn has written numerous books since 1988 and been nominated for the Locus Award on three occasions. The rumor is that a prequel to The Golden Key is coming up later this year, the title? The Diviner. Jennifer Roberson has been publishing since 1984. She has multiple stand alone books as well as series and is still releasing books. Kate Elliott has been publishing since 1988 under her Kate Elliott name and also u [...]

    3. This book is wonderful. Definitely would recommend it to anyone who likes second world Europe analogues, who likes their conflict to be smaller scale and not involving armies, who loves good relationships between incredibly well-drawn characters, and who wants a book where the magic is central to the story, but essentially unknown by the rest of the world. Oh, and the magic is made by making art. Pretty fucking cool. Tons of symbology (I haven't done the research to figure out whether the symbol [...]

    4. Think Game of Thrones, but with more subtlety, nuance and detail. The authors create a world reminiscent of 18th century Spain with combined elements of politics, royalty, and artistry.Where GoT has actually very little magical fantasy, the Golden Key infuses magic into the artwork of court painters. Paintings are used as formal documentation for marriages, treaties etc. The story begins with a young painter who burns with an all consuming passion to paint and be the best painter. His actions ec [...]

    5. This review originally appeared at sfsite in 1997.GOLDEN WORDSIt isn't true a picture is worth a thousand words. Melanie Rawn, Jennifer Roberson, and Kate Elliott grace their novel The Golden Key with far more than a mere thousand per picture. And these are words well worth the read. This book is a fantasy novel about art. Or is it a generational saga? Actually, it is an alternate universe story. Then again, maybe it is science fiction. Or should that be science fantasy? To define it within only [...]

    6. I finished The Golden Key, after more than a month. It's the not fault of the book that it took me so long (although it is almost 900 pages and spans 400 years). Because there were days-long periods of time between readings, I don't know if my perceptions are that accurate. But I thought I could "feel" the differences in the sections that were written by each of the authors (Melanie Rawn, Jennifer Roberson, and Kate Elliott). The middle section of the book was my favorite, and, to me, it seemed [...]

    7. A tour de force of imagination. The ability to paint pictures with a magical influence on people's lives.And what happens when somebody takes it too far

    8. I never tire of this book's like comfort food to me. I adore the cover, too--Michael Whelan, you cheeky bugger!

    9. Aside from Suzanne Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell and Guy Gavriel Kay's Tigana, which I also love, The Golden Key is actually my favorite fantasy novel. Too many fantasy novels are dominated by wars, quests, etc and the repetition of the common war and quest plots gets old after a while. The first time I read the book, I remember being absolutely blown away by the idea of painters manipulating people, politics, and history by the use of spells in their art: ie; painting somebody to ren [...]

    10. I re-read this book recently and was amazed at the skill the three authors (who are all, in book at least, three of the best fantasy genre writers EVER) blend their styles to create one seamless story that spans generations of the Gifted Grijalva family. I believe Sario Grijalva is one of my favorite villains in any book I have ever read because he is so complex, not quite evil, very sympathetic but arrogant which lends to the saying "Pride goeth before the fall." He does horrible thingsI mean H [...]

    11. I won't rehash the plot of this excellent novel; discovering that, afterall, is half the fun. This novel is an excellent character-driven novel; a collaboration of three well-known fantasy authors. The book is broken into three parts, each seperated by several decades, allowing for each of the three authors to focus on their own part. This would seem to make the whole thing disjointed but not so. There are some slight differences in style among the three parts but these differences only lead to [...]

    12. An old favourite of mine, which puts art and painters at the heart of a complex, sprawling novel - a blend of fantasy, family saga and Gothic horror. With its compelling antihero (the kind you secretly cheer on) and its vivid evocation of a fictional world influenced by Spain and Italy, it's enjoyable and absorbing. It is also long (more than 1,000 pages in my edition) and you may find towards the end that you, like me, begin to think that the editors could have been a little more ruthless - but [...]

    13. So I read this a number of years ago and liked it enough that I remembered it and wanted to read it again. Older and wiser now, it doesn't impress me as once it might have. I like how it's all vying for political power in a fantastical historical Portugal type of place. But I don't love any of the characters and I'm not totally savoring the world. The main character really gets into his magical painting stuff, and learns and develops and becomes more ruthless, but it doesn't feel like a training [...]

    14. A long but wonderful readI have loved Rawn's work for many years and found this book to be extremely satisfying. The three authors are very talented and this book seamlessly flows even though each wrote about 1/3 of the complete text. Sario is a character you want to love and want to kill. He has so much, but always wants more. He justifies his work by saying it is a service to his country, but is it really? Is he really a monster who only cares about himself? For 900 pages we are in awe of his [...]

    15. This book was a great collaberation! The idea of making magic out of art was unique. A great ride with some twists along the way.

    16. Political Painting. Those are the best two words to describe this novel. If you enjoy Political novels than you will enjoy this book. This is not to say that if you do not enjoy political novels this isn't the book for you. I tend to lean away from political novels but, I really enjoyed the play of magic and the overall story involved. The idea of being able to use magic through painting to alter reality is very intriguing and exciting. It is what made me pick up this book I found in a raggedy o [...]

    17. This is, first of all, a whole trilogy's worth of book. This is not entirely to its credit, as it isn't quite structured as three satisfying novels, and so feels somewhat unfocused. But mostly making up for this is the engrossing worldbuilding. It feels in many ways like Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel series, in that it's a lightly-painted-over version of Europe (specifically Spain) with magic and some cultural changes to enable the story to stay contained mostly within the one country. The world fe [...]

    18. I rarely spend the time to review books or movies since I feel like my voice has little chance to penetrate the noise. For this book I had to make an exception because it was just so darn interesting and unique. It falls into the same "realistic fantasy" genre as Game of Thrones where the world is mostly realistic with relatively minor fantasy elements. The entire world in this book is focused around painting and the only form of magic is through painting. A particular family has through its blo [...]

    19. This book took a while to grow on me, but that was partly because when I started it, I only had the chance to read late at night when exhausted. The first 50 pages would've been easier if I'd had time for a proper reading session. Anyway, once I got into this book, I was sold. Fabulous concept, one that's lingered with me. I love fiction that deals with art, and this novel does it so well, and in a cool magical way where art is integral to the plot. The Golden Key made me want to paint and also [...]

    20. A favorite of mine, one of the few books that I re-read every once in a while. The setting is inspired by the art scene in 16th/17th century Spain and Italy. Pictures painted in this world, by trained artists using special materials, have magically binding properties and are used for contracts, marriage agreements, and other important purposes. Sario Grijalva, a young member of one of the great painter families (the ability to use this magical art is an inherited trait) is obsessively in love wi [...]

    21. I understood this book a lot better the second time around. I'm still not sure how I feel about it at times it fills me with dread, and some of it I thought was written poorly. They could have done more with the story, but at the same time, I can't imagine it any other way. One thing I do know, is that whatever author that wrote part 3 is my least favorite of the three authors. I loved Sario Grijalva, and I hated Sario Grijalva. I couldn't help but root for him, and be proud of him, but at the s [...]

    22. This is a big book and probably longer than it needed to be. That said this original fantasy story is far less derivative than most stories that use a middle ages backdrop as their template. It's setting owes more to Renaissance Italy than to the English & French histories that usually appear in fantasy. The use of extremely talented artists whose painting are effectively the treaties and other documents of society creates a competitive class of artists who will do anything to be the best of [...]

    23. I love the worldbuilding in this book. The occasional bits of created language are just close enough to Spanish that anyone should be able to recognize what the characters are saying in the context of the conversation, rather than needing it spelled out by the authors (and happily, they don't seem to find it necessary to provide blatant translations, except occasionally). The mythos behind the painters is rich and well thought-out, and it is interesting to see how it is intertwined with the poli [...]

    24. This is a wonderfully long and intense novel which follows one country through centuries in the perspective of a painter. I loved how Melanie Rawn used a "flawed", i.e. corrupted, main character to tell her story from. It definitely was a wonderful change from most stories (where the main character needs to defeat that bad guy). It does, though, lead the reader to sympathize with the main character a bit more than you would usually with the villain.I still love reading this novel, even after man [...]

    25. An intricate, multi-generational epic, set in a fictional country that resembles Spain in many ways (though I think much of the language comes from Portuguese), this book is simply phenomenal. The villain of the piece is complex, and he genuinely believes that he can use dark and murderous magic to further worthwhile aims (though that may just be rationalization). He is a portrait of obsession, of a person who thinks that he is the best there ever was or will be, but fails to see that he might b [...]

    26. It's interesting that this book is told, mostly, from the PoV of the villain, although it does jump around a lot to other PoVs, focusing especially on two female protagonists who prove the villain's undoing, even if one of them spends a large part of the book being a damsel in distress of sorts. Highly enjoyable, interesting, well thought out magic system, lots of political intrigue and family politics interacting with politics in the outside world. I'm not familiar with two of the collaborating [...]

    27. It was a wonderful collaborative work that spanned 400 years, multiple generations and their family dynasties, social change and upheaval albeit mostly peaceful (I'm happy to say), the world of European art and language in the 18th century, and magic and manipulation expressed through paintings. It was a tour de force in fantasy literature, and I enjoyed the language and description the authors lovingly used to explain the art. The villain is complex, and the ending is sublime. Well done ladies. [...]

    28. This is one of my favorite books of all time. I have a degree in History and the way the three authors build and play with the history of the duchy just tickles me to the bone. I also dabbled in art history so there's a double layer of deliciousness, as well as the excellent storyline and rich characters. And that they wrapped it up in one book when it could have so easily stretched into a trilogy is a great place to wrap this review up. ETA: Little trivia note here. Kate Eliot mentioned on twit [...]

    29. A very rich story. From what I remember it takes a little while to get into the story but it is well worth the effort. This book follows a politically ambitious family through their rise to power and what one man will do to get what he wants. The main character is not particularly loveable but he is a fascinating study in ambition. It is a darker story so might not appeal to some, but it is such a creative and well-written book it deserves a look.

    30. The Golden Key is one of the most original sci-fi/fantasy books that I've read in a long time. Painting pictures in lieu of written documents to record marriages, etc. is cool throw in the idea that painting with blood and other fluids binds the people to the paintings/event like a contract is really cool. Sprinkle some language, religion, politics, etc. in and it makes for a great read. I highly recommend it. In fact, it's been awhile. Maybe I need to read it again

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