Cronin’s Key III (Cronin’s Key #3) by N.R. Walker 1

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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. addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16 The Reviewer JoyTAG

Alec is now officially a vampire and it’s been a year since his transformation. He has a host of powers that rival all others but even being the most powerful vampire around isn’t enough to protect him from an unusual and dangerous ancient species. Cronin and the other vampires have no understanding or knowledge of these creatures called the Zoan. Alec, Cronin and their friends set off on a journey to find out who these creatures really are and how to defeat them. Alec will face a fierce dark power but the force of heaven and light will stand with him as he uses every bit of his strength to blight out the darkness attacking humanity and vampires. With this battle Alec will finally realize what being the key truly means.

I enjoyed this book as much as I did the first two. This book is heartbreaking yet satisfying. The use of historical sites, myths, and supernatural lore mixed in with action, intrigue and romance really had me wrapped up in the entire read. What draws me to Walker’s writing is her ability to perfectly balance humor, tender moments and action in a mesmerizing and engrossing story. There is never a dull moment and the fast paced action seamlessly flows. I also adore the characters even when Alec and Cronin are being overly sappy and gushing about their love for one another I’m happy to read every detail and smile adoringly. The two are a perfect match and their story a great read. Jorge is sweet and his connection with Adelmo had me in tears. Ejii and Jodis were as usual funny and quick witted.

I know this is the last book of the trilogy but I hope this isn’t the end of the adventures! We still need a book that really focuses on my favorite couple Eiji and Jodis, detailing their backstory and first meeting. If you enjoyed the first two books of Cronin’s Key you’ll enjoy the end of the trilogy and like me you’ll find yourself suspiciously checking out Gargoyles the next time you travel. fourstars

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