The Key – Simon Toyne

The KeyFirst off, some information from Goodreads website on the book. Scroll down for my thoughts. Beware: my review  may contain spoilers.

Hunted. Hounded. Haunted.

She is the most important person in the world. She is The Key

Journalist Liv Adamsen has escaped from the highly secretive Citadel at the heart of the ancient city of Ruin and now lies in isolation, staring at hospital walls as blank as her memory. Despite her inability to recall her past, something strange is stirring within her. She feels possessed by a sen-sation she can’t name and plagued by whispers only she can hear: “KuShiKaam,” the key.

To others the meaning is clear. For a mercenary operating in the Syrian Desert, a man known only as “the Ghost,” Liv may hold the key to one of history’s most powerful secrets. For the brotherhood of monks in the Citadel–now cursed by a terrible plague–her return to Turkey may be the only way to ensure their survival. And for a powerful faction in Vatican City, her very existence threatens the success of a desperate plan to save the church from ruin.

At the center of events that defy explanation and hunted by someone she believes might be trying to kill her, Liv turns to the only person she can trust–a foundation worker named Gabriel Mann. Together they must elude capture and journey to the place where all life began. From New York to Rome to the deserts of the Middle East, worlds collide in a race to uncover a revelation dating from the creation of man in this electrifying follow-up to the international bestseller Sanctus.

This is the second installment from Simon Toyne, read the review to part one, Sanctus and part three The Key. it is important to read Santcus first.and although it was once again a fast paced thriller it wasn´t quite as good as the first, but it was pretty close.

It starts a few days after the finish of the first book so it keeps you right in there with the action.

I was lucky enough to have both Sanctus and The Key at the same time and read them back to back, now though I have to wait until the third installment to be published. 😦 The downside of trilogies.


Sanctus – Simon Toyne

SanctusFirst off, some information from Goodreads website on the book. Scroll down for my thoughts. Beware: my review  may contain spoilers.

An explosive apocalyptic conspiracy thriller from a major new British talent that will set the world alight…


The certainties of the modern world are about to be blown apart by a three thousand year-old conspiracy nurtured by blood and lies …

A man throws himself to his death from the oldest inhabited place on the face of the earth, a mountainous citadel in the historic Turkish city of Ruin. This is no ordinary suicide but a symbolic act. And thanks to the media, it is witnessed by the entire world.
But few understand it. For charity worker Kathryn Mann and a handful of others in the know, it is what they have been waiting for. The cowled and secretive fanatics that live in the Citadel suspect it could mean the end of everything they have built – and they will kill, torture and break every law to stop that. For Liv Adamsen, New York crime reporter, it begins the next stage of a journey into the heart of her own identity.
And at that journey’s end lies a discovery that will change EVERYTHING …
SANCTUS is an apocalyptic conspiracy thriller like no other – it re-sets the bar for excitement and fascination, and marks the debut of a major talent in Simon Toyne.

This is the authors debut book and the first of a trilogy, a little Dan Brown ish,  an action packed religious thriller and it seems to me that everyone is writing trilogies or sequels these days which it is something I am not keen on, too much wait between the books. But I loved this book. i love the style of writing, the female hero´s rather than a male one and the fast paced writing on the whole, there are a couple of moments in the book when things get a little slow, but things pick up again pretty quick. But of all the funny things is the superb description of the city of Ruin in Turkey, I even went on the internet to find out more about it and discovered it is fictitious. hahaha

I also enjoyed the short chapters which made it easy to put down when other “stuff” got in the way.

The author writes about religion, secrets, puzzles in a fictitious citadel in Turkey. It has the usual characters with a good cop, bad monks,  a damsel in distress and a make hero who tries to save her, but don´t let that put you off, it is well worth the read.

Read the review to part two: The Key and part three The Tower