Book Review: Key to the Journey by Rue

Title: Key to the Journey (The Chronicles of Hawthorn #2)

Author: Rue

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Date: June 22, 2016



Young Flynn Hawthorn anxiously awaits the return of the initiates to Moa Bend. Normally she doesn’t look forward to her training sessions, but she’ll do anything to end her endless afternoons trapped in Mistress Tamsin’s Herb Hut.

Without warning, Flynn’s world turns upside down. Her best friend is missing and could be lost in Dreamwood Forest. Her mother, the High Priestess, finally tells Flynn the truth about her father—an outsider, from beyond the mist. And somehow, the falcon she chose to train is triggering strange episodes of time-warped astral travel!

Flynn embarks on a journey to uncover long-awaited answers. Will she find a way to save her people from the growing threat in Southeil, or will she unwittingly put herself directly into the hands of the Shadow Witch?

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I read  An Average Curse which is a fantasy for middle grade readers and older and I was looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Key to the Journey.

Key to the Journey is a quick read and I liked it even more than the first book. It is full of friendship, hope, adventure and magic. 

As soon as Flynn starts showing signs of ancient magic, the elders want to take her out of regular training and start training her to be High Priestess. Flynn is overwhelmed but doesn’t have time to even process what is going on when she finds out that her best friend, Hazel, is missing. While on this journey, Flynn and the witch of the wood decide that she needs to take her own journey and “find herself.” She goes on a true adventure with just her falcon but does she find the answers she’s looking for?

I definitely recommend Key to the Journey for anyone who likes fantasy and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series.


About the Author

Rue_2013BW(2)Rue graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, with a degree in Journalism. Her intimate knowledge of the Midwestern United States, the inordinate amount of time she spent in its churches’ pews and her unique parentage make her an expert on life after religion. Having moved 17 times by the time she graduated from high school Rue has seen more than her share of the Great Plains. She never stayed in one place long enough to make lasting human friends. Her best friends were all characters from her beloved books; and the love of reading led to a lifelong passion for writing.