Book Reviews

Cronin's Key III (Cronin's Key 3) by N.R. Walker

Genre Gay / Historical / Paranormal / Vampires / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 18-February-2019

Book Blurb

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.


Book Review

“I love you... from the moment I saw you, I will love ye ‘til time itself is done, so long as you are at my side, I am well pleased with the world.” ~ Jamie Fraser, Outlander

Alec, of ‘Cronin’s Key 3’ by N.R. Walker, has had a year to contemplate the gifts he has gained when he became a vampire. Of course he is happy to be able to spend the rest of eternity with his lover, Cronin, but he’s bewildered by the gifts that have come along with it. There is not only pressure put on him to learn what and how to use his gifts, but also responsibility that comes with it. Alec is tired of being scrutinized and tested as to what he is capable of doing now. He longs for the more frequent, intimate times spent in the arms of his lover. Then five creatures appear to Alec, telling him they are called Zoan and Alec is confused, particularly since his powers seem to have no effect on them. They also tell him that they were able to reenter the world when Alec was turned. After they leave, Alec knows that, once again, he and his friends have tons of research to do in order to avert another disaster and get closer to realizing his destiny as the Key.

In the quest to learn more about the Zoan, they seek out others who may have heard of them, particularly, how to defeat them. They travel to London, where they meet with their old friend, Kennard. While there, Alec demonstrates some of his newly-found skills for Kennard. When Kennard bemoans the fact that he doesn’t think he will ever find his bonded one, Alex is able to reassure him that he will and soon. When they leave London, Kennard joins forces with the others. Their quest leads them to Paris where they confront the elder in that city, who they discover has known about the Zoan for a long time, but didn’t share the information. In fact, he had defeated them in the past and told Alec and his friends that numerous gargoyles around the city and in other places are actually Zoan who, after being defeated, were turned into stone. As they move from city to city, they obtain knowledge that becomes more distressing all the time. Alec and his group discover that there are several portals where the Zoan have entered Earth over the centuries.

With what seems to be an insurmountable situation, Alex is beyond stressed and Cronin is painfully aware of it. In a slight lull, Cronin whisks them away to a place that is very special to him, where he comes to decompress; one he has never shared with anyone before. It helps to reassure Alec of their bond. Even though they know it won’t last forever, the peace they feel there goes a long way to soothing their hearts.

The excellent writing and twists of history show that N.R. has done her usual plethora of research. It was wonderful seeing Kennard find his soulmate, visiting with Alec and his friends, and seeing little Jorge take his place in history, but I wish Cronin had had a stronger role. It was odd to see Alec take over and be the all-powerful one. However, I was touched by N.R.’s take on a Heaven for Vampires, its effect on Cronin, and that one could find his beloved even after death. Thanks, N.R., for the clarifications and closures in this addition to an epic series.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 193 pages/59300 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 18-September-2015
Price $3.99 ebook
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