The Ancestors’ Key
by Marie-Hélène Lebeault
Indie Author: Yes
Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Publication Date: 3.28.2020

YA Time Travel
Sci-Fi Action & Adventure
Clean & Wholesome Romance

Page Count: 218 Pages


Are you ready to unlock the door to a world of wonder?

Embark on a fantastical journey of magic and mystery in The Ancestors Key, Book 1 of The Evers Series!

For fans of Stardust and The Golden Compass, this captivating tale follows Lola, a fifteen-year-old loner, whose life takes an extraordinary turn when she inherits a powerful Magic Key. Suddenly, she finds herself amidst a southern mansion, boatloads of money, and an ancient family secret. Brace yourself for thrilling surprises, enchanting encounters, and an uplifting experience that will leave you craving more.

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Sabetha’s Review:

This read was such a great YA introduction into an expansive world.

Lola is grounded in our world, and her discovery of the deeper aspects of her family history is about what I would expect from the average prolific reader in today’s teens. We’ve read all the books, we aren’t going to have a panic attack to discover our heritage isn’t as bland as it seemed. She doesn’t have any of the negative troupe type whiney ya girl aspects to her personality which is refreshing.

The chemistry between Lola and Jackson is strong yet questioning. I loved the way this was written, because it could have totally gone cheap instant love between a 15 year old and a 19 year old full of ick. But instead they are investigative, yet acceptingly cautious about the situation. Is it fate, is it magical interference, or is it a coincidence? The nods to traditions- good and bad -are well laid out. This book has this cozy aspect to it, as the readers falls in love with the new world Lola is dropped in along with her. She is safe yet could be in danger. My second hand anxiety loved this.

There are so many questions that are opened in this installment, giving the series so much potential with all the various directions the next books could go. While it ends on intrigue, everything relevant has been wrapped up. You’re going to want to dive into book 2 immediately after finishing this one.

I was afraid a character was going to die, and it almost felt like it was going to take a dark turn, but it kept it bittersweet and emotional without the darkness. The build up was also wrapped into world building, so it turned into a great way to expand the questions and universe without info dumping.

If you are looking for a low stakes introduction to a sprawling universe this is going to be a must read. The light romance, and character chemistry is perfection.

I read this book for the Caffeinated Fantasy Book Club.

TW: Parent death, Cancer, Kidnapping, Last page has a HP reference.

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