The Ruby Key
Author: Holly Lisle
Series: Moon & Sun (Book #1)
Grade Level Equivalent:
Adventure, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Series
Courage, Bravery, Heroism, Honor, Magic and Supernatural, Siblings
Human and nightlings are never to meet, but when Genna and her brother Dan venture into the old forest at night, they encounter a nightling slave who reveals a terrifying secret: Genna and Dan's village chieftain has made a dangerous deal with Letrin, ruler of the nightlings, offering the lives of his people in exchange for his own immortality.
To save the villagers and themselves, Genna and Dan strike their own bargain with the nightling lord, but the stakes are even higher. Now, the siblings must embark upon a journey along the Moonroads, and bring back the key to Letrin's downfall.
Written in haunting, lyrical prose, Holly Lisle transports readers to the twilit realms of the Night Worlds.
"The world Lisle creates is as distinctive and intriguing as any real place, with a complex history, well-developed societies, and a strong sense of magic. Many readers will find Lisle's creative embellishments of fairy lore especially arresting. Binding it all together is Genna's forthright, first-person narrative of the risky adventure, through which she remains steadfast even as her duties expand beyond her personal desires. Though one plot is resolved, hints of a possible romance for Genna and the promise of a larger catastrophe will leave readers clamoring for the next installment." — Booklist **starred review
"[F]antasy fans will find both a satisfying adventure quest and the lively coming-of-age story of the reluctant heroine Genna." — Kirkus Reviews