Book Review: The Black Key – Amy Ewing

Seriously why did I delay so long to write up this review? I WAS SUPPOSED TO DO IT 500 YEARS AGO.


Name: The Black Key
Author: Amy Ewing
Publisher: Walker Books (US Ver: HarperTeen)
Release Date: October 4, 2016


The third book in Amy Ewing’s New York Times bestselling Lone City trilogy, The Black Key is perfect for fans of The Selection and Red Queen.

Violet and the Society of the Black Key are preparing to launch an attack on the royalty, and Violet has a crucial role to play. She must lead the surrogates as they infiltrate the Auction and break down the walls of the Lone City. But with her sister, Hazel, imprisoned in the palace of the Lake, Violet is torn. In order to save her sister, she must abandon her cause and her friends and return to the Jewel.

Book Cover Comments


Note that there are two versions of the book, the HarperTeen ver and the Walker Books Ver.

HarperTeen Ver. (check it out on goodreads) I seriously think the book cover is super duper gorgeous. The white dress in contrast with the black kaleidoscope jewel was just gorgeous, and this is definitely my favourite cover in the entire series. And because of that, it’s seriously making me wanna buy the US hardcovers of the series.

Walker Books Ver.: It’s super duper different from the first two books, as their base color was white, and this base color is black, so when you put the three together, it isn’t the best combo. Maybe a three book gradient would help next time. BUT the gold words stand out so well among the black, and I love how Violet is wearing a purple dress, the BG girls seem a bit meh, and.. Violet’s face is kinda creepy.. soooooo… favourite cover goes to Book 1.

The Actual Review

Ok. I’ve been waiting for this book for 8 months, and I finally have it in my hands and read it.

Note that if you’re reading this, it’s kinda spoilery for book 1 and 2, so go find their reviews in my review page, or go search up Lone City Series/Amy Ewing. The other reviews are tagged with em’ :)

In this book, other than the fact that Violet has to face her old enemy and find a way out of everything, I think it’s kind of a realisation for Violet, because up till now, she’s kind of taking a lot of responsibility and being in charge of everything, and Violet now grows up for the third time in this book, taking that into consideration, and letting some things go and let them also help her along the way.

It really reminds me of this quote from xxxHOLiC (my favourite anime that’s filled with 500 billion morals)

“If a person sacrifices himself to save another, then that person should know just what kind of scars that action leaves on the rescued person.”

YUUUKOOOO *fangirling and sobbing at the same time*

Not that I’m implying that there is a huge sacrifice going on in here.

And so as the synopsis says, Violet travels back to the Jewel no longer as a surrogate, but as someone really different. I see it as viewing the Jewel from a different social class: instead of a surrogate, this time it is from a lower social class, and it was really interesting to see how some parts progressed. And OMG there were so many sudden plot twist/hits that I went Oh. My. God. No. What.

Fun thing about the relationships in this book, is that everyone is somehow related to each other (not like aunts uncles companions) in the way of their belief and their actions, as well as what they like and hate, but does not know the third person (as in, A hates royalty – knows B hates royalty, C hates royalty – knows B hates royalty, but A doesn’t know C hates royalty, vice versa), and reading this book, you’ll get to see who.

You’ll see this girl in this book thats really interesting, even though she’s not a major character or anything. I’m kinda over analysing this, but this girl is the one that represents the ignorance of what happens in the outside world of modern society/The island itself, as well as the fact that innocence is what hides all of this. Too deep? Yea. Probably. Let’s go back to my shallow commentary.

The ultimate climaxes in this book was really over the top. You would actually never see that final ending of what happened in the Jewel coming. But yes. Finally. What I’ve been hoping for, buttttt brought in a different way.

And then how that ending went omg. It was really beautiful when that conclusion came along. I saw what the characters saw, and I just felt a moment of peace, zen in my mind, and I just smiled after finishing that last line and putting down that book, looking to the sunset outside of my window. Beautiful ending. Such a beautiful ending.

And OMG the ultimate ship in this book: Violet and Ash. I seriously need more of them having private time to xoxo. Because I’m not having enough of that. Amy please write a bonus short story for Violet and Ash going out on a date. Plz make that happen XD


And so, the Lone City trilogy was wrapped up extremely well. Growing characters, letting it go, final blows, decisions, sacrifices, protecting those important to you, bringing equality to the society, and that beautiful calming ending, the calm waters after a storm.

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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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