“Where is The Wall?” I asked my father one night while he brushed my hair. “Somewhere east . . . And you’re going to find it one day, I know you are. I hear,” he whispered, “there’s an underground passageway that leads straight there.”
Joy Montgomery’s life has never been as it seems. She knows this now. Her tragic journey has been a complex mirage of dreams and illusions set in place by her ancestors’ secrets and driven by the calculated genius of her late father, Zephyr the Magnificent. In the Greenleigh Tree Factory, under the wretched rule of the Superiors, he’d prepared her for this future as if he’d already known the outcome. He’d instilled into her the quest for truth, freedom, and love, and had given her the strength to guard with her life those she now protects, some of whom she must risk her life to save.
Now, the treemakers and the saltminers are split over Bygonne. They must acquire the Seeker’s Keys with the help of Zephyr’s clues, which also must be found along the way. Stakes are high, war is coming, and now, Joy has everything to lose. Will they be triumphant, like Cheyenne said they’d be, and grasp the promised victory? Or will they face defeat at the hands of Lord Daumier, and lose the future waiting for them on the other side of The Wall?
“What did you see in me?” “That you’re a hero. You’re my hero.” “I’m no hero, Joy. Don’t ever forget this, okay? You’re the light in the dark. You’re the love that conquers fear and evil. You’re the hero, Joy. You always have been, and you always will be.”
"Children are like titanzium - they can withstand so much before their spirits break" (Rozelle, 10).
The Seeker's Keys is the third and final novel in The Treemakers trilogy, ending the wonderful, intriguing, and frightening adventure of Joy Montgomery and her family of children.
The story opens up with the beginning of the last leg of their adventure. After escaping the clutches of Lord Daumier at the end of the last book, they are going back for their beloved Jax - and Vila - and to destroy Alzanei once and for all.
In this novel, Rozelle decides to delve into the consiousness of a number of different characters. We receive the adventure from Jax's point of view in Alzanei, as well as Smudge and Joy's point of views as they partake in different adventures, all in the name of bringing the good back into the world.
Multiple point of views was definitely the way to do with the way that the plot was developing. Each group of characters were sent to different locations and rather than recounting events, we were able to experience them through the thoughts and feelings of the characters we have come to know and love.
There was some major character development happening in all of the characters, especially Jax. We follow his journey in Alzanei and see how it changes him. We also see how Joy's journey in the last novel has changed her. Joy, although strong and courageous, has her weaknesses like everyone else. I think it was very important for Rozelle to demonstrate that she is only human.
The theme of never giving up didn't falter in this story. I think the whole series taught us that if you persevere and fight for the right things in life, you will succeed, whether it be for you, or for the generations to come.
Rozelle brings us an exciting, dramatic and calming conclusion to the wonderful series she has given us. The ups and downs, the dramatic what-ifs, the times when we thought all was lost, all lead to this incredible end to the Tree Factory kids' journey.
I thought this series was just fantastic, and I can't wait to have kids of my own to give these novels to. Rozelle, you have outdone yourself, especially for this being your first series. Continue to write, and to share your ideas with the world. I give this book, and the series overall, 5 out of 5 stars.
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Christina is a mother of four currently hiding from the sun somewhere in Dallas, Texas. You may find her out on rainy autumn days narrating her life in her head. You’ll also find her taxiing her children around in traffic, or stopped in random places, like your local produce section, to take notes before her ideas flitter away into the Great Beyond. Though her current series is YA Dystopian, she has many stories in the works in various sub-genres of speculative fiction (including NA and Adult) for the near future. You’ll definitely want to stick around to see what she comes up with next.