The Grijalvas of Tira Virte are a family of gifted
artists, and a certain, secret magic goes into their remarkable
paintings (oh, what goes into those paintings!). Sario is the most
gifted of them all; he knows the darkest secrets of magic and
painting that not even the other Grijalvas suspect. Sario is young
and arrogant, willing to sacrifice everything for his art, and
determined to live forever.
The world of the Grijalvas is not so different from our own
western civilization. The book is liberally scattered with words
from a made-up Romance language, with readily recognizable Latin
cognates. Artistic figures, too, recall our own writers and
composers, and so we have the Doumas father and son novelists, or
Friedrich Shopan, a noted composer.
By turns humorous and tense, The Golden Key is the
entertaining result of a collaboration by Melanie Rawn, Jennifer
Roberson, and Kate Elliott, three authors of popular fantasy. The
sheer mass of the book (700-plus pages) can be intimidating, but
the story within breaks neatly into three distinct sections, each
one a (nearly) complete novel in itself.
For a final dollop of frosting, the dust jacket features a
wonderful painting by award-winning artist Michael Whelan, a
portrait of himself as Sario.
Tales of Art and Magic:
The Gold Key. By Melanie Rawn, Jennifer
Roberson, and Kate Elliott. DAW, 1996.
The Diviner. By Melanie Rawn. Forthcoming from DAW Books
in August 1999
The Warrior. Forthcoming from Jennifer Roberson
The Seeker. Forthcoming from Kate Elliott
Roberson's web page, Kate
Elliott's web page, and the official
Melanie Rawn web page
This review copyright 1997 by Wendy Morris
Information last updated January 18, 1999