The Golden Key by Melanie Rawn

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Willing to risk anything in his passion for the beautiful Saavvedra, master artist Sario, who shares his family's abilities to alter time through their works, sets in motion a series of events that threatens their entire world.

About Melanie Rawn

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MELANIE RAWN is the three-time Locus Award-nominated author of the bestselling Dragon Prince trilogy and of the Dragon Star trilogy. She graduated from Scripps College with a BA in history and has worked as a teacher and editor. Rawn lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Published September 1, 1996 by DAW Hardcover. 784 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, History, Romance. Fiction

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We jump three centuries ahead to an era when the still thriving Sario's plans are temporarily thwarted by the equally insidious schemes of the mistress, then at last to an even later era where revolution threatens to turn Tira Virte into a modern nation with little room for either Grand Dukes or ...

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The novel begins with ""Chieva do'Sangua,"" apparently by Rawn, which competently depicts Sario's daring youth, his domination of Tira Virte as Lord Limner and his complex desire for his equally talented artist-cousin Saavedra.

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All About Romance

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It would have been tempting, I'm sure, to set this tale in England like most fantasy novels, but the choice of a Latin setting was inspired.

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SF Site

Just as a frame surrounds a painting, so the authors frame their stories with scholarly writings from fictional experts who discuss exhibits of works painted by characters in the book.

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Fantasy Literature

Two Grijalva children, the male Sario and the female Saavedra, witness a terrible punishment meted out by the family elders, and come to realize what Grijalva power really means.

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Seized by the Tale

The Golden Key is about the artistically talented but disfavored Grijalva family, which struggles to maintain a precarious foothold in society, and in particular Sario Grijalva, who is determined to restore his family to prominence and set himself up as the greatest artist in history.

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