THE OUROBOROS KEY is a standalone novel by Patricia Leslie.
Odyssey Books published this paranormal mystery in March 2014.
Prophetic dreams have haunted Dan Tenney since childhood, foretelling him of a life-changing event that is soon to take place. But before he can learn the meaning of his visions, he is attacked by a shadowy group of extremists: the Brotherhood of the Grail.
Finding sanctuary underground, an ancient relic comes into his possession and Dan begins to understand the path his visions have laid out before him. His quest will be fraught with an otherwordly people and an event that could tip the balance in favour of human existence—or disastrously against it. The mysterious Brotherhood will do everything in their power to prevent Dan from fulfilling his destiny as the Bearer of Ouroboros.
Jen’s Review of THE OUROBOROS KEY
I read The Ouroboros Key because the cover and blurb caught my attention on Netgalley.
This review first appeared on my old blog Books That Hook. I am updating and expanding on that review.
Although I received a free copy for review purposes, my opinions are my own.
Quick Review: Interesting premise but inconsistent writing with pace and point-of-view problems
I started and stopped The Ouroboros Key many times before I finally pushed myself to finish it. I think the main reason for that was that the author started the book too early in the storyline. I was bored until around chapter four. It felt like backstory, which didn’t needed to be given up front. Once I got through those first three chapters, the story improved.
The plot was interesting once the reader knows that Dan has been kidnapped and Irene is missing. The pace picks up. My attention was held after the conspiracy theory and secret societies came into the story. I wasn’t really invested, though, until much later in the book when the characters make their quest into the mountain.
The ending disappointed me. With how long and how hard the characters struggled to get to that point, I expected a bigger finish.
On the positive side, I appreciated how the author stayed on task. The goal was always apparent, and the characters didn’t lose sight of it. Also, the conspiracy theory mixed with mythology made sense and was consistent.
The two main characters, Dan and Nick, are developed well-enough. If there weren’t so many problems with the writing itself, I might have been able to connect with them more than I did.
I was turned off by the writing style. It seemed choppy at times, overly wordy at other times. The dialogue was odd in places. For example, Dan sometimes had an accent and sometimes he didn’t.
Another dialogue-related problem was how a character would start speaking when I didn’t even know that character was in the scene. I think this was sometimes due to a lack of scene breaks. The writing would jump from one scene and location to another scene and location without a space or asterisks to indicate a scene break. This created point-of-view problems as well.
I also didn’t like how a chapter would start with “he” because it would take me a minute to figure out who “he” is and whose point-of-view the chapter was being told from.
Do I Recommend?
Maybe. If you like books about quests related to The Knights Templar or the Holy Grail, The Ouroboros Key might be worth checking out. Based on Goodreads reviews, it appears some people loved it. For me, it was just too dull in parts and the writing lacked refinement. I recommend people form their own opinions on this particular book.
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars (C)
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