Graphic Novel Review: Locke & Key, Vol. 3: Crown of Shadows

Happy Sunday Bookworms!

I am seriously on a roll with my reads! That being said, I’m going to fall back a bit and give appropriate time in between books to focus on other things. I get so carried away with reading, so it’s hard to reel myself in.

Anywho, this time I read Locke & Key, Vol. 3: Crown of Shadows by Joe Hill.

I’m reading this series with Misty from Misty’s Book Space. We quickly fell in love with this series and are chugging along. We’ll be binging the rest of the series hopefully this month. This review is my individual opinion, and Misty and I will be doing a buddy read and rant of the series in its entirety once we steamroll through the other volumes.

There’s not much else to say. The moment I had this graphic novel in my hands (digitally) I tore right into it! Keep on scrolling to see what I thought!



The dead plot against the living, the darkness closes in on Keyhouse, and a woman is shattered beyond repair, in the third storyline of the Eisner-nominated series, Locke & Key! Dodge continues his relentless quest to find the key to the black door, and raises an army of shadows to wipe out anyone who might get in his way. Surrounded and outnumbered, the Locke children find themselves fighting a desperate battle, all alone, in a world where the night itself has become their enemy.



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The Review:

I gave this graphic novel four and a half stars!

I am really loving this series. Following up from the second volume, this one did not disappoint. Dodge is on the hunt for the omega key and will do anything to find it. With their mother out of commission with extreme drinking issues, the Locke children must stand up and fight for their home as it’s invaded by an army of shadows.

This volume was nearly perfect.

As always I enjoyed the characters. Nina (the mom) took a lot of the attention in certain parts, and it was heartbreaking to see her delve deeper into her alcoholism to cope with her life, especially when her children are present. I also really enjoyed Kinsey’s journey this time and her search for answers. Though she doesn’t have fear, she is learning to be more rational and a bit less impulsive. Maybe she doesn’t need her fear after all?

Bode and Tyler didn’t have specifically riveting arcs in this one, but Tyler did end up surprising me and I enjoyed what he did immensely, so kudos to him!

The plot was really great. While volume two was a bit more cerebral, this one took us back into the action of it all. I was hanging on the edge of my seat the entire time (mainly because I was gunning for a meteor to crash into Dodge’s dumb face). There was real balance in this graphic novel between the family drama, searching for answers, the discovering of new keys, and the epic battle against the shadows.

One quip I do have is that overall I think the Locke children’s tactic of defeating Dodge is lacking a bit. They seem to react more than take initiative, and while they don’t have all the explanations and answers they need, nothing is stopping them from training themselves with the keys they have to defend themselves. Why can’t they just do that? I don’t expect Bode to take that approach due to his age, but Kinsey has no fear. Certainly she would bring this up.

Other than that, I have no complaints. This series is shaping up to be a forever favorite of mine, and if you like action, mystery, and tense family drama this is for you!


That’s a Wrap!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy reading!

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    • Lol it’s that pre draft thing i do mainly, although since I’ve been blazing through them sometimes I dont get it started before I’m already done reading. Madness! :p

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