Locke & Key Vol. 3 by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez

Locke-Key-3-Crown-Of-Shadows-w-logoRating: ★★★★

Blurb taken from goodreads.com:

“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.”

I enjoyed this- but not quite as much as the first two. It felt less creative somehow- I won’t spoil the keys that are discovered in this book, but I imagine it would be hard to live up to (spoiler for vol. 2): a key that literally opens your head and allows you to add or take away memories as needed.

The characters are still the shining stars and we get to meet a few new ones who I liked. I am a little worried for Mrs. Locke- I keep thinking she must be stronger than this. I wouldn’t mind seeing her story advanced a bit in the next book.

The artwork is growing on me as the stories go on. It’s still not my favorite style- but there have been a few featured silent 2-page spreads in the past couple of books so rich and full of detail it’s hard not to be impressed.

I’m sad I’m halfway done with the series already- I have a feeling I’ll be checking out the next few books very soon!

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