Monday, 19 August 2013

Review: The Skeleton Key Guild (The Doorknob Society #5) by M.J. Fletcher

Skeleton Key GuildSkeleton Key Guild

Author: M.J. Fletcher
Series: The Doorknob Society
Pages: 296
Publisher/Source: M.J. Fletcher
Release date: May 2013

Synopsis: (Goodreads)

Her parents dead, her sister missing, and those she loves branded traitors to the Old Kind... Chloe Masters is on the run.

To fulfill a parent’s dying wish she will do anything to save the sister she has never met. Can she learn the secrets of the Artifacts before it’s too late? Surrounded by her friends; Slade, Edgar, Jess, Val and the man she loves James Nightshade, Chloe has never had so much to live for... but will her enemies let her?

Review: 5 out of 5 stars

** Please note this review contains possible spoilers from the first 4 books **

I have to admit, I was kind of hesitant about starting on the Skeleton Key Guild by M.J Fletcher because it is the final book in The Doorknob Society Saga {sob} and I dread it when a much loved series comes to an end, but I have to say this was a fantastic finale in what has been an amazing thrill-ride.

Chloe Masters has been through hell and back over the course of the five part series and has experienced much heartache and loss but it has also been a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about herself, her family, friends, the secret society and her polymorph abilities. She has always been a kick-butt, fabulous characters who cares deeply for those closest to her but her rash decisions at times could also be quite infuriating.

In this action-packed installment we see Chloe, along with the fabulous team of Nightshade {swoon}, Slade, Edgar, Jess and Val try to save and protect her sister who she never knew existed or has met. It was go go go right from the onset  with ongoing dramas and twists and turns to keep things exciting; the villains are each written perfectly and played a pivotal role in the overall story and I have loved the way the whole cast has interacted and worked together despite the many obstacles they have faced, it made for a riveting read.

The romance is amazing! I haven’t cheered for a couple as much as I have for Chloe and Nightshade and at one point in the series I never thought we’d see a HEA for them but I’m pleased to see how everything has come together for this loved up couple. The secondary characters are awesome! Edgar has always been my favourite with his wit, humour and knowledge.

The plot flowed well and I thoroughly enjoyed the vivid settings. M.J. Fletchers writing is amazingly detailed and wonderfully entertaining; he brings to us many unique adventures and the character growth from the very first book has progressed at a steady, believable pace; the way in which the overall story has come together is creative and brilliant.

As much as I am saddened to see this series conclude, I am also pleased to see there is a spin-off which will have Jess as the main heroine – I can’t wait!

Overall, I highly recommend the Skeleton Key Guild and The Doorknob Society; it has been a series that has thoroughly entertained and captivated me. Highly recommended for fans of Fantasy and Steampunk.

Books in order:

The Doorknob Society
The Impossible Engineers
The Mapmakers Union
The Detective Inspectors
Skeleton Key Guild

About the author: MJ Fletcher was born in New Jersey and now lives by the beach with his very understanding wife and daughter. He has been writing since he first stapled pages together as a child and called them a book. He finally realized his ambitions when his comic book series Adam Zero The Last Man of Earth was published by Ronin Studios. His other comic book work includes Digital Webbing Presents and The Hero Initiative. His first novel The Doorknob Society released in 2012 was nominated for a Cybil award in the young adult category. He has continued writing the Doorknob Society Saga his rollicking steampunk adventure series as well as working on numerous other writing projects.

The Doorknob Society The Impossible Engineers The Mapmakers Union
 The Detective Inspectors Skeleton Key Guild 


  1. Delighted you enjoyed this, I have book one and two and need to read them. It is so sad when a series you adore ends but I am so glad the last book rocked for you and that the romance was wonderful!

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed this one because I just finished book one and really liked it so i'm glad that you enjoyed how the series continued and finally the conclusion. Great Review :)
    Lily @ Lilysbookblog

  3. I've never heard of this series before, but it sounds really good. I love the sound of the main character and the love interest also sounds like he's swoon-worthy.
    I'm glad you enjoyed this, Sharon. Definitely adding this to my TBR! :)
    Lovely review!

  4. Thanks for the wonderful review, I am so glad you enjoyed the end of the saga. Wait till you see what I have in store for Jess. ;-)

  5. This sounds like a really great series. I am adding it to my TBR list now.


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