on Feb 2013
Genres: Adult, Horror, Urban Fantasy
Source: Personal Copy
Sexual Content: References to sex
Reviewed by: James
Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them. Home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all...
I'm usually not that much of a graphic novel reader, however, I had lots of friends recommend Locke & Key Vol 1: Welcome to Lovecraft to me, so after much convincing I picked it up. And I'm glad I did. Locke & Key is a series I will read through to the end, and I liked it so much I'll be getting the fancy hardcover versions for the rest of the series.
Locke & Key Vol 1: Welcome to Lovecraft revolves around a family of three kids, their mother and their uncle and takes place in a mansion where keys can do a lot of different things. Despite the fact that the main cast is a bunch of kids, this is not a book for kids or even younger young adults. It has many dark themes running though it, and it would probably be disturbing to a younger audience.
What I always love the most about picking up a new book is discovering the magic system within. Locke & Key Vol 1: Welcome to Lovecraft doesn't disappoint in that aspect. There aren't many books where objects are the only means of power, but Locke & Key does it beautifully, and I'm eager to learn about more keys and see how the story will revolve around them. So while a lot of Locke & Key Vol 1: Welcome to Lovecraft is just introducing the setting and characters, I'm guessing the rest of the series will almost be puzzle solving. The kids will have to find a way to use the keys at their disposal to take care of whatever challenge they face next.
I used to look down on graphic novels, thinking that only people who weren't serious readers would read them, but I've slowly changed that position over the years as I've tried out more and more of them. No it isn't anything like the same experience I get from reading or listening to a book, but it is still enjoyable. And it's also great to be able to finish a complete story in just a couple of hours. So if you're looking for a fun, short read try Locke & Key Vol 1: Welcome to Lovecraft.Series Titles:
- Welcome to Lovecraft
- Head Games
- Crown of Shadows
- Keys to the Kingdom
- Alpha & Omega
- The Founding Fields - 9/10