Ohmygoodness! This morning (at work, haha), I finally finished the Golden Key. It took me about 3 months, but it was totally worth it!
I have to admit, it took the Diviner to get me to read the Golden Key. I've owned it for 3 or 4 years now, but every time I start it, I get so BORED with the Galleria that I move onto something else. But being the collector that I am, I HAD to have the Diviner. And that (wonderful!) book gave me the strength to get past the beginning of the Golden Key. SO TOTALLY WORTH IT!
It does not surprise me at all that Melanie wrote the second part of this book. Maybe it's just me, but I didn't notice any changes in writing style throughout the book--I thought it was pretty seamless, but the second part with Arrigo/Mechella/Tazia--pure Melanie! I am forever torn which story line I like the best! Saavedra/Alejandro was so adorable but I didn't get super into it. I think the second and third parts were the most captivating for me. Eleyna is such a wonderful character! I was so happy things didn't end tragically for her! I also really adored Mechella/Cabral.
I'm so happy that I finally finished so I can explore this area of the forum now! I'm feeling a strong desire to re-read Exiles, but I think I'll take a brief Melanie break and read something a tad....shorter!