The Key to Erebus Book Summary and Study Guide

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This is Book 1 of Las Corbeaux The French Vampire Legend. The Key to Erebus is a tale of a girl, Jehenne, who has discovered she is a powerful witch and she is plunged into a world where, not only do supernatural beings exist, one of them, Corvus Albinus, Master Vampire has been waiting for her for over 2000 years. At the beginning of this tale, we meet Jehenne Corbeaux, a 19 year old girl with a problem. Since she was a small child, Jehenne has been plagued with visions of the future. Her mother has taken her to doctor after doctor, insisting they are nothing more than dreams. Fed up with the doctors, psychiatrists, and medications. Jehenne flees to Dordogne, in the French countryside to live with her beloved grandmother, Ines Corbeaux. It is here Jehenne learns the truth, about herself, and her family, a family of very powerful witches, La Dame BLanche.
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Jehenne becomes immediately immersed in a fairy tale world where witches, shapeshifters, sirens, demons, ghouls, zombies, fairies, elves, and vampires are real. The murder of a keeper (a supernatural being responsible for keeping magical artifacts safe) throws the supernatural world into chaos, and Ines and Jehenne are charged with the responsibility to find the artifact the keeper was hiding. Along the way, Jehenne becomes friends with Rodney Wainwright, just your average London punk, who happens to have been dead for the last 80 years! Fortunately, Jehenne's grams, Ines, has provided Rodney with a preservation spell. Rodney's antics will keep you laughing and his insistent belief that a cup of tea solves all problems will touch your heart. Jehenne also befriends Felix, a charming and handsome gypsy shapeshifter, but she finds that not all friends are what they seem.

Enter Corvus Albinus, Master Vampire of the Albinus Family. Corvus is a blond haired, blue eyed, vampire! Jehenne finds herself simultaneously drawn to and fearful of Corvus. And by all appearances, Corvus is also drawn to Jehenne. He seems to have known Jehenne before, but that would be impossible, wouldn't it?

Follow Jehenne, Corvus, Ines, and Rodney as they try to solve the mystery of the keeper's murder, capture the killer, and save the magical community from total destruction. Along the way, we watch as Jehenne transforms into a beautiful, powerful witch and a force to be reckoned with. And discovers the truth in the past she shares with Corvus.

Best part of story, including ending: Overall, I love the author's ability to fully immerse the reader into the story. Specifically, I love that the heroine of the story, Jehenne, is not some simpering doormat who falls for a vampire, lifts her neck and says "bite me". She is strong, courageous, has a good heart and a strong mind. She is a great role model for young adults and teenage girls

Best scene in story: I love the entire book and to describe my favorite scene would give away the book to someone who hasn't read it

Opinion about the main character: As stated above, I love that Jehenne is a strong and courageous role model with a good heart.

The review of this Book prepared by Varsi Appel a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   vampires Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   mage/magician Age:    -   a teen If magical mental powers:    -   can cast many different spells


Terrain    -   Mountains Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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