The Voice, the Revolution and the Key

The Epic Order of the Seven

Fiction - Historical - Personage
672 Pages
Reviewed on 05/12/2017
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Author Biography

Award-winning author and speaker Jenny L. Cote, who developed an early passion for God, history, and young people, beautifully blends these three passions in her two fantasy fiction series, The Amazing Tales of Max and Liz® and Epic Order of the Seven®. Likened to C. S. Lewis by readers and book reviewers alike, she speaks on creative writing to schools, universities and conferences around the world. Jenny has a passion for making history fun for kids of all ages, instilling in them a desire to discover their part in HIStory. Her love for research has taken her to most Revolutionary sites in the U.S., to London (with unprecedented access to Handel House Museum to write in Handel’s composing room), Oxford (to stay in the home of C. S. Lewis, ‘the Kilns’, and interview Lewis’ secretary, Walter Hooper at the Inklings’ famed The Eagle and Child Pub), Paris, Normandy, Rome, Israel, and Egypt. She partnered with the National Park Service to produce Epic Patriot Camp, a summer writing camp at Revolutionary parks to excite kids about history, research and writing. Jenny’s books are available online and in stores around the world, as well as in multiple e-book formats. Jenny holds two marketing degrees from the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. A Virginia native, Jenny now lives in Roswell, Georgia.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

The Voice, the Revolution and the Key (The Epic Order of the Seven) by Jenny L. Cote is a revolutionary novel, complex in its characters, beautiful in the atmosphere it evokes, and extraordinary in plot. Readers will revisit the 1775 American Revolution and get acquainted with fictional, fabled characters that will arrest their attention in an irresistible way. Seven characters (pets) from different countries and backgrounds are entrusted with the task to protect their heroes and ensure that the voice of the revolution be transformed into an act of chivalry. Watch the small, black French cat, the Scottish terrier, Max, and their companions in a breathless drama that sets the events that would change the course of history. Emotionally charged and hilarious, this novel is the kind you can’t put down.

This book is so unique and offers a very different perspective on historical novels. It is hard not to enjoy the fable, not to connect with the powerful emotions displayed by the characters that — considering their species — act, speak, and think like humans. Jenny L. Cote weaves great dialogues into a spellbinding story. The language is “sans pareille” and there is no way the reader won’t feel intimately involved in the story. Whether it is Al shouting with glee at victory, or Liz wondering what her next move would be in a stream of consciousness, the drama feels so real that the reader is connected with the characters. I had wonderful moments with these characters like when: “Al sat up excitedly. 'I get to live with the KING?! Hooray, another palace!' he cheered, but then frowned. 'I’ll miss me lass, though.' He enveloped Liz in a smothering hug.” The Voice, the Revolution and the Key (The Epic Order of the Seven) is a classic, a fable that will transport readers into another era and make them feel like they are watching history unfolding before their gaze. A delightful read, indeed. The humor was gorgeous! I just became a fan of Jenny L. Cote and can’t wait for the next books in the series.

Sefina Hawke

The Voice, the Revolution and the Key (The Epic Order of the Seven) by Jenny L. Cote is the first of a Revolutionary trilogy. This book would appeal most to an audience of young adults with an interest in learning about history in an entertaining manner. The Order of the Seven is an animal team whose mission is to ensure the birth of a new nation through the protection of the children who will become the founding fathers and world leaders. Liz is assigned to Patrick Henry in order to help him discover that his true purpose in life is to work with the law and eventually become the Voice of the Revolution. Max’s assignment takes him to George Washington, whom Max has to protect, and Nigel is sent to Benjamin Franklin to make sure his experiment is a success. Kate goes to make sure the Marquis de Lafayette makes it to America, while Al stays in London to collect intel in the palace of King George III.

The Voice, the Revolution and the Key (The Epic Order of the Seven) by Jenny L. Cote was an enjoyable book. I loved how Jenny L. Cote stayed true to the time period while still creating a uniquely entertaining fictional story. The idea of these different animals working together to ensure that America became what it was destined to become was inspired. I do wish that I had read the previous books first as I felt that I missed out on some character development of the animals, but I was able to understand the plot just fine without having read the previous books. I really wish that I could have read this book when I was in middle school as it would have made me a lot more interested in the founding of America!

Divine Zape

The Voice, the Revolution and the Key (The Epic Order of the Seven) by Jenny L. Cote is a historical novel with unusual characters, a brilliant story that features historical personages and very compelling characters who come in the form of lovely pets — Liz, the small, black French cat from Normandy; Al, the well-fed, Irish orange cat; Kate, the white Westie, and others — all united as a team to give a name to freedom. Will they succeed in setting the war in motion and protecting the icons of the new nation about to be born? This is an exceptional story that captures the soul and spirit of the American Revolution in March 1775, a tale of teamwork, extreme patriotism, freedom, and rare friendship.

Jenny L. Cote is an exceptionally gifted writer who makes history come alive in her fictional characters. I enjoyed the fact that the characters are pets, and that the author succeeds in making readers connect with them, exploring their sentiments and making them play roles that should have been ascribed to human beings, but they are very convincing and real. The writing is awesome, crisp and laced with rare descriptions; it has a unique fluidity and captures very strong images. For instance, hear how she describes a moment: “The black fur bristled along his stocky little body, his short tail was erect, and his triangular ears were pointed up, alert to the slightest hint of danger. A low growl entered his throat. 'I’ll be r-r-ready at all times.'" The story is complex, and where action slackens, the reader is carried into emotional insights and very intelligent dialogues. There is no point where the story stops being entertaining. The Voice, the Revolution and the Key (The Epic Order of the Seven) combines action, humor, and great writing to bring the best entertainment to readers. It’s the kind of book I want to watch as a movie.