The Granite Key (The Arkana Archaeology Mystery Series Book 1) By Nancy Wikarski





The Search For Antiquities

Two Different Groups Involved

Good Versus Evil; Who Will Win?






In her book, the Granite key, Author Nancy Wikarski has created a history story-line that is far different from the one told by archaeologist, scientist and the educational system.  Her take on the creation story and worship is intriguing; although I did not research her sources, her research appears in-depth and from many sources.

Two groups are searching for religious artifacts for two very different reasons.  The Arkana are preserving artifacts from the beginning of history, the Blessed Nephilim’s Cult leader Abraham Metcalf, has a very personal agenda.   Good versus evil is not a new concept, however, Ms. Wikarski story is very different.

Cassie is the heroine of The Granite Key.  She is not aware of her hidden abilities or her family history;  she will become the center of this story along with Eric, Griffin, Maddie and Faye who are members of the Arkana.

Come along for an action and history packed journey through time.



First let me say, Author Nancy Wikarski plotting of this intriguing book is progressive throughout the story and well-thought out by the author.  As a result, I found I wanted to know what was going to happen next.  How did all the pieces fit together?  The pacing of the story-line was steady and did not lag.  Ms. Wikarski left an opening for the next book in the series.

I enjoyed the character of Cassie as she is young, snarky, and immature;  she is an average nineteen-year-old.  Cassie’s interaction with Griffin and Eric was skillfully done and I found the adversarial relationship with Eric added to the story-line, as well as, the loving and nurturing character of Faye.

In order to give her theory of God and Goddess’s solid ground, Ms. Wikarski included a multitude of historical facts and mythological details which she wove throughout the story.  As a result, I found these facts interesting and thought-provoking.  Her story-line has action, good versus evil, humor, snarky comments and quips, an intriguing take on religion.   The interaction and relationship of the characters grows throughout the book.

In concluding my review, I found Ms. Wikarski included everything needed to intrigue the reader in this book; mystery, good versus evil, villains, history, and human emotion.



In conclusion, I enjoyed this book.  It is a clean read and would appeal to anyone that likes a fact and detailed filled story-line that is well-developed with an intriguing story-line.


FINAL NOTE;  I received this book from the author in return for an honest book reviewBook reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion;  consequently, book reviews on line  and on my blog, are my opinion.




“There’s a 52% chance that the next Dan Brown will be a woman … or should we just make that 100% now?“–Kindle Nation

Nancy Wikarski is a fugitive from academia. After earning her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, she becNancy Wikanskiame a computer consultant and then turned to mystery and historical fiction writing. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, the Society Of Midland Authors, and has served as vice president of Sisters In Crime – Twin Cities and on the programming board of the Chicago chapter. Her short stories have appeared in Futures Magazine and DIME Anthology, while her book reviews have been featured in Murder: Past Tense and Deadly Pleasures.

She has written the Gilded Age Mystery series set in 1890s Chicago. Titles include The Fall Of White City (2002) and Shrouded In Thought (2005). The series has received People’s Choice Award nominations for Best First Novel and Best Historical as well as a Lovey Award for Best Traditional Amateur Sleuth.

She is currently writing the seven-book Arkana Archaeology Adventure series. Titles include The Granite Key (2011), The Mountain Mother Cipher (2011), The Dragon’s Wing Enigma (2012), Riddle Of The Diamond Dove (2013), Into The Jaws Of The Lion (2014), and Secrets Of The Serpent’s Heart (2015). The seventh and final volume in the series, The Sage Stone Prophecy is scheduled for publication in December of 2016. All the books have become Amazon bestsellers with an overall average review rating of 4.5.



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