“What happened?” he demanded. “I heard an explosion!”
“Yeah. That was me. I set the boat alight.”
“I set fire to the boat.”
“But we’re on the boat!”
“I know.”


Alex Rider has been through a lot for his fourteen years. He’s been shot at by international terrorists, chased down a mountainside on a makeshift snowboard, and has stood face-to-face with pure evil. Twice, young Alex has managed to save the world. And twice, he has almost been killed doing it. But now Alex faces something even more dangerous. The desperation of a man who has lost everything he cared for: his country and his only son. A man who just happens to have a nuclear weapon and a serious grudge against the free world. To see his beloved Russia once again be a dominant power, he will stop at nothing. Unless Alex can stop him first… Uniting forces with America’s own CIA for the first time, teen spy Alex Rider battles terror from the sun-baked beaches of Miami all the way to the barren ice fields of northernmost Russia. Come along for the thrilling ride of a lifetime.

My Experiences

I love the Alex Rider series, and upon reading this book, I was thrilled. It was always action-packed, and this book started to take a slightly darker mood, with more emotions and such. One of the things I love about the series is how REAL it is. In a fantasy book, because it is fantasy, writing realistically is always a big part. In other books with spy kids, they’re always thrilled to be a spy and “putting themselves in danger”. But Alex Rider is different. In the first two books, I always thought that if I were Alex I’d love doing all the spy work, but in this book, I connected to him more, and what with all the blackmail, I actually started understanding the way he feels- he just wants a normal childhood, with friends and avoiding homework and girls.
The main plot was less impressive this time, although it did have some twists, you figure out the villains’ plans way before. I did like that the General has an actual personality and depth, as a character. Horowitz’ previous villains didn’t really have much of that.
Overall, I loved the book. It took the series to a new level and I loved the plot and action it provided. 


“Your name?”The movements of the man’s mouth didn’t quite match what he was saying, so seeing him speak was a bit like watching a badly dubbed film.
“Alex Gardiner,” Alex said.
“Your real name?”
“I just told you.”
“You lied. Your real name is Alex Rider.”
“Why ask if you think you know?”

“Strange though it is,Sarov still cares about you. He told me to leave you alone. But I think, this time, I must disobey the general. You are mine! And I intend to make you suffer…”

“Just talking to you makes me suffer,” Alex said.”

“Let me tell you, Alex. He’s a crook. He’s based here in Miami. He’s a nasty piece of work.”
“He’s mexican” Troy added.”

“He looked from the phone to the unconscious figure of the Salesman. “What did you do to him?” he asked.

“He got the wrong number,” Alex said.”

“But then, he thought, most politicians are small and shabby, the sort of people who have been bullied at school.

That’s why they become politicians.”

“Whatever you say, old boy. Just look after yourself. And whatever you do, don’t swallow the gum!”

“The CIA agent looked more dead than alive. Alex wondered if he had been hit, but there was no sign of any blood. Perhaps he was in shock.”

“By any rights, he should be dead. He was involved in an explosion with a bomb, which he happened to be carrying at the time. Conrad is something of a scientific miracle. There are more than thirty metal pins in his body. He has a metal plate in his skull. There are metal wires in his jaw and in most of his major joints.”
“He must set off a lot of airport alarms,” Alex muttered.”

Where your Skeleton can find Skeleton Key

Indie Bound*


*If you are unaware, I have a video on how to use Indie Bound as a resource on how to find books

**Also, if you have a Windows Phone, there is a really good EPUB reader app called Bookviser Reader. You can check out their website here.


Cite this article as: Serene Haroon, "Skeleton Key (Alex Rider #3) by Anthony Horowitz," in {sereneharoon.com}, March 11, 2016, http://sereneharoon.com/2016/03/skeleton-key-alex-rider-3-by-anthony-horowitz/.

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