The Voice, the Revolution, and the Key by Jenny L. Cote | Middle Grade Fiction Review


One voice rallied a nation to Independence with seven little words:
“Give me liberty, or give me death!”

The Order of the Seven must help birth one nation under God by entering the lives of a unique generation of children chosen to become the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. Liz is given the assignment of helping Patrick Henry become the Voice of the Revolution, setting the entire war in motion. If Max can’t protect George Washington in the French and Indian War, the patriots will lose the Sword of the Revolution to lead them. Nigel must ensure that Benjamin Franklin’s kite-flying efforts succeed to turn the key to unlock American Independence, and Al must gather intelligence right under the nose of King George III. Victory will be impossible without powerful ally France joining the fight, led by its patriotic son, the Marquis de Lafayette. But will Kate be able to protect the young Marquis? The fight for liberty will be costly, with an Enemy determined to give the patriots the other outcome—death. 

JennyCoteAuthorAward-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.

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My Thoughts

I read The Voice, the Revolution, and the Key (650 pages!) in 3 large chunks. The book was split into four acts that spanned 25 years. The plot progresses smoothly, and shows how America became rebellious gradually. There is some mystery (“the fiddle has a riddle”), some drama, and humor too. The story tells us about Patrick Henry’s family and his life as a kid. Additionally, it portrays the multiple conflicts across the frontier. 

Gillamon and Clarie are spiritual animals in the Order of the Seven that give missions and help with them too. Because it is fantasy, Gillamon and Clarie can engage as humans with history because of their ability to shapeshift and time travel. Cato is an eagle, and he helps them get around while not knowing the Order of the Seven are immortal. The enemy is not who you would think it is. The enemy has multiple cronies, so the enemy is everywhere!

It also has plenty of characters and doesn’t focus on one person entirely. Patrick Henry perseveres! He lost 2 stores and failed as a farmer before becoming a lawyer. I like how he works as a lawyer, because people underestimate him, so he is my favorite character. George Washington, King George the Third, and Lafayette’s story were also included. Ben Franklin is in the book too!

This book was a “Shucshessh!” It transitions smoothly and doesn’t require five or more books to cover the twenty-five years of history. This allows for the effect of many books in one book. Due to this, I give it five stars.

I received a free copy from the author. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.

About the Reviewer

JrBloggerQuattro began reading before his 2nd birthday and reading remains his favorite pastime. Currently in the 6th grade, he is a staff reporter for his school’s newspaper.  He is considering working in publishing when he grows up.

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