In the city of Edriast, there is no deadlier duty than to serve as the Shadow.
As the personal servant of the powerful Lord Rennard, the Shadow’s life is all but forfeit. Rennard possesses one of five rare and dangerous Relics – a jewel that protects his bloodline, but slowly poisons everyone else in its proximity. When the current Shadow succumbs to its magic, nineteen-year-old blacksmith Kaylan is summoned to take his place.
It’s an appointment that will kill her.
As the time Kaylan has left ebbs away, hope begins to fade… That is, until she discovers a plot to destroy all five bloodlines in possession of the Relics.
A rebel force plans to put an end to Rennard’s rule and Kaylan suddenly finds herself embroiled in a cause that might just be worth fighting for. But no cause is without its costs…
As her life hangs in the balance and rebellion bears down on Edriast, Kaylan must decide where her loyalties lie – and how she’ll leave her mark on the world.
Relic is the absorbing first novel in The Relic Trilogy, a thrillingly dark YA fantasy series.
Author: Bronwyn Eley
Publisher: Talem Press
Published Date: September 12th, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
My Favourite Quote: *subject to change*
His eyes, alight with energy, burned into mine. “Don’t be a stranger.”
Then, he was gone. His long legs took him away easily, his dogs happy to have the attention of their master once more. They disappeared behind one of the undulating hills of the castle grounds. I could still hear their barks in the distance.
Part of me wanted to follow. But a stronger part knew I could not.
Advanced Reader’s Copy provided by publisher and Caffeine Book Tours as part of blog tour in exchange for an honest review. I’d like to thank Shealea @ShutUpShealea and Talem Press for this opportunity!
When I saw the blurb of Relic I was immediately intrigued. I knew I had to read this book. After reading a few reviews my lovely friends had written about Relic, I was sure that I was prepared for this book. I was wrong.
“He doesn’t want people to know why I was really arrested.”
“Why were you arrested?”
Relic for me was a gripping read, despite the emotional weight of the second half. Usually I’m very fond of fast paced books with plot twists and fireworks and drama, but despite being an even paced book Relic held my attention throughout. I was rapt reading Kaylan’s journey. The book is drenched in the protagonist’s personality. It’s the most out-shining aspect of the book and most often we don’t read books like that. It was utterly different to watch the gradual changes, the ardent emotions, the heart-breaking struggles and the pain that the protagonist experiences. It’s like watching each mote of dust in the air move silently under the ray of light. It has us strangely enraptured.
The desires of a few could bring some harsh, even deadly consequences to the masses.
The supporting characters in this story were brilliant. It’s as if they were created to support the various struggles that Kaylan experiences. A soulmate for each path she has to undergo. Markus, Jesper, Shae and Keithan are all fantastic support and in their own way a challenge to Kaylan’s thoughts and feelings on her imminent future.
A smirk slipped onto his expression. “I noticed.”
Too quickly he shook his head, seriousness replacing his humour. I wanted that smile back.
Markus reminds me of one of my very first book boyfriends. This boy has the noble-air down to the T. He’s gracious, charming, kind, funny and he can get the dragon to behave. Jesper is a character I hadn’t expected to like/sympathise with, but I found myself doing both as her personality unfolds through the story. Shae was the quintessential best friend; the one person that’s got your back no matter what and who sees you and knows you as well as you do them. Keithan was a surprising character for me to have liked, his situation (like so many of these characters) was just as difficult, just as out-of-his-control and just as pitiable.
Just like that, the pity was gone, replaced by a comforting frustration and anger. This was better. This was useful. Pity did nothing.
The most note-worthy character I think that even rivalled the weight Kaylan possessed over the script was Lord Rennard. He was the epitome of the ruler that we hate. He was the villain, the main reason for the story and he was also utterly unlikable…Then of course, the ending arrived. Now, you’re not sure what to feel. I have only two words: be prepared.
Four point five stars, I’m definitely ready for book two! Happy reading!
Bronwyn joined the military right out of high school, where she learnt (among other things) to disassemble and reassemble a rifle blindfolded. After that, she spent a lot of her time travelling around the world. Her favourite places (so far) are Scotland, Mongolia, Iceland, and Ireland.
Bronwyn finally found her natural habitat when she landed her first job in the publishing industry. While she has always been a writer, it was only when surrounding herself with books that she realised her life’s dream was to become an author. Relic is her first novel.
Bronwyn lives in Sydney and spends her time eating chocolate, reading and practicing her martial arts.
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