Author: Bronwyn Eley
Publisher: Talem press
Publication date: 12th September 2019
Genre: young adult, fantasy
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.
In the city of Edriast a nineteen year old girl named kaylan is chosen to become the next shadow, a servant to the formidable Lord Rennard. He is the owner of a very powerful and dangerous form of magic known as the ‘relic’. Kaylans hopes of surviving to her next birthday are slim but then she hears of a rising rebellion, plotting to take down Rennard and his government. Kaylan now must decide whether the cause is worth fighting for.
OMG!!! That ending, I need book two now…please😫.
First of all I don’t know how this book is a debut novel the world building and the city of Edriast was described in so much detail that I thought I was their. Bronwyn creates such a detailed world.
Kaylan is such a strong character, so relatable. Even after realising she is going to die she doesn’t give up. She does everything she can to protect her family, when she though she could give no more she still tried her hardest to fight her losing battle with death. I don’t know how I would react to learning I am going to die a slow death so I think kaylan handled it really well.
The romance was well done, it wasn’t the centre of the story, but i loved seeing kaylan and Markus together and seeing them grow as characters as they figure out how they can make the most of their time together.
The friendships in this book where so nice to see I have read so many books where friends constantly betray each other but Kalyan’s friends where supportive and tried to help her in any way that they could even if it meant getting themselves into trouble.
The magic in this book is so unique. I loved learning about the relic although there is so much we still don’t know and I need to!
The politics/ political intrigue was so detailed that I couldn’t stop reading.
The reason I deducted .5 stars was simply because it was slow in places and that’s when I would put the book down but as soon as I picked it back up something exciting would happen and I would read another 250 pages in about an hour.
This is a really fast read for the 796 pages (iBooks version). When I saw the amount of pages i was slightly intimidated but wow 😮 I loved it more than I thought i would.
Overall I thought this book was great. The politics, magic, romance,conflict, friendship and family dynamic were all so well done. I found myself screaming at the book in places, I love books that make me scream at them, is that healthy (probably not)😂I just love being that invested in a story. The last 100 or so pages of this hurt me…😫 😭😭I was so engrossed. I really want book 2 now but I don’t even know whether it has a release date yet. I don’t know how I am going to read something after this…
So what I am saying is I can’t wait to continue this adventure with Kaylan and discover more about the magic. This book will hook you from the first page with its unique plot and amazing characters, so well done! If you love fantasy and character driven plots then you should definitely read this book.
Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 💫 4.5 stars
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 yet time eating chocolate, reading and practicing martial arts.
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