Friday, May 27, 2011

Relicmaster by Catherine Fisher

The Dark City #1 (Relic Master)From Goodreads:
Welcome to Anara, a world mysteriously crumbling to devastation, where nothing is what it seems: Ancient relics emit technologically advanced powers, members of the old Order are hunted by the governing Watch yet revered by the people, and the great energy that connects all seems to also be destroying all. The only hope for the world lies in Galen, a man of the old Order and a Keeper of relics, and his sixteen-year-old apprentice, Raffi. They know of a secret relic with great power that has been hidden for centuries. As they search for it, they will be tested beyond their limits. For there are monsters; some human, some not; that also want the relic's power and will stop at nothing to get it.
 This is a fantasy book for the YA crowd. One I would have loved as a kid and enjoyed as an adult. As with some fantasy books we are dropped right in the middle of what is going on, so it took me a couple of chapters to really get into the story line. Once I did, I really enjoyed the adventure with Galen and Raffi and eventually a character named Careys. I do admit once she showed up, the adventure really took off for me.

Besides the characters the world was very interesting. What were these relics that were left from the "Makers"? Was it from outerspace? Was it from an alternate dimension? As soon as some of these questions seemed answered, it was replaced with the same ones soon after. Perhaps it is a blend of both or neither. Perhaps they developed in other ways that was unexpected? Since this one was the first in a series, I didn't expect them to be fully answered even if I hoped they would. We won't know until the adventure continues and we follow Galen and Raffi to other parts of Anara and gather more clues along the way. Now, don't let what I just said deter you from reading this book. It isn't a cliffhanger but, I admit, it isn't finished either. It is a great start to a fun fantasy adventure. I give this book 3 1/2 stars and I can't wait for the next installment.

I received this book from LibraryThings Early Reviewer's program and Dial Publishing. No compensation for my review was given.

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  1. Thanks for the review! I'm sure if I pick this book up. Although, I do like fantasy books.

  2. Meh... I've been seeing this one all over, but I'm just not into it!


  3. Fantasy is the one genre I wish I liked more! I even tried to read Game of Thrones but I think it had to much going on for my head to handle it all.

    Great Review!

  4. I have been hearing great things about this book! I haven't read a fantasy with lots of fun adventures since a long time.

  5. I liked Incarceron. I had some issues but still I liked so I would love to read this one for sure!

  6. Great review. Hm, dunno what but something just says perhaps not the book for me

  7. I agree with you 100% about the book really taking off once Carys arrives. I can't wait to read more about her.

  8. Everyone is reading this!

    And it looks like you have a lot of theories. Agh, that would drive me crazy.

  9. @Savannah... I think you will like this one. The sequels aren't too far off!

    @Bookish... well, if a zombie shows up, I'll let you know! :)

    @Felicia... Oh man... I want to SEE GoT! Darn HBO! Why does it have to cost money? lol

    @Misha... Oh then I think you will really love this one!

    @anachronist... Oh I did like it, and I think as a whole series, I will rate it so much higher.

    @Blodeuedd... I do think you'd like this one. Perhaps when more of the series is out.

    @Stephanie... Oh me too!

    @Missie... Yea. The book wasn't complete, which makes sense as it is part of a series, but that is why I rated the single book lower than I'm sure I'd rate the whole series.

  10. I did like Incarceron so I'm leaning toward this one. So many questions!

  11. omg I feel bad I didn't even try to snag this one lol I read the Incarceron series by this same author and while I thought it was really well written it also made my head hurt LOL Still flirting with the idea of reading it maybe if it falls into my lap one day :)

  12. I have a cousin who loves fantasy but he's a bit particular so I will have to check this one out for him.

    Thanks for posting!

  13. Oh, I'm starting to see this one around some. It sounds like a nice fantasy read for YA readers. :) I'm even curious about it. :) Thank you!


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