Thursday, April 14, 2011

Relic Master: The Dark City - Catherine Fisher

Publisher:  Dial  (May 17, 2011)
Pages:  384
Source:  Received an ARC from publisher
Genre:  YA, Fantasy

From the back of the book:
Enter the world of Relic Master.  Dark, dangerous and deadly--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 revered by the people but hunted by the governing Watch, and the great energy that connects all seems to also be destroying all.  A master and his scholar, searching for a relic to save the world, 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.

My Review:
Galen Harn is a Relic Master.  He travels from place to place removing powerful relics left behind.  His student Raffael Morel has been with him for four years.  He is Galen's eyes into the world around them.  An accident has taken away Galen's powers and he must rely on the lessons he has taught his student.  They press deeper into dangerous territory trying to find the one thing that will set the world right again.  The Watch is determined to destroy the order and will therefore destroy the world with it.  Along the way Galen and Raffi are joined by a spy named Carys.  She was taken from her home as a very young child and taught that the Order no longer exists and those few relic masters who claim it does are frauds and must be destroyed.  She has set out on this mission hoping to capture, dead or alive, Galen, thus proving herself to the Watch.  What she got in return was her faith shaken in what she was taught to believe.  The only question left is what she will do with the knowledge she now possesses.  I was held from beginning to end.  I can't wait for these four books to come out, one each month starting in May so that I can put them on my shelves at school.  I can see now  that these will be snatched up quickly.  Anyone who loves fantasy will absolutely love these books.  I am excited to have had the opportunity to read this one in advance so that I can tell the whole world about it.

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