I was lucky enough to be chosen to be part of the blog tour hosted by Shealea @ Caffiene Book Tours for Relic by Bronwyn Eley, and boy, are you all in for a treat!
The launch post for the tour can be found here. Be sure to check out these awesome bloggers!
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.
My full (no spoilers!) review can be found at the bottom of this page, but to show my love for the book, I couldn’t help but make a few graphics!
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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Don’t forget to join the Twitter Chat at the end of the tour on September 21, 2019 | 9 AM EST / 9 PM PHT! The chat is completely spoiler free and therefore reading the book is not a requirement! The chat will be hosted by Caffeine Book Tours, via the @CaffeineTours account on Twitter.
I received this copy in exchange for an honest review from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you Talem Press and Caffeine Book Tours!
The last time I finished a book this fast was another of Talem Press’ releases, I think. And considering I was finding time between prayers and busy days, the fact that I managed to finish this in three days should tell you just how much all I wanted to do was sit down and read.
Relic was engrossing, engaging and entertaining from start to finish. I was a little worried, at first, that the main character Kaylen would not be the type of character I would click with. Am I so glad I was wrong! Kaylen is quietly (and sometimes loudly) strong, and passionate, and her love for her family resonated with me so much that I was rooting for her from the second we were shown how much she adored her little brothers.
The secondary characters were also interesting – not as well fleshed out, but as seen through the eyes of Kaylen. They were not one dimensional, which I loved, and there were strong female characters abound, and we see them grow, see them change. I also love how none of the female characters were put against one another – they were all supportive and wonderful, and I need more of this.
The world building was fascinating. A fine line between dark and mysterious, and with enough questions asked for me to be eagerly anticipating the sequel. There were a couple of twists I saw coming, but still surprised me somehow when they did happen, and then a few things I did not see coming and had me ready to throw my tablet across the room because WHAT.
It is so difficult to write this review with no spoilers, but safe to say, this is a Must Read if you love fantasies with great world building and strong female characters and a magic system I have not seen done before.