Saturday, March 26, 2011

Book Review: Relic Master: The Dark City by Catherine FIsher

I have to get a bit off topic for the minute. I won an advance reading copy from Penguin books and all I have to say is Wow! This is one of the best books I have read in a while. Relic Master: The Dark City brings the reader to the world of Anara, a crumbling world run by a police state controlled by The Watch. The Watch's sole purpose seems to be the obliteration of The Order or Keepers (those able to control power by themselves and can be amplified through the use of Relics). The reader enters the world through Raffi, a four year student of the Order and his teacher Galen, who surprisingly has lost his use of power. Galen and Raffi seek to find others like them and restore the world to the way of the past. Along the way, they are "befriended" by Carys Arrin, a 16-year-old member of The Watch. I sympathized most with Galen, who had something that was such a part of his life taken away from him. His very purpose on the planet was taken away from him for no reason. The dichotomy of wanting to die, yet needing to live for the greater purpose made Galen an incredibly compelling character. This book was intense in the best sense of the word. I couldn't put it down. It sort of reminded me of a cross between the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage and the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. I can't wait for the rest of the series to be released here in the US!

It comes out May 17th, 2011. Get at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

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