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.
Relic Master is a slow starter, but I suggest sticking with it because the payoff is worth it.
This book is the first of a trilogy to be relased this summer. I received this book free from librarything in exchange for an unbiased review, but I will definitely be getting more of them because this was an absorbing book that leaves you wanting more! I love the characterization of Galen, Raffi, and Carys. Galen’s situation and his solutions are intriguing. Carys is a great character and will prove to be much fun throughout the series and also serves as a clever way to get exposition without it seeming too laborious or put on for the reader only. The plot, while obviously being a small part of a greater whole, is not an entire cliffhanger and has a good resolution while still making you want to read further in the series. I love books that make a blending of science fiction and fantasy, and a great part of the plot mystery is figuring out this mystery. I also haven’t figured out how the present dovetails into this future, but I’m intrigued. And it’s great that the series is being re-published in the US with only a month between books. I will be picking up the rest of these books soon to finish out the series.
I was provided with a free ARC of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.