ARC Review: Relic

“Power is a seductive thing.”

Rating: 4/5 stars
Format: e-ARC
Release Date: September 12, 2019

Thank you Talem Press for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for a honest review!


46218744._SY475_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.

The Verdict

I’m just going to put this out there…2019 is the year of some seriously awesome debuts! Relic was an enjoyable read from start to finish that left me eager for the next book in this trilogy, especially after how action packed and fast paced the ending was. Kaylan, lives in a ruthless world where children are forced to grow up too quickly and live in a constant fear of being chosen as the next Shadow, which is essentially the personal servant of the powerful Lord Rennard who rules over Edriast. A shadow’s life span is typically cut extremely short due to the poisonous effects of a jewel the lord wears to protect their bloodline which is called a relic. When Kaylan is selected as the next Shadow she has no idea about the secrets, deception, friendships, maybe a little something more than a friendship if you catch my drift, and rebellion that’s waiting for her until she’s in way too far over her head.

“Gone were the two little girls who would chase each other through the streets until their parents came looking for them at sundown. Gone were the dreams of what we might be when we grew up. What had this city turned us into? Nothing but puppets to a grand master”

I really enjoyed how above all else family and friends were a large emphasis of this book. Yes, there is romance but it was done so right that it doesn’t feel like it overshadows any part of the story. Kaylan, is the type of person who will do whatever it takes to ensure her friends and family are safe, and even though her time is dwindling and she’s beginning to question what’s real and what isn’t she never loses sight that family is the most important thing above all else. It was so easy to root for Kaylan throughout the story for this fact alone. However, another large reason why I loved Kaylan’s character is because even when she does find out about the rebellious group that is planning to take over all five of the of  Relics, she is not quick to join their force. I think this was a very interesting move since usually in fantasy novels the MC is always quick to jump in the rebels, but not in this case. Kaylan doesn’t want innocent blood spilled on either side, so I’m very curious to see if she’ll stick to that…especially after the ending! No spoilers though 😉

“Soon enough, the power he wore around his neck would rip through my body and I would become just another name on that list of forgotten souls.”

My only issues throughout this book, which were very minor, were that the pacing felt a little off at times and I would have liked to see more of the rebellion. I think the author did a really good job at setting this book up for the next one but the action really only started about halfway into the book and even then the jaw-dropping plot twists were towards the last five percent of the book. It didn’t really take much away from the story since I was still so invested in the characters but I wish some parts had a tiny bit more going for them. Also, this book does have some parts that may be triggering to some readers, however, they can be a bit spoiler-y so if that is something you are concerned about we can always discuss them privately!

All in all, I’m really happy that I decided to give this debut novel a chance and I’m already excited to see where the sequel will take Kaylan. I think the author did a phenomenal job setting this story up for the sequel and it has so much potential to be amazing. This is definitely a dark fantasy that will have you clutching your book at the very end and dying for more!

Until next time,




6 thoughts on “ARC Review: Relic

  1. This looks wonderful! The premise reminds me of STARLESS by Jacqueline Carey, which I really loved when I read it last year. (That’s adult fantasy, not YA, but it has a young protagonist and I think a lot of YA fantasy fans would enjoy it.) I’ll definitely be checking this out. Thanks for the review!


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