About the author:
Catherine Fisher is the author of the New York Times bestselling duology Incarceron and Sapphique and in the Relic Master series has created a world equally as developed, dynamic and dangerous as that of Incarceron. Visit her at www.catherine-fisher.com.
Title: The Dark City (Relic Master #1)
Author: Catherine Fisher
ARC: 372 pages
Publisher: Penguin, 2011
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Source: Big Honcho Media
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.
Find out more about Catherine Fisher's Relic Master series at http://relicmasterseries.com/relicmaster/index.html
The Dark City is the first book in Catherine Fisher's new Relic Master series. It introduces you to Galen Harn (a Relic Master) and his scholar Raffael Morel--called Raffi; and follows their adventure as they search for missing relics in a kingdom where magic is suspicious and their Order is out of favor. This introduction happens pretty quickly, and the action flows almost immediately from that point. What else would you call it but action when they're trapped, stolen from, and then set to hunt down a thief who stole from the same one who sets them on their mission?
The action flows smoothly, if predictably. The characters are lively enough, and the dialog is good albeit a bit uninspiring. All in all, The Dark City was interesting enough for me to want to check out the rest of the series, if only to find out where Fisher is going with this story. But yeah, it's a tad predictable--formulaic even--at this point. However, don't take my word as the be all and end all, get your own copy and let me know what you thought!
drey's rating: Pick it up!
The Relic Master books:
1. The Dark City, May 17
2. The Lost Heiress, June 14
3. The Hidden Coronet, July 12
4. The Margrave, August 9
Thanks to Big Honcho Media, I have two copies of The Dark City for you, if you live in the USA! To enter, fill out this form before 6pm CST June 15th. Good luck!