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Review & Giveaway: 71. Relic Master: The Dark City by Catherine Fisher...

June 2, 2011
Today I have for you the first in a new series by Catherine Fisher. There are four books in all, and they're being released a month apart. Here's a look at the first, along with a giveaway, thanks to Big Honcho Media!

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

the dark city
About the book:
Title: The Dark City (Relic Master #1)
Author: Catherine Fisher
ISBN-13: 9780803736733
ARC: 372 pages
Publisher: Penguin, 2011
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon, The Book Depository
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

drey's thoughts:
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!

relic master coversThe 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!


mamabunny13 said...

Thanks! Sounds exciting.
mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

holdenj said...

What a great marketing, coming out so quickly over the summer months. Thanks for the info and chance to win!

wheels209 said...

Hey drey,
The Relic Master widget sound is really starting to bother me. I hope I don't have to listen to it forever. I hit the sound icon to stop play and that does the trick but when I comeback to your blog it starts all over again darn it. No way that I can see to turnoff the sound in Flash Player settings. I did it the low tech way I turned off my speakers. There is more than one way to skin a widget(Grin,giggle).

I should be done with Hard Bitten when you get back from your trip. Then we will chat. Take care my friend have a safe trip.

drey said...

I totally get what you mean, Steve... It bothers me too, but that widget was a requirement for this post. :( Sorry!!!

On a better note, it should pop off the main page by Monday at the latest (when the next post goes up). I'm off to NJ again on Monday, so I'll hope to hear from you by next Friday? You might be hissing like crazy by then, lol!

Have a great weekend!

Denise Z said...

What an awesome giveaway - I love first books in a new series, mainly because I love series. I guess I am missing something, even though it may be annoying I did not get to hear the widget - am I being spared by some dark relic :) Thanks for hosting this giveaway and sharing with us your efforts are appreciated.

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