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Relic Book Tour: My review of Relic by Bronwyn Eley

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Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Blurb: 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

Note: ARC with uncorrted proof exchanged for review, thoughts and opinions are my own.


Relic is an amazing novel that  needs more attention. On the one hand, this was quite an amazing experience to read through. I liked Kaylon’s ability to use her powers to help in her when trouble came, but I felt she did not take enough ownership of the consequences of her actions as much as I would have liked too.

The prose, the dialogue and the pacing is all well done. 

I also loved Rover 🙂

This novel is quite complex in its characterisation. I felt Markus was a good love interest but he did not know enough about Kaylon. The two needed more scenes to get in touch with each other, and to develop the chemistry between them.

While I liked Kaylon I wanted her to take more action and being less hesitant. Rennard may have been an man that over time has become corrupt, which is true in history, but I would use the example of Empress Theodora. She was a prostitute yet the most powerful man in all of Byzantium fell in love with her. Kaylon would benefit from some inspiration from her. 

I felt Rennard was under-used as well as Jespar. Clearly there is a hidden history between the whole basis of the conflict that envelopes the town.

I like the concept of feudal lords utilizing people to work. This was what the Samurai Warlords did to their populations, and they killed unproductive workers.  If you’re in the UK and on KU, its free for what I believe is a limited time. Do not miss this at all.
I def want to read on this exciting triology and see what comes next. Thank you so much to Shealea for allowing me on this blog tour.

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Why you need to read the Wood Bee Queen by Edward Cox (First Impressions Post)

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The Wood Bee Queen is an amazing novel. This is a stop on the blog tour for Edward’s book, as I have not seen a book like this anywhere on the market, especially the historical fantasy market, that combines Greek and Celtic Mythology in such fascinating tune. It’s like a crossover almost. This book, for all intents and purpose, is Narnia for adults.

There, I’ve said it. It’s Narnia for adults. It’s got some amazing writing, some amazing prose, and so far, I’ve been thoroughly immersed into this novel. I’ve enjoyed elaborate descriptions of a fairy tale, and this book has a fairy tale vibe, but done in an almost Grisha-like style. In fact, I’d compare this a little bit to Shadow and Bone. It gives off that historical vibe, but it gives off that fantasy vibe too. It introduces the modern world and the fantasy world in a well connected universe. The main character, Ebbie Wren, is the last manager of a library that will soon fall into decay as it is going to be sold off by the heartless husband who once gave permission to his wife to fund it. Now that his wife is gone, Ebbie was promoted to manager, but the heartless owner couldn’t care less. He is the perfect typical example of the archival type, the one who couldn’t care less. Libraries are incredibly important to the book industry, and seeing many of them go in real life, is a big shame. Libraries are the heart of our communities, just as indie book shops are and major publishers of fiction novels are. I completely dislike the fact that working at a library is not considered as profitable as getting a real job, and these are my own thoughts. Thank you to Edward for bringing this up. We as bloggers, should support amazing fiction like this.

Mai is an amazing character who I feel has so much history, so much personality that I’d love to read off-spin series of her. Princess Yandira? She reminds me so much of Princess Azula of the Fire Nation. Cunning, clever but stupid at the same time because she is fixated on the goal of simply ruling. Do the people not come first for her? Or maybe it is the fact that she’s too fixated on taking revenge on those that never considered her a proper Queen? Or was it the fact that she did not receive much love. She’s not a smart villainy at all. She doesn’t think ahead apart from building her own empire now that the Queen has died, and she’s gotta think better. There was a funny line about metal and warbirds. Just wait and read it. I swear its gonna make you chuckle a lot. Of course, she can be much better. I’ve not read far enough to judge what and how she’s going to be like, but so far, alright. I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt!

This book has amazing writing, an easy to get into novel, and the worldbuilding is so smooth – that you’ll want to read more. Basically, you NEED to read the Wood Bee Queen. Full review will be coming in 2-3 days. This is amazing!