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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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Hag of the Hills: Blog Tour Post!

Hag of the Hills is a great book, and I’ll be publishing my full review soon! Really great cover, and great writing. Already, it’s a fantastic novel that you need to get!

Book Information:

Hag of the Hills by J.T.T. Ryder
The Bronze Sword Cycles duology
Historical Fantasy
Intended Age Group:
Pages: 288
March 1, 2022
Publisher: Old World Heroism ENK (Self Published)

Book Blurb:

“Nothing is unconquerable; even our gods can die.”

All his life, Brennus has been destined for warriorhood. However, a farmer’s life doesn’t provide many opportunities for swordplay and glory, despite the Goddess of Winter’s gift of the Sight—the ability to see the sidhe of the Otherworld. But when the Hillmen kill his family and annihilate his clan, he knows the truth—no one can avenge his homeland but himself.

As he prepares to set out against the Hillmen and their Queen, the clan’s chief druid entrusts his daughter, Myrnna, to his protection, to which Brennus swears a solemn oath. As they fight toward the sanctuary of Dun Torrin, he must survive the endless hordes of Hillman and the monstrous sidhe while shielding Myrnna from harm, aided only by the Sight, a band of shifty mercenaries, and an ancient bronze sword.

As Brennus struggles through this new world of blood and magic, the tension between protecting Myrnna and avenging his homeland threatens to tear him apart. Failure means the curse of dishonour. Victory would bring glory to himself and his ancestors. But what if keeping both of his promises proves impossible?

In the words of his father…

“Nothing is unconquerable; even our gods can die.”

Hag of the Hills is the first book in The Bronze Sword Cycles duology, a heroic fantasy set in 200 B.C. on the Isle of Skye, steeped in Celtic mythology and culture.

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(This is our attempt at a bit of fun. We ask our authors to come up with a few short, clever, possibly pop culture laden, descriptions of their books just to give a little taste of what’s to come for readers.)

Welcome to the Island • We Have War and Flames • We Have Everything You Want if You Like Blood and Death


Book Links:

Amazon: https://t.co/CH2TdSPvEZ

Barnes and Nobles: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hag-of-the-hills-the-bronze-sword-cycles-1-jt-t-ryder/1141059703

Black Dragon Books (UK): https://www.blackdragonbooks.co.uk/shop/genre/fantasy/hag-of-the-hills-the-bronze-sword-cycles-book-1/


Author Bio & Information:

J.T.T Ryder is an archaeologist and author of the heroic fantasy novel HAG OF THE HILLS, book 1 of THE BRONZE SWORD CYCLES duology. He is a published author of Viking archaeology, and a doctoral candidate specializing in the Viking Age and Celtic Iron Age. He resides in Norway where he conducts archaeological research and writes heroic fantasy set in historical periods. 

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Giveaway Information:

The author has decided to set Hag of the Hills eBook for free on Amazon for the majority of the tour, May 2 – May 6. This is a fantastic opportunity for readers to start this series,

Review: Six Gun Shuffle (Black Sun #2) by David Dixon


Snake and the boss have made a lot of enemies, but up until their trip to Yaeger, they’ve never had any beef with Michael Ver, the galaxy’s most bankable popstar-mainly because they hadn’t met him before. After the boss teaches Ver a lesson about the difference between looking tough and being tough, he finds himself a minor viral video star and catches the eye of a gorgeous redhead named Kell.

Things are looking up.

That is, until Kell goes missing and the boss goes after her. After a shootout with Ver’s crew, things go from bad to worse-nobody can find Ver, and Snake and the boss are the prime suspects in his disappearance.

The next thing they know they’ve got a bounty on their heads and hardly a friend in sight. Carla and Kell are the only people they can count on, but has Kell been playing a different game all along? It’s a mixed-up tale of bounty hunters, crooked cops, popstars and… insurance agents?… in Six-Gun Shuffle.


Six-Gun Shuffle is all about this: Two worthless scallywags end up in a conspiracy that will have them rampaging through stealing hulking pieces of metal, money and gun chases. Oh, and there are plenty of gun-chase sequences and stupid cops that our two intrepid heroes, Snake and the Boss. This novel is really all about Snake’s poor attitude and his idea that the world revolves around him. Also, let’s add to the fact that while he’s a delightful companion to his boss, he always ends up sleeping with the Boss’s girls.

This is a sleek, cyberpunk style adventure set in space, add a dash of Star Wars, a dash of the Orville and elements of Farscape and you’ve got a rip-roaring adventure across the galaxy. You’ll go to bars, meeting plenty of bounty hunters who you don’t want to mess with. You’ll come across Snake’s wonderful and snaring narration while dealing with the Boss, who really from Book 1, has had a lot of improvement. His character shines through personally, with a ton of flair being added. You’ll end up like the Boss. But then again, you’ll end up disliking and liking Snake at the same time. Because he’s a dislikable asshole. He’s like Jack Sparrow in Space.

And this novel has strong female characters: Carla, the fierce bounty hunter that lives by her own rules, and Kell, who is not all who she seems to be. I don’t wish to spoil, but there are badass heroines in this novel too. They add so much freshness to the novel because they give an alternate perspective of how Snake and the Boss’s adventures through space cause so much trouble that they have the authorities, corporations, evil corporations, evil wealthy millionaires all hunting them down..

So why not pick up this book? You won’t regret it! It’s a 10/10 from me.