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.
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*
Relic is a dark, young adult fantasy that follows the journey of Kaylan, the newly appointed Lord’s Shadow as she adjusts to her new life and finds some semblance. This was a deeply personal story, which is what I love most about this. Fantasies generally focus on the big picture, the people. But most of this story was about Kaylan’s personal struggles and that was such a treat. Absolutely love that!
Since this is the first in a trilogy, the book was slowly paced, as expected. I did feel like it could have been better paced in a few places, but overall, this book does a great job of setting up stage for the next book, and leaves us wanting so much more! I mean, seriously!! THAT ENDING. IT KILLED ME. IT WAS SO FREAKING AMAZING! I was definitely not expecting what happened and that twist just left me so desperate for more! Points to Eley for giving us such an ending.
The writing is absolutely gorgeous. The descriptions are beautiful and you can actually imagine the places you’re reading about, they’re done so well. The world building is pretty nice but there wasn’t much to see as most of the book takes place in Edriast. But, we got to see a lot of it and that I loved. The magic of the relic could have been given some more page space, but I understand that it was done deliberately so that it could unfold in the coming books, so I’ll forgive that.
The characters, tho. They’re so gorgeous. I found myself rooting for Kaylan almost from the get go. And I loved her more as the book progressed. Her arc is so gorgeous and I just cannot help but adore her. She loves her family so much that it melts my heart. That’s definitely her most prominent characteristic and it’s shown gorgeously throughout the book. Also, she’s headstrong and fierce and brave and yes. I just basically love her a lot.
She’s the main protag with the most page presence, but the other secondary characters are also so amazing. They’re all very well written. None of them are there just because, they all have such nice dimensions to them and you want to get to know them more. But, my fave has to be Shae. She’s Kaylan’s best friend and though we don’t get to see her as much as we would have liked but what we saw of her was brilliant. She’s one character I’m hoping to see more of in the next books.
All in all, this an amazing book and I would absolutely recommend it to all fantasy lovers out there! ❤
Hey, Bronwyn!! Thank you so much for agreeing to the interview. I’m so excited to have you here!
Thank you for having me!
Q1. So, your novel, Relic, released recently. Tell us a little bit about it?
A1 : Relic tells the story of Kaylan Rove, a young blacksmith who is selected to be the new Shadow, the personal servant to Lord Rennard. This position is a death sentence, chosen lottery-style at random, due to the fact that Lord Rennard possesses a Relic. There are only five in existance and these stones are imbued with a dark and poisonous magic. The bloodline that possesses the Relic is protected but anyone else in it’s proximity is slowly poisoned over time. So this is the end for Kaylan, it’s only a matter of time…
But when she enters the castle and begins her new position, Kaylan becomes aware that a plot to destroy all five Relics (and the powerful Lords who possess them) is underway. Being in a unique position, Kaylan has to decide where her loyalties lie. Will she help them or not? But things are never that simple, of course…
Q2. Where did you find the inspiration for writing this story?
A2 : I don’t remember the exact a-ha moment when the idea came to me but over the years I have been inspired by a few other incredible stories. The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien is definitely one – that idea of a magical object that manipulates and torments those around it… loved that! And Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder was a big inspiration too. Snyder writes amazing characters and I really wanted to emulate that.
Q3. It’s your debut! How are the jitters? How excited are you? Nervous? Anxious?
A3 : A mix of every emotion under the sun I reckon! I’m so excited that it’s finally happening but then I’m nervous about if people are going to like it. I am also so determined to make this my full-time job (I don’t want anything as much as I want this!) so I really want it to do well for that reason as well.
Q4 : What is the part of the book you’re most excited about the readers to read?
A4 : The ending is pretty intense and I love hearing people’s reactions!
Q5. How much did your experience in the military help in writing this? In what particular areas was it the most helpful?
A5 : The military built my determination, discipline and self-belief. When I want something, I will work hard for it and I believe in myself because I got through so many difficult moments in the military… so if I can do that, then I can do anything!
Q6 : Who’s your favourite character out of all of them? Just one. If you had to pick.
A6 : Tough question but I have to say Shae. She is Kaylan’s best friend. Shae is a confident and beautiful person, she is loyal and very bold. While we only see a little bit of her in book one, there is so much more to Shae and I look forward to showing readers more of her in future books.
Q7 : If you could co write a book with any author, dead or alive, who would you choose? Why?
A7 : Ahhh hard question! Either Jay Kristoff or Leigh Bardugo. I admire both of them as authors and people and many of their books have inspired me over the years.
Q8. When do you think will the next book in the trilogy be available? What’s in store for us on the front?
A8 : Book two will be available mid next year I believe! I’m literally about to sit down and start on the edits. In terms of what’s in store (and without giving too much away), you can expect Kaylan to start learning some hard lessons. While brave, smart and loyal, Kaylan – like many of the citizens of Edriast – is rather naive to the outside world. I’m excited for her to meet that world – and for the readers to meet it too!
Thank you so much!! It was such a pleasure to have you! I’m so excited for Relic and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!
Thanks so much! I hope you love it 🙂
Bronwyn joined the military right out of high school, where she learnt (among other things) to disassemble and reassemble a rifle blindfolded. After that, she spent a lot of her time travelling around the world. Her favourite places (so far) are Scotland, Mongolia, Iceland, and Ireland.
Bronwyn finally found her natural habitat when she landed her first job in the publishing industry. While she has always been a writer, it was only when surrounding herself with books that she realised her life’s dream was to become an author. Relic is her first novel.
Bronwyn lives in Sydney and spends her time eating chocolate, reading and practicing her martial arts.
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