Book Review: Relic Master: The Dark City

Relic Master: The Dark City, by Catherine Fisher

On the planet of Anara, the Order of Relic Masters is the last of those who can harness the power of the ancient relics and have seemingly magical abilities to speak through their minds. But the Order is now outlawed and hunted by the governing powers. Relic Master Galen and his protégé Raffi decide to search for the fabled Crow, who may be able to heal their world. But Galen and Raffi are being spied upon by the Watch, an unassuming young lady who begins to question everything she has been taught the more time she spends with the two.

Galen is older and rough around the edges. He lost his precious abilities in an accident, and now searches for the one person who could restore his power. He is cloaked in mystery, and knows more than he lets on. Raffi is a young apprentice who still seems a bit naïve, but remains obedient and loyal to Galen. The narrative switches between Galen and Raffi’s journey to that of their tailing spy and her quest to find them and discover their secrets.

Fisher’s world of ancient mysteries, aliens, and adventure flawlessly blends fantasy and science fiction. The Dark City is the first of four books in the Relic Master series, each being published in subsequent months. I love when publishers do this, so the story is still fresh in the mind. And readers are much less likely to forget about the series. Full of suspense, danger, magic, and strange technology – this new adventure has the feel of a quest-like fantasy with plenty of twists and surprises along the way. Marketed for middle readers, this first installment is a fantastic introduction to this strange world for science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages.

Relic Master: The Dark City is scheduled to release from Dial Books on May 17, 2011.

Received in April

The following are the books, DVDs, and Blu-Rays I received in April for review and/or giveaways:

DVD/Blu-rays:
Falling Skies: Pilot

DC Comics:
Action Comics #900

Harper Teen:
Supernaturally by Kiersten White

Penguin Teen/Viking:
Eona by Alison Goodman

Roc Books:
Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay
The Council of Shadows by S. M. Stirling

Ace Books:
The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Dreadnaught by Jack Campbell

Daw Books:
Night Mares in the Hamptons by Celia Jerome
Spellcast by Barbara Ashford
Well of Sorrows by Benjamin Tate
The Snow Queen’s Shadow by Jim C. Hines

Atria Books:
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

New American Library/Penguin Books/Berkley:
Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill
A Hard Day’s Fright by Casey Daniels

Pocket Books:
Master and Apprentice by Sonya Bateman
Surrender the Dark by L. A. Banks
Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations: Watching the Clock by Christopher L. Bennett
Bound by Darkness by Alexis Morgan
Hush by Cherry Adair
Dark Descendant by Jenna Black

Gallery Books:
Starcraft II: Devils’ Due by Christie Golden
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim by Mark Twain

Tor Books:
The Unremembered by Peter Orullian
Sati by Christopher Pike
The Season of Passage by Christopher Pike

Hachette Books/Grand Central Publishing:
Born of Shadows by Sherrilyn Kenyon

BBC Books:
Doctor Who: Dead of Winter by James Goss
Doctor Who: Hunter’s Moon by Paul Finch
Doctor Who: Way through the Woods by Una McCormack
Doctor Who: The Dalek Handbook by Steve Tribe

Avon/Voyager Books:
Ascension by Sable Grace

Random House Childrens/Delacorte Press:
Rotters by Daniel Kraus

Scholastic Press:
Troubletwisters by Garth Nix

Seventh Star Press:
Redheart by Jackie Gamber
Thrall by Steven L. Shrewsbury
Dream of Legends by Stephen Zimmer
Crown of Vengeance by Stephen Zimmer

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