Hello bibliophiles and welcome to another blog tour. This tour is for Bronwyn Eley’s debut novel Relic and is hosted by the wonderful Shealea of Caffeine Book Tours!
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 practising her martial arts.
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Now for my review!
Author: Bronwyn Eley
Age Classification: Young Adult
Publisher: Talem Press
Release: September 12, 2019
Kaylan has been summoned to take on the role of Lord Rennard’s Shadow – a servant position with a death sentence thanks to the Relic. The magic held in the Relic protects Lord Rennard’s bloodline but slowly poisons everyone else who gets too close.
Kaylan is a strong character but, over the course of the book, it is clear that her strength is tested as the Relic drains her of life. She accepts her fate as a Shadow for the sake of her mother and younger brothers – their lives will be easier with the financial compensation they receive for Kaylan’s service. However, she does not accept that this tradition of Shadows needs to continue. With the little time she has left, Kaylan does her best to fight back, but will it be enough?
Lord Rennard is a difficult character to figure out. Everyone speaks of his kindness and generosity but, through Kaylan, we mostly see a selfish, angry man. There is, however, one very redeeming quality – he married a lovely woman.
Jesper is kind to Kaylan, but her situation is perhaps not much better than Kaylan’s. Her marriage was a death sentence, for being near her husband and his Relic is slowly killing her too.
Kaylan’s other friends include Shae, her childhood friend who was chosen to be a ‘companion’ (sex worker), and Markus, a sweet guy who looks after lots of dogs (so I am basically in love with him).
The plot is interesting, heartbreaking, stressful and shocking. I was drawn in and captivated by the story and I am ever so curious to discover the magic behind the Relic. The parts of the world Kaylan’s story took place in were described so well I could picture them, the pace of the novel was good and the connections between the characters felt natural.
I was slightly disappointed in certain actions, reactions and circumstances that occurred, but they had their place and served a purpose. I think the most disappointing part for me was that, as a reader, I felt I was being told not to hope Kaylan would succeed, survive, make a positive difference, etc. Perhaps this is just my desire to have a semi-happy ending at the end of this trilogy, but I could not help but mourn Kaylan from the moment she was selected as the next Shadow.
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆
I enjoyed the book, think it was a great start to the trilogy and cannot wait to see where book two will take the story.
As a little extra bonus, here are some of my favourite quotes from Relic:
The heat reminded me of the smithy I suddenly longed for… What a dream it all seemed to me now, and yet my shift at the smithy had only ended a few hours ago.
Part of me wanted to follow, but a stronger part knew I could not.
Gone were the dreams of what we might be when we grew up.
What had this city turned us into? Nothing but puppets to a grand master.
There were dozens of people living in this castle, but I felt utterly alone.
Soon enough, the power he wore around his neck would rip through my body, and I would become just another name on that list of forgotten souls.
I took more than my pain with me tonight.
And my personal favourite:
‘Are you hurt?’
He scoffed and held up a book with torn pages. ‘Only my books.’
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Until next time bibliophiles!