Relic

 
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Relic
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12+
Release Date
August 27, 2013
ISBN
1622660145
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After a raging fire consumes her town and kills her parents, Maggie Davis is on her own to protect her younger sister and survive best she can in the Colorado town of Burning Mesa. In Maggie’s world, the bones of long-extinct magical creatures such as dragons and sirens are mined and traded for their residual magical elements, and harnessing these relics’ powers allows the user to wield fire, turn invisible, or heal even the worst of injuries.

Working in a local saloon, Maggie befriends the spirited showgirl Adelaide and falls for the roguish cowboy Landon. But when she proves to have a particular skill at harnessing the relics’ powers, Maggie is whisked away to the glamorous hacienda of Álvar Castilla, the wealthy young relic baron who runs Burning Mesa. Though his intentions aren’t always clear, Álvar trains Maggie in the world of relic magic. But when the mysterious fires reappear in their neighboring towns, Maggie must discover who is channeling relic magic for evil before it’s too late.

Relic is a thrilling adventure set in a wholly unique world, and a spell-binding story of love, trust, and the power of good.

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“Relic” is a historical paranormal novel about Maggie, a teenaged girl who lives with her brother, sister and parents in the wild west. The book begins when a ravaging fire appears in town, taking the lives of her parents and brother. She and her little sister, Ella, are saved by her friend from when she was younger, Yahn, who is an Apache. Maggie is left destitute and with her little sister to care for. When she is looking for a job, despite her lack of training at any particular skill, she meets Alvar, a rich man and collector of relics.

Relics are the paranormal part of this story, and Maggie has always been fascinated by them. They are very expensive so not many people can own them. Relics are pieces of magical creatures (like fossils) that used to exist, such as unicorns and dragons. Each relic can be used to fuel a certain type of magic (e.g. fire, water, earth). We are introduced to this idea with the use of a unicorn horn in Maggie’s hands to heal. Some relics have more magic left in them than others. Maggie appears to have a special skill with relics and she has always been fascinated with them. Alvar takes a special interest in her because of this.

A lot of the book is Maggie being concerned about being seen as a lady and not as a prostitute or a woman of loose morals. She is a little obsessed with this idea, perhaps because it was drilled into her head by her mother before her death. Apparently, prostitution is one of the only jobs available to young women at that time (in the book). I’m not sure how true that is. Anyway, Maggie is offered a job to help with serving and cleaning at the brothel Alvar owns. There she meets Adelaide, one of the “working girls” there. Adelaide also has a cowboy fiancé and that fiancé has a friend, Landon. I wasn’t really buying Maggie and Adelaide’s friendship, as Maggie seems to want very little to do with Adelaide, but I guess when you are practically alone, you need someone who cares about you, and this is what they are to each other. I would label them as more of acquaintances.

A bit of a love triangle emerges between Maggie, Landon, and Yahn, but not really. It felt a little forced and awkward, as did most of Maggie’s relationships (friends or otherwise). Maggie seemed a little abstract as a person and I had trouble pinning her character down/understanding her. For that reason, this book fell a little short for me. Additionally, it moves very, very slowly, and I had a hard time really getting into the storyline. Maggie is kind of trying to figure out who started the fire that killed most of her family- but mostly (it seemed to me) just wandering through life and trying to be seen as a proper lady. It felt a little flat to me. However, that being said, the world creation was really interesting and unique- I don’t think I’ve read anything quite like this combination of wild west and magic.

Overall, it was a unique and intriguing book. I’d give it 3.5 stars, but I am rounding up to 4. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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Relic made me fall in love with the Wild West!
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You would not think at first that magic and the Wild West would work well together but Renee perfectly combined these two aspects! This alternate type world was just sooo amazing! Like I'm just totally in awe of it! (At this point my review starts to sound like I didn't like Relic as much as I did but the magic relics and interesting story line make up for these annoyances) However unfortunately I did have some trouble with the MC Maggie. I kind of alternated between getting her and not, especially when she gets taken to the Hacienda. ***KIND OF SPOILERY*** How could she just forget about the Apaches that were going to be hanged! Just because she lives in a nice fancy place now is no excuse and I was really glad Landon told her so! ***SPOILER OVER*** but other then that I mostly got along with her. I would have loved a bit more sisterly love. Hopefully there will be a prequel novella with just a normal day on her farm before the fires. Now about Landon! (he's a cowboy staying in town for a couple of weeks and the main love interest) I didn't immediately take to him and actually was hoping for Yahn to end up with Maggie. He was so sweet and good and in the first chapters he literally saved her and her younger sisters life! But no, Landon seems to be the one who will end up with her. I was ok with Landon for the most part up until a specific moment ***DEFINITELY A SPOILER*** he was caught with lipstick on his face and a girl on his arm. ***END OF SPOILER*** and I am just not okay with that! He said he only did it because he was upset with Maggie about a fight and that but that mostly felt like it was just an excuse to me. ***MORE SPOILERS***Also I knew it was going to turn out he didn't die. I knew from when I first read about the fire in Green Springs, just knew it. *** END OF SPOIL*** I was surprised by who turned out to be the one burning the towns, so that was really nice. And there had better be a sequel cause I got to know what happens with the really bad guy and I want more of the magical wild west!
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absolutely amazing unique setting and world
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Relic by Renee Collins
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I received an e-copy of this book from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

I don't totally remember requesting this book from the publishers, but I received it irregardless and decided to go ahead and read and review it for the hell of it. The cover was pretty, the synopsis was intriguing, who wouldn't give it a gander?

The story takes place in the 1800s and opens on the tragic scene of Maggie and her siblings running from the blazes that are swallowing their little town whole. Their parents had been away so Maggie, the oldest at only sixteen, was left in charge. In the midst of the blaze, Maggie and her seven-year-old sister, Ella, must face the big bad world having lost everything from love ones to worldly possessions. Maggie and her sister are rescued from the fires by a young Apache warrior for Maggie's past and deposited at a mission to get back on their feet. Maggie gets a job in a saloon waiting tables and cleaning up after rowdy men. She accepts that she will not be able to provide anything but a meager existence for her baby sister.

While dwelling on the sorrow of her lost family and the fate that has befallen her sister and herself, Maggie takes a quiet moment to vent her sadness. It is there where she meets the handsome cowboy, Landon. For some reason, the two total opposites find mutual ground and start forming a friendship that slowly and assurdly grows deeper.

Unfortunately, Landon is not the only one who has his sights set on Maggie. Álvar, the richest and most powerful man in Burning Mesa, also has plans for Maggie. After helping her out of a dire situation he convinces her to stay in his hacienda with him so he may fine tune her affinity for the relics. Maggie is not stupid enough to go into the compromise without some weariness, but she has to do what is best for her baby sister.

As the burnings start up again, Maggie attempts to extract herself from the life of finery she has become accustomed to and find the perpetrators. Little does she know that it could be someone she could very well have trusted at one time or another.

This book read like a fantasy book twisted with a western. The western theme was alive and well throughout the book, even down to the turmoil between the "cowboys" and "indians". While it was intriguing and completely unique, for some reason it didn't pull me in as much as most books do. When main characters die (which a lot seem to do), I did not cry. I just flipped the page and kept on reading. However, that does not mean that I didn't like the book. At every mystery and slight suspicion I had my guesses well rooted in my mind and almost all of the time I was wrong. I thought the story would end one way and it went a completely different route. In this case, I love when I am wrong. Adds a dash of greatness to the book.

Relic combines the gritty, rough-and-tumble feel of a western with the whimsical, mystifying world of fantasy. It brings it's reader into a new world that is also a world from our past. A historical fantasy that will delight readers in almost every genre.

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