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Author: Bronwyn Eley
Genre: Young Adult | Dark Fantasy| Strong Heroines
Publication Date: September 7, 2019
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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.
This dark fantasy debut from Bronwyn Eley is fascinating and unique among the new releases I’ve read in the last 2 years. Following Kaylan through the trial of being the Shadow to Lord Rennard and reading her thoughts as she comes to terms with what being Lord Rennard’s Shadow will ultimately lead her death.
Kaylan does everything she has for her family and shows her strong character in the most difficult circumstances. Relic has excellent world building; you can almost feel yourself in the streets of Edriast alongside Kaylan. Bronwyn’s writing provides excellent placing throughout the story, avoiding any information dumping, while also keeping the pace of the story to keep you enthralled. Bronwyn Eley also manages to include a budding romance into the story without it being an overwhelming large plot in the story, as with most YA novels.
Kaylan is smart, caring, resilient and strong. Her relationships mean a lot to her and are a central part of the story. She showed a lot of strength and determination in the hand given to her, and is unwilling to simply accept her fate without question. With twists and turns in the plot and an ending you do not see coming with revelations for Kaylan and her friends, I cannot wait to read the sequel in this Trilogy.
I would like to thank Bronwyn Eley for sending me a free copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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More About Brownyn Eley
Bronwyn Eley is a debut author. Relic is her first published novel. She only recently decide to write for a living. She spends a lot of her time reading, fantasy novels or anything else that catches her eye. She has spent time in the military, studied Linguistics in university and travelled. She loves medieval themes, music, fitness and, of course, her dog, Ruby.
The Relic Trilogy
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