The Dark City: Relic Master Series, Book 1 (Relic Master #1)
Welcome to Anara, a world mysteriously crumbling to devastation, where nothing is what it seems: Ancient relics emit technologically advanced powers, members of the old Order are hunted by the governing Watch yet revered by the people, and the great energy that connects all seems to also be destroying all. The only hope for the world lies in Galen, a man of the old Order a...more
When introduced to a brand new fantasy world, description of the setting is key. I find Fisher fell short on this and at no time did I feel like I was actually present in the world of Anara. Sorry Ashley, I just didn't like this book and felt no guilt when I skipped a couple of the pages. Well, frankly, I didn't really care if I missed some of...more
The story follows several characters: there’s Master Galen, Raffi, and Carys. Galen is a Relic Master, one of the few that are still alive and is hunted by the Watch. He’s always a little cranky and demanding its but understandable since he’s suffered a great loss. Raffi is Galen’s apprentice and th...more
Relic Master is a fun and easy to read adventure story. The main characters are reminiscent of the Harry Potter series in the sense that the story follows a boy and his older mentor. Like the Harry Potter series this book is accessible to both boys and girls! Don’t be misled the similarities to the Harry Potter series do not go much further. The story is simple and easy to follow, but also very engaging. The cha...more
Relic Master Galen Harn and his apprentice Raffi know that all is not well the moment they set foot in the settlement that had boldly requested their help a few days before. Drawn by curiosity and the possibility of discovering a relic, the pair nevertheless decides to venture into the castle-like fortress that is the settlement’s stronghold and soon come to regret the decision. After an unpleasant meeting with the leader Alberic, Galen an...more
Galen Harn is a Keeper, otherwise known as a Relic Master. He is part of the Order that is tasked with keeping the relics of the Makers safe. Raffael Morel (Raffi) is his scholar, an apprentice of sorts, who left his family to train with Galen as a future Keeper.
The biggest problem? The Order of the Keepers has been outlawed, with a reward of 2000 marks for anyone who captures a Keeper. Most of the people in the vill...more
From start to finish, I was enthralled by this book. It is just sort of thing I really wish I could have stumbled upon as a kid, but am still completely delighted to have discovered now.
I loved everything, especially the plotting, the pacing, and the world-building. The dilemmas that characters faced were intense, powerful, and believable. In terms of Galen, Raffi, and Carys, there was no way to keep from feeling for them as they struggled to overcome great ha...more
Relic Master - The Dark City is about a world called Anara. That is where Galen, a master of the Order and his sixteen year old apprentice, Raffi live. They are collecting ancient relics which are forbidden. The relics are illegal. The Watch is out to put a stop to any relic masters that are left. The relics give power to the masters if they use them for good purposes. Galen and Raffi are tricked into going on a quest. They are betrayed, locked up and spied on.
Galen is a relic master. He takes care of the left over "magical" technology that was left behind when "the masters" left his planet. He communes with the planet and is able to handle the mystical objects. He has an apprentice named Raffi, who is using the magic of communicating with the world in his master's place.
They begin an adventure that will lead them to old relics, enemies in disguise, and new friends.
I received m...more
" Woah, this creepy bronze mask thingy is really really really starting to creep me out"
When I actually started to read this book the beginning is totally vague making me just want to close it and leave it to collect dust, but when I continued it's like "What a beautiful wooorld ♪♪♪" actually it isn't though.
Their world is dying. haha
I loved the mystery (maybe too mysterious) and how different the world was from ours!
I mean, it had lik...more
The problem with this book is that nothing much happened...AT ALL. This is the first book in a 4 book series and I'm way into series novels, so I expect that there will be less action in any first book due to establishing the world and characters. But the characters and world WEREN'T really established. I don't know much about the characters before the story starts except for the bare facts, and I couldn't really tell you what makes their world different from our own, except for the be...more
The theme is never give up. I can tell this because one if the characters kept trying to do something and the world was against him. in the book the character is getting really lucky from what it says by taking risks. The book doesn't say this statement directly.
The planet is called Anara and it has 7 moons, the f...more
This has a lot in common with Incarceron. There's a wretched, feudal sort of society, there's amazing and poorly understood technology, there's a religion based on people with better tech, and a society dedicated to preserving such knowledge as remains. That's all good. But this is more accessible to much younger readers, I think. I'm not sure we're ever told anyone's ages, but the two kids feel twelve to me. A f...more
I thought the characters needed a bit more depth, especially Carys. For some reason I felt the connection between Raffi and Carys was fairly weak. My favorite character was Garyn, and the book's ending answers just...more
Com um ambiente que lembra o mundo de Senhor dos Anéis, a autora investiu na série O Mestre das Relíquias, onde narra um mundo onde falar de magia é algo mal visto e caçadores de relíquias tentam identificar o que são os objetos deixados pelos ‘deuses’ deles.
A trama tem uma história bacana, lembro que ela é infanto-juvenil, mas isso não quer dizer que se você for maior não possa curtir, ela atende bem ao público, mas não é nada bobo ou simples demais...more
The Dark City takes place in fictional Anara, where strange, magical relics contain unimaginable power, and where the beings who made them have long...more
Besides the characters the world was very interesting. What were these relic...more
Galen and Raffi's quest to find the The Crow takes us on a wonderful journey through Anara, learning how this world works. While I tried to enjoy the adventure, I found myself fixated on the relic...more
The two main characters, Relic Master Galen and student Raffi, a...more
Release Date: May 17th, 2011 (First published August 6th, 1998)
Date Read: 2011, October 5th-12th
Rating: 4/5 stars
Recommended to: 12+
Anara is a dark world. Deserted, or so it seems. The Makers have left, but their power still lives in the Keepers - or the few who are still alive. The Watch hunts them, tortures them, kills them. Galen Harn and his apprentice Raffi are two of the very few still-living Keepers. Galen has lost his powers as the resu...more
I find that with some fantasy genre books I have a hard time getting settled. The introduction of new words and new worlds along with new characters can be very overwhelming; I struggle with trying to force connections to "my world" when I should just sit-back and let it be. I had this difficulty with Fisher's Incarceron - I repeated the difficulty here with Relic Master. But I plugged on and I was rewarded. Now that I've reached the end of Book #1, I can whole-heartedly agre...more
Dark, dangerous, and deadly—welcome to Anara, a world mysteriously crumbling to devastation, where nothing is what it seems: ancient relics emit technologically advanced powers, members of the old Order are revered by the people but hunted by the governing Watch, and the great energy that connects all seems to also be destroying all. A master and his scholar, searching for a relic to save the world, will be tested beyond their limits, for there are monsters—some human...more
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