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The Lost Heiress (Relic Master #2)

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When the Makers send for The Relic Master, he must follow and take Raffi with him. Meanwhile, Carys must unravel her past and unpick the fabric of her identity, ready-made by the Watch.
Hardcover, 375 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Dial Books (first published February 4th 1999)
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May 12, 2012 Robert added it
Shelves: sf
Catherine Fisher really broke into the USA market with Incarceron and its sequel, Sapphique, which seems to have been her biggest hit in Britain, too. The USA publisher appears to have then trawled her back-catalogue for the most similar material and come up with this series. The obvious difference between these books and most of Fisher's output is that they fall more into the SF camp than the fantasy camp. They seem less old-fashioned than several of Fisher's fantasies do - mainly the ones that ...more
I actually really enjoyed this one! I have not read the first one in the story so I had no clue about some of the things they were saying at first but the author did a great job of making it not really matter. The world and idea for the book was interesting to me and I really enjoyed the inner conflicts that arose in some of the characters...especially Carys- a girl who has been a part of the Watch for a long time but who struggles with the things they make people do and how they treat everyone ...more
The Makers are relying on Galen and student Raffi. When Galen receives a message from them, about a lost heir to the throne of Anara, he and his apprentice know they must travel far and wide to find her. With the help of their cat-like friend the Sekoi, and their possible friend Carys, these two must attempt to bring some structure back to a world so torn apart.


I feel like the whole “find a member of the lost royal family to restore order” has been done a lot of times before. I wouldn’t fin
Nov 09, 2016 JACK S rated it really liked it
This book far surpassed the first book in the series. With Carys's loyalty unsure of, Galen and Raffi must find the Interrex. The new queen of Anara. They need her so when the Makers coem she will be queen. There's one problem though, She is in a Watch house, training to become a Watchspy. Galen and Raffi rescue her and she believes them. Now they just have to defeat the Watch. I think that this book was well written. This is because it has many different aspects to the plot of the book.
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Nov 04, 2015 Andréia rated it liked it
Review in portuguese by blog MON PETIT POISON

O livro dois praticamente começa do ponto onde o anterior parou, um ponto positivo, mas para aqueles que tem probleminhas de memória ou que demoram a pegar, ou melhor, relembrar situações em alguns livros, isso se torna algo bem complicado, visto que não há um resumão ou recapitulação de algumas ideias como é de praxe acontecer.

Apesar desta ter sido uma série que guardei bastante informações na memória, para acelerar as lembranças, tive de pegar a res
Jul 29, 2011 April rated it it was amazing
(Originally posted @ CSI:Librarian.)

4.5 Stars - The Lost Heiress takes up where the story in The Dark City left off and was really just as enjoyable. The pacing, humor, double-crossing, darkness, and entertaining storyline kept me racing to the finish and feeling extremely satisfied once I was done. The world-building continued to impress me too. I really loved the passages in-between chapters presenting most of the history of the Makers, especially the sections about Kest and Flain. And I savor
Aug 05, 2011 Jibran rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I found the first book rather interesting, granted I kept on trying to compare it to Catherine Fisher's Incarceron and Sapphique. This time around, I tried my best not to compare with her previous work. It helped, ALOT. I found my read through of the second book in the Relic Master Series: The Lost Heiress to be fantastic!


Characters (4/5): The characterization and their advancement seriously sped up. Carys remained my all-time favorite, Galen was frightening and curious, Alber
May 28, 2013 Aaron rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-reports
The Lost Heiress
by Catherine fisher
copyright 1999
362 pages

I think this book is for anyone and everyone who enjoys magic/wizardry-fantasy
One of the main problems in this book is finding "interrex", a kid who was taken by the watch.
This book takes place on a planet called anara. Galen, the older and wiser of the 2 relic masters, and Raffi, the younger of the 2, the apprentice, get caught in a house on flainsnight. Carys,a watch member that is on the relicmasters side, helps them escape. Galen and
Jun 01, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it
The Relic Master saga continues in The Lost Heiress.

You know, I wasn't really sure I wanted to read this book after I finished the first one in the series, The Dark City. Why? Well, it's a far cry from author Catherine Fisher's excellent Incarceron books. It's much easier and simpler than the others and, while a quick read, not that intriguing. So, why did I take the time to read the sequels? Well, they ended up getting the entire Relic Master series in at my local library, so I thought why not?
Kelli Lee
4.5 stars
The Lost Heiress picked right back up where The Relic Master left off. Raffi, Galen, and Carys discover that there is hope for magic to return to their world. Hope in the form of their slain emperor's granddaughter. While Carys has zero choice but to return to her life as a Watcher, along the way discovering more about her life and where she came from, Raffi and Galen continue on with their quest to find their only hope, this heiress. Of course they're being chased the entire time.

Jan 04, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
I liked this book much better than the first book in The Relic Master series. Maybe because I was used to the locale and the characters but I think that really I liked the fact that the characters evolve, especially Carys. In book #1 I thought that Carys was a passing character but she returns as one of the main characters in this book. And she's a gutsy female. I also liked that some of the chapters featured what Carys was doing and some what Galen and Raffi were doing.

So in this second book, t
Meaghan R. (YA-aholic)
Nov 04, 2011 Meaghan R. (YA-aholic) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: absolutely everyone!
i am in love with the worlds that Catherine Fisher creates.

i have yet to be able to put this book down. i was so late to work today, i just wanted to keep reading. i had to force myself to stop.

I'm on the fence about Carrys...i hope she sides with Galen and Raffi. there are instances where she seems inclined to, but then there are instances where she leans to the Watch. hopefully, by the end of this book, we'll get a better understanding of which side she stands on. seems as if she keeps going b
Aug 02, 2011 Gail rated it really liked it
I really have enjoyed Catherine Fisher's books. When I saw her new book series, I picked it up with anticipation. The second book, The Lost Heiress is just as good as the first book. It has some interesting friendships and characters are growing as they go through more dangerous life experiences. This book is about a world where people are afraid. The Watch have been in control and are raising children to distrust each other and to be cruel. The good people in this story are trying to rally and ...more
Jul 25, 2011 melissa1lbr rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Things I Liked:
I was intrigued once again with the unique setting Fisher has created here. The world keeps getting more depth and background story with each addition to the series. I love the strange creatures that are introduced, as well as the deceptions and mysterious motivations that so many characters have. Raffi is such a contrast to all of those deceptive characters, by his simplicity and trust - I think he's the character that makes the series feel tween-y to me. An interesting and odd
Fantasy Literature
Jul 11, 2013 Fantasy Literature rated it liked it
The Lost Heiress, Catherine Fisher’s follow-up to The Dark City, picks up the action a short while after the close of the first book. Galen, Raffi, and the Sekoi have left the city of Tasceron behind, while Carys has returned to the Watch. The book opens with a bang when Raffi and the others steal back the blue box relic from Alberic, the dwarf thief-lord who had stolen it from them in book one. Some time after that, Carys informs them that the Watch has discovered that the Emperor — long ago de ...more
Jennifer Stone
Nov 22, 2011 Jennifer Stone rated it it was amazing
Fantasy Fiction at its Best!

A great read for 2011, Catherine Fisher's Relic Master: The Lost Heiress really delivers! Fisher sweeps her reader away into a world of relic masters – keepers of magic who are continuously persecuted by the Watch. As the relic master Galen and his apprentice Raffi try to summon the gods back to their world to save them from the Watch's destruction, they discover the lost heiress of their fallen empire is a young girl in the hands of the Watch. To get her back they n
Dec 19, 2011 Patrick rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I liked it more than the first book, even though it was a little slow in spots. I think being familiar with the characters and world helps us get right into the story. I enjoyed the expansion of our understanding of what is wrong with the world and who is behind it, though some of the themes are very familiar.

How many fantasy worlds contain a huge building/castle/ruin with secret rooms undiscovered for centuries? This series has one each book so far. How many series have some bad/maybe only slig
Oct 18, 2013 Doris rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
The dark city Tasceron(view spoiler)has fallen and its Emperor killed, but there have been rumors that his child lived. This book sees our intrepid heroes Galen and Raffi searching in a haphazard way for the heir, traveling in the company of Carys, and adding a few new people. Along the way, we see evidence that the evil Watch has not yet managed to destroy all faith and hope, although they try.

Raffi acts 16 – he is very mature at time
Sep 27, 2011 Ben rated it really liked it
In the second book of the Relic Master series called the Lost Heiress,the main battle for Anara has kept on. A few of the characters Galen, and Aaron discovered that once there was a princess/heir to the throne of the kingdom and now a countdown is on to begin searching for her before the watch, and the rebelling army catches up and locks down the planet and arrests civillians.

Some of the interesting character growths through this series that ive discovered is, how some of the characters in th
Jan 06, 2012 Jenny rated it liked it
This is the second book in the Relic Master series and it starts off where the first book ended. Raffi and Galen are on the move again after they get a lead about the lost heiress to the throne of Anara and are determined to find her. I enjoyed the parts from Cary’s point of view more since she discovered so many new and suspicious things about the Watch. The world building continues to intrigue me as we are presented with more history and background…and I feel like there’s still so many things ...more
Apr 01, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-literature
The second in the series (and it had been quite awhile since I read the first one) so I had a little catching up to do. Raffi and his master Galen are trying to find the lost heir to the kingdom because the heir may be the key to winning back the power. On their journey, they run into Carys again and again, as well as a few other characters from the first book. The story line itself is an interesting blend of magic and technology and the group of people who are trying to squash all old magic and ...more
Aug 02, 2013 Andrea rated it really liked it
Catherine Fisher's second in the series of Relic Master is as good as the first. This is a great fantasy/adventure that keeps hinting at future events and complications that keep the reader guessing. Her world is perfectly built, yet completely relatable. This is a great series for Tween and Teens/YA's. I enjoyed reading it as a full grown adult. There is no teen drama, just good characters, action, suspense and fun. The Harry Potter, Ranger Apprentice and Prydain Chronicles fans will enjoy this ...more
Sierra Abrams
I absolutely love love love Galen. He's by far my favorite. And in this book I love how Galen grew so much. And how Carys's inner struggles have such an impact on the book.

It's beautiful.

"What is it?" Harnor whispered.
"I don't know. But Galen will."
"Who's Galen?" he began, but then he stopped, staring over her shoulder, his face set in sudden agony of terror.
She spun around.
Far down the halls, up through the open trapdoor, something dark and long, endlessly long, was slithering.
Oct 10, 2011 Elsa rated it liked it
Shelves: qp-2012
I liked this book so much more than The Dark City, even though that is faint praise. I had a hard time with DC because I just couldn't get into what was going on. I had the same problem with this one too, in that I just didn't really care about the two main characters all that much. Raffi and Galen, meh. I do really like Carys though, and she is what kept me going to the end. There are 2 more books in this series but I won't ever read them, I'm sad to say.
Jul 15, 2011 Beth rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, ya-fiction
This very cozy fantasy series has a sense history and crumbled greatness that I think must be European. American fantasy authors struggle to create this depth and richness. Maybe it's a British thing, this world-building, but I find it's the strongest quality of this series. The characters are not as detailed as they could be, but they are very familiar, hence the coziness.
Christian Didier
Apr 10, 2013 Christian Didier rated it it was amazing
I think that this book is really good, like the first one. I like it because it has a mission to find and also rescue an heir to the emperor of Tasceron. As in the first book, it has some sorcery in it as well which I like. I'd recommend this book to people who have read the first one or like sorcery and magic. Overall, I think this is a good book.
Jacob Tartaglia
Oct 21, 2013 Jacob Tartaglia rated it it was amazing
This book was even better than the first one. In how much action and mysteries in the book. The character Galen is cold hearted and is always talking to the sekoi or someone else. Raffi is a weird and strange power kid. He has a third eye that he only uses in emergencys. I hope you read this book and enjoy the action in it. Also If you like future books, then this is the book for you.
John Hanlon
Dec 07, 2013 John Hanlon rated it really liked it
I really liked this better than the first book. I feel like the story was easier to follow. Also, there was a lot more action. I still get a bit confused at times at some of the story where they talk about The Crow and that stuff. Also I feel like there was a lot more plot progression and character development. I can't wait to read book three!
Sep 06, 2011 Loretta rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-youth, fantasy
A struggle to find the "lost princess grand-daughter" amidst the Watch, the adventures and steadfast faith of the Relic Master and his protege, the growing familial relationships between the travellers... and the unlikely bonds formed with a Thief-Master dwarf and his horde... A great story for your Young Adult to hone their reading skills.
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Catherine Fisher was born in Newport, Wales. She graduated from the University of Wales with a degree in English and a fascination for myth and history. She has worked in education and archaeology and as a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Glamorgan. She is a Fellow of the Welsh Academy.

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“One thing she realized soon was that the rain here was eternal. The weather must have changed since the Emperor's time, because now the tower loomed constantly in its cloud of drizzle; all the long afternoons rain trickled in runnels and gutters and spouts, spattering through gargoyles of hideous beasts and goblins that spat far down on the heads of hurrying clerks. Always the roofs ran with water; it dripped and plopped and splashed through culverts and drains, or sheeted down, a relentless liquid gurgle that never stopped, until she started to imagine that this was the song the tower sang, through all the throats and mouths and pipes of its endless body.” 1 likes
“She stared out. She saw a vastness, a rising shape, indistinct in the rain, gray in the misty drizzle. At first she had thought it was a cloud, a great bank of fog drifting up over the mountains, but now she realized with a cold awe that it was real, a vast building climbing the mountainside, rising in a countless series of rooms, stairways, balconies, and galleries, far away and immense, its topmost roofs white with snow. And up there, like a needle sharp with ice, one uttermost pinnacle flew the remote black pennant of the Watch.

The Tower of Song.”
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