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The Hidden Relic

(Evermen Saga #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  9,535 ratings  ·  268 reviews
The second book in the epic Evermen Saga.

With the fate of their homeland still in jeopardy, siblings Ella and Miro must face the Primate’s evil as he discovers a new technique: a way to extract essence from human blood.

The Primate has been temporarily defeated, but his home was once inhabited by the Evermen, and their ancient secrets still remain there. As the mysterious E
Paperback, 484 pages
Published July 29th 2014 by 47North (first published February 2nd 2012)
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Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
There is a surfeit of the adjective 'beautiful' in this book. "She's beautiful", "it's beautiful", "Never let me forget how beautiful you are." Everything is just so bloody beautiful. If you're going to write a 600 page, 4 book long cycle of fantasy novels designed to give Tolkein a run for his money then you really, really need to find a synonym for 'beautiful'. Hop on the thesaurus application Maxwell, it won't do you any harm. ...more
Martyn F
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
I liked the first part of the series, with the new world, the adventures and the introduction of the characters.

This second part is not so good however. It's about fighting and battles and fighting and battles. Less adventurous, existing characters stay pretty much flat characters, the new characters are no better.

Definitely not the sequel I hoped for.
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
this was all kinds of EPIC!

so much non-stop battle scenes, and finally we found out more about The Evermen and it was so gooood!

Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Dec 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
In this book, I feel like the author was afraid to let anything bad happen. If the protagonists needed something, it magically appeared. Don't worry one of our characters is transported across the continent in a few pages to fix your problem. Maybe I just missed this in the first book, but it got extremely aggravating when I noticed it half way through the sequel. All the way up to the end of the book, everything just comes together in the most random series of events. Something akin to if I wen ...more
Heidi Hanley
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another great read (or in this case, listen). I just love James Maxwell's writing style, his attention to detail, especially relating to the battle scenes and magic. I think I finally get the world he has created and it is interesting and a bit complicated. Characters remain consistent but all have grown as well. I'm impressed with how much work had to go into the worldbuilding for this book. History, culture, religion and a complicated character history with a twist at the end of this book that ...more
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the second installment in the “Evermen” saga and picks up where the first book “The Enchantress” leaves off. The fight for control of the world unfolds battle by battle between the forces of good: Ella, Miro, Rogan Jarvus and Amber and the forces of evil, the Primate and the Acardie. The battles are vividly described and you feel as though you’re right in the middle of the action. I wish the author spent more time on character development and gave each person more nuanced emotions and mo ...more
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book was even better than the first. Again, I would say it is comparable to the Confessor Series as well as the Lord of the Rings. Many tribes of people with different lores fight a world war all the while unknowingly setting in motion a course of events that could mean their own destruction as their Gods themselves may return to judge them.

Will Ella and Miro, brother and sister, be able to lead all the people to unite against the Primate's evil as he delves into a method to extract e
Sharon Hughson
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This second book gets 3.7 out of 5 stars. I wanted to find out what happened to all the characters, and this book delivers. I didn't feel as emotionally invested in this tale but I'm not sure of the reason. I was turning pages and wanted to get find out what happened next - I just wasn't gasping, crying or laughing.
Again, Maxwell takes us into the minds of six or more characters. People are united and then torn apart again.
My biggest disappointment is that Killian didn't find out his true ident
I absolutely loved this book, the second in the Everman Saga.
It is well written with lots of in depth characters and is a real page turner.
I was transported to a world that I did not want to leave when the book finished.
This is certainly a tale of epic proportions and I look forward to reading book 3.
Jul 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: scifi-paranormal
I was intrigued enough by the promise of what was set-up in the first book of this series to keep reading. Unfortunately, the unnecessarily gory violence, tiring over-wrought drama, clear rip-offs of other well-known sci-fi series, and stab after stab after stab in the heart for no reason, I'm glad this ended with enough closure that I'm not compelled to pick up book 3. ...more
Robert Jr.
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Hidden Relic was even a greater read then the first book in the series. James Maxwell tells a tale of magic, and war that keeps you turning pages and staying up late at night to finish just another page.
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting plot line but there are far to many 'oh no one of the main characters it about to die, oh it's ok someone's saved them' scenarios that I stopped worrying about them. ...more
I started this as soon as I finished Book 1. I think the blurb ^ is a pretty good summary of what happens in this book. There is quite a bit going on. Additionally, I felt I learned more about the various houses, and the legends of the Evermen. Really though, I feel like I need to take notes! I know many authors will offer a reference/glossary or something, and I think I could have used that! There is a map, so we can see the different lands locations, but I would have appreciated somewhere havi ...more
Nick Warner
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very much of the same high quality as the first book in the series.

There's a couple of weaknesses. Like the first book this one is a bit cliched and full of many of the tick boxes of fantasy. Also the main characters are a little bit too protected - mostly!

That said the book also has many of the strengths of the first. The world, with each area having its own type of magic is a fantastic and novel slant that makes the series stand out, the characters are likeable, it's well written and the sto
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Empathy fatigue

I think a good epic fantasy is like an ouroboros, there's a constant cycle of danger and renewal. The first book in this series I gave 5 stars, it had everything a traditional epic fantasy needs. This book is more of a crazy dog trying to bite its own tail.
I developed empathy fatigue. I no longer gave a toss what happened, the cycles of challenge and victory were clumsy. Killian's story in particular. This apathy hit me right before the final battle and even the hook for the next
Well this story certainly ends with the reader believing that things are about to get so much more worse for the main characters and the world they live in.

Plenty of action, gore and gruesome bits in this tale. There are some lovely things also along the way, so it's not all worrisome.

I do feel though that the story could have been tighter and that it probably may benefit from being somewhat shorter. Some things that happens had me scratching my head, yet, on the whole it is certainly a very ent
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well - yup - it was as good as the first. I am liking this James Maxwell - gonna go see what else he's written. One think I really like about these books is that part one is not "repeated" in part 2... This second book takes up where the first one left off - but nothing - not one word is said about how "in the past.. this happened or... any kind of "recap" .. because a recap is unnecessary. This story is this story - and that one was that one... the people know each other - in the same way they ...more
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I highly enjoyed this very formulaic "safe" fantasy novel. The characters are well fleshed out and the magic system is very intriguing, although I find the constant overuse of deus ex machina to be quite exasperating.
Overall I found the overarching plot to be quite predictable, but the journey there far less so as Maxwell throws his characters through the meat grinder repeatedly.

If you're in the mood for "just another good fantasy book" then I'd recommend this one, but don't expect anything out
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I haven’t read much fantasy for a while and was not sure how I would go with this series. I read the first book ‘Enchantress’ and although I found it a bit hard to get into, I ended up really enjoying it. On the whole it is an engaging story although it isn’t brilliantly written and at times the characters are a bit cliched - probably why I don’t read fantasy all the much. The story line is pretty original, though, and it is this that keeps you reading; the fact that I’ve actually started on the ...more
Tucker Lee
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love how everything fits together so well!

I really enjoy these books so far, the characters and their development are detailed to a point that everyone could be a 'main character'.
The only reason I chose 4 out of 5 instead of all 5 stars is because I tend to veer away from books that are sexually explicit. But taking into account that I am still reading theses books instead of dropping them speaks to the quality of the story itself.
Great romance, action, and development!
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
I don't think the 2nd book of this series is any better than the 1st. The structure is basically the same. Chaotic. The war scenes are not very well described in book 2 as compared to book 1. I had to reread lines trying to picture the scenes and failing, skipped through them. The characters are still bland and despite their various heroic actions and emotional scenes they remain uninteresting. I hope book 3 is much better than this or else this will be the first time I've not finished a series. ...more
Kentucky Bohemian (Grace)
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy rich, epic tales
Shelves: audio-book
I Think I Forgot to Breathe.
This, the second installment in the Evermen Saga, seemed to go at warp speed from beginning to end. I hardly felt like I drew a breath through the entire story. I know that this epic saga will be one that I listen to again and again, as it's simply got so much going on constantly. The layers of intrigue abound as we just barely breach the surface of who the Evermen actually were.

Wonderfully written, beautifully woven, artfully crafted. I remain stunned by the force of
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series just keeps getting better. It has the perfect balance of character personalities/dynamics and character growth along with well executed timing in terms of dramatic irony and climax. I love series that seem to have an ever growing bigger picture and it appears that this is one of those series. But no matter how big things get, each character can still be traced back to their roots, which keeps them familiar and relatable even as they adapt to their situations and circumstances. I've a ...more
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
After a slow start with Enchantress, I am now fully invested in the characters and I powered through this book I could not put it down! I was worried that after all the excitement at the end of the previous book this would be a bust. I am so glad I was proved wrong. I couldn't wait to finish work and come home and pick this up again, I had no idea where the plot was heading but it worked so well. Already started book three!!! ...more
Kathryn West
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SO I read book 1 and immediately had to continue the tale of Ella and Miro. The conflict is escalating, the stakes have never been higher and things are not going well for those in opposition to the plans to abolish the houses. James unfolds the various storylines with skill and they build towards a stunning finale where everything everyone thought they knew about the Everymen, is shattered.........
Janice Stinnett
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The first two books in this series are beyond words. The world building is full of so much imagination and expressed thoroughly with clever writing. I couldn't put the books down. The characters have each changed and grown through both books. It amazes me that a writer can be this good. I can't wait to read the next one and i highly recommend the first two, asking with entire series.
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I still did enjoy the plot but I was hoping for more.

I wanted the characters to gain more depth but they didn't. I want to be invested in the characters, I want to know them and understand them. They seem very shallow and unformed.

I was hoping the plot would slow down a little and work on world-building.

I don't think I'll read the next book since it was a struggle to finish this one.
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This book kept me entertained enough that I got through it pretty quickly. Although that may also be because there were so many battle sequences that just seemed repetitive and I could just skim through them. It is a pretty long book and I still feel like the author tried to squeeze too much into the space that he had. All in all its a good book, but I'm not sure the ending grabbed my interest enough to get the third installment. ...more
The continuation of the Evermen saga was enjoyable in many ways. The overarching progress of the story was nice.

On the other hand, some of the specifics didn't really work for me. Too pat, too many coincidences, too many people in positions of great responsibility doing stupid things w/out real consequences.
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Fantasy author James Maxwell has ranked in the top 5 best selling authors on Amazon worldwide. All of his novels have been category best sellers on and Amazon UK.

His influences include Wies & Hickman, George R.R. Martin, Raymond Feist, Terry Goodkind, Tad Williams, David Gemmell - and of course J.R.R. Tolkien.

He was raised in New Zealand and Australia, and lives in London with his wif

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Evermen Saga (4 books)
  • Enchantress (Evermen Saga, #1)
  • The Path of the Storm (Evermen Saga, #3)
  • The Lore of the Evermen (Evermen Saga, #4)

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