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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  28 reviews
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-yea
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Published September 12th 2019 by Talem Press
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alana ♡
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Power is a seductive thing."

I'm just going to put this out there...2019 is the year of some seriously awesome debuts! Relic was an enjoyable read from start to finish that left me eager for the next book in this trilogy, especially after how action packed and fast paced the ending was. Kaylan, lives in a ruthless world where children are forced to grow up too quickly and live in a constant fear of being chosen as the next Shadow, which is essentially the personal servant of the powerful Lord
Kate (beautifulbookland)
Okay guys and gals, if this book doesn’t blow up, I’m going to lose my shit. If I don’t see this book plastered around Bookstagram, I’m going to lose my shit. If I don’t see this book get the recognition and love that it deserves, I’m going to lose my shit.

Honestly, I’ve been struggling with fantasy books recently, and I have no idea why; the only books I’ve been truly loving have all been contemporaries, which is totally unusual for me because I usually love fantasy.

So it’s safe to say that I h
It’s probably more of a 3.5 but I wasn’t impressed enough to give it a 4.

I am used to requesting advance copies from Netgalley, so when I got the email from the publisher themselves to review this debut YA fantasy novel, I was very excited. And I’m glad that despite taking me a while, this was a good read.

The first thing I look for in any new fantasy series is a well developed world. In this one, we are mostly relegated to the city of Edriast but we get to explore a lot of it. I could really pic
I received a complimentary ARC edition from Talem Press! Review will be posted Sept 1, 2019!

Trilogy: The Relic - Book 1
Expected publication: September 12th 2019 by Talem Press
Genre: Dark Fantasy - YA
Page Count: 496 pages
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Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

I'm immensely grateful to Talem Press for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Makes me so happy to be able to read a debut like this one, I loved it! I feel that the author gives us a new perspective on the dark fantasy genre and manages to give us wonderfully created characters and an intriguing magic system. I think it's a very unique story and I still can't believe that we are in presence of a debut author, since the book is beautifully created, there's a lo
Jenny (Bookbookowl)
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Edriast’s lord wears a deadly relic, passed down through his bloodline. As the relic leaches the life from everyone who spends time in close proximity to it, he employs a shadow, someone as a servant to attend to all his need, so others don’t have to. His latest shadow has succumbed to the relics power and Kaylan has been selected in the lottery to take his place.
Relic was a brilliant dark fantasy I couldn’t get enough of. I’m so glad it wasn’t a stand-alone, not because the story left too many
Aug 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
3.5 stars✨ RTC!
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Relic, by Bronwyn Eley, is the first book in the Relic Trilogy, a YA dark fantasy series by debut author Eley. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! It follows Kaylan, a teen girl living in Edriast, a cruel place where the Shadow to the ruling Lord Rennard, could be anyone over the age of ten. 

Yes, you read that right.

The Shadows' lifespans were typically shorter because of the Relic, a jewel that Lord Rennard made them wear to protect the bloodline. 

Kaylan is worried for her younger brothers, both o
Ahana M Rao (Heart’s Content)
You can find this review on my blog, Heart’s Content

Advanced Reader’s Copy provided by publisher as part of Caffeine Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. I’d like to thank Shealea @ShutUpShealea and Talem Press for this opportunity!

When I saw the blurb of Relic I was immediately intrigued. I knew I had to read this book. After reading a few reviews my lovely friends had written about Relic, I was sure that I was prepared for this book. I was wrong.

Relic for me was a gripping read, despit
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A fast paced fantasy with a wild ending! Relic by Bronwyn Eley was a title I was instantly drawn to because of the synopsis. I love fantasy, but so much of it sounds same-old, same-old, and I thought this one sounded different, with the jewel poisoning everyone around but the wearer. I thought this premise was intriguing, and for the most part, it didn’t disappoint! I say for the most part, because as this is the first book in a trilogy, I have so many questions about how the relic works and how ...more
Jessica M
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it

Relic by Bronwyn Eley is the first novel in the dark YA fantasy series, The Relic Trilogy. Set in the fictional city of Edriast, teenager Kaylan is selected as the new Shadow — a cursed role serving Lord Rennard, that guarantees imminent death.

Bronwyn’s debut novel is an enjoyable read. I enjoyed the premise, and the characters, and the pacing. At times, I felt the stakes weren’t that high but I still think fantasy readers will be entertained by this debut story. The rel
Ivey Byrd
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I haven’t picked up a book in a few months and I am so glad that Relic was my first in a while. As some of you may know, fantasy is my favorite genre so I am very picky with what I read, but Relic truly hit the mark when it came to all of my favorite fantasy things.

First of all, Kaylan embodied everything I love in a fantasy heroine. She was strong willed, passionate, and willing to do anything for her family, but also challenged the norm of this fantasy world by being a blacksmith rather than a
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of the book for the #relictour. All opinions are my own.

In the city of Edriast a nineteen year old girl named kaylan is chosen to become the next shadow, a servant to the formidable Lord Rennard. He is the owner of a very powerful and dangerous form of magic known as the ‘relic’. Kaylans hopes of surviving to her next birthday are slim but then she hears of a rising rebellion, plotting to take down Rennard and his government. Kaylan now must decide whether the cause is worth fi
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
More so a 3.5 stars***

Full review can be found on:

I received an e-ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Eley's strength lies in her ability to evoke sensations and emotions. She describes the experience of being near the relic and the effects it has on Kaylan in such a vivid manner that I was physically recoiling in some moments. The use of language works, making it easy for me to position myself within the scenes and feel as though I wa
Michelle (Love, Stars and Books)
(I received a free eARC from the Publisher for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)

Book review: Relic (The relic trilogy #1) by Bronwyn Eley (4 stars)

Relic (The relic trilogy #1) by Bronwyn Eley
Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy
Rating: 4/5 stars

(Synopsis from Goodreads)
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
Ella (The Story Collector)
The Shadow is the personal servant of the powerful Lord Rennard and being the Shadow means certain death, because Rennard possesses one of the rare and extremely dangerous Relics, which slowly poison everyone else in its proximity. When blacksmith Kaylan is summoned to be the new Shadow, she understands that her life is forfeit. What she doesn’t expect is to uncover a plot to overthrow the ruling powers and destroy the bloodlines in possession of the relics.

Ultimately, Relic is a strong debut wi
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks so much to Talem Press for providing a free digital copy for me to review!
I really liked this one! It's a dark and adventurey (low magic) fantasy novel - the first book in a new trilogy from a debut #loveozya author (seriously - what's not to love?)
The story itself was pretty dark - there is a lot of pain and suffering described - and a bit of a slow burn. It definitely has those "first book in a series" qualities of setting up the context for what's to come later, but that totally worked
Jun 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
Ooh the cover was revealed... and I don't hate it, I think...... I'm really hoping this will have a diverse cast and other important qualities for a book *cough* badass female who isn't perfect *cough*
Allison Thornton
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An amazing novel. Loved the story and characters. Can't wait for the next book.
Sifa Poulton
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Abam Emmanuel
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great master piece. I am glad to be associated with it and I hope it will give me much inspiration.
From: Abam Emmanuel Abam
Ashwini Abhyankar
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 RTC

Boy, when they said it's dark, they meant it, huh?
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, to-review
Kaylan is the main character who is forced into becoming the new shadow, done on a lottery-based system for anyone that is over the age of 10. She is now under the “employment” of Lord Rennard. Rennard is the owner of a powerful magical jewel know at the Relic, which protects its owner, but slowly poisons those around him. Which is why there is always a “need” for a shadow.
Kaylan started out as a blacksmith before becoming the shadow. She loves her family very much; she is very protective of th
Aradhna Kaur
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy

review to come.
Jen T
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Official review coming in August
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The plot is interesting, heartbreaking, stressful and shocking.

You can read my full review and some of my favourite quotes on my blog.

I enjoyed the book and think it was a great start to the trilogy and I cannot wait to see where book two will take the story.
Sofia Casanova
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, 4-star, ya-fantasy
Relic is a slow burning dark fantasy novel full of grit and magic. Inspired by medieval England and a touch of Spain, the city of Edriast is ruled with an iron fist by Lord Rennard. What makes this Lord unique is his need for a Shadow, a servant selected from a pool of the city's citizens that must protect Rennard and his bloodline from any threat while the Relic, a dark artefact Rennard is in possession of, steals their strength. Kaylan, an apprentice blacksmith, is unfortunately selected to be ...more
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Claire Bradshaw
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I've been writing my whole life but it was only in the last few years that it occurred to me that I could do this for a living!

I spend a lot of my time reading (obviously). Fantasy, particularly, is where I live and breath, but I'm up for anything!

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