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The Hidden Coronet #3 (Relic Master) Hardcover – July 12, 2011

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Book 3 of 4 in the Relic Master Series

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About the Author

Catherine Fisher is an acclaimed novelist and poet, and has written many fantasy books for young people, including the popular "Oracle Betrayed" series. She lives in Wales.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Series: Relic Master (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (July 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803736754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803736757
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #830,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Catherine Fisher is the New York Times best-selling author of Sapphique and Incarceron. She is "one of today's best fantasy writers," according to the London Independent. An acclaimed novelist and poet, she has written many fantasy books for young people, including The Oracle Prophecy series.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teen Reads on August 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Raffi and Galen have managed to evade the Watch, but still must travel the world doing their work for the Order. Summoned to perform an exorcism to release a spirit trapped in a farmhouse, they come upon a hanging at a winter fair. One of the prisoners being hanged is a fellow member of their Order. Galen insists on organizing a rescue, even though it means risking their cover and trusting strangers not to reveal their identities or goals.

Solon, the keeper they rescue, insists on bringing a fellow prisoner with them. Marco is a thief, sentenced to death for his trade in relics. This offense is as sacrilegious to the Order as it is illegal to the Watch. The travelers begrudgingly bring him along at the insistence of Solon. "He is a rogue and a heretic," Solon says, "but he and I suffered in the same chains. He won't betray me."

Together, these travelers, along with Carys --- a former Watch spy --- and one of the planet's native Sekoi, search for a golden coronet, rumored to be the only thing that can stop the destruction of Anara. But as it becomes increasingly clear that there is a traitor among them, the group's loyalties are tested. Is it one of the newcomers, the broken Solon and the non-believer Marco? Or Galen, whose fanaticism is that of a man possessed? Or Raffi, whose kindness is matched only by his cowardice?

"My people have a saying," the Sekoi tells Carys, whose former associations with the Watch make her suspect. '"Darkness is a stain that will not wash away'... I will be watching."

"So will I, Graycat," she replies. "Because the Sekoi would sell their only sons for a bent button. That's an old saying, too."

Catherine Fisher weaves the themes of faith and loyalty throughout the Relic Master series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Capossere TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Hidden Coronet is the third book of Catherine Fisher's Relic Master series, following The Dark City and The Lost Heiress. While book one was quite strong, the sequel, though solid, was a bit disappointing, hurt by somewhat weak plotting and worldbuilding. The Hidden Coronet is much stronger and a welcome return to the quality of The Dark City.

It begins on with several tense scenes--one involving Galen and Raffi trying to rid a house of an evil presence and the other concerning the attempted rescue of several prisoners, including a Keeper, sentenced to hang by the Watch. Eventually, Raffi, Galen, Carys, and the Sekoi from the first two books are back together, their numbers augmented by two: the rescued Keeper Solon and his fellow prisoner Marco, each of whom has his own secrets. Together they set out to seek the legendary Coronet of the Makers, which they believe is a relic of great power which might not only serve them against the evil creature (the Margrave) that Raffi saw in The Lost Heiress, but might also be a solution to the terrible and deadly changes in the weather that have been occurring. But they make troubled allies as mistrust soon begins to spread amongst them all, mistrust which only worsens once circumstances cause them to split, with the Sekoi and Carys heading off to an unusual gathering of the Sekoi people and Galen, Raffi, Solon, and Marco continuing on to the Maker's Observatory. It all culminates in the best ending of the series so far.

As mentioned, the second book had some issues with plot, as well as with pace. The Hidden Coronet has fixed both problems. The opening conflict--with Raffi and Galen in the house has an almost horror to it, while the rescue scene is a nick-of-time bit of adventure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SpirituallySpeaking on August 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The premise of this series is very clever. Even though it gets off to a slow start in the first book, it definitely picks up in the second. This gave me hope for the third book to be quite good. That's not the case.

Like the other books, Fisher doesn't fill in all her blanks. There are holes in her story and certain things just don't add up. I know these books are for young adults, but books aimed at them shouldn't under-estimate their intelligence by throwing in "easy fixes" and coincidences just to get characters out of a jam. The perfect example is when Carys is trapped in an underwater palace by the Sekoi. Carys asks for help....out loud....and low and behold, the palace speaks to her, and guides her to the exit. WHAT!?

I also felt the entire section on The Vortex wasted a lot of time. It wasn't even necessary. The group of characters led by Galen was going to The Observatory. Why would they stop in a village and spend four chapters there? Just GO TO THE OBSERVATORY.

Speaking of the observatory....the groups journeys there to find Flain's Crown. I won't say what it is....but it's very, very obvious. I'm not sure why they had to go to the observatory to see it.

This book has been the least exciting of the series with implausibilities and time-wasting chapters. It's too bad. The concept is good...but the execution is not so great. Like the Harry Potter books....Fisher creates a great world and even great characters and then resorts to cliches and "easy outs" for her characters that she never really explains. It leaves you feeling a bit cheated. I will finish the series, but I felt it starting to "jump the shark" with this book.
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