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The Margrave #4 (Relic Master) Hardcover – August 9, 2011
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As in the previous books, the story is split between Raffi's experiences and Carys. It begins with a bang as Carys is captured by the Watch at the very beginning. She is quickly brought to the attention of two higher-ups--the castellan Maris Scala and her lover Quist. The two of them decide to escort Carys to the Pits of Maar--the darkest center of the Watch where the Margrave is rumored to live and command the brutal group. Galen, Raffi, the Sekoi soon follow after to try and rescue her, joined eventually by Alberic the thief war-lord from earlier books. Along the way Raffi learns the Margrave is actively seeking him and by the end of the novel, it should come as no surprise that the two come together. Between Carys' capture and that meeting, there are battles to be fought, castles to be stormed, alliances to be made and broken, faiths and loyalties to be tested and truths--some painful--to be learned about the planet Anara's past and the history of its Makers. And nearly all the characters are forced to make difficult ethical/moral decisions.
The pacing is quite strong throughout; the action is quick and exciting, the slower parts interesting due to revelations of character or resolutions of past mysteries, and Fisher moves between the two smoothly, knowing just when to cut short a battle scene or move us out of the quieter, slower moments.
As has been the case throughout the entire series, The Margrave shines when the focus is on Carys.Read more ›
THE MARGRAVE is the startling conclusion to Catherine Fisher's Relic Master series. When Raffi disappears after an attempt at the Deep Journey, Galen must confront the outcome of his own fanatical faith. Carys has to decide once and for all where her loyalties lie. Ultimately, the travelers journey to the Pits of Maar, where they must confront not only the Margrave, but also knowledge about the origins of their world and the truth about themselves.
Four volumes in the making, Fisher has a difficult task in bringing the Relic Master series to its conclusion. Hints about the mysterious origins of Anara and the events that underpin the world's current conflicts have studded the narrative through the previous three books, leading readers to speculate about how the story will end. Will the Makers return, purifying the world and setting everything right again?Read more ›
This series was frustrating to me. When I saw that it had a unique mix of metaphysical "higher consciousness" elements mixed with earthen, pagan magic along with medieval components, I was thrilled. I thought about how fresh this idea was and really, REALLY wanted to like it more than I ended up actually doing so.
This series feels more like a good OUTLINE for a great story, rather than a great story itself. So much of the time, I felt like the writer didn't know what kind of book she was writing. As varied as the subject matter was...horses, crossbows and electronic technology...I felt the author didn't combine them in any way that really made sense. So...it felt like she never really knew what kind of book she was writing. Was it a science fiction story? Was it fantasy? Was it metaphysical? Was it a medieval period piece? I'm not sure what it was so it was hard to invest myself into completely.
So much of this story happens "off camera". That is to say, MANY circumstances about The Makers, battles, lore that present circumstances largely depend on are NEVER shown to us. We just hear about them after-the-fact. In The Margrave, a VERY important battle at the gates of Maar is NOT in the book. Galen, Carys and others simply defeat an army of thousands and enter the pits of Maar and we're given no explanation of how they accomplished that.
Many times, things are referred to such as Flain's journey to the Underworld and a HUGE amount of other information that are just breezed by. What does all this mean?Read more ›
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