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The Margrave #4 (Relic Master) Hardcover – August 9, 2011

4.3 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
Book 4 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: 550L (What's this?)
  • Series: Relic Master (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803736762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803736764
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #846,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. Capossere TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Margrave is the fourth and final book of Catherine Fisher's Relic Master. The series as a whole is a bit thin on worldbuilding, emotional depth, and secondary characterization, but save for a minor drop-off in book two, it is a smoothly exciting read and The Margrave brings it to a satisfyingly strong conclusion.

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.
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Raffi is preparing for the Deep Journey: his initiation from scholar to keeper. Worried that he will disappoint Galen, his harsh master, Raffi knows that failing the Deep Journey could mean madness or even death. But Galen is insistent that the attempt be made as soon as possible. The Watch is building a wall to try to keep out the chaos and disorder of the Unfinished Lands. Villages are raided to keep their project supplied with workers. Their companion Carys --- a former Watch spy --- disappears during such a raid, and the group isn't sure if she will be able to stand up to Watch torture methods, or if she is loyal to their cause. But Raffi fears that they are being hunted by something worse than the Watch. When he dreams, he sees the twisted visage of the Margrave, one of the Maker's failed experiments --- a creation of pure evil. And this time, Raffi is certain that the Margrave is coming for him.

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?
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I greatly enjoyed this whole series. It was so interesting, and I was so sad when it was done. I read the first 3 books in about a day each, but the final one I read slowly, over 3-4 days, because I wanted to make it last. I wish/wished that she would continue the series--I would buy them all--they're that good.
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I read the entire series over the summer when they became available. I purchased The Margrave as an ebook because it was difficult to find in a store. It is a nice wrap up, and gives you the happy ending that everyone wanted. A lot of unexpected things that I would never have predicted were revealed. All of the usual characters are brought back, and Rafi has a fairly important role to play in the scheme of things. The whole thing with where the makers came from was kind of irritating, as it did not explicitly explain everything. It is hinted that they came from Earth and built the planet, but the relationship between the technology and magic still has me confused. But overall, it was a good and thrilling read.
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This review is more for the entire Relic Master series rather than the single book, The Margrave...although Book 4 is not nearly the best book of the series.

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?
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