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Relics Paperback – March 21, 2017
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“Tim Lebbon’s RELICS opens a darkly beautiful glimpse into another world, one lurking in the shadows, hovering at the corner of the eye. If Anne Rice and Clive Barker had written a story together, it might have looked something like this novel: richly imagined, fantastical, yet grounded in the grit and reality of modern-day London. I look forward to the wonders and terrors yet to come.”
—James Rollins, New York Times bestseller of The Bone Labyrinth
"The first literary hit of the new year has been born." "Breathtaking"
"In Relics, Tim Lebbon has created yet another wonderful world for readers to lose themselves in, one which will likely remind them of both Neil Gaiman and Clive Barker, yet speeding them along with the thrilling pace of James Rollins or John Connelly. Lebbon’s writing, as always, seduces the reader, inviting them into his imagination, while they find themselves immersed in the fantastic, horrific roller-coaster ride which ends too soon. Thankfully, Relics will have two sequels to complete the journey. Highly recommended. If you weren’t a fan of Tim Lebbon before, this will likely be the novel to change your mind. - Cemetary Dance Magazine
“Relics puts all of his storytelling skills to use...bright, flashy, and determined, with a breakneck ending that almost guarantees this isn’t the last time we’ll venture beneath the suburbs of London.” Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi blog review
"fans of Lebbon will want to pick this one up." - Booklist
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“I strongly feel that ‘Relics’ is destined to become one of my favourite reads of 2017.”
“you’re in for a treat here” Sciencefiction.com
“a no-holds-barred feast of dark urban fantasy fiction for adult readers” Rising Shadow
About the Author
Tim Lebbon is the New York Times bestselling author of the movie novelizations of 30 Days of Night and The Cabin in the Woods. He has also written many critically acclaimed horror and dark fantasy novels. Tim has won three British Fantasy Awards, a Bram Stoker Award, a Shocker, a Tombstone and been a finalist for the International Horror Guild and World Fantasy Awards.
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Relics has one of the single most interesting plots. And half of the fun of this book is discovering what the plot is about. Literally. It seems, at first, to be a plot about a missing boy friend and from there you enter, literally, into worlds and societies and relationships that will surprise and engage you.
You will be enthralled with the characters, I was totally immersed in Angela's voyage of discovery and as Angela uncovers information about her missing "boyfriend" you too are uncovering the same sense of wonder and confusion that has Angela so confused, fearful and enthralled.
Telling you about the plot beyond "someone goes missing in London" will spoil so much of the story. I read the blurbs on the "back of the book" and thank heavens the blurbs do not even scratch the story line.
This is a book I will read again and again and recommend to everyone as well as give as a gift.
Kudos to Mr. Lebbon, he now joins my list of must read authors.
While Relics by Tim Lebbon may sound like a typical Urban Fantasy, with secret worlds existing side by side with our mundane world, a world where the denizens of the Fae cross our paths unbeknownst to the general populace. It may even share the same setting as the Rivers of London or the London Falling series, but Lebbon's unusual mix of a love story, mythical creatures and the seedy underworld of human crime syndicates marks this book as something rather special.
In many cases, prologues can be annoying or serve little purpose, hover the prologue to Relics, with its wink to a well-known genre writer, is a wonderful hardboiled way to start this novel, despite the fact that it gives away the fact that Angela survives the following story.
One of the strengths of the Relics lies in the opening segment of the novel. Lebbon's description of the relationship between Angela and Vince is powerful scene setter that lays the foundation for the non-stop thriller that ensues as Angela hunts for her lover. One of the problems that a lot of Urban fantasies have is the lack of a driving force for why the protagonist continues to do what they do when they come face to face with mind shattering reality of realising that there is a secret world. Most people would just give up without an overriding desire. Lebbon gets around this by the convincing the reader that the love between Angela and Vince is all powerful. While some may find this opening segment unnecessary, its inclusion serves to lay a solid basis for what comes later.
Angela's journey of discovery into the secret world of "relics" and the Fae is delivered with perfect pitch and pacing. Lebbon keeps the story flowing by drip feeding the reader with insights into the secret world, never fully playing his hand until a glorious final third act.
Lebbon's gift of world building is exceptional, the London we all know lives and breaths between the pages of this novel. And as we are introduced to the myriad of characters, Lebbon layers on a high-octane tension-filled narrative that hooks the reader with ease.
While Angela may be the story's main protagonist, it is Fredrick "Fat Freddy" Meloy who will probably become a fan favourite. A no-nonsense, London "businessman" whose mythology is almost as epic as the creatures he so desires to own a part of, is the real stand out character of the novel. Meloy is an uncompromising complex character, yes he is evil and has done a lot of nasty things, however despite this, Lebbon's sensitive handling of him, means that you might not like Freddy, but you cannot help but feel for him and his obsession. Lebbon also ensures that Freddy doesn't just come across as a cliched version of one of the Kray twins.
Relics' rich cast of mythical beasts, monsters and the Fae folk is truly wondrous, from Faries, nymphs, fox gods, witches, Nephilim, and even a satyr, the sense of wonder and dead that is elicited as we to them is spectacular. The journey to the other side in Relics elicits the same sense of wonder and dread as that scene in the Nightbreed film where Booth travels through Midean.
The feeling of building dread that Lebbon brings to the narrative, is exceptional and when it explodes into a thrilling final act, it is clear that Lebbon had a lot of fun writing the book. In true cinematic style the final battle between the two factions, I would hesitate to say good and evil, as Lebbon masterfully blurs the lines between them on both sides of the fight, is an over the top action packed blood-soaked battle for survival and retribution.
If you are looking for a fast-paced, thrilling story that mixes James Ellroy gritty crime fiction, with an early Clive Barker sense of wonder, then Tim Lebbon's Relics is a perfect book for you.