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Reliquary (Reliquary Series) Paperback – June 14, 2016
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“Fine keeps the story moving at a snappy, stylish clip.” —Publishers Weekly
“VERDICT: Mixing mystery with romance, Fine, author of the similarly genre-blended Servants of Fate books, has created an intriguing underworld, where those seeking an enchanting high slip easily into addiction and desperation.” —Library Journal
About the Author
Sarah Fine is a clinical psychologist and the author of the Servants of Fate and Guards of the Shadowlands series. She was born on the West Coast, raised in the Midwest, and is now firmly entrenched on the East Coast.
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I have loved everything Sarah Fine has written so it was a no brainer that I had to get my hands on this latest of hers and read it immediately. I was not disappointed in the slightest. This book grabbed me immediately and didn’t let go until the last page. I closed the book and hopped on Amazon to purchase the second book, Splinter available now.
I was so addicted to this book while reading it and I’ve got to admit it’s been hard for me to move on. I got so invested in Mattie and Asa that I was not ready to put them up yet. I loved their dynamic and chemistry. Plus, this book was so much fun and very, very steamy. It was the perfect summer read.
Sure, this book plays on some typical paranormal tropes but Fine’s writing and characters stick out. We did have a love triangle (but I think it was handled well and honestly I hate Ben so I wasn’t bothered). Though there was non stop action I felt that, for me, this book was driven by the characters. They are very complex and not at all good or evil. Ok, some are pretty damn evil. But, the main cast straddle the line of what is right and wrong which makes the reading experience that much more interesting.
I would classify this book as the type of fun had while reading the Sookie Stackhouse books (the first 4) because of the fast pacing and paranormal leaking into the everyday life of a ‘regular’ gal. I love stories where the main character is learning about the world and themselves along with the reader and this is exactly like that. I was just as lost as Mattie when trying to navigate the magical underworld. I felt that not only was Asa leading her on this adventure but me as well.
Reliquary is a perfect read for the urban fantasy/adult paranormal reader. I loved the character dynamic between Mattie and Asa and honestly became incredibly addicted to needing them to be together always, haha. I would say that for any faults this book might have the fast pacing and entertainment value alone make this one to read.
From the opening line, Reliquary instantly pulled me in. Fantasy isn’t a genre I actively gravitate to, but the cover and synopsis of Reliquary piqued my interest. It wasn’t long before Saran Fine’s world of magic, action, and romance kept me glued to the pages.
“It’s hope, Mattie. You’re an addict. And I know a thing or two about addicts. You’re gonna chase that high all the way to the end.”
When Mattie’s fiancé Ben disappears she’s thrust into the world of magic and intrigue. I liked how the underground world of magic was carefully crafted. It was multi layered, and excting. Magic was used for pleasure but it was also a business that could be ruthless and dangerous. Until Ben disappeared, Mattie had no idea about what she could do or the fact the Ben was caught up in this world. Mattie soon discovers that she’s a reliquary, a person that can store magic. There were four types of magic and three types of human vessels. “Sensing—Sensilo.” Pleasure—Ekstazo. Manipulator –Knedas, Pain–Strikon. The three types of vessels are Reliquaries, Conduits, and Sensors.”
“Allowing someone to be who they really are, on their terms, instead of expecting them to be who you wish they were—that’s always a choice.”
Maggie is desperate to find out what truly happened to Ben and it leads her Asa, Ben’s estranged brother. Asa and Ben, have had a contentious relationship over the years. Asa was always been the rebel and his stint with drugs and violence caused a rift in their already broken family. Asa is a supplier of magic and a sensor. Maggie has only heard the negative things about Asa, so doesn’t quite know if she can trust him but he is her only hope. He’s reluctant to help find Ben but he and Maggie come to a truce. He agrees to help her find Ben in exchange for her becoming a reliquary for his business.
“It’s them or us now, Mattie. And when it comes to that, I’m going to choose us every time.”
With each job that Asa and Mattie complete, they are able to gather information about Ben’s disappearance. I liked both Asa and Mattie. They are completely different from one another, where he is gruff and demanding, Mattie had sweet strength and determination. On the surface Asa is exactly how Ben had described but we learn so much more about him as the story goes on. They actually made a great team and they become closer as the story goes on. I enjoyed each layer of this novel and the additional characters (Grandpa, Daria, and Jack). This novel jumped right into the action. It was well written, actioned packed, and surprisingly sexy at times. I think the end was fitting for this portion of this story. There are many questions that need to be answered and after this ending, I’m anxious to see what will come next.
If you like this series you will enjoy her others.
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