Why did I get it: I loved The Dark City, and I couldn’t wait to start book 2 of the Relic Master series!
How I would rate it: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Welcome to Anara, a world mysteriously crumbling to devastation, where nothing is what it seems: Ancient relics emit technologically advanced powers, members of the old Order are hunted by the governing Watch yet revered by the people, and the great energy that connects all seems to also be destroying all.
Even though Tasceron and its Emperor have fallen, there is a rumor that the heiress to the throne still lives. If so, her life is in grave danger, especially from the Watch. Galen and Raffi must race to find and protect her.
Review: The Lost Heiress takes up where the story in The Dark City left off and was really just as enjoyable. The pacing, humor, double-crossing, darkness, and entertaining storyline kept me racing to the finish and feeling extremely satisfied once I was done. The world-building continued to impress me too. I really loved the passages in-between chapters presenting most of the history of the Makers, especially the sections about Kest and Flain. And I savored every new twist and discovery that the characters made together or independently of one another. Furthermore, I really appreciate that this series remains an adventurous quest that takes place in a dangerous dystopia where a lot is at stake and yet where no one –thus far– is distracted by teenage angst or romance.
Raffi continues to be my favorite character. He just has so much to contend with and I like that although he is clearly capable and reliable, he still struggles to find his place and to be taken seriously. Galen has begun to show a much darker side now that he has become sort of possessed by a very ancient being. He is definitely the most complex and I am eager if a little worried to see what happens to him by the series finale. But regardless, I think it is really neat that one hand he is clearly wise and powerful, but on the other is he a very difficult mentor. I get a feeling that these two will never exactly have the sort of deep, affectionate bond that would probably really benefit both of them, but they do have an awesome working relationship. And I don’t think Galen knows how to even be kind to himself let alone his scholar/apprentice.
Despite the whole using both sides against one another but really being on the side of angels thing which got old fast, Carys wasn’t bad in this book. She’s still not really a favorite of mine, but I like her dilemmas, I like her competence, and I like what motivates her. The Sekoi is still fascinating, and I really love all of his little interactions with Raffi. And his scary story-telling powers. Tallis and Felnia both made for interesting additions too, and I really, really loved the time they all spent in Sarres.
In conclusion, a terrific follow-up to a fantastic book. I did notice some awkward sentences and I loved The Dark City just slightly more, but I could not be happier with this series so far. Thank goodness it finally came out in the US!
- Review: The Dark City by Catherine Fisher (Relic Master #1)