Why did I read it: There was no way I wasn’t going to read book 3 of the Relic Master series.
How I would rate it: 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.
The coronet, a potent ancient relic, might be the only way to defeat the power that is destroying Anara. But it has been lost for centuries, and only legend tells of its whereabouts. Will Galen and Raffi be able to find it before the Watch does?
Review: Like both The Dark City and The Lost Heiress, The Hidden Coronet was fantastic. From beginning to end, I was engaged, concerned, and so pleased by everything that happened.
The Hidden Coronet was the most event-filled installment so far, but it never felt overwhelmed or bogged down. Instead there is just one awesome moment after another and from a larger range of view points at a more rapid pace. I cannot settle on a favorite part, but I especially loved the Frost Fair, the way the keepers spoke to the forest to create a path, the Canticle of Flain, all the little details about Kest, all the snippets of various fairy tales, and Carys’ experience in Theriss.
The world-building maintained the same level of excellence I’d come to expect from the Relic Master series, and the introduction of new characters as well as the way they were utilized was very, very cool. And the darkness that’s been growing steadily began to really rear its ugly head, and I just loved the way Galen, Raffi, Carys, the Sekoi, and all the others have started to deal with it. And I cannot wait to see more of them trying to take on the Margrave.
In conclusion, completely awesome. If you aren’t reading this series, you are really missing out. Fisher is a remarkable writer, and I cannot wait to see what happens in the last book, The Margrave.