I uickly found myself intrigued by the present and past storylines getting sucked in deeper with each subseuent chapter Great characters and fascinating worldbuilding I m eager to see where the story goes from here It s a really good debut fantasy bookI enjoyed the story and the way it is told It shift continuously
now and when everything was ruinedEdward Cox nows how to engage the reader with the storyThe relationship between current Relic Guild members is processed very good Old man Sam Picky young Clara unsure about her powers and a little confused in the new world she has been dragged into and Van Bam the wise calm Resident of the Labrys town oh vilains you hate them but at the same time admire them for their intelligenceBest of them angry and crazy "Thaumaturgists My Review Is Here Good Debut "My review is here good debut A terrific debut novel with plenty of scope for expansion and some really good world building Most importantly lots of fun Looking forward to the next one A dark and gritty fantasy Centred around a group of magically gifted people who are part of a cross between secret service and elite forces following the Relic Guild across two times the end of a war and the restart of it 40 years later A good strong mix of characters and a nicely set up universe which promises a lot as it Once in a long while a book comes along that changes everything A paradigm shifting book that effects everything around it THE RELIC GUI This book was not for me I struggled through to pg 140 or so It didn t convince me that the world was real or could work at all A labyrinth town sealed off from the rest of the universe for 40 years a town that previously relied on imports for its economy a town of 1 million people with what seemed like no land to grow crops a sewage system but no source of fresh water no shape changing magic people been born for 20 years but the main character has access to medicine which eeps her lycanthropy in check Lots of problems for a pedant like me that I would have been happy to ignore and tell myself ooh magic hoping that my uestions would be answered later in the book had the writing been interesting It lacks style seems clumsy and there isn t an ounce of humour There are many things to love about The Relic Guild First and foremost it neatly delivers the reader into a uniue world rare in the saturated fantasy genre that s peopled with a great cast of characters and a conflict spanning decades This conflict has shades of the Biblical the Satan like Spiral a being of higher magic Inth Clara learns that magic serves a higher purpose and that some myths are much deadly in the flesh The only people Clara can trust are the Relic Guild a secret band of magickers sworn to protect the Labyrinth But the Relic Guild are now too few To truly defeat their old nemesis Moor mightier help will be reuired To save the Labyrinth – and the lives of one million humans – Clara and the Relic Guild must find a way to contact the worlds beyond their wal.between now and
Edward Cox é 6 ReadFull disclosure I like Edward Cox We re friendly online and I was lucky enough to meet him last year in Brighton The synopsis for his debut The Relic Guild sounded great but you never now right Thus it was with a bit of trepidation that I started reading Ed s novel because "what if i didn t like it well "if I didn t like it Well m pleased and relieved to say that while I had some issues with the narrative The Relic Guild didn t disappoint and on the whole I had a great time with the storySo let s just start off with the issues I had These were mostly centred off with the issues I had These were mostly centred the world building and the lack of a map I Dragonsbane know how cliche to whine about the lack of a map but in this case it would have really helped me because I spent a large part of the novel just having trouble figuring out where I was and visualising how Labrys Town looked I couldn t get to grips with the scale of the town and its surrounding labyrinth and though we do get some sense of the numbers and size of this universe about a third of the way in Iept running up against how to visualise my surroundings There is magic but also modern technology in the form of magic powered pistols trams reflector helmet and CCTV observation yet society and the rest of their surroundings don t feel modern they feel like a renaissance era setting It was only once I decided to just go with it and had some good chunks of reading time to get stuck into the narrative that I really got immersed in the story enough to not worry about how I should see it in my head and just follow the charactersThe story is told in two timelines one during the Genii war and one set forty years after In both timelines the central characters were young women Clara in the present timeline is a new beginning for the Relic Guild and is our way into this mysterious organisation while Marney is our window onto the past I loved both of them for different reasons Clara is very much the newbie drawn into the Guild and trying to find her feet and learning to accept her power Hers is very much a coming of age story while Marney already Lonestar Sanctuary knows these things If Clara is an apprentice Guild agent Marney is at least a journeyman Marney s story is far about figuring out why the Guild does what it does and how she fits within that missionThere is some overlap between the agents we see in the two timelines notably Samuel Van Bam I m sorry but that name just makes me giggle and Hamir I found it fascinating to see them in these two incarnations while it was a great way to get tonow them better it also created uestions about how. Magic caused the war Magic is forbidden Magic will save usIt was said the Labyrinth had once been the great meeting place a sprawling city at the heart of an endless maze where a million humans hosted the Houses of the Aelfir The Aelfir who had brought trade and riches and a future full of promise But when the Thaumaturgists overlords of human and Aelfir alike went to war everything was ruined and the Labyrinth became an abandoned forbidden zone where humans. They ended up as they did "There are several agents we do not encounter in the the most important of which "are several agents we do not encounter in the the
most important of which Marney s mentor Denton I really liked this gentle ind old manimportant of which Marney s mentor Denton I really liked this gentle ind old man the interaction between him and MarneyThe Relic Guild s plot is well constructed I loved how the past timeline informed the current allowing the reader to understand what is happening along with Samuel and Van Bam but before Clara I found both timelines eually compelling They both centre on the same mystery but where in Marney s time we start with the uestion of who the culprit was in Clara s time we Understanding the Black Economy and Black Money in India know who the culprit is it just isn t clear what he s doing exactly In Marney s time they are trying to stop a war while in the present they just might start one if they don t stop a catastrophe from happeningI enjoyed The Relic Guild tremendously The characters were wonderful and their stories compelling Cox leaves both timelines on a cliffhanger and with plenty of uestions about our characters left unanswered Such as what did Marney implant in Clara s mind What happened between Marney and Van Bam How did the Genii war truly end and who is on the other side of the portal I can t wait to crack open the next book and find answers to these uestions And maybe just maybe I ll also get my map With The Relic Guild Cox delivers a strong debut and I look forward to reading of his writing Bought it on the strength of the blurb it sounded like it ticked most of my boxes but was utterly disappointed by the execution Did not enjoy the author s writing and was disappointed by the execution of the ideas in there that had promise Way too much exposition way too much as younow way too much recapping Characters did not grow into themselves and I struggled to hear the voices of the main characters at all they felt like there was very little to set them apart from each other except for a character sheet of abilities I never really cared for any of them and only finished the book in the hope that it would all come together late in the game The end of this book annoyed me It would have been nice to at least get some closure from book 1 of a series but nope Nothing Just a reaction of Seriously That s it from me over hereHaving said all that I m pretty sure that if I d read this when I was a Desperate (Bad Baker Boys, kid I d have loved it Maybe I m just not the target market maybe I m too snobby on the technical aspects ultimately not the right book for me A promising steampunky fantasy debut It took me a while to get into the story and find my way into the world but. Were trapped behind boundary walls a hundred feet high Now the Aelfir are a distant memory and the Thaumaturgists have faded into myth Young Clara struggles to survive in a dangerous and dysfunctional city where eyes areeen nights are long and the use of magic is punishable by death She hides in the shadows fearful that someone will discover she is touched by magic She nows her days are numbered But when a strange man named Fabian Moor returns to the Labyr.