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The Relic Guild (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Edward Cox

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Magic caused the war. Magic is forbidden. Magic will save us.



It 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 were trapped behind boundary walls 100 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 are keen, 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 knows her days are numbered. But when a strange man named Fabian Moor returns to the Labyrinth, Clara learns that magic serves a higher purpose and that some myths are much more 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 required. 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 walls.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 431 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 147320030X
  • Editeur : Gollancz (18 septembre 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderfully Magic-Fuelled Debut 12 décembre 2014
Par Gizzimomo Wilson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
*I received a copy of The Relic Guild from the publisher, Gollancz, in exchange for an honest review*

'Magic caused the war. Magic is forbidden. Magic will save us.'

The Plot Of The Story:
The plot of this book is quite a complicated one and it's hard to explain what the book is truly about without giving parts of the story away but I'll give it a go.

The Labyrinth.... a deep dark maze that was once a prison. At it's heart lies Labrys Town. Labrys Town was once connected to all the realms of the Aelfir through various portal throughout the town until a magical war broke out, the Genii (some of the magical thurmatologists - magic users) led by Lord Spiral who's intent is to totally subjugate the Aelfir and rule over them all. Labrys Town, with it's doorways to the realms, is the key that Genii need to overthrow the Aelfir so in a desperate attempt to stop the Genii and save the Aelfir from utter destruction all the portal throughout Labrys are destroyed. All except one and that one is a one way door only and is the town's only means of supply, though they have no idea where the portal comes from. Everyone in Labrys Town is now completely trapped with no way out, no means of escape as even if they could leave the town (which they can't thanks to unscalable walls surrounding the town) there is no where to go as the Labyrinth is never ending and full of incomprehensible dangers in it's own right. The armies against the Genii fought hard and along with The Relic Guild (a group of magickers chosen to protect the town from the Genii and their evil) of Labrys Town and they believed they had destroyed Lord Spiral and his Genii.... until now.

Now it seems that Fabian Moor, the worst of the Genii and long thought dead, is back and has somehow found his way to Labrys Town. How did Moor survive, why is he back and what is he planning.... only The Relic Guild has long been disbanded and there is no-one to protect the town from the rampaging and twisted Genii. The Resident of Labyrs Town, the leader of the town and a former member of the Guild, decides to reform the Relic Guild and to use them to fight Moor and put a stop to his dastardly plans but the Guild member are now old and are few so do they even have what it takes to stop Moor anymore?

The Characters:

Peppercorn Clara - a former whore, currently in hiding after being implicated in a murder. She hides a magical secret of her own.
'Old Man' Sam - one of the original members of The Relic Guild. Sam is now the ultimate grumpy old man but he's still on the ball and more than capable of doing what is called fall despite his advancing years. His magical gift is that he has a heightened sense of dangers around him.
Marney - Another of the original members of The Relic Guild. Marney is an empath and is the key to Fabian Moor's latest plot.
Van Bam - A original member of The Relic Guild and an illusionist of the highest degree. Van Bam is the current Resident in charge of Labrys Town and leader of The Relic Guild. He is blind now but being the Resident and a magicker has given him a strange kind of sight that is his alone. He's a very powerful man but has a lot of weight on his shoulders being in charge of the town and it's people.
Hamir - a necromancer and one the more interesting characters in the book, if underused in my opinion.
Lady Amilee - one of the Aelfir, only seen in the flashback parts of the book. She's a beautoful and powerful character.
Fabian Moor - The books big bad and bad he is to the very core, he a shadowed and nefarious man. He was presumed dead for many years but is now back, and back with a vengeance. The terms of his reappearance has left him a kind of vampire, who needs to feed on others just to survive...... and he's not alone.

The Book's Setting (Time and Place):

The Time - the book is a book of two halves that run concurrently through the book. Parts of the book are set in the current time and chronicle the current battle to stop Fabian Moor and others are set forty years in the past before the portals to the outside world were closed. If you don't keep a close eye on what you're reading it can easily get a bit confusing but the split between times is necessary as the past of the book in the past give you a better idea of why current events are happening and it's an important part of the story. I really wanted to know a lot more about the original war than the glimpses I got of it via flashbacks, it has the potential to become an integral part of the backstory, of the mythos, but maybe more detail is being saved for later.... I just wanted more now, I'm not patient at all.

The Place - The setting of the book is wonderful..... we have the dark and deeply oppressive Labyrinth and at it's very heart , behind 100 foot tall walls, is the town of Labrys. Labrys has the same kind of feel as a Dickensian London, you know that dark, dirty and rather depressing feel you get, it's feels very Victorian, very noir. It doesn't feel like it's particularly pleasant place to live and that's mainly because the denizens of Labrys Town are trapped there, there is no means of escape for them and it gives you sense that the people aren't really living, just existing while desperately praying for a better life.When you take that kind of Dickensian vibe and throw in the twist of magic, of steampunkesque machinations, you get a very individual feeling noir setting.

The Writing:

I'm not going to lie to you and tell you that this book is an easy book to read as it's not, it has highly detailed and saturated structure to it, it's fantasy to the extreme and you need to make extra effort to concentrate to take all the information that is thrown at you in, and there is an awful lot to take in BUT if you can take it all on board what you end up with a is complicated and intense story, chocked full of rich detail and it makes for an interesting and intriguing read. The plot is intricately and sincerely woven and the dual-aspected narrative had been cleverly thought out and well presented even if it can be a little confusing in places.

The characterisations are good for the most part, most of the character are well rounded and eep, they each have their humanizing flaws and secret that make them interesting to read although there are some niggle things that I wasn't quite so keen so. Van Bam as a character name wasn't the best choice for me, it didn't sound right in context with everything else and didn't seem to belong. Maybe if the character had been referred to by his christian name instead of Van Bam all the time it might not of bothered me as much as it did. The other character that bugged me was Clara who didn't seem to fit in the story until the last few chapters when she finally became her own persona as before she was easily indistinguishable from the Marney of the past, they are so similar. Clara really need room to grow into her own person as she's a bit too vanilla for the majority of this book, maybe she'll grow in the future if there are future books to come. I loved the idea Cox had for the creation of the stone golems in the book, it's a unique take and it gave the book something different. I've read other books containing golems but this take is new to me and really enjoyed it.

Although I could find no clear grounded evidence that this is just the first book in a series it really feels like the start of a much wider and significantly bigger story as there are many unanswered questions by the end of it that don't get tied up in a neat bow and will need further explanations so I can only hope that there is much more to come from Cox as I like his style of writing, it's not easiest of styles to read but once the book is finished you get a real sense of achievement for getting through it and really understanding what the book is about. The scope for future books is immense and could be extremely expansive of Cox does write more.

Final Thoughts:

I found this to be a wonderful read, it's intense, dark and highly detailed but worth the read with it a whole host of unique points that make it stand out from the crowd. It's a book I would recommend to those who enjoy big complicated stories full of exquisite detailing but if you like your books simple, to the point and with all it's ends nicely tied up in a bow then maybe this isn't the book for you as this book is a complicated ride through a magical yet dark world before it takes it's leave with many questions left hanging around unanswered.

Will I be hoping, praying and waiting for a sequel to The Relic Guild..... without question it is a resounding yes from me. I loved this book, it's a unique read that's an action packed and magic fuelled delight of well written prose. It's epic and worth each and every page!
4.0 étoiles sur 5 An Intriguing Science Fiction/Fantasy! 3 novembre 2014
Par Lynn Worton - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This is an intriguing start to a science fiction/fantasy series. I really enjoyed it!

I was recommended this book by Amazon through their Audible division, due to my taste in science fiction and fantasy. I was intrigued with the blurb, so I downloaded the audio book. The story is narrated by Imogen Church, who has also narrated Bridget Jones's Diary. She did a fantastic job in bringing the characters to life. I loved her speaking voice, and her reading pace was perfect.

Peppercorn Clara is a young woman of eighteen, who has been working as a prostitute in a brothel since the age of fourteen in the Labyrinth city called Labrys Town. I really liked her. She is stubborn and determined, and hiding a secret. She has magic in her veins and is a wolf shifter.

This is a unique story; the world building and character development is extraordinary. I loved the descriptions of the scenes and characters. The story has a post apocalyptic feel to it, with a hint of steampunk, which is further enhanced by the split timelines, which are forty years apart. The characters in both the past and the present are quite interesting. However, the changing timelines were a bit confusing at times. Trying to keep it straight in my head was a little like juggling apples (extremely difficult, since I don't juggle), but I persevered and found myself hooked! I even listened to the story twice! I was intrigued as to how one million humans ended up living in the middle of a labyrinth. Did they feel like prisoners, being trapped within the confines of Labrys Town after the portals were closed? Or, safe from the dangers of war ravaging the Thaumaturgists? This aspect was not explored by the author, but I couldn't help but wonder at it. But, if I lived in such a place, would I be happy, angry or sad at the circumstances? I don't know. Maybe a combination of those emotions. Nevertheless, the denizens of Labrys Town seemed resigned to their fate and carried on as normal.

I loved meeting Old Man Sam, a bounty hunter, and Vam Bam, the Resident of Labrys Town. They, along with a Necromancer called Hamir, and Marney, an empath, are the only remaining members of The Relic Guild. This guild acts as a magical police force, who confiscate objects that had been brought into Labrys Town by the Aelfir and the Thaumaturgists before they closed the borders, to keep the denizens safe. I loved Hamir; he is a very intriguing character, who has a very dry wit. He has been around for a long time and has seen and done a lot of things, but he seems ageless to me. Unfortunately, Fabian Moor, a renown Thaumaturgist thought to have died forty years previously, returns to Labrys Town after being in hiding. Enter Clara. What follows is a fast paced race against time, and a dangerous foe who will do anything to gain access to The Nightshade, the home of the Resident and the Guild. There are twists and turns galore, as well as magic in this tale, which kept me riveted. I was intrigued with the appearance of the mysterious avatar, who appeared to know everything that was going on, but refused to divulge too much information to the Guild members. I am not sure what he/she's motives are, but it will be interesting to find out. The end of the story left me hanging, as it finished on an unusual cliffhanger. I have a love/hate relationship with cliffhangers because they frustrate me to the point of screaming, but I am looking forward to continuing this story as soon as I can.

Edward Cox has written an interesting debut novel. I loved his fast paced writing style, but found the flow of the story to be a bit disjointed due to the flicking timelines. However, each timeline story flowed well within its respective space. I will be keeping an eye out for more of this author's work in the future.

Due to scenes of violence and abuse, I do not recommend this book for younger readers. However, I highly recommend this book if you love science fiction and dark fantasy genres. - Lynn Worton
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