By: Bronwyn Eley
Series: The Relic Trilogy #2
Publication: August 13th, 2020
By: Talem Press
Genre: YA | Dark | Fantasy
Buy it: Amazon
Kaylan’s life as she knew it is over. Again.
Hunted by the guards of Edriast and their ruthless captain, Kaylan is forced to flee into a world she’s never seen, armed with a power she never wanted. With her brother Elias by her side, she escapes to the distant city of Stynos, where rumour has it a possible ally is waiting… An ally who might help Kaylan control the violent magic that’s become her burden to bear.
But Kaylan can’t hide forever – not from the forces that surround her, or from the darkness inside herself. Rebel leader Bellamy seeks her help to destroy a regime; Captain Thorn pursues her with a vengeance; and as her power grows, her inner demons begin to seep through the cracks…
Kaylan may be strong, but is she strong enough to resist the Relic?
Riven is the engrossing second instalment in Bronwyn Eley’s dark YA fantasy series, The Relic Trilogy.
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I want to thank Talem Press for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Wow, this sequel is fantastic, I had a lot of fun reading it, and although I didn’t remember so much from the first book when I started reading this one, it was easy to get into the plot again, since it’s absolutely exquisite and dark, and super addictive. I mentioned this in my Relic review, but I need to repeat again, the quality of the writing style is absolutely brilliant, and it just gets better and better & last but not least I think the atmosphere this book has is super engaging and perfect. I enjoyed it a lot!
In this sequel we see Kaylan face a destiny that certainly didn’t expect for her, escaping from powerful people who want to hunt her, she must go in search of allies to help her control the weight of a dangerous power that she has never wanted. Now the Rebel leader needs her help to overthrow an entire regime, and as Captain Thorn pursues her with a vengeance, Kaylan must find out if she can be strong enough to control the Relic’s power or it will control her instead.
What I like most about these books in general, besides the fact that the plot is super interesting and easy to follow, is the dark and heartbreaking tone behind it. It seems to me that giving a fantasy story such a dark and gloomy tone is a very interesting thing and it plays with the dark sides of each character, especially Kaylan who must now carry a great weight on her shoulders, and also without knowing if she’ll survive this power that can control her mind and change everything she is. I also love how the author focuses on the personalities of the characters, I don’t think they have a very intense depth, though, but you do have a perception of their intentions just by reading the dialogues, which shows a great job with the plot and with the intention of the story construction. In short, it really captivates me how the book is built and that in addition to having interesting and entertaining plot twists and also solid fantasy aspects, it focuses more on the “psychological” of the characters, mental health, and the duality of the mind under intense and challenging situations and conditions.
Maybe I made it sound complex and heavy, right? And I really don’t think that’s the case, I think the first book cost me much more than to read that this one, perhaps due to the amount of information and that it seemed kind of slow, but it’s not boring at all, and in this book the paced improves a lot, and I think this is because I’m more familiar with what’s happening. I like sequels like this one because although in some way they work as a bridge, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its own impact, on the contrary, I feel that it has given us a lot of new information and we meet super intriguing and easy to love characters (Rourke, for example), also it’s simply a pleasure to read such a dark atmosphere in fantasy, it’s one of my favorite things in the genre.
I don’t usually enjoy action scenes, but in this book they weren’t bad, I think the author knew how to use them in the necessary moments and if you usually enjoy good action scenes, you’ll surely like them much more than I did.
I adore Kaylan as the main character, I think she’s so strong and must prove over and over again how much she can really resist and she’s in a constant fight against her internal demons, her doubts and all this carrying a power that could easily destroy her inside. Seeing her fight against each obstacle and always taking the others into account, I love it, she’s a great hero for this story, but also shows us a very dark and cruel side, which impacts a lot while you read it and gives a new meaning to this story, to the whole sequel & to what will be the last book.
The first book isn’t very strong in terms of world-building, but I liked that in this one much more, I think that attention was paid to details and a more extensive panorama was given. I already said that I LOVE the author’s style, but I repeat it, it’s easy to read and has a lot of talent to tell a story and keep you on the edge of your seat excited to know what will happen next, that’s wonderful, also I think it shows growth in writing style and complexity without becoming heavy or difficult to read. Finally, I liked the twists, they’re clean, well thought out and well-executed, I really have nothing bad to say about them.
I would love to be able to share a LOT more of this plot and delve into it, but it’s a sequel and that would be a spoiler, so I’ll just say that guys if you want to read a fantasy full of dark magic, rebels, good dialogue, a great writing style, a great main character, and a VERY dark tone, you really like this trilogy, I recommend it, I think it deserves a lot more knowledge and also I would really love to know what you think about the story, more people need to read it’s a lot of fun, a little suffering, but worth it. I’m excited to know what will happen in the final book, and I feel very honored to be able to read this sequel before its release date, it’s a blessing because I love to share with you these types of stories, so rich, but at the same time sharing the work of a great author who deserves more recognition. Go head and support Relic, it’s amazing!