I’m excited to take part in the blog tour for Sarah Fine’s new adult book, Reliquary!
When Hannah at Irish Banana reached out and said that this book was coming out, I’d never read any of Sarah Fine’s work before. But, I’m always game for reading a new author, and I’m so glad I took the chance.
In Reliquary, Mattie Carver’s story hits the ground running and doesn’t stop. She’s always been a lucky, privileged young lady, but just as she’s about to begin her new life with her fiancé Ben, he’s abducted the morning after their engagement party. The only way for Mattie to find him is to partner with the shadowy, snarky Asa (my kind of guy), who is not only a magic dealer, but also happens to be Ben’s long-estranged brother.
The premise of this inventive urban fantasy is that magic is not a fantasy, it’s real, and it’s a highly addictive drug. There are several types of magic, and several types of people with magic-related abilities, and Mattie happens to be a particularly strong container for magic, a reliquary. Because of that, she’s highly valuable to Asa, and her ability is the only way she can get Ben back.
Mattie is a strong woman, and very sure of but everything she’s ever known—including her loyalties—is thrown into question when she discovers she must not only rely on Asa and his knowledge of magic, but listen to everything he says if she wants to be able to save Ben. The relationship that develops between her and Asa as they search for his brother, then work together to get him back, tests the boundaries of her feelings about herself, for Ben, and for Asa.
The novel, the inaugural book in a new series, was fast-paced and kept me hanging on at every turn. I loved that Mattie stayed strong throughout, even when she had to rely on Asa. She was always ready with a quick-witted or sassy reply to his dry sarcasm, and their interactions were fun to read. I can’t wait to see their relationship develop in future books.
Mattie Carver’s engagement party should have marked the start of her own personal fairy tale. But when her fiancé, Ben, is violently abducted the next morning, her desperate quest to find him rips her away from small-town life and reveals a shattering truth: magic is real—and Ben is hooked. It’s not the stuff of storybooks. It’s wildly addictive, capable of producing everything from hellish anguish to sensual ecstasy almost beyond human endurance.
Determined to find out who took Ben and why, Mattie immerses herself in a shadowy underworld and comes face-to-face with the darkly alluring Asa Ward, a rogue magic dealer, infamous hustler…and her missing fiancé’s estranged brother. Asa has the power to sense magic, and he realizes Mattie is a reliquary, someone with the rare ability to carry magic within her own body, undetected. Asa agrees to help find Ben on one condition: Mattie must use her uncommon talent to assist his smuggling operations. Now, from magic-laced Vegas casinos to the netherworld clubs of Bangkok, Mattie is on a rescue mission. With Asa by her side, she’ll face not only the supernatural forces arrayed against her but the all-too-human temptation that she fears she can’t resist.
ABOUT SARAH FINE:
Sarah Fine is a clinical psychologist and the author of the Servants of Fate and Guards of the Shadowlands series. She was born on the West Coast, raised in the Midwest, and is now firmly entrenched on the East Coast.
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