Author: Heather Terrell
Series: Books of Eva #1
About: When Eva’s twin brother, Eamon, falls to his death just a few months before he is due to participate in The Testing, no one expects Eva to take his place. She’s a Maiden, slated for embroidery classes, curtseys, and soon a prestigious marriage befitting the daughter of an Aerie ruler. But Eva insists on honoring her brother by becoming a Testor. After all, she wouldn’t be the first Maiden to Test, just the first in 150 years.
Eva knows the Testing is no dance class. Gallant Testors train for their entire lives to search icy wastelands for Relics: artifacts of the corrupt civilization that existed before The Healing drowned the world. Out in the Boundary Lands, Eva must rely on every moment of the lightning-quick training she received from Lukas—her servant, a Boundary native, and her closest friend now that Eamon is gone.
But there are threats in The Testing beyond what Lukas could have prepared her for. And no one could have imagined the danger Eva unleashes when she discovers a Relic that shakes the Aerie to its core.
My Thoughts: This was such an interesting book to read. So different and imaginative and unique. And, it’s funny, for once I’m actually glad I’d taken longer than usual to review this one. Normally I’m not, because it dulls my memory of the story, making it harder to write about. This time, though, that isn’t the case. Relic by Heather Terrell is a memorable story for sure. And what’s more, I find myself thinking of it with higher regard than I did initially. If I had reviewed and rated this right off the bat, I probably would’ve given it a mere four stars. Clearly, the time to let it sit has done it some good …
This world is about 250 or so years into the future. The polar ice caps melted that long ago, and the only survivors live on an icy island in the Arctic region. Or, at least that’s we are led to believe – and what the people in Aerie believe. I, however, have a theory that perhaps that’s no the case. Perhaps there are survivors elsewhere that no one knows about – or worse, that the powers that be in Aerie would rather no one knew about. Anywho, the people live in a very medieval-type society. Much of the same standards and practices. The rulers claim that The Healing was the Gods’ way of cleansing the earth of man’s sinfulness. When reading the story, I was very much reminded of the Biblical story of Noah and his ark. Make of that what you will …
One of my favorite parts was the misconceptions these people have about the people of our time. Apple was our false God. His minions included MasterCard. His tools were Prozac and Tylenol … it was so creative and so – laughable. Not in a bad way – in an ironic way, I guess. And amusing. It made me wonder how wrong we are about our long-ago ancestors. What assumptions have we made that are just way off the mark? I wonder if they’d laugh at our “understanding” of their lives.
In all, Relic is a unique, interesting, thought-provoking, and enjoyable story. I devoured it, then found that as I had more time to reflect on it and digest it, the more I liked it. I highly recommend Relic by Heather Terrell.
Source: Received through Around the World Tours for review.
Read It: Relic is scheduled for release around October 29, 2013. You can pre-order your own copy HERE. (This is a Book Depository link, and purchase through this link will result in my receiving a small commission at no cost to you. Your support is appreciated!)
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