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International – Relic will be available to purchase on Amazon from 12/09/2019 in paperback and ebook format.
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In the city of Edriast, there is no deadlier duty than to serve as the Shadow.
As the personal servant of the powerful Lord Rennard, the Shadow’s life is all but forfeit. Rennard possesses one of five rare and dangerous Relics – a jewel that protects his bloodline, but slowly poisons everyone else in its proximity. When the current Shadow succumbs to its magic, nineteen-year-old blacksmith Kaylan is summoned to take his place.
It’s an appointment that will kill her.
As the time Kaylan has left ebbs away, hope begins to fade… That is, until she discovers a plot to destroy all five bloodlines in possession of the Relics.
A rebel force plans to put an end to Rennard’s rule and Kaylan suddenly finds herself embroiled in a cause that might just be worth fighting for. But no cause is without its costs…
As her life hangs in the balance and rebellion bears down on Edriast, Kaylan must decide where her loyalties lie – and how she’ll leave her mark on the world.
Relic is the absorbing first novel in The Relic Trilogy, a thrillingly dark YA fantasy series.
So, I’m a writer. Big surprise huh?
Things have been changing so quickly that it’s still hard to believe that I’m going to be published this year!
What is it all about, you ask?
Relic was inspired from reading incredible books like Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and The Study Series by Maria V. Synder. With a dash of Lord Sauron and his ‘One Ring’, Relic is set in a repressive medieval city, with a focus on tyranny, abuse, the decay of life and obsession with power.
My protagonist is a young, tenacious blacksmith called Kaylan Rove (see image). What’s up with the flower, you ask? Pfft, like I’m going to tell you. She spends her days wielding hammers, bending metal, chasing after her reckless alcoholic brother and escaping reality with Shae, her best friend and sex worker.
BOOM. Here comes the inciting incident. Lord Rennard, who sits up in his castle overlooking the city of Edriast, needs a new personal servant. Kaylan is, of course, the unlucky chosen one. Doesn’t sound too bad, right? Well, the problem is that Lord Rennard possesses one of the rare and powerful Relics, a magic that protects his bloodline but is a slow poison to everyone else in its proximity.
…So basically her new ‘job’ is a death sentence. The closer she is to it and the longer she spends near it, the faster she will die. This, alas, is just how their world works. Lord Rennard needs a servant, right? He compensates the families of the servants but money is a cold comfort when you’re burying a loved one.
I don’t want to say much more but here are a few important things to know about the story. There is a man called Bellamy De Winter. Now Bellamy is a bit of an enigma. He also happens to be Rennard’s arch-nemesis. Why? Well, Bellamy has plans. Plans that involve a lot of dead bodies and his hands wrapping around Rennard’s Relic.
I can’t forget to mention Jesper, Rennard’s kind and abused wife, and Markus, a nobleman who shows interest in Kaylan. Idiot, she gon’ die.
I won’t say any more except for I hope my ‘blog pitch’ of Relic was enticing. Oh, if you’re wondering who did the awesome artwork, that would be my incredible friend Ash. Contact me if you’d like to get in touch with him about commissions.
I will be posting updates on The Relic Trilogy and the whole ‘getting published process’, so stay tuned!
~ Bronwyn xo