Working in a local saloon, Maggie befriends the spirited showgirl Adelaide and falls for the roguish cowboy Landon. But when she proves to have a particular skill at harnessing the relics’ powers, Maggie is whisked away to the glamorous hacienda of Álvar Castilla, the wealthy young relic baron who runs Burning Mesa. Though his intentions aren’t always clear, Álvar trains Maggie in the world of relic magic. But when the mysterious fires reappear in their neighboring towns, Maggie must discover who is channeling relic magic for evil before it’s too late.
Relic is a thrilling adventure set in a wholly unique world, and a spell-binding story of love, trust, and the power of good.
Relic is an uber-creative alternate historical fantasy. The magic system and world-building in this story are amazing. The opening chapter is COMPLETELY GUTWRENCHING--I immediately felt for Maggie's situation. The characters felt both historical and very true to the world. I didn't connect with the romance as much as I would have liked, but overall this was a great read.
*The publisher provided a digital copy for my review.