Raffi and his master are Relic Hunters in an age when Hunters have become the hunted. The Order has crumbled and the Watch is tracking down those that are left and making them disappear. The few remaining members of the Order are deep in hiding and Raffi and Galen are unable to rest or let their guard down as they search for lost relics. When they’re summoned to a small settlement to examine an artifact, they know danger may await them but Galen seems to be looking for trouble these days. Instead of a relic, the Relic Master and his apprentice are given a new mission, and so they set off for the lost city of Tasceron. But Tasceron is a dark (literally!) and foreboding city with dangers lurking around every corner. Will Raffi and Galen be able to find the mysterious Crow and make it out alive, or will their efforts be in vain?
Set in a bleak dystopian future, The Dark City is filled with magic, chaos and intrigue. Anara is different from our world in almost every way, but Fisher has crafted the Relic Master universe in life-like detail, making it easy to imagine the harsh but beautiful landscapes and the sinister yet magnificent city of Tasceron. At first, almost everything in Anara is shrouded in mystery. The reader is left wondering what The Watch is, what the relics do, and where the mysterious powers come from. As the story unfolds, little pieces of information are slowly revealed that shed light on the many mysteries. When the story ends, a lot is left unexplained but I believe this is intentional, and these answers will come in the following installments of the series.
The characters in The Dark City are interesting, especially those that enter the story a little later on. The main characters (Raffi & Galen) are likeable, if not overly unique, but the mystery surrounding Carys is one of the more compelling plots of the novel. And I couldn’t help but find the Sekoi very charming and charismatic. It’s refreshing to read a YA fantasy novel that doesn’t revolve around romance or a love triangle, and yet still focuses on the development of relationships between the characters.
The Dark City provides a satisfying ending while still setting up the next books in such a skilful way that the possibility of what’s to come is hard to resist.
While The Dark City was an enjoyable read, I think the real meat of the Relic Master story will come in the three following novels, when more answers are revealed.
*I received this book for review from the Publisher.