RELICS, by Tim Lebbon, Titan Books

 

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There’s an underground black market for arcane things. Akin to the trade in rhino horns or tigers’ bones, this group trafficks in mummified satyrs, gryphons’ claws, and more.

When Angela Gough’s lover Vince goes missing, she sets out to find him whatever the risk. She learns that he was employed by the infamous London crime lord Frederick Meloy, providing bizarre objects beyond imagining. Descending into the city’s underbelly, she uncovers a deadly side to the black market. It might have claimed Vince, and Angela may be next.

Gripping supernatural terror launching a new trilogy by the acclaimed author of Coldbrook (distinct, unique, and absorbing), The Silence (truly addictive), and the Alien-Predator Rage War.

Tim Lebbon’s RELICS opens a darkly beautiful glimpse into another world, one lurking in the shadows, hovering at the corner of the eye. If Anne Rice and Clive Barker had written a story together, it might have looked something like this novel: richly imagined, fantastical, yet grounded in the grit and reality of modern-day London. I look forward to the wonders and terrors yet to come. –JAMES ROLLINS, New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Labyrinth

A magical, perilous drama full of characters who live and breathe, darkness you can feel… –Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Ararat

“Tim Lebbon is an immense talent.”–Joe R. Lansdale, creator of Hap and Leonard

MY THOUGHTS:

I was sent this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

I was a bit iffy on getting this book because Tim Lebbon’s past books seemed to always fail my expectations of his writing.  The premises of his books are fantastic, but bringing the premise to fruition is another story.

With that said, I am not saying “Relics” is a terrible book, quite the contrary actually. When you’re reading the book, your anticipation for a huge cataclysmic climax is built bit by bit and sure, you do get quite the ending, but it’s just not as great as you thought it would be. In truth, this book read like the next television show of “The Magicians.” It was entertaining but like all the rest.

This author does have a great voice and can spin quite the tale, but he fell short in the character development department in “Relics,” and could have done better without the cliche overuse, tropes and dullness. I think the crime fiction part of the book was what turned me off because it was right at the beginning.  It was too bad the author didn’t stick with the urban fantasy part and introduce the crime fiction as part of the discovery process the Protagonist goes through in finding out about Vince’s hidden strange past shown to the reader in snip-its.

Overall, it wasn’t his best writing, but he’s still one I’d read.

I gave this book

3-stars

 

 

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