Hey all, Dani here.
First I have to apologize for only having one post up so far in August. I had intended to keep up with my schedule of three posts a week but my time at Wizard World Ohio Comic Con July 29-31 and then my trip to Indianapolis for the Critical Role LIVE event on August 6th really drained me and…now I feel bad about not keeping up with my blog.
I’m going to make up for that though. I have rescheduled the blogs I was supposed to have up August 2nd through now and I should have a post up just about every day for the next week or so.
Today’s post is a review I meant to have up on August 2nd, a review of a wonderful book I received an e-galley of thanks to NetGalley and 47North…Splinter by Sarah Fine, which is the sequel to Reliquary (my review for that can be found here).
Mattie Carver has relinquished the world of magic, with all its dark temptations. In six weeks, she’ll marry Ben Ward and claim the safe, small-town life she craves. But Mattie’s talents as a reliquary—someone able to smuggle magic within her body—make her a valuable commodity, even to those she trusts the most. Forced out of retirement by a painful betrayal, she must seek the help of the man she’s tried desperately to stay away from: Ben’s estranged brother, Asa.
Asa, a sensor and magic dealer, may have saved Ben months ago, but he’s complicated Mattie’s life beyond imagining. Trailed by lethal mobsters through Chicago’s seamy magical underbelly and an eerie traveling carnival, Mattie struggles to endure the priceless magic she’s holding and her feelings for Asa. Once, she thought she’d chosen her path. Now the only option may be to succumb to the destiny that’s choosing her, and hope she’s strong enough to survive.
Let me just say that this book had me falling for Asa Ward even more than I had in the first book. Likewise my absolute disgust…mmm, that may be too strong a word, my dislike of Ben Ward only grew. Which of course because of her devotion to Ben made me get so frustrated with Mattie through a majority of this book.
It seemed like no matter how many awful things Ben did, even when she told him she didn’t want to do them, Mattie forgave him and ignored all the logic that was practically screaming that this relationship wasn’t working AT ALL anymore.
Whereas, on the other side, we have Asa, who actually respects Mattie for who and what she is and doesn’t try to force her into things she doesn’t want to do. Plus, come on, Asa also has his devotion to his dog, Gracie, and that just makes him even more endearing.
The driving plot in this book is mostly an unforeseen complication/consequence from an event in the first book, added to the fact that Mattie and Asa had ticked off a couple very powerful people.
We meet some new characters and dive further into this world of sensors and reliquaries and magic as this great power and addictive drug. Watching as Mattie and Asa navigate through the world, filled with sensilo magic and knedas magic and everything else is frankly impressive. They make a great team and I’m very eagerly looking forward to getting my hands on Mosaic soon and seeing exactly what happens now that Mattie and Asa have legitimately formed a business partnership to smuggle magic pulled from relics. It’s certainly going to be fun.
It’s not all that easy to review this while avoiding spoilers, but I definitely recommend this series. And if you’ve read it, and want to talk with me about more spoilery details, find me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and we can chat.
I gave Splinter a 5/5 rating.