By Sarah Fine
Mattie Carver’s engagement party should have marked the start of her own personal fairy tale. But when her fiancé, Ben, is violently abducted the next morning, her desperate quest to find him rips her away from small-town life and reveals a shattering truth: magic is real—and Ben is hooked. It’s not the stuff of storybooks. It’s wildly addictive, capable of producing everything from hellish anguish to sensual ecstasy almost beyond human endurance.
Determined to find out who took Ben and why, Mattie immerses herself in a shadowy underworld and comes face-to-face with the darkly alluring Asa Ward, a rogue magic dealer, infamous hustler…and her missing fiancé’s estranged brother. Asa has the power to sense magic, and he realizes Mattie is a reliquary, someone with the rare ability to carry magic within her own body, undetected. Asa agrees to help find Ben on one condition: Mattie must use her uncommon talent to assist his smuggling operations. Now, from magic-laced Vegas casinos to the netherworld clubs of Bangkok, Mattie is on a rescue mission. With Asa by her side, she’ll face not only the supernatural forces arrayed against her but the all-too-human temptation that she fears she can’t resist.
Reliquary is a story of a girl that has everything she thought was true ripped away from her when her fiance, Ben, is kidnapped the night after their engagement party. When the police didn’t seem to be doing enough to find Ben, she decides that she owes it to him to do everything possible to help him.
As Mattie follows every lead she can, she finds out the world has magic and it is traded and stolen like a drug. She also finds out that she is very special. She is a Reliquary and is able to not only hold magic in her body but she is able to lock it away and make it basically undetectable.
While Mattie is following a lead into a underground magic club, she comes across Asa, Ben’s estranged brother. He never gives any indication that he is willing to do anything for his brother but at every opportunity to leave he chooses to stay with Mattie. Along the way she finds our that Ben isn’t everything she thought he was, but she still loves him and will do anything for him.
I thought that this was an interesting take on a novel about magic. I also loved the dynamic between Mattie and Asa. Asa, even though he had his reasons, was a total ass through most of the book. (And that kind of makes me love him even more). Everyone has something to hid in this novel and I look forward to the next one in this series.
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