Angela Knotts Morse brings us an emotional journey that ends in a magical awakening. The Thief’s Relic is a tale that lingers long after you’ve finished reading.
- Title: The Thief’s Relic
- Author: Angela Knotts Morse
- Publisher: An Encouraging Thought Publishers on December 4, 2021
- Genre: YA Fantasy
- Pages: 394
- Available Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, & Digital editions
- Rating: 5/5
Trigger Warnings: Graphic Violence, Torture
Many thanks to Angela Knotts Morse for providing me with a digital copy of The Thief’s Relic with a request for an honest review. Also thanks to Prism Book Tours for inviting me on this tour and providing the materials to build this post.
About The Thief’s Relic
Eamonn never wanted to be a thief.
So when a risky mission goes awry and he receives the chance of a lifetime, he leaves behind everything, even his newfound family in the Thieves’ Guild, to pursue an apprenticeship as an honest merchant.
Traveling the country means he sees and hears everything. Civil unrest, rebellions against the monarchies, and rumors of a usurper bent on uniting the provinces under himself with a mythical form of magic. Few suspect he’s not chasing a dead-end, including village girl Leyna, a believer in the magic of ancient histories. Eamonn’s skeptical heart is also swayed once he finds himself the tyrant’s target, unknowingly possessing the key to harness the dangerous power.
To protect it, Eamonn’s only choice is to flee. But now that it’s the mission of his former brothers in the Guild to hunt him down, keeping magic out of their hands might be harder than either Leyna or Eamonn thought possible. If they fall, though, their world does too.Blurb Provided by Prism Book Tours
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Eamonn learns at an early age that thieving is the only way to survive. One eventful night Eamonn finds a family in a gang of other thieving youths until he gets caught. Dorylls teaches Eamonn how to make a respectable living as a leather merchant. But, all Eamonn wants to do is make it to the university to be a scholar. Somewhere along the way, Eamonn learns the reality of magic, and his life will never be the same. Will Eamonn’s magic show him a new way, or will he die trying to find out?
Eamonn is one of my favorite characters. His vulnerability and resourcefulness make him a sympathetic yet strong and vibrant character. The loyalty and love he feels for those around him make you tingly inside. When Dorylss found Eamonn, my heart lifted. The joy I felt at someone finally taking care of Eamonn was palpable. Dorylss is another character I enjoyed. He is a kindly bear of a man, but his wisdom and friendship make all the difference.
Leyna is a true treasure. Eamonn scoffs at the idea of magic until he meets Leyna. She shows him what magic is and what magic accomplishes. Leyna takes charge to find the truth about Eamonn’s amulet. However, Hadli made my skin crawl. I knew there was something off about him from the very beginning. He is so smarmy it made me gag.
Aemonn’s home city leaves you with a feeling of imminent danger. Skulking around in the dark to steal feels ominous. Waiting for the mounted sentries to catch you at any second makes your heart race. But, when Eamonn lands in Dorylss’s home, the feeling is much more congenial. There is warmth and love in this place. Morse makes it feel like a true home. I loved the caravan traveling and getting to know this wonderful world. If I could land anywhere, I would want to make my home in the land of magic. The everlasting summer sounds fantastic.
The pacing throughout this novel has an intensity that I wasn’t expecting. There is action and venture in nearly every scene. Even scenes of domesticity are somehow heart-stopping. The ever-moving flow left me breathless at times. But, in a good way. I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. To be honest, I figured it would be the same old tale told a million times, but this novel is something special. I fell in love with this story, these characters, and this world. It was everything I could want without knowing what to ask for.
I award The Thief’s Relic a full 5 out of 5 stars. I hope all my fantasy lovers will want to pick this one up. The tale will capture your heart and make you fall in love with Eamon, Leyna, and Dorylss.
About the Author – Angela Knotts Morse
Angela Morse has been writing since the fourth grade when a teacher wrote an encouraging note on one of her assignments. The note read, “I would not be surprised if I go to the library one day and pick up a book by Angela Knotts!” That simple note lit a fire within Angela and she developed a passion for writing stories. Though she has dabbled in a few genres, Angela’s favorite to write is Fantasy. Her audience is typically New Adult (NA) or sometimes Young Adult (YA), depending on the age and maturity of her characters and intended readers. Angela currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and cat.
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Nice review Kimberly. It’s great that it was better than you expected.
Thank you Wendy! I’ve gotten lucky that way recently.