Relics by Tim Lebbon
Published by Titan Books
Expected publication 21 March 2017
I was given an ARC by the publisher and voluntarily reviewed it.
WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT
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, gryphon’s 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.
The door handle creaks and she opens her eyes.
WHAT I THOUGHT
This is my first time reading a novel by the author though I’m pretty sure I’ve come across the author before in magazines or story collections.
I thought Relics was great. I adored the blend of fantasy and crime fiction. Relics reminded me a lot of the work of Clive Barker and Neil Gaiman. This is a good thing. Trust me. Relics was a bit slow to start but suddenly explodes into something wonderful. I loved it when Angela first goes to see the gangster she thinks might know where her boyfriend is and is shown something terrible and beautiful, a creature that cannot exist but somehow does and the bottom falls out of her world. It was at this point I started to fall in love with the novel. I had a great time reading Relics. I would highly recommend it and definitely want to read more of this author.