Source: ARC from publisher in exchange of an honest review.
The truth will test you…
For fans of Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games: high fantasy and dystopia meet in this high-stakes tale of a civilization built on lies and the girl who single-handedly brings it down.
When Eva’s twin brother, Eamon, falls to his death just a few months before he is due to participate in The Testing, no one expects Eva to take his place. She’s a Maiden, slated for embroidery classes, curtseys, and soon a prestigious marriage befitting the daughter of an Aerie ruler. But Eva insists on honoring her brother by becoming a Testor. After all, she wouldn’t be the first Maiden to Test, just the first in 150 years.
Eva knows the Testing is no dance class. Gallant Testors train for their entire lives to search icy wastelands for Relics: artifacts of the corrupt civilization that existed before The Healing drowned the world. Out in the Boundary Lands, Eva must rely on every moment of the lightning-quick training she received from Lukas—her servant, a Boundary native, and her closest friend now that Eamon is gone.
But there are threats in The Testing beyond what Lukas could have prepared her for. And no one could have imagined the danger Eva unleashes when she discovers a Relic that shakes the Aerie to its core.
Okay, I hope to do this book some justice by writing this review. At first, I can honestly say that I wanted to just put the book down. It confused the heck out of me and half of the time, I didn’t even know what they were talking about? Some words are written in another language and I still have no idea of what half of them mean??
BUT!!! Once I got past the lingo, it was smooth sailing.
I also got invested in the character of Eva. I enjoyed that she was going against what everyone believed by standing by her decision to do the testing. I loved that she was strong enough to not care what anyone thought. She was strong when she went in and even stronger during.
The storyline itself was unique. Eva lives in New World. This is kind of my take on the situation and I may be wrong, but this is what I got out of it….
New World is basically a colony set up after the downfall of Earth. They worship The Lux which is like their bible. The women are maidens and are expected to act a certain way. Eva is going against everyone to join in the testing. She is supposed to be a maiden and not a tester. Her parent’s tried to talk her out of it but, there is no rule in The Lux about a maiden being in the testing. She is basically taking her brother’s place after he had been killed by tragic circumstances. In the testing, the testers basically are looking for Relics from before. Her father had won his testing by brining back a hand-held mirror. It is by far the best relic ever found.
There is a love interest and Jasper is kind of swoony:) There were a few times that I was a little confused by his actions but he was still droolworthy!
The book is written like one big journal from Eva’s POV. I found that interesting. I also loved the beginnings of each chapter which told the date and time. It was written in another language but easy to decipher what the author meant.
I know that this book has been compared to The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones. I have only read HG, and I can say that the two do not compare. The testing seemed to be a little like HG but I do believe that Relic is in a class of its own and I really did not notice any similarities.
I am looking forward to seeing where this story leads us to next. I am not sure when book 2 will be released, but I will definitely keep an eye out for it.
Who would Heather cast as Jasper if she had a choice??
Ah, Jasper. Who would I cast for this classically handsome, loyal, Lex-following and talented Gallant? The one with whom every Maiden in the Aerie would like to enter a Union? This is a tough one, because Jasper is actually much more complicated than he seems. As he and Eva Test together, he reveals a conflicted, slightly darker side of himself that lurks beneath the facade. So, I would need an actor capable of playing two different sorts of roles at once, an actor with range and the ability to surprise the viewers. After learning about and seeing his work in the X-men movies — the most recent one and the one coming out soon — I thought Lucas Till might work well. He certainly has the right physical appearance, plus he is quite comfortable playing characters who are not only ambiguous in their allegiances but also capable of shifting roles.
Heather Terrell worked as a commercial litigator in New York City for over ten years, but she has always been obsessed with myth, lore, and the gap between history and the truth. This preoccupation has led to several loosely factual historical novels (The Chrysalis, The Map Thief, Brigid of Kildare) and the pure-lore Fallen Angel series. Relic is the first installment of The Books of Eva series. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family. Visit her at http://www.heatherterrell.com.