The Margrave (Relic Master Series #4) [NOOK Book]

The Margrave (Relic Master Series #4)

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$13.99 price


The fourth installment in the Relic Master quartet!

Galen and Raffi's quest has brought them to the Pits of Maar. There, below the surface of the world, in the deepest darkness, a most evil thing is waiting for them to come.

Watch a Video

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kris Sauer
In this conclusion to the four-part "Relic Master" series, sixteen-year-old Raffi is faced with innumerable challenges as his apprenticeship with Master Galen nears its end. As the book opens, Carys has been separated from the core group of Raffi, Galen and the Sekoi. Captured and dragged off, her past as a member of the Watch threatens both Carys and her companions. As the fate of Anara hangs in the balance, Raffi undergoes his Journey only to come face-to-face with the embodiment of evil, the Margrave. Captured and brought to the Pits of Maar, Raffi must deal with the truths of his world while his friends join together to try to save him. No doubt a satisfying conclusion to the series, readers new to the world of Anara may find starting with this volume a bit confusing. Lacking the historical background that is often reviewed within the first few chapters of most series, the uninitiated reader is left to guess at the back stories and virtual reality of this fantasy world as well as the character motivation and implications of much of what develops. Still, this is a fast-moving text and Raffi's adventure is exciting. The conclusion is both unexpected and satisfying in the way it hints at the complicated nature of relationships. Many of the characters nonetheless feel a bit flat, particularly without the benefit of their backstory, although the sardonic dwarf leader Godric and the determined orphan girl Carys might just compel readers new to the series to go back and read on for more. Committed "Relic Master" fans will no doubt enjoy this final tome, while readers of fantasy may well find enough here to commit them to the previous three volumes by this acclaimed writer of the genre. Reviewer: Kris Sauer
Kirkus Reviews

The conclusion to Fisher's science-fantasy quartet satisfies, despite failing to answer a number of nagging questions.

Embittered by the events of the search for the Coronet, Relic Master Galen drives his companions mercilessly to destroy the Margrave, the shadowy abomination behind the Watch. His scholar Raffi bears the brunt of Galen's obsession, and—tortured by visions of the Margrave's beckoning—breaks in both mind and spirit, falling into the clutches of the Watch. As Galen, Carys, the Sekoi and all their allies launch a hopeless attack upon the Watch stronghold, Raffi confronts the last twisted Relic of the Makers and must decide who needs rescuing most. Despite important roles for the other characters, this is very much Raffi's story, as his failures and fears are outweighed by the open-hearted compassion that allows him to accomplish for the world Anara what learning, cleverness and strength have not. In a surprising inversion of the standard tropes, the climacticdeus ex machina(or perhaps more properly,deus machina est) leaves open most of the mysteries of the world and the Makers, while providing emotional closure to each character's narrative arc.

Readers who came for the adventure will be left pondering the fragile alliance between mercy, justice, duty and responsibility.(Science fiction. 11-16)

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101517673
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/9/2011
  • Series: Relic Master Series , #4
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 335,916
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Catherine Fisher is an acclaimed novelist and poet, and has written many fantasy books for young people, including the popular "Oracle Betrayed" series. She lives in Wales.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 9 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 9 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013


    I lovedthe first three. I managed to read this one in jjst a few days. The story kept me hooked and I couldn't wait to see how it all ended. The ending was unexpected.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    Warriors den


    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012


    Honestly this series is one of the best that I've read. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good fantasy book.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Great story and an amazing finish

    I loved reading Catheine's first three books and when I read this next and final book of the Relic Master series I was amazed with the story and surprized with the ending. An over-all thriller!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 9 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)