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After a raging fire consumes her town and kills her parents, Maggie Davis is on her own to protect her younger sister and survive the best she can in the Colorado town of Burning Mesa. In Maggie’s world, the bones of long-extinct magical creatures such as dragons and sirens are mined and traded for their residual magical elements, and harnessing these relics’ powers allows the user to wield fire, turn invisible, or heal even the worst of injuries.

Working in a local saloon, ...

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After a raging fire consumes her town and kills her parents, Maggie Davis is on her own to protect her younger sister and survive the best she can in the Colorado town of Burning Mesa. In Maggie’s world, the bones of long-extinct magical creatures such as dragons and sirens are mined and traded for their residual magical elements, and harnessing these relics’ powers allows the user to wield fire, turn invisible, or heal even the worst of injuries.

Working in a local saloon, Maggie befriends the spirited showgirl Adelaide and falls for the roguish cowboy Landon. But when she proves to have a particular skill at harnessing the relics’ powers, Maggie is whisked away to the glamorous hacienda of Álvar Castilla, the wealthy young relic baron who runs Burning Mesa. Though his intentions aren’t always clear, Álvar trains Maggie in the world of relic magic. But when the mysterious fires reappear in their neighboring towns, Maggie must discover who is channeling relic magic for evil before it’s too late.

Relic by Renee Collins is a thrilling adventure set in a wholly unique world, and a spell-binding story of love, trust, and the power of good.


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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
Plot trumps characterization in this Wild West fantasy. When mysterious attackers burn their hometown, survivors Maggie Davis and her younger sister, Ella, seek refuge in a nearby town. Local law enforcement assumes the burnings are Apache attacks against relic-mining communities, as the Apache culture views relic use as religious desecration. Relics are the expensive fossils of magical creatures such as dragons and goblins, and they give the wielder access to the creature's residual magic. When a few Apaches--including the one who rescued Maggie and Ella from their town's fire (the first of Maggie's many rescues)--are captured, Maggie must solve the mystery before they are executed. While local nuns take in little Ella, Maggie needs employment--preferably not as a prostitute. She only barely finds a position at the local saloon when its young, handsome owner--Álvar Castilla, the wealthiest man in town--invents a hostess position for her. She befriends a showgirl/prostitute with a heart of gold and flirts with a heroic cowboy while avoiding a controlling stock villain. The text often tells readers that Maggie is strong, yet more often than not, other characters must push her along through the plot. The ending demands a sequel, but only readers willing to forgive slipshod characterization for the innovative worldbuilding will look forward to it. Simplistic characters undermine an exciting, creative fantasy world. (Fantasy. 14 & up)
School Library Journal
01/01/2014
Gr 8 Up—A fantasy-filled alternative U.S. history title set in the Colorado Territory in 1867. Sixteen-year-old Maggie's parents never returned from a trip to town, and her older brother just died in a fire from which she and her younger sister barely escaped with the help of an Apache teen. Maggie and Ella end up in a small town populated by prospectors. Relic prospectors. Fossilized unicorn horns, the bones of kraken, bits from griffins and werewolves, and trolls are buried in the mesas all around. People who are rich enough to own relics (like hacienda boss Álvar Castilla) or talented enough to harness their magic (like Moon John and Maggie) can gain advantages such as fire-starting or invisibility. Highly dangerous shadow relics are forbidden by law, but that doesn't mean they aren't available on the black market. Maggie takes a job as a waitress in a saloon and makes friends with Adelaide, a fancy dancer and occasional prostitute. She meets Landon, a cowboy who steals her heart, and she wonders about the fate of the Apache who saved her life. The writing can be predictable (hearts "burst," eyes "plead," feet "are rooted," and emotions "choked back"), but the story has enough inventive action and romance to keep teens interested. The ending offers a reveal that practically guarantees a sequel. Offer this one to older fans of Patricia C. Wrede's Thirteenth Child (Scholastic, 2009), another fantasy-filled alternative U.S. history. Fans of Westerns will enjoy the frontier atmosphere, if they don't mind the occasional appearance of ghost coyotes and magical goblin belts.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622660155
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Series: A Relic Novel , #1
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 657,698
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


Renee Collins graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in History, and currently lives with her family in the shadow of the Colorado red-rock cliffs, thugh she hasn't unearthed a relic. Yet. Relic is her first novel.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    I received this as an ARC Get ready to dive into one of the mos

    I received this as an ARC

    Get ready to dive into one of the most intriguing and tantalizing reads of the summer! There is nothing RELIC can't offer you if you like a good ol' twist of magic, charming and sexy cowboys, a young and gorgeous Indian warrior with a flair for saving, a damsel in distress, a sleazy boss who makes your skin crawl, a young wealthy gentlemen ready to make you an offer you can't refuse, a witty best friend with all the right moves, and the sizzling heat of the old Wild West.

    Every page reveals a new twist that promises you an action packed, edge of your seat read! Filled with gripping emotions, RELIC promises a heart that flutters with anticipation and sweaty palms that become slick under the grip of your e-reader as you hold on for dear life in this roller coaster of plots, devotion, heartbreak, excitement, intrigue, love and betrayal.

    Three young delicious sexy boys, a beautiful girl searching for all the answers, a best friend who leaves you laughing, AND MAGIC. Anyone who knows me, understands that I'm a sucker for anything magical and with RELIC I got everything I love all in one charming and charismatic book. How can I not love it?

     Still need a little something to show you that this book has it all? Hmm..I think I can help with that.

    "I pressed my lips to his and drank deeply. Landon hesitated for a moment, but then surrendered to the desire I knew boiled inside him. His arms hooked around me. I climbed onto his lap, straddling him with my legs. His hot breath flashed my cheek as he kissed me hungrily."

    Hands down, RELIC is by far my new favorite and I won't be surprised if it becomes your new obsession too. Be warned though, clear your schedule. Once you crack the spine of this epic fantasy, you will be hooked and won't be able to shake it until the very last page...and even than it will cast a spell on you and haunt you in your sleep.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2013

    I received this as an ARC When I first started this book I wasn

    I received this as an ARC

    When I first started this book I wasn’t sure what to expect and I’m not going to lie it took me a little bit to figure everything out. Have you ever watched a T.V. show where it takes like 8 or 9 episodes of the 12 episode show to figure out what the heck is going on? And you are just so intrigued that you have to continue to find out and understand. Well this book was like that for me, but in a good way.

    The book takes please out in the 1700-1800ish Wild West era. Maggie Davis is our wonderful main character and I love everything about her. Her wonderful way to attract the wrong attention, they way she stands out and up for herself and others. The protectiveness that she shows those closest to her, and her fierce undying fire to follow her dreams.

    After tragedy strikes Maggie’s home town, Maggie tries to start over in Burning Mesa with her little sister Ella. I have mixed emotions about Ella and her bratiness, on one hand I understand it, but on the other suck it up. So as Maggie earns her keep and money working at a local saloon she ends up making friends with the last person in the world Maggie ever though she would, Adelaid the show girl at the saloon. I should mention that Maggie is very conservative during this time frame and Adelaid is pretty much the exact opposite.

    The richest man in the area is Alvar Castilla and when he finds out about Maggie’s special talent with relics he immediately becomes interested in her. He invests a lot into all different types of relics, especially rare ones. One of my favorite scenes involves, Fairy Relic Powder, and when I read about the vals vuelo de Espana I was so involved and taken with the story that it was all I could do to not imagine myself being there during that time.

    There is a lot that goes on in this book. We learn a lot about the Apaches, especially Maggie’s friend Yahn, and their rising revolts on the towns. We also get to learn about Landon. OMG I love Landon. He is the perfect mix of cowboy/western/gentlemen/ladies man/sweet talking/smooth shooting/riding man of my dreams. If I could go back in time to be in this era, it would be worth it to just get a chance at being with Landon.

    So if you haven’t picked up yet relics are the main gist of this story. The way the history of relics and their uses is described just pulls the reader in to want to know more. It’s pure magical and one of the greatest forms of imagination I’ve ever seen. Two things that get me more than anything else is any form of magic and love. Adding some awesome history to that and AMAZING writing only makes this book so much better. I loved that this book wasn’t cut short and fully explained everything it needed.

    Of course there are a lot of plot twists that keep the reader guessing until the end about what is going to happen. Although at one point Maggie got pretty mad (which doesn’t really happen) and all I kept envisioning in my head was that she was going to have flames shooting out of her arms and destroying everything in sight to get to her destination.

    I’ve never quite read a book like this and I’m so excited that as a new author I was able to get the chance to read this amazing book and help promote it. I can’t wait to see what will happen next for Maggie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2014

    Maine

    My name is Maine and im 14. Mmy godly parent is Posideon. My parents were killed a few years ago and the only family i have left is my 20 year old sister and she takes care of me. I have had a lot of experience with fighting so im strong and durable. I have dark brown hair and light brown eyes. My weapon of choice would be a spear and sheild with a sword

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    Graces updated bio

    Name: Uh... look at the title of my bio
    Age: 14
    Species: uh.. demigod?
    Race: Demigod i guess
    Backround: I ran away from home to protect family from monster attacks. I had a sis, a bro, and a step bro. The step bro was a total jerk. The las time i used a cellphone, it blew up, so I had my mom drive me here.
    Godly parent: POSIDEN ALL THE WAY!!!!!
    Weapon of choice: any source of water, but if I have to, i use my sword, Kyama

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    Jebb bio

    Name jebb weapon bow and arrow with a sword of ice enything else ask

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2014

    Annabeth

    Name: Annabeth Gold<br>
    Species: Fae<br>
    Race: Loki<br>
    Godly Parent: Pan<br>
    History: I was born in the Labryinth (Might have spelled it wrong). My mom was a Fae, a Norn actually. Norns are earth fae who feed of stupidness. I'm a Loki. I feed of anxiety. I'm a mischief fae. Anyway my mom got pregnant and went back to her a tree at the other end of the labryinth. Norns are linked to their tree. Its like another body to take care of. Anyway she madde me escape with Percy and Annabeth when the labryinth started falling apart. I threw of rock at Percy. I've been lookijg for a fitting camp since.<br>
    Appearance: Strawberry blonde hair, and blue eyes. Slender body.<br>
    Weapon: Longbow and two battle axes.<br>
    Crush: Not saying. Jebb seems sensitive<br>
    Status: Single

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2014

    Ella bio

    Name ella looks long blond hair with pink ends brown eyes 5'4 tan godly parent Zeus weapons a dagger tht morphs into a hair clip powers anthing that has to do with the sky and air flying etc. Age 15 personality fun. partier .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    DON'T JOIN

    JOIN ATHENIAN CONSTITUTION

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    Aphrodite bio

    At borgias res one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    Seths bio

    Name:seth penhaligon age:17 parent:ares. Patron:Hephaestus looks:pure white hair and albino skin, wth amber eyes. He wears a black sleeveless shirt covered by a red long sleeved cloak/coat. Something under his coat makes a onstant clicking noise with every movement. He also wears faded jeans and black boots. Useful items:his boots have many hightech gadgets, including a personal wifi signal. His leather gloves are flexible, yet strong as metal, and also has hidden tricks. H gloves also allowed him to mipulat his surroundings on a molecular level with a simple touch, which alows him to alter it in any way. The boots and gloves were gives from hephaestus. Powers:able to manipulate machines(gift from hephaestus), sur brain(also hephaestus), and knowledge of the battlefield(from dad). Weapon of hoice:something about his right arm( feel free to try to get him to tell you.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    Storms bio

    Name-look up plz thnx ********************* godly parent-hecate**************godly patron- hephastus ****************** looks-black hair gold eyes muscular and tanish************** powers and weapons- my staff and sword and daggers, i can do magic better than alot of peeps since my mom is yea, i can controll fire and i can build stuff not bad*********

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    BETTER CAMP AT

    Ethics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    Lindsay

    Name's Lindsay I'm 17. Kate is my sister so my godly parent is Poseidon. I have long red curly hair with blue eyes. Im tan 5"8 and sprty. I cheer and play volleybal and i sing. I can control the waters and speak to the animals in the ocean. Im fun silly love to meet new people and i laugh a lot. My brother might rp here too but i dont feel like putting is bio so youll just have to meet him. Bye &hearts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    Mia

    My full name is Mia Skai Rayn-Im 15-I have long brown brown hair and and blue/grey eyes.-Im silly and I might laugh a little too much.-Im a full blood Okie (Oklahloman).-Godly parent, Apollo.- Single for now-Im really athletic, I run track and country, pitcher/first baseman.-Got any questions? Just ask, I dont bite. - Mia

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    Shelby

    Idk who my godly is i just kniw i have powers of a withch a wolf a vampire and a demon im 16 looks long brown hair with natrill blond highlights i ca speak to animals i am imune to help all livibg creatures wether i like them or not persinality sweet kind funny weird randome can be akwered and i can protect my self any thing else please ask i wont bite;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    Merida

    Full name: Merida Rachel Chase Age: 12 Looks: hazel/stormy grey eyes, red/blonde hair with purple streaks, skinny Wears: almost always a t-shirt with something on it or a camp-half-blood t-shirt with jean shorts. Weapons: sword (celestial bronze) and powers from godly parent Olympian Parent: Athena Personity: friendly, helpful, talkative I think I should be co leader because I can be on here almost always and I love designing things. Im also not mean. I know Im not the first person who you would consider but I would think Id be a good co leader. So plz consider.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    Rage

    Bios here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    Carries bio

    Name: carrie elizabeth johnson
    Godly parent: Athena...... godly patrons: khione. Hecate. And nike wants to be
    Personality: witty, quick tempered, charming
    Powers: quick thinker, control over ice, magic, and i can annoy ppl like that.
    Bf: Connor Crush: never gonna tell u bff: Mia
    Rank: Co-leader

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    pat

    Godlyparent:i am one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    KYLE'S BIO

    Name: are you really that stupid? Kyle colliagra pitt <p> Age: 17 <p> godly parent: hecate <p> personality: light, easygoing, funny, likes to yell at the public. When is annoyed he yells a lot. <p> history: dont ask. <p> rank: camp leader <p> status/crush: single/none, not looking. <p> weapons/gadgets: a long sword named thrive, a bow and arrows, a pistol with a flip up scope, knives, and poison-filled throwing darts (im really good at them)if neccesary. His watch can turn into a ferrari, a eagle, or a ******* (secret weapon/gadget)<p> powers: minor things that have to do with magic, but i specialize in the element of wind. So i can fly, control the wind, make mini tornadoes/ hurricanes, and move stuff around without touching them by bending the wind.

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