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Mattie Carver has relinquished the world of magic, with all its dark temptations. In six weeks, she’ll marry Ben Ward and claim the safe, small-town life she craves. But Mattie’s talents as a reliquary—someone able to smuggle magic within her body—make her a valuable commodity, even to those she trusts the most. Forced out of retirement by a painful betrayal, she must seek the help of the man she’s tried desperately to stay away from: Ben’s estranged brother, Asa.
Asa, a sensor and magic dealer, may have saved Ben months ago, but he’s complicated Mattie’s life beyond imagining. Trailed by lethal mobsters through Chicago’s seamy magical underbelly and an eerie traveling carnival, Mattie struggles to endure the priceless magic she’s holding and her feelings for Asa. Once, she thought she’d chosen her path. Now the only option may be to succumb to the destiny that’s choosing her, and hope she’s strong enough to survive.
About the Author
Sarah Fine is a clinical psychologist and the author of the Servants of Fate and Guards of the Shadowlands series. She was born on the West Coast, raised in the Midwest, and is now firmly entrenched on the East Coast.
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Splinter by Sarah Fine is the second book in the Reliquary series by this same author. Mattie has lost tremendous weight and seems unhealthy. At this point, she's preparing for her wedding. Ben continues to make bad choices for the sake of his relationship with Mattie and Mattie continues to suffer the consequences. This sequel to Reliquary holds just as much suspense, excitement and action as the first book in the series. Mattie and Asa help each other out of more tough situations and drive each other crazy the whole way in this series geared towards adults. 5 stars for the believable world building and the intense characters in the Reliquary series!
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Splinter by Sarah Fine Book Two of the Reliquary series Publisher: 47North Publication Date: August 2, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Mattie Carver has relinquished the world of magic, with all its dark temptations. In six weeks, she’ll marry Ben Ward and claim the safe, small-town life she craves. But Mattie’s talents as a reliquary—someone able to smuggle magic within her body—make her a valuable commodity, even to those she trusts the most. Forced out of retirement by a painful betrayal, she must seek the help of the man she’s tried desperately to stay away from: Ben’s estranged brother, Asa. Asa, a sensor and magic dealer, may have saved Ben months ago, but he’s complicated Mattie’s life beyond imagining. Trailed by lethal mobsters through Chicago’s seamy magical underbelly and an eerie traveling carnival, Mattie struggles to endure the priceless magic she’s holding and her feelings for Asa. Once, she thought she’d chosen her path. Now the only option may be to succumb to the destiny that’s choosing her, and hope she’s strong enough to survive. What I Liked: I didn't like Reliquary as much as I'd hoped, which is pretty surprising, if you know me and/or have followed my blog for some time. I've read twelve of Fine's thirteen published books (the only one not read being Burn - which I have!). I'm a huge fan of Sarah Fine and her books, so I was so disappointed when I read Reliquary - more so because I didn't like the book (not just that the book wasn't good). That being said, I am pleased to let you all know that I liked Splinter A LOT more than I liked Reliquary. The issues I had in book one were present but no longer issues to me. I liked Mattie more, I hated Ben more (which is good!), and I liked the direction and progression of the romance more. I am NOT giving Splinter a more positive rating because I felt bad about giving Reliquary a not-so-great rating. Absolutely not - I refuse to feel bad for not liking that book as much as I usually like Fine's books. Splinter was better than Reliquary, and much nicer to read. Splinter begins months after the end of Reliquary. Mattie and Asa parted ways, in which Asa disappeared, and Mattie went back to Ben. But it's been months since Mattie's been healthy. She's been sick, physically and emotionally, and no one can figure out what is wrong with her. Is it magic? Is it her heart, trying to tell her something? Her relationship with Ben just isn't the same, despite continuing to plan a wedding that will happen in six weeks. But when Ben makes a dangerous decision that forces Mattie back into the magic world - back to Asa - Mattie will have to open her eyes and decide for herself what she wants to do with her future. I have to look at Mattie in a different light, after reading this book. She seemed a little... weak? In book one. I didn't like that she hid when things got too difficult, and that she refused to make big decisions. She's not a control freak but she does like to have control, and yet, she proved herself incapable of making certain decisions, in book one. I like that, in this book, Mattie fully realizes and recognizes this flaw of hers. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Splinter, Reliquary Series Book 2, Sarah Fine Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance, Sci-fi and Fantasy After the life changing events of book one Mattie is back home, back with Ben and determined to have nothing to do with magic, to marry Ben, to get her old life back. anyone who’s had life changing events knows though that going back isn’t that easy, throw magic into the mix and...well, Mattie may be finished with magic but its clearly not finished with Mattie. Mattie’s been struggling, having panic attacks about the wedding, about what happened, in constant pain and lost so much weight. She and everyone around her assumes its stress related to the events of Ben’s capture and what she went through. Only she, her granddad, another Reliquary, and Ben know the real story, the others assume it was a conventional kidnap and that Mattie was trying to coordinate a rescue, they’ve no idea what really happened. Well, the world of magic is not widely known, and until recent events Mattie too was in ignorance of it. Her beloved Granddad is dying, from cancer his family think, but he lets Mattie in on a secret, its magic that's killing him, he has one of the original four magics inside, and secretly holds the original vessel for it too. When he’s gone, that magic dies with him and he wants Mattie to take the vessel to the headsmen and let them know. That's the plan but as always it doesn’t work that way, and the consequences of someone's intervention have Mattie plunged right back into the world of magic once more, and yet again needing Asa’s help. I love Asa, love his dog Gracie. He’s such a complex man, but with a true heart and its clear he had strong feelings for Mattie back in Reliquary. He gave her a choice though and she went back to Ben... Ben, well, she’d known him for years, thought she loved him, couldn’t really believe he was the man who'd been doing things behind her back, desperate for a touch of the world of magic, and who indirectly caused her so much trouble and led her into such danger. I know she loved him, I liked his side where he’s been good with her, his animal lover side, but we only really saw the dark side, the magic addiction, where he’d risked everything, his and Mattie’s future, for himself. I’m not convinced he’s learned a lesson, that he’s really given all that up and..well – you’ll have to read for yourself ;-) Its got a balance of subtle romance with a great plot, Magic with its different forms and users, its potential for both good and bad, and of course the power hungry factions who crave what it can do for them. I love that Mattie and Asa are once more running from those factions, love Asa’s planning, his ingenuity and the way he’s ready for almost everything, and yet each time their escape is a real skin of teeth thing. I really wanted Mattie to see Ben for what he is, but she seems so fixed at remembering only their good past, that she ignores – at least puts at the back of her mind anyway – the recent events. Which is the true Ben I don’t know – but for Mattie it's the Ben she fell in love with. Will this new danger, one that once more Ben is at the heart of, change her mind? Will his motives matter, that he means well, or even does he really mean it, or is the lure of all things Magic and its potential to solve problems what's really pushing him? Mattie has made it clear No Magic, and he agreed but will she, can she, let this aberration slide past? And wh