This summer I was lucky enough to get to review Catherine Fisher's Relic Master series, published in four consecutive months this summer. As a reader, I loved this approach. It gave me something to look forward to each month and less time between books to forget what had happened. I'm curious as to whether it worked from a publishing standpoint.

Catherine Fisher's work resonates very strongly with me, to the extent that I'm not sure I can view it objectively. While I think her book Incarceron---one of the best books of 2010---had a more intriguing premise, on a personal level Relic Master probably touched me more deeply. It almost *hurt* to read and I still have difficulty articulating why. The series certainly has some weaknesses and blindspots, but it does not lack in resonance or heart. You will not be surprised that the character I identified with most is Carys, the Watch spy, whose doubt is one of the central features of the story. Moved by Galen's certainty and Raffi's kindness, she comes to doubt the iconoclastic brutality of the Watch whose structure has shaped her life. For me, her experiences are the most interesting part of the series.

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THE DARK CITY
http://www.teenreads.com/reviews/9780803736733.asp

THE LOST HEIRESS
http://www.teenreads.com/reviews/9780803736740.asp

THE HIDDEN CORONET
http://www.teenreads.com/reviews/9780803736757.asp

THE MARGRAVE
http://www.teenreads.com/reviews/9780803736764.asp

P.S. One of the unlikely characters in this series is a dwarf warlord named Alberic who has a fierce yearning for gold. I started the series before I saw The Ring, but now that I have finished the series I think that the reference is either unintentional, or a tiny clue to alert readers in the know that this Anara is experiencing its Götterdämmerung... the twilight of the gods in a world that they have abandoned.

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