Book Review: Bronwyn Eley launches an exciting new YA fantasy with Relic

Good morning readers – just a quick reminder that I’m on holidays until late October! The good news is, I’ve got plenty scheduled between now and then, so happy reading!

Everyone in Edriast knows the role of Shadow is a death sentence. Tasked with serving the local lord, Rennard, Shadows spend their days in dangerously close proximity to one of five Relics, a powerful object worn by the reigning lord. The longer they spend around it, the weaker they become, until, one day, it takes their life.

Shadows are chosen at random, but blacksmith Kaylan isn’t worried for herself. She’s got enough on her plate, with two young brothers just reaching eligible age for the Shadow draw, a mother trying to keep the family together after the death of her beloved husband, and a middle brother who drinks too much, and mixes with the wrong crowd.

But, on the day of the current Shadow’s death, she returns home to find soldiers in her home, waiting for her. Kaylan is the new Shadow, and there’s only one way this whole thing ends.

Or is there?

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Interview: Author Helen Scheuerer talks closing out The Oremere Chronicles, lessons learned, and new adventures

This interview was originally published by The AU Review on 11/07/17

It’s been a couple of weeks since The Oremere Chronicles finale, War of Mist, was released into the wild, so today I’m flashing back to this interview I did with author Helen Scheuerer a week before the big day!

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Book Review: Australian YA fiction flexes its muscles in new anthology Underdog

Underdog is a collection of short stories, collected from upcoming and unpublished Australian YA fiction writers. Edited by (and featuring contributions from) Tobias Madden and Sarah TavianaUnderdog celebrates a uniquely Australian genre, one as diverse and emotive as the country in which it is written.

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