After a raging fire consumes her town and kills her parents, Maggie Davis, is on her own to protect her younger sister and survive 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 is a thrilling adventure set in a wholly unique world, and a spell-binding story of love, trust, and the power of good.
Everything Maggie Davis knows and loves, with the exception of her little sister, is gone. Her family, home, possessions, town… gone after a devastating fire. After losing her family she must find a way to support herself in the wild, wild, west – where women are not exactly equals. She proves to be strong girl who finds work at a salon and a church that will help take care of her sister. She works hard and starts a small, but meaningful, life in Burning Mesa, CO.
Relics are a major part of this world. Relics are fossils of magical animals from long ago. Relics still harbor the magic that the creature it once was possessed. They are rare, expensive, and very controversial. Relics are mined in sacred land and the Apache tribes are very against it.
When one of her childhood friends is accused of burning down her town she knows she needs to get to the bottom of it and find out who is really behind fire. As she tries to figure it out she ends up having to deal with other problems as well.
This is a very complex, deep story with fantastic world building and a great heroin in an awesome old west world. You can visualize every scene. A lot of thought and research went into this book. Collins took two unexpected genres to create a unique, interesting sci-fi western, that won’t disappoint. I give it 5 out of 5 donuts.