Author(s): Edward Cox
SF/Fantasy | No Category
Labrys Town, home to a million humans cut off from the rest of the universe, has been invaded. Those who protected it have been deposed. The Relic Guild are scattered across the worlds of the Aelfir. Many of them are dead or dying. The Genii control everything. The war is almost over. Clara, a young woman barely able to control her werewolf side, has seen her friends and mentors killed in front of her. She is the last hope for Labrys Town. But someone else is watching...The dramatic conclusion to the award-nominated fantasy trilogy which began with THE RELIC GUILD.
Debut author Ed Cox has created a lush, detailed world while also hinting at a larger backstory that will be revealed in volumes to come SFX Interested parties, worriers such as myself, you have nothing to fear. I can confirm that you can rest easy, safe in the knowledge that The Relic Guild have returned and they are bringing Hell with them. How very splendid. The Eloquent Page an exiting blend of steampunk, fantasy, horror and pulp adventure...The relic Guild is an intriguing, original and enjoying book Starburst I soon found myself engaged in the richness of Labrys Town and its varied residents. The story structure itself was split between many different perspectives and two different timelines, but this never felt confusing. Instead it was this structure that drew me in, wondering what had happened in the past that would lead to the events in the present Fantasy Book Review Overall this is a high concept fantasy packed with ideas, weird and wonderful characters and a mix of styles, at times evoking noir, urban fantasy, flavours of steampunk (in the depiction of anachronistic technology) and grotesque body-horror David Cronenberg would be proud of. Thought you knew where modern fantasy was at? The Relic Guild will challenge your assumptions. British Fantasy Society Edward Cox writes one heck of a scary, intriguing ride and right now I'm finding it rather moreish The Book Bag The Relic Guild is like a twisting, looping, and flipping ride of a cosmic roller-wonder coaster and who knows where the author is going to take us in future books. I found that there was touches of an almost 2000AD influence with The Retrospective (a dangerous no mans land outside the labyrinth) being a kind of Cursed Earth and the novel did, at times, have a Doctor Who feel to it. Sleepless Musings I loved this book, it's a unique read that's an action packed and magic fuelled delight of well written prose. It's epic and worth each and every page Gizmo's Book Shelf f you're looking for a fantasy with plenty of original ideas, where the world is detailed and dark, where the characters intrigue and delight and where the plot draws you in and takes you on a magical journey then I think I've found the book for you. Edward Cox's debut novel, 'The Relic Guild' is a real page-turner of a book and I'm already impatient for the next book in the series. SF Crowsnest The Relic Guild is an awesome book and that doesn't even come close... if you are looking for a something refreshing to read pick it up, if you are looking for a next read, pick it up. Well, make sure this book is the next thing that touches your hands, you don't want to miss out on it! BRING BOOK TWO! The Book Plank This is an exciting debut from a writer who plainly loves what he has made and I'm looking forward to the sequel already. SF Book This is smart, energetic fantasy that grips you from page one and delivers a genuinely memorable experience. The Eloquent Page If you like your fantasy gothic (though not overly grimdark) in atmosphere, populated by interesting and varied characters, and a fast-but-not-rushed pace, thenThe Relic Guild is for you. I really enjoyed this, and can't wait for the second in the series, and to see how the characters, world and story develop. Civilian Reader A brilliant first novel from Cox. With a well thought out plot and imaginative characters...An engaging new fantasy novel that is well worth a read. Geek Syndicate A terrific debut novel, with plenty of scope for expansion and some really good world-building. Most importantly, lots of fun. -- Joanne M Harris, author of Gospel of Loki
Edward Cox began writing stories at school as a way to pass time in boring lessons. With his first short story published in 2000, Edward spent much of the next decade earning a BA first class with honours in creative writing, and a Master degree in the same subject. He then went on to teach creative writing at the University of Bedfordshire. Currently living in Essex with his wife and daughter, Edward is mostly surrounded by fine greenery and spiders the size of his hand. THE RELIC GUILD is his first completed novel, and it is the result of more than ten years of obsessive writing.