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Peek Inside Relic

In Maggie’s world, the bones of magical creatures are mined for their residual magical elements, allowing the user to wield fire, turn invisible, or heal injuries. Maggie must discover who is channeling relic magic for evil before it’s too late.


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The strongest magic may lie within…

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.


"Fans of Westerns will enjoy the frontier atmosphere, if they don't mind the occasional appearance of ghost coyotes and magical goblin belts."—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX

"Relic is a book that is magical, exciting, and unique. It completely stands on its own, not reminding me of anything I've read before." --Book Labyrinth "Breathtakingly original and absolutely gripping!" --Sara Raasch, Goodreads

"Relic is a true favorite of mine. The description and worldbuiliding are breathtaking." --J.R. Johanson, Goodreads

"Fast paced western with a unique paranormal twist. Amazing characters, interesting setting, and a fascinating plot makes this a must read for all YA fans." --Dark Faerie Tales

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622660155
Release Date: Aug 27, 2013
Page Count: 392
Imprint: teen
Genre: fantasy, young adult
Tropes: overcoming odds

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By Sara October 11, 2012

Breathtakingly original and absolutely gripping! Renee creates a gritty, magical Western world that will make you want to start digging in your backyard for relics. I cannot rave enough about this book -- the characters, the setting, the plot, the magic, the romance. OH THE ROMANCE. The entire story ...more

By J.R. October 15, 2012

Relic is a true favorite of mine. The description and worldbuiliding are breathtaking. I love the concept of the magic remaining in relics of extinct magical creatures. The wild west feel comes through with vivid clarity and I adore the characters. Maggie is loyal, smart and fantastic. Love, love, l ...more

By Dark Faerie Tales August 19, 2013

Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: Fast paced western with a unique paranormal twist. Amazing characters, interesting setting, and a fascinating plot makes this a must read for all YA fans.

Opening Sentence: We were home alone the night that Haydenville burned.

The Review:

Maggie Davi ...more

By J.A. August 07, 2013

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my opinion of the book.
So, I did my regular old milarky of accepting a review book without even reading the blurb again. However, there is nothing quite like the feeling when ...more

By C.G. June 26, 2013

Cowboys and magic – what more could you want?!

Honestly, I haven’t read anything like this book. It has aspects of the good old favourites – American western, cowboys, magic, dinosaur bones, adorable little sisters, and several guys falling for one sixteen year old. Mash it all together and you get R ...more

By Jessica July 09, 2013

After Maggie’s parents and brother are killed in a fire, she finds work at a scandalous saloon – but she’s soon whisked away by a rich relic baron. Can she trust him? And who's responsible for setting fires like the ones that killed her family? Honestly, I’d been dying to read RELIC since I read the ...more

By Cathy March 04, 2015

I loved this story. It isn't often you find a western were old magic influences what goes on in the lives of the people. Plus it's a true page turner. There's hardly a dull moment. The scenes flow together well with characters that you find your self rooting for. Well done Ms. Collins. I wish she'd ...more

By Kelsey November 04, 2013

Relic is a fantastic debut about cowboys, magic, and the lengths to which people go for family.

Maggie flees from the fire that razes her hometown and kills her family. She takes a job in a saloon to try to support herself and her little sister Ella. All she wants is to survive, but when her friend Y ...more

By Vincent August 27, 2013

Relic is a first person account of the early life of Maggie Davis, a sixteen-year-old girl, and her baby sister Ella, who live in a world very loosely based on the old west of America. Maggie and Ella have a rough start in the book as the first chapter introduces us to them through the death of thei ...more

By Roxanne January 18, 2017

This has been on my TBR for quite some time, mostly because umm I love the cover so honestly when I was given a chance to review it for Entangled I jumped onboard with zero hesitation.

Maggie and her siblings notice a fire in the town, and their parents just so happen to be at the town. So she makes ...more

By Jessica September 02, 2013

Relic has been on my radar for quite some time now! I first discovered it while I was working on a Waiting on Wednesday post and decided to scroll through the GR list for upcoming debuts of 2013. I stumbled upon Relic, read the synopsis and was instantly hooked. A story set in the West of course wou ...more

By Jeannie August 27, 2013

Relic Renee Collins.

ARC provided by publisher.

Wow – what a book!! It totally blew me away. I wasn't sure what to expect, I knew the book was in the paranormal genre, and thought I recalled in being classed as romance too. I hoped so because I do love a good romantic angle in my reading.
It begins ...more

By Samantha July 01, 2013

*I received an ARC ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Maggie Davis led a fairly normal life until the fire. At 16, she had a younger brother and sister and parents who loved them all. She passed time by reading about relics, the pieces of long-ago magical creatures that everyon ...more

By Christianna August 31, 2013

You can read this and many other reviews on my YA book blog The White Unicorn!

What can I say? I thoroughly adore this book! Is it odd to adore a book with so much death and magic and craziness going on? Well, if it is, I don't care, I still adore this book! Relic is the perfect book that shows when ...more

By Meagan August 29, 2013

I received this as an ARC

When I first started this book I wasn’t sure what to expect and I’m not going to lie it took me a little bit to figure everything out. Have you ever watched a T.V. show where it takes like 8 or 9 episodes of the 12 episode show to figure out what the heck is going on? And yo ...more

By Jessica August 19, 2013

Oh my goodness, where do I start? Well, I was truly and utterly captivated by RELIC. This book truly had it all. A smart and fierce heroine, a sexy cowboy, a mysterious Apache boy, magic, mystery, and intrigue! All thrown into in a brilliantly imagined world, set in an alternate Wild West where anyt ...more

By Faith March 19, 2016

Relic is a fantastic, fun read from a talented new author, Renee Collins. The plot is fast-paced from the first page, and there wasn't a moment that dragged. For the most part the characters are vivid and realistically written, and the dialogue was western-flavored without being overwhelming. In fac ...more

By Jessica August 07, 2013

Unique, and breath taking!

I'm not going to lie, this is nothing like what I was expecting, which is a good thing. As my first line states unique, that word fits this book like a glove. Blending a genuine old west setting with a magical element that keeps every character on their toes, really kept m ...more

By Ashley August 28, 2013

‘Relic’ is a book that is magical, exciting, and unique. It completely stands on its own, not reminding me of anything I've read before. ‘Relic’ is a Western style fantasy, an alternate history that contains magical relics, which are the bones of long dead magical creatures. There’s the cowboys and ...more

By Jennifer June 26, 2013

Get ready to dive into one of the most intriguing and tantalizing reads of the summer! There is nothing RELIC can't offer you if you like a good ol' twist of magic, charming and sexy cowboys, a young and gorgeous Indian warrior with a flair for saving a damsel in distress, a sleazy boss who makes yo ...more

By Sakura July 15, 2013

~~Relic will be released by Entangled Teen on August 27~~

I love just about everything that Entangled Teen brings out, which is why despite my lack of interest in cowboy/wild west themed novels, I chose to read Relic.
Within the first couple of pages, the story of Maggie Davis, drew me in. Right from ...more

By Rosemary August 28, 2013

Relic is a very powerful story. Maggie and her sister, Ella, are the only ones to escape the burning of Haydenville. Maggie is a survivor. She will protect and care for her little sister, but her powerful connection to the ancient Relics becomes the driving force in her life. When the most powerful ...more

By Alexa August 27, 2013

Relic is a historical fantasy western - definitely not your average book genre, yet somehow it works, really well. I had heard about the book and was intrigued but wasn't too sold on the setting. After reading Relic, I'm eating my thoughts on that completely.

This book works wonderfully. The fantasy ...more

By Alycia November 20, 2014

Woot! RELIC has been nominated for the RT Reviewers' Choice Award in Young Adult Urban Fantasy/Paranormal!!

YAY!! It's here!!!! True Grit meets The Prestige. A seriously amazing Wild West historical fantasy. Plus, a very sexy cowboy.

Renee has a big pre-order contest going on. Lots of prizes, includi ...more

By Sara October 11, 2012

LOVE love LOOOOVE this book. Add it to your TBR pile asap! ...more

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Renee Collins

About the author

Renee Collins

Renee Collins graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in history and currently lives with her family in the shadow of the Colorado red-rock cliffs, though she hasn’t unearthed a relic. Yet. Relic is her first novel.

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