ARC Review: The Relic Spell


Magic rolls through Orion Tamura’s history classroom like a tidal wave of golden light that only he can see. The spell is deadly, and Orion has no idea who cast it or what they want.

Answers are scarce—all of Port Monica’s sorcerers vanished fourteen years before, including Orion’s father. Armed with his limited knowledge of magic, Orion is the only one left in the city who is strong enough to investigate the origins of the spell.

But the city’s leaders will stop at nothing to censor and sabotage anyone who gets close to the truth. Invisible otherworlders watch every move Orion and his friends make, and a mysterious sorcerer who knows the answers haunts Orion’s dreams.


The Relic Spell

Jimena I. Novaro

Published: 17th December 2019
Rep: Japanese Argentine American bi mc, nonbinary side character

5 Reasons to Read this Book

ARC kindly provided by Jimena Novaro

One. If you liked the Shadowhunters TV show and wanted a book that gave you similar vibes (while also having better rep than the books by far), then you will probably enjoy this book. There’s demons and demon hunters and wizards and warlocks, and it’s honestly just such a good read.

Two. I mean, we wouldn’t be reccing the book on this blog if it wasn’t, but it’s gay! The mc is bi, while there’s a side nonbinary character (who may become the love interest later? We can live in hope). But, if romance isn’t your thing particularly, this one doesn’t have any.

Three. Sometimes the best thing to read is a sort of small town fantasy, by which I mean, it’s set in a small town and doesn’t really go outside of that town, but the town itself is fully realised. And also it makes the book feel so much cosier.

Four. Do it for Julian. Don’t ask questions, just do it.

Five. There’s a found family of demon fighters, c’mon, you know you want this. But on top of that, there’s such a good biological family relationship too. I love that this book contains them both and isn’t like, one or the other.

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