Relic Blog Tour: Guest Post by Heather Terrell

Heather Terrell

Heather Terrell worked as a commercial litigator in New York City for over ten years, but she has always been obsessed with myth, lore, and the gap between history and the truth. This preoccupation has lead to several loosely factual historical novels (The Chrysalis, The Map Thief, Brigid of Kildare) and the pure-lore Fallen Angel series. Relic is the first installment of the Books of Eva series. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family. 

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Who is your favorite character of all time?

That is such a difficult question to answer, because I am a voracious reader of all genres of fiction. I adore historical fiction, fantasy, mystery and suspense, thrillers, literary fiction, epics, you name it. Character from books that I loved when I was very young – such as The Chronicles of Narnia and The Mists of Avalon – and certain books that I have adored as an adult – namely, Possession and The Flanders Panel – have had a huge impact on me. But if I had to select just one heroine, I'd probably have to choose a character that is popular with many, many readers – Elizabeth Bennet of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I find Elizabeth's fierce intelligence and quick wit to be ever-memorable and compelling, as well as her insightful, often humorous, observations about those around her. She's probably my favorite, however, because she proves to be an independent thinker and decision-maker despite the very rigid world in which she lives. I suppose my admiration for this aspect of Elizabeth Bennet influence, in part, my creation of Eva, the main character in RELIC. Like Elizabeth Bennet, Eva lives in highly-stratified society in which females' roles are constrained, and she must resist those restrictions in order to fulfil her destiny.

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Thank you so much Heather for the amazing guest post, and to Meredith Barnes at Soho Press for organizing the Blog Tour. I agree, it is really difficult to pick a favorite character, especially there are so many genres that we come across within fiction. And I love Lizzie too :) You can also download a FREE prequel to Relic, CHRONICLE, here!
I loved Relic, and I'm sure many will too – especially those who love fantasy! Here's a little bit about it:


The truth will test you...

For fans of Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games: high fantasy and dystopia meet in this high-stakes tale of a civilization built on lies and the girl who single-handedly brings it down.

When Eva’s twin brother, Eamon, falls to his death just a few months before he is due to participate in The Testing, no one expects Eva to take his place. She’s a Maiden, slated for embroidery classes, curtseys, and soon a prestigious marriage befitting the daughter of an Aerie ruler. But Eva insists on honoring her brother by becoming a Testor. After all, she wouldn’t be the first Maiden to Test, just the first in 150 years.

Eva knows the Testing is no dance class. Gallant Testors train for their entire lives to search icy wastelands for Relics: artifacts of the corrupt civilization that existed before The Healing drowned the world. Out in the Boundary Lands, Eva must rely on every moment of the lightning-quick training she received from Lukas—her servant, a Boundary native, and her closest friend now that Eamon is gone.

But there are threats in The Testing beyond what Lukas could have prepared her for. And no one could have imagined the danger Eva unleashes when she discovers a Relic that shakes the Aerie to its core.

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