RELICS is the first book of a new series about a paranormal detective agency, run by two humans with unusual powers and unusual nicknames, Thulu and La Fi.We first meet La Fi as a child, when she was still known as Fiona Her parents die and her unusual abilities manifest themselves she can see, hear and talk with ghosts She meets Thulu on the first day at her new school, and the pair become inseparable He also has an unusual talent, for finding lost things His family the tight knit Thulukan clan welcomes La Fi and her grandmother into the fold with open and loving arms The theme of strong family bonds, love and commitment run all throughout this novel.Fast forward to the present, where La Fi and Thulu are married and running their own successful detective agency, working to bring resolution to the dead They have a quiet, happy life but when a case brings them in contact with a Daemon, things start to get strange When the Daemon hires them to find some relics that will prevent global disaster the action ramps up and trust me, you ll never think of Angels versus Daemons in the same way.The story is told all in first person by La Fi, with lots of mundane details thrown in about the food she s preparing and the restoration work she and Thulu have done on their home The details keep you grounded in reality while all manner of extraordinary creatures and events are introduced into the tale, in the same way that Charlaine Harris s Sookie keeps us grounded in reality with her details about clothes, television shows and her tanning efforts while vampires, werewolves and the fae battle in and around Bon Temps.With this well crafted debut novel, Maer Wilson has laid the groundwork for a great new series of detective books The Thulukan Agency may not be the first paranormal detective agency out there on the shelves, but it is certainly one to watch I look forward to reading many adventures as Thulu and La Fi expand their agency. Relics by Maer Wilson is a lovely paranormal story about two mediums or paranormal detectives, if you so will I read two shorter novels by the author before this, so I knew what to expect but I rally enjoyed to stay with a Thulu story for a little longer The story begins with La Fi Fiona s family background and her love for her Nana, setting a warm and loving tone for the paranormal story to come Wilson has created great characters, likeable and entertaining, just right for younger adults and those who like pleasant characters.La Fi and her husband Thulu are approached once by a ghost who wants to find a lost piece of jewellery which a man named Jones has taken after killing the now ghost But Jones has not only offended this one ghost Then there is a murderer to be stopped and there are portals that can let supernatural creatures into the world.This is a fun read, fresh, witty and lively, with great suspense but just right so to keep us interested but not scared off I personally love books with mediums and powers of intuition and Wilson has written a particularly good one here.I hate to use this phrase in reviews but I do look forward to the next book in the series. Most Of Thulu And La Fi S Clients Are Dead Which Is Perfect Since Their Detective Agency Caters To The Supernatural But A Simple Job Finding A Lost Locket Leads To A Big Case Tracking Relics For An Ancient DaemonThe Daemon Needs The Relics To Keep A Dangerous Portal Closed His Enemy, Gabriel, Wants The Relics To Open The Portal And Give His People Access To A New Feeding Ground EarthCaught On Live TV, Other Portals Begin To Open And The Creatures Of Magic Return To Earth The People Of Earth Are Not Alone, But Will Soon Wish They WereWhen Gabriel Threatens Their Family, Thulu And La Fi S Search Becomes Personal The Couple Will Need Powerful Help In The Race To Find The Relics Before Gabriel Does But Maybe That S What Ghostly Friends, Magical Allies And Daemonic Clients Are ForWhen The Creatures Of Myth And Magic Return To Earth, They Re Nothing Like Your Mother S Fairy Tales RELICS opens at a dire moment for Erik and Fiona Thulukan, whom I will hereafter refer to as Thulu and La Fi A powerful supernatural being holds her hostage, a blade to her throat, while other beings humans, creatures, and ghosts hold their collective breath and try not to make a move that will cause result in La Fi s death.There, the author cuts the scene and takes the reader back many years to when La Fi was ten years old and learned that she could see, and talk, to dead people.Maer Wilson draws her reader in with the short prologue scene, and then describes at length the life that La Fi builds in San Francisco with her adopted family, the Thulukans Before you think she shacked up with her brother, the adoption was organic She lived with her aunt and they were absorbed into the Thulukan s functions as extended family The story, which is separated into parts, actually begins in part two, when they take on an unusual case.The author has an illustrative voice and she has built her story layer upon layer, giving equal attention to building scenes as developing characters I can t explain the value of this to the story without spoiling the biggest scene of the book, but I will say that in one moment, I suddenly appreciated every word she had devoted to her details Falling under the Private Investigator trope, RELICS is an introduction to a series with the potential to grow as long as Ms Wilson wishes to continue It lays out backstory, establishes special gifts and powers, enemies and allies, and a cast of strange and wonderful creatures from a network of alien worlds to which Earth is connected by portals Any sequel will have the advantage of this groundwork already in place, and the author can steam ahead with the dilemma of Thulu and La Fi s next dead client.The writing style may be a little mature for teenagers This book was clearly written for by adults Having said that, I don t recall much objectionable content There is one hint of close door sex, profanity is kept to a minimum, and there is moderate violence. Great story Very original and I read a lot of fantasy The plot moves along quickly and the main characters are very likable There is a lot of content the book could easily be lot longer but the author chooses to gloss over a lot of the side plots and conversations perhaps saving them for another day In fact I can see shared universe or a lot of fan fiction developing very quickly.I m very much looking forward to the rest of the series. This is my original review of the first edition of Relics I don t think I will change my mind as I read the second edition on my way to reading Magics I have been trying to decide why I like the Thulukan Chronicles so much Maybe it is the sensible, matter of fact voice of Fi, the narrator and translator, or the inherent love and acceptance the Thulukan family shares I do know that the sensible, mundane flavor of Fi and Thulu s story make the tragedy and horror of the bad things sharper and nightmarish These characters feel so real Ceil and Aela with their mutual love of nail polish, Romeo and Juliet arguing over appropriate names, Parker and Jenna playing with Sophie Maybe my migraine is making writing this review difficult, but Relics feelscomfortable, even with the first read Although I love my dead tree books, my library does not have a copy of Portals, so I bought it for my Kindle app, and I will recommend the library purchase it. Fiona Bartlett is blessed with the gift of seeing the dead After the death of her parent s, her first experience with ghosts , Fiona goes to live with her grandmother, Nana, a one time carnival psychic turned caretaker of the stricken child.As Fiona grows older, she learns from Nana that people like her must keep their talents secret That is, until Fiona meets Erik Thulukan in school You see, he woke up in the morning knowing he needed to find someone That someone was Fiona Erik is a finder, and Nana and Fiona are soon adopted by the Thulukan family, who all have special gifts So much so, that being special is normal, and that suits Fiona just fine.Of course, LaFi, as Fiona is known to the Thulukan family, and Eric, or Thulu to Fiona, marry LaFi cannot have children, but there is one special ghost, that of a young boy, that makes LaFi and Thulu feel like family.The one thing LaFi and Thulu have always wanted is a detective agency Not the normal kind, but the kind ghosts frequent when they are in need Perhaps a special trinke must be given to a loved one, or maybe someone was killed and Thulu and LaFi need to find the murderer Sometimes, it s a ghost of a little girl, one who cannot find her parents, and an older woman, dead and not knowing why Money is given when they are directed toward it by the ghosts A lost treasure, perhaps.On a day filled with game playing, LaFi and Thulu are adept gamers they are interrupted by an older woman who is missing a piece of jewelry intended for her granddaughter The bauble was stolen the night she was murdered In a matter of moments, other victims crowd the detective agency, all spouting off about the horrible Mr Jones, a murdering human being that kills small children.Turns out Mr Jones is a daemon, not to be confused with demon Yes, he is admittedly a murderer, but then he s just borrowing the body he inhabits You see, a portal is opening, one where angels appear Unfortunately, angels are not what they seem and daemon s are not demons Besides, does it really matter To angels and daemon s Earth is just a feeding ground, and names are just names after all.Of course, our LaFi and Thulu take the case, never expecting to learn there are worlds within worlds, and creatures than one mind can conjure There are relics to be found A knife, two panels, and a few odds and ends Then there is the book, the final spell that will close the portal forever, depending upon your definition of forever.The questions to be answered are Can they save the world as they know it Will they find the parents of a ghostly four year old little girl And just who is Mr James Is he friend or foe Ms Wilson excels at storytelling Even as an ARC, the manuscript had few errors The writing is clean, smart, and a little on the sassy side which I just loved The characters are believable, adorable, and I hated it when I came to the end All that said, there is a sequel coming that I can t wait to read.Kudos to Ms Wilson.Thank you for letting me into your imagination a little early It is truly appreciated. I loved this story from page one I challenge you to read the first page of Relics and not be sucked into this novel That is exactly what happened to me The author has created a unique and creative story filled with plot twists and mystery, characters that you love, but you know you really shouldn t, and others that are endearing and make you wish you could invite them over for dinner.The author gives quite a bit of backstory and history between the two main characters, Thulu and LaFi I love these names by the way Their history together really gives you an in depth look into their relationship, and their very supportive family, the Thulukan clan.Thulu has the special ability to find things and LaFi sees and speaks to dead people This is the perfect combination for owning and operating their own detective agency for their peculiar clients When they are approached by a new client to help find a missing locket and then suddenly a handful of ghosts show up in their office all looking for the same murderer, the story seems to be a clear case of a who dunnit Except then the action takes an unusual twist which keeps the reader turning pages to find out what is really going on.Enter the magical beings and an interesting new take on Angels vs Daemons, portals to other dimensions, and ancient relics needed to save the earth from a horrible destiny Yes, all this really is packed into one fantastic novel.This book is unlike any other that I have read before which isn t a bad thing Ms Wilson has an obvious talent for writing great dialogue and creating unexpected scenarios full of intrigue and imagination She is a descriptive writer without being too wordy and the entire novel is extremely well written I especially enjoyed her wide variety of characters All of whom have depth and originality Besides LaFi and Thulu, Reo is a particular favorite of mine and I recommend you read Relics to find out about this interesting individual I don t think you ll regret it. Review of Relics by Maer WilsonReviewer Wennie Conedy5 stars out of 5Have you ever wondered if all those fairytale characters you read as a kid were real Did you ever ponder if you had certain gifts that others didn t have The gift of foresight perhaps Or did you have the sudden urge to buy a lotto ticket and find out two days later that you won Intuition Or is it a gift A talent Relics Book 1 of the Thulukan Chronicles by Maer Wilson is a work of fiction, dealing with the supernatural The book is suitable for young adults and will be thoroughly enjoyed by the adult and the young at heart.Relics is the story of Fiona and Thulu, two very talented and gifted individuals who run a sort of investigative agency with a very special client base Most of their clients are dead Yes, you heard me right Their clients are those who have left this worldly plane Until their special talents are hired by a daemon to find relics and help save the world from angels When the angels threaten their family, this case becomes very personal Intriguing right Can I just first say that I loved this book Loved it Maer created a world where I wanted to live in There was a lot of warmth, love, intrigue, danger and familial support and love Maer promised a story that would be out of the ordinary and she truly delivered Told from the point of view of Fiona, I found myself totally enraptured with the world she lives in Her interaction with the ghosts intrigued me and her ability to form relationships with them endeared her to me She has total support from her husband, Thulu, who has gifts of his own Childhood friends turned sweethearts, turned lifelong mates, their deep connection is the thread that holds them together as they face the unique challenge presented to them There were also moments where I found myself giggling in certain parts of the book Here s one reason why The male goblin spoke next My name is unpronounceable for you I think you should call me Legolas He had an accent I couldn t identify He had enormous eyes, a very long nose and a wide mouth His wife elbowed him lightly and rolled her eyes in exasperation You can t be called Legolas Her voice also had an accent, but considerably less than his She also had big eyes, but her long nose was upturned and mouth was smaller She seemed thin and her cheekbones were very sharp, as if she hadn t eaten well Why not I have to have a name Yes, dear, but people will associate it with the elf from that man s book The rest of us watched this exchange with interest Frankly, I thought Legolas, the goblin, had a nice ring to it Pick something else, she directed with a light pat on his arm Fine, I ll be Bilbo As Maer built the story towards its conclusion, she took me off my guard and all I could do was gape as I read what was happening It was heart wrenching and deeply emotional I found myself wanting to reach out and just hug Fiona and Thulu.Maer fulfilled her promise to deliver a story that tweaks your imagination, stretches your beliefs and brings moments of laughter, sadness, intrigue and triumph If you enjoy a world of supernatural beings with human tendencies, you will enjoy book I highly recommend it as a book to read and can t wait for Book 2 to come out Maer WilsonRelics Maer Wilson has created a beguiling classic that sneakily grabs you by the throat and drags into the portal to a world of her own making A flashback from the terror of a knife at said throat of La Fi sends us hurtling to a child sitting on the school steps waiting for parents to arrive It is only when the child s dead parents arrive do we know she is Fiona and she can see the dead and interact with them Cool And sad And from there we are hurtled headlong into Fiona s tumultuous life as she is uprooted and settled in San Francisco with her Nana At her new school Fiona meets Thulu a gifted boy who has the ability to find things and Thulu has found Fiona.Their relationship develops over the years and Fiona takes on the name La Fi named after a barbeque burger she created Together La Fi and Thulu use their special powers to find lost items and help wayward ghosts But when they leave college and set up their detective agency for the restless dead as a married couple trouble arrives when a gaggle of noisy ghosts arrive at their office It soon transpires a monster is out there killing with impunity, John Tyler He must be stopped To La Fi and Thulu s astonishment, John is a daemon searching for lost relics that when used will open a portal unleashing horrific flesh eating creatures upon mankind Light Ones or fallen angels led by the thoroughly evil Gabriel.La Fi and Thulu reluctantly join forces with the delectably devious John to stop the impending apocalypse by searching for the ancient relics.Maer uses her considerable writing skills to conjure up a whole new genre of ghost detectives versus monstrous demons intent on world destruction combined with poignant moments of pure love and joy as the pair help the restless dead find true peace There are plenty of thrills and spills and magical creatures to give readers of all ages the chills This magical book is a FIVE STAR CHILLER THRILLER that will send goose bumps down the spine of anyone who believes in life after death, ghosts and magic we all once knew was common place as children.
After a successful career being other people, and later teaching others the many tricks of that trade, Maer Wilson has decided to be herself for a while Turns out she s a writer She s always loved stories, especially fantasy, mystery and sci fi Maer was born in the Year of the Dragon and has a dragon themed room in her home, but sadly no dragons in the back yard When she s not writing, Maer pl
- 294 pages
- Relics (The Thulukan Chronicles, #1)
- Maer Wilson
- 15 January 2018 Maer Wilson