Mattie Carver never thought she’d give up her small-town life to become one half of the best magic-smuggling duo in the business. Until recently, she didn’t even know such a business existed. But as an unusually strong reliquary—able to carry vast quantities of magic in her body, undetected—she’s been pulled into an underworld of organized crime and addictive enchantments. And although she’s determined to keep things professional, her partner, Asa Ward, is a temptation she finds increasingly hard to resist.
Even as their relationship reaches a tipping point, Mattie is wary; Asa already told her he hates cages—literal or otherwise. But when an international black-market magic exchange goes awry, Asa falls into the hands of his enemies. Now, with the man who refuses to be controlled under the command of a ruthless captor, Mattie must decide how far she’s willing to go to rescue him—assuming there’s anything left to save.
Paperback, 310 pages
Published: November 15th 2016 by 47North
Three stars: Another action packed adventure, but there is little romance and it has an open ending.
Mattie and Asa have traveled the globe, smuggling magic and doing business. During that time, they have become friends and business partners, but nothing more. Mattie is too afraid to trust Asa with her heart, and Asa is damaged and has too many issues to openly love and trust someone. When things get dicey during a mission, Mattie and Asa agree that they will figure it out once they are safe. Unfortunately, Asa is captured and turned into a magical slave before they have that crucial conversation. Desperate, Mattie finds herself forming alliances with the enemy all in hopes of rescuing Asa, the man she knows she loves. Will she succeed?
What I Liked:
- Mosaic is the third and possibly the final installment in the Reliquary Series. While I had issues with the book and series, I did like that this book delivered plenty of action, and that it showed tremendous character growth on Mattie's part. I am not satisfied with the way it ended, and I am hoping there will be another book.
- This series is packed full of action and danger, and this third and potentially final book proves to be the most dangerous of all. Mattie will risk everything to rescue Asa, even if that means becoming allies with dangerous enemies. I loved seeing her courage, her growth and her sheer determination. She is a fierce fighter!
- One of the threads left open at the end of Splinter was the story line regarding Theresa. She finally makes an appearance in this one and reveals her secrets and the past. It was surprising to learn what she had kept hidden all of these years. I admired her, though, and I appreciated that she came through when it mattered the most.
- I love Jack. He is a double agent, so I am never sure how is going to act. He is smart and cunning and always there in a pinch.
- This book has plenty of big surprises, twists and stunning moments. I especially loved the ending when the bad guys finally meet their match. I didn't see that coming.
And The Not So Much:
- What was the deal with that ending? It was open ended, leaving me wondering if there was more? I am not satisfied with the way it played out because too many story lines are left open. There really needs to be another book.
- The romance is tough in this one. I hated that Asa and Mattie hadn't made any movement in their relationship when the book picks up several months after the second book ends. Then there are split up the majority of the book, so there is no development. Finally, there is a moment, but then something happens leaving me wondering. I don't know, it was just disappointing all the way around. After reading this one, I was thinking I would have been better off just to stop at the end of the second and let it end there.
- I missed Asa. He makes the series shine with his magical tactics and pockets full of tricks. Having him mostly absent made the story dull.
- This entire series is dark and gritty. It isn't for the faint of heart.
- Unless there is going to be another book, I am not sure what the point of this one was. There isn't really much that is explored that is new, other than meeting Theresa and learning her big secrets. Otherwise it is more plotting, fighting, stealing magic and killing over it. The romance doesn't mature and there isn't much that develops with the overall story arc, other than it ends open ended. I think I would have been happier quitting with book two because that book ends on a much more hopeful note, especially if there isn't going to be a fourth book.
Mosaic is a book that left me all kinds of confused. It left too many story lines unfinished, especially regarding the romance. I was frustrated with the ending. If this is the final book in the series, I am extremely disappointed. Sarah Fine is a go to author for me, but unfortunately, this series was not a favorite of mine. I liked many of the elements, but overall, it was a fizzle compared to her other works. If you haven't read anything by this author, I would not recommend starting with this series. I am hoping that another book is in the works, because the story shouldn't end here.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.