Format: E-Galley, 303 pages
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Mattie Carver has relinquished the world of magic, with all its dark temptations. In six weeks, she ll marry Ben Ward and claim the safe, small-town life she craves. But Mattie s talents as a reliquary someone able to smuggle magic within her body make her a valuable commodity, even to those she trusts the most. Forced out of retirement by a painful betrayal, she must seek the help of the man she s tried desperately to stay away from: Ben s estranged brother, Asa.Asa, a sensor and magic dealer, may have saved Ben months ago, but he s complicated Mattie s life beyond imagining. Trailed by lethal mobsters through Chicago s seamy magical underbelly and an eerie traveling carnival, Mattie struggles to endure the priceless magic she s holding and her feelings for Asa. Once, she thought she d chosen her path. Now the only option may be to succumb to the destiny that s choosing her, and hope she s strong enough to survive."
Splinter is the second installment in author Sarah Fine's Reliquary series. Mattie Carver is Six weeks away from marrying Ben Ward, but things aren't exactly joyful and happy. She's been experiencing panic attacks, she's wasting away to almost nothing, and on top of all that, she still thinks about the man who wanted Mattie to run away with him; Asa Ward. Asa is in her body and in her soul. He's in her thoughts which means she doesn't see yet another betrayal staring her straight in the face.
A betrayal that will once again bring Mattie into the the illicit black market magic business where powerful crime bosses know about her and what she is capable of. Mattie is presumed to be the most powerful Reliquary (capable of storing magic inside her) currently living. A Reliquary who went to hell and back to get Ben away from some powerful men. A reliquary who must once again put her own life on the line to save someone else's. A reliquary who must once again face the reality that her heart is with someone else not named Ben Ward.
So, in this episode, the hatred I had in the previous book towards Ben, continues unabated. No matter how hard he tries to prove himself to Mattie and their future together, he just can't help himself from being a douche-canoe. Mattie and Asa are once again pushed together and have to face almost the same powerful magic bosses as they did in Reliquary. But, Fine also adds a new group that makes their home in a place called Carnival Magia. This is an
eclectic group of magic users that Ben, Mattie, and Asa temporarily call home. She also adds an intimidating new villain to the series who gives Ben, Mattie, and Asa all they can handle and more.
Over the past two books, Mattie's journey has depressed me to no end. She's a babe in the woods, and has no tools to cut off the manacles that hold her to her fantasy land. But, in this book, there were times that I actually wanted to hug her and assure her things will all work out. She's really in a bad place, but can't talk to anyone about what happened that sent her on a dangerous journey to save Ben. The thing I loved the most about this book, was Mattie's brilliant choice. I can't tell you how much I loved the ending of this story and how much I look forward to book # 3 Mosaic.