Thoughtful Thursday: Choose your own relic (and win)!

This week we’re giving away the entire series of YA Relic Master books by Catherine Fisher, the author of the New York Times bestselling duology Incarceron and Sapphique. (Read Bill’s review of Incarceron.)

“Welcome to Anara, a world mysteriously crumbling to devastation, where nothing is what it seems: Ancient relics emit technologically advanced powers, members of the old Order are hunted by the governing Watch yet revered by the people, and the great energy that connects all seems to also be destroying all. The only hope for the world lies in Galen, a man of the old Order and a Keeper of relics, and his sixteen-year-old apprentice, Raffi. They know of a secret relic with great power that has been hidden for centuries. As they search for it, they will be tested beyond their limits. For there are monsters — some human, some not — that also want the relic’s power and will stop at nothing to get it.”

To enter in the drawing, tell us:
If you could own and use the power of any ancient relic found in mythology or fantasy literature, which would you choose, and why?

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JUSTIN BLAZIER (on FanLit's staff since September 2009) is a Cyber-Security Analyst/Network Engineer located in Northern Kentucky. Like many fantasy enthusiasts, Justin cut his teeth on authors like Tolkien, Anthony, and Lewis. Due to lack of space, his small public library would often give him their donated SFF books. When he is not reading books he is likely playing board games or Tabletop RPGs. Justin lives in a quiet neighborhood with his wife, their daughter, and Norman the dog.

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  1. Probably the resurrection stone found in HP, just in case a loved one perishes early in life I could save them. :)

    dragonzgoil at gmail dot com

  2. This is a tough one. It’s not really ancient, but I’d love to be the hat from the Tiffany Aching series – or possibly the trunk from The Color of Magic. Both are quirky (and in the trunk’s case, alive.) I’d also just love to be used in a Terry Pratchett book.

  3. SandyG265 /

    I don’t know if it would really be considered a relic but I’d choose the time turner from harry Potter. There just never seem to be enough hours in a day.

  4. Teri C /

    Ohh I totally want to friggin books of teleportation and kick assery. That way I can get stuff done and get it done fast. Those would totally be some fantastic relics I would love to get my feet into.

    terilhack at gmail dot com

  5. Kaya H /

    Ohh this is a fabulous author!
    Ok so I would love some thunderbolts to smite some exes.

  6. Asura C /

    I want Freya’s falcon cloak so I can change into a falcon. Yeah that and a pair of seven-league boots to get places faster. Fabulous pair those.

    Catherine Fisher is a great versatile author. I cannot wait to check out this series.

    bookittome at gmail dot com

  7. Thor’s hammer. ‘Cause its bad-@$$..Nuff said. :) LOL

  8. Ten (1,000 or what ever) League boots. I know they’ve appeared in many books, but they always manage to enchant me. The idea of actually being able to take a single step and jump leagues away is just breath taking.

  9. I would like that Swiss Army Knife of relics, the Witchblade, from the graphic novel of the same name, or the Babblefish (??) from Hitch-hiker’s Guide, that allowed you to understand any language.

  10. Sir Read-a-Lot /

    I think I’d like the Ring of Erreth-Akbe, from Ursula LeGuin’s Earthsea trilogy. A small, silver arm ring, it bears runes of protection, binding, and peace.

  11. I want the time turner too! So useful!

  12. I would want the One Ring from the Lord of the Rings in the probably futile hope it would allow me to control my wife through her wedding ring! ;-)

  13. Ohhh definatly the panther figureine from the legen of drizzt books. Who wouldnt love to call a giant panther compainion from the astral plane?

  14. LunaMoth,
    Yeah, if I was going to have a companion/familiar, it would be a black panther. We have one at the Jacksonville Zoo and I could watch him for hours. He is too majestic to be in a cage. Here he is:

    Or find a bigger photo here.

  15. Sabrina /

    Dragnipur from the Malazan book of the Fallen series. Ok…so I don’t know exactly what I would do with it or how entirely useful it would be……but I would definitely feel like a badass having it and it would look fairly awesome strapped to my back and/or mounted on my wall. I guess if I did ever make any mortal enemies….it would come in handy.

  16. So many choices …
    If only one, I’d go with the Tarnhelm – invisibility and shapeshifting.
    Why? Partly for fun – imagine the pranks one could pull with it. Invisibility to get past security, shapeshifting to fool biometrics and people. Things like substituting yourself for a politician you don’t care for at a major news conference. Otherwise, steal from the undeserving – scout the target and make off with what you can carry.

  17. This is not a contest entry, but to make sure I’m subscribed to the thread.

  18. Ooh, the Tarnhelm. Nice choice. Lots of powers associated with that one. I’d pick Fragarach the Answerer myself, but it’s not actually all that practical. I just fancy I’d feel incredibly manly with it hanging above my bed.

    Anyway, I’ve got to go with the Tarnhelm. So many uses, so many possibilities.

    Trey, if you live in the USA, you win Catherine Fisher’s Relic Master Series. Please contact me (Tim) with your choice and a US address.

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