The Dark City is the first in a four part continuing story centered around Galen and his apprentice, Raffi, and their search for mysterious relics that may contain the secret to saving their world. Being members of the Order, the group with ties to the ancients and outlawed by the ruling group, the Watch, the duo must constantly beware of being captured by the Watch, especially when their search leads them to the city of Tasceron, which is controlled by the Watch.
This is a balanced mix of fantasy and adventure, with a few suspense-filled twists added. Knowing that this was book one of a planned four-book series even before I started reading helped to keep me appeased when the story ended with a cliffhanger. I'm glad the books are being published in four consecutive months, so that I don't have to wait an interminable period before getting the next one to read. Believe me, you won't want to wait long, either.
I don't think this is as well written as Incarceron, or maybe I just know what to expect from Ms. Fisher. I haven't been as surprised with some of the twists as I might have been, nor do I think this story quite intrigued me as well. But, if one starts it knowing that it's not like Incarceron, maybe it won't be a disappointment. The Relic Master series will appeal to middle school level kids, especially ones looking for an adventure that continues over several books. I give it a solid B.