The Defiant Heir continues the spellbinding story of courtly intrigue and dangerous magic that began with The Tethered Mage.
'Melissa Caruso has taken things to an ENTIRELY new level of awesome' Powder and Page
'Caruso has really hit her fantasy stride with The Defiant Heir' Culturefly
Across the border, the Witch Lords are preparing for war. But before an invasion of Raverra can begin, all seventeen Witch Lords must gather to agree a course of action. Lady Amalia Cornaro knows that this conclave might be her only chance to stifle the growing flames of war.
Amalia and her warlock Zaira must go behind enemy lines, using every ounce of wit and cunning they have to avert the coming conflict. If they fail, it will all come down to swords and fire.
The Defiant Heir continues the spellbinding tale of courtly intrigue and dangerous magic that began with Gemmell Award shortlisted debut The Tethered Mage.
Praise for the series:
The Tethered Mage is an excellent debut novel that set a high bar for its follow up, but The Defiant Heir takes the series to the next level in every way . . . I can hardly contain my excitement for the third installment'Fantasy Book Cafe
'I couldn't put it down' Genevieve Cogman, author of The Invisible Library
I raced through this exquisite debut in three days and adored it' - Fantasy Book Review
'Absolutely recommended and on my shortlist for favorite books so far in 2017' - Book Smugglers
'A brilliant novel' - The Eloquent Page
'Fantastically readable, incredibly addictive and intelligently plotted . . . I loved it' - Liz Loves Books
'Captivating' - Vic James, author of Gilded Cage
'If you like fantasy, you'll love this book' - The Tattooed Book Geek
Melissa Caruso has taken things to an ENTIRELY new level of awesome with The Defiant Heir . . . I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book
The Tethered Mage is an excellent debut novel that set a high bar for its follow up, but The Defiant Heir takes the series to the next level in every way . . . I absolutely LOVED The Defiant Heir. It's extraordinarily fun with wonderful characters and intriguing mysteries that kept me eagerly anticipating what would happen next . . . I can hardly contain my excitement for the third installment
A dashing, compelling and exciting story, blending magic, assassination, conspiracy and diplomacy . . . I'll make no bones about it, I loved this book
Centered around a fierce and heroic set of characters, with intricate world-building and a quick pace, Caruso has really hit her fantasy stride with The Defiant Heir
Melissa Caruso was born on the summer solstice and went to school in an old mansion with a secret door, but despite this auspicious beginning has yet to develop any known superpowers. Melissa has spent her whole life creating imaginary worlds, and in addition to writing is also an avid larper and tabletop gamer.
She graduated with honors in Creative Writing from Brown University and has an MFA in Fiction from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Melissa's first novel, The Tethered Mage, was shortlisted for a Gemmell Morningstar award for best fantasy debut.
Melissa lives in Massachusetts with her video game designer husband, two magical daughters, and assorted pets. You can find her on Twitter, where she posts about writing, tea and swordfighting in ballgowns.