The Defiant Heir

The Defiant Heir

by Melissa Caruso


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A spellbinding fantasy trilogy for fans of The Queen of the Tearlingand The Red Queen, where the political scion Amalia and her bound fire warlock Zaira undertake diplomacy and espionage to prevent a war.

Across the border, the Witch Lords of Vaskandar are preparing for war. But before an invasion can begin, the seventeen Witch Lords must convene at a rare gathering to decide a course of action. Lady Amalia Cornaro knows that this Conclave might be her only chance to smother the growing flames of war, and she is prepared to make any sacrifice if it means saving Raverra from destruction.

Amalia and her bound fire warlock, Zaira, must go behind enemy lines, using every ounce of wit and cunning they have, to sway Vaskandar from war.

If they fail, it will all come down to swords and fire.

"Charming, intelligent, fast-moving, beautifully atmospheric. I couldn't put it down." - Genevieve Cogman, author of The Invisible Library

"The best kind of fantasy." - Rosalyn Eves, author of Blood Rose Rebellion

The Defiant Heir is the second novel in a spellbinding new fantasy series.

Swords and Fire
The Tethered Mage
The Defiant Heir

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316466905
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Series: Swords and Fire Series , #2
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 96,185
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

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.

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WitchyWriter 21 days ago
Oh, the beauty of the fantasy trilogy! I have to say, I absolutely adore the heightened stakes in each subsequent book. As the second book of the Swords and Fire trilogy, The Defiant Heir does not disappoint. So you thought The Tethered Mage was good? And you were worried that The Defiant Heir would suffer from middle-book-of-a-trilogy syndrome? Yeah, me too, though I was excited enough to hope, based on the quality of Caruso’s writing in the first installment, that she’d be able to pull off a truly breathtaking sequel. I wasn’t wrong. Guys, The Defiant Heir is EVEN BETTER than The Tethered Mage. I’m not kidding. I didn’t think it was going to be possible, but there it is. I mean, if all the reasons I already gave you for reading the first one weren’t enough—now you know you have to read it just so you can get to this one! The stakes are higher. The characters are even more complex. The world expands to new settings, new dangers, new relationship intrigue. I canNOT get enough of one of the new characters. He’s a Witch Lord, and he is so compelling, so beautifully complex and fun and confusing and smart and vulnerable and and and… Seriously, guys, you have to read this book. You need more of this guy in your life. And the relationships that already existed, they deepen in this second installment. Deepen and intensify and get way more complex. Even without the suspenseful plot, you’d be turning the pages like crazy just to see what unfolds in these relationships. Do yourself a favor and go get these books. YOU NEED THEM IN YOUR LIFE.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it just wish there was more Poor Roland I was hoping the Lady of Eagles saved him
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
The Tethered Mage was one of my favorite books of 2017 so I had high expectations for The Defiant Heir. Somehow, The Defiant Heir was even better than I was expecting. There was absolutely no second book syndrome here. The character development was amazing, the banter witty, and the plot wonderfully engaging. This is technically adult fantasy but I think there’s a lot of YA cross-over appeal. Plus it features such wonderful moments as the following: "”I’ll be careful, I promise” My mother’s mouth crooked toward a smile. “I’m not certain I believe you. But I have high hopes you’ll be clever, which is better”" The Defiant Heir had the perfect blend of political machinations and action. The world was expanded and the magic system explained more in depth. Vaskandar was dark, magical, and utterly enchanting. The interplay and balance between magic, power, and politics was beautifully done. Also, I have never jumped ship so fast as when the new potential love interest showed up in this book. I loved how Caruso portrayed Amalia’s struggle to grow into her position as the Cornaro Heir, particularly because everything she had to sacrifice was acknowledged. I also loved how Amalia’s strengths weren’t physical, instead she relied on her wits and intelligence. Her friendship with Zaira grew deeper and I loved their dynamic even more than before. Plus Zaira’s romance was adorable, Terika was a wonderful balance to Zaira. After reading The Defiant Heir, Swords and Fire has become one of my all-time favorite series! I’m going to be counting down the days until the third book comes out!! Definitely recommend this series if you like more political oriented fantasy. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.