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The Defiant Heir

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'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
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Product details

  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 133 x 199 x 35mm | 380g
  • Orbit
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 035651062X
  • 9780356510620
  • 117,986

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A satisfyingly action-packed and bittersweet follow-up which promises more to come -- KIRKUS If I thought I adored the first then I was wrong, because this is a whole new level of love . . . EVERYTHING was even better than before. Which is supremely impressive because Book One was pie and cake and ice cream in one. So this book is that plus cherries and sprinkles -- UTOPIA STATE OF MIND I loved The Defiant Heir: wholeheartedly and without reservation . . . This is a fast, tight, brilliantly entertaining book, atmospheric and full of tension and intrigue. I adored it. -- Liz Bourke I've been dying to get my hands on The Defiant Heir . . . My expectations were extremely high-and the book went in a totally different direction from what I expected. In the best possible way. . . I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this series -- GIRLS IN CAPES Freaking AWESOME . . . it's one of the best first novels in a brand new high fantasy series that I've read in ages . . Absolutely recommended and on my shortlist for favorite books so far in 2017 -- BOOK SMUGGLERS on THE TETHERED MAGE I love this book and series. It is a refreshing and lively fantasy that has characters that I just can't get enough of . . . I wish I had the next book in hand so I could just go straight into it -- TENACIOUS READER 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 -- CULTUREFLY This is the sort of fantasy adventure that ticks all the boxes for me . . . I love losing myself in Caruso's world . . . I can't wait for the final book in the trilogy -- FANTASY BOOK REVIEW This is a series worth your time . . . The Defiant Heir takes everything that was good about its predecessor and adds depth and weight to make it a more serious and compelling read -- THE QUILL TO LIVE 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 -- FANTASY BOOK CAFE I love this book and series . . . refreshing and lively fantasy that has characters that I just can't get enough of -- SPECULATIVE HERALD A dashing, compelling and exciting story, blending magic, assassination, conspiracy and diplomacy . . . I'll make no bones about it, I loved this book -- BLUE BOOK BALLOON Melissa Caruso has taken things to an ENTIRELY new level of awesome with The Defiant Heir . . . I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book -- POWDER AND PAGE
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About Melissa Caruso

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.
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Rating details

762 ratings
4.39 out of 5 stars
5 51% (386)
4 40% (305)
3 8% (63)
2 1% (4)
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