Across the border, the Witch Lords of Vaskandar are preparing for war. But before an invasion can begin, they must call a rare gathering of all seventeen lords to decide a course of action. Lady Amalia Cornaro knows that this Conclave might be her only chance to stifle the growing flames of war, and she is ready to make any sacrifice if it means saving Raverra from destruction.
Amalia and Zaira must go behind enemy lines, using every ounce of wit and cunning they have, to sway Vaskandar from war. Or else it will all come down to swords and fire.
I adored The Tethered Mage- a brilliant start to a fantasy series so heading into The Defiant Heir I was hoping for great things and boy did I get that and then some.
I’m such a huge fan of the way Melissa Caruso builds her world and her characters in perfect harmony with each other, The Defiant Heir moves us forward in page turning, addictive, beautifully written style.
Magic and mayhem abound as our heroine Amalia and her “scooby gang” – that’s my thing by the way, I love the group dynamic- try to prevent a war, change their own society for the better and as they go form dangerous yet compelling new alliances. Also new enemies of course…some of whom are darkly delicious indeed.
I’m completely hooked on Amalia’s personal life, at this point if we are choosing teams I’m firmly on team Kathe which I’m sure will spark horror in anyone as into this tale as I am, but that is just a small part of a wider, impressively plotted narrative.
We have crackling dialogue and wonderfully twisted relationships, a whole plethora of edge of the seat action, lots of humorous undertones all mixed up in a dark as you like storyline where morally judged decisions can still kill. The depth brought to Amalia’s political and personal turmoil is fascinating, compelling and cleverly thought provoking and the world in which she resides is utterly engaging.
I love it! Bring on book 3. It’s all going to kick off in one way or another and I am firmly on board for this particular roller coaster ride.