The Defiant Heir (Swords and Fire, #2) by Melissa Caruso

The Defiant Heir (Swords and Fire, #2)

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 ...

Details The Defiant Heir (Swords and Fire, #2)

TitleThe Defiant Heir (Swords and Fire, #2)
Release DateApr 19th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Magic

Reviews The Defiant Heir (Swords and Fire, #2)

  • James Lafayette Tivendale
    I received an advanced copy of The Defiant Heir in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Melissa Caruso and Orbit Books. *Minor Spoilers May Follow* In the second entry to the Swords and Fire trilogy, we pick up events approximately a month after the finale of The Tethered Mage. Everybody seems pretty content in the world of Eruvia right up until the point that some of the Empire's Falcons and their Falconers start to turn up murde...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum’m always a little nervous going into a sequel to a book I loved, especially when the story and characters are still fresh in your mind. Knowing you are jumping into a new adventure that can change the course of everything you know or shift the game as swiftly as the weather is sometimes a terrifying thing.But as it turned out, I had an amazing time with Melissa Carusoâ€...
  • Rebecca
    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! Full review to come!
  • Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
    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."I’ll be careful, I promise”My mother’s mouth c...
  • Kristen
    4 1/2 StarsThe Tethered Mage was one of my favorite books read in 2017, and I loved The Defiant Heir even more. It's extraordinarily fun with amusing dialogue and some quirky personalities, I enjoyed the growth of Amalia and Zaira's relationship, and it was fascinating to learn more about Vaskandar and Amalia's family on her father's side.Full (Long) Review on My Website
  • USOM
    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)So I fell in love with this series hard from book one, The Tethered Mage, and I have been awaiting this second installment ever since. If I thought I adored the first then I was wrong, because this is a whole new level of love. The characters I loved, the friendships, the relationships, the world, the politics, EVERYTHING was e...
  • Melissa Hayden
    The political games are visible here. In both Vaskandar and the Empire. These plots and plans and twists keep me listening. I want to know what will happen or how things will change when someone does something unexpected. The characters feel to be alive, keeping me cheering and hoping for them. I'm loving all the aspects I'm getting here! All are weaved together, creating the people by their plans and choices in life and politics.Melissa has move...
  • Griffin Hansen
    Thanks to Hachette Audio and for my audiobook copy in exchange for an honest review.Out of the frying pan, into the balefire! Amalia Cornaro & Co. are back, and the stakes are higher than ever. After averting a civil war and treading a thin line of political deception, Amalia Cornaro has begun to accept her role as her mother's heir - and all the responsibilities that come with it. Her role in the court of Raverra requires her to be many...
  • Greymalkin
    Disclaimer: I know the author and love her writing so this is not unbiased. :)In the first book, Amalia made several painful choices that have delightful repercussions in this book. Of course I loved Kathe, who doesn't love Kathe? But I also enjoyed seeing how much Amalia and Marcello (Team Marcello!) cared for each other and how Amalia was starting to truly understand the depths to which politics would rule her life. She knew it intellectually b...
  • The Irregular Reader
    Fair warning: this is the second book in Caruso’s Swords and Fire Series. If you haven’t read The Tethered Mage, then there’s probably going to be spoilers in here for the first book. Of course, if you haven’t read Tethered Mage, then you’re missing out on a fantastic fantasy series and should go read it right now. I’ll wait.Amalia Cornaro’s political star is on the rise. After averting disaster and civil war within the Raverran ...
  • Matt
    I'm always slightly worried when the sequel to a book I loved comes out. In this case those worries were for nothing. The Defiant Heir is every bit as good as The Tethered Mage. The same great, believable characters, the same intractable dilemmas and of course the same endless levels of intrigue and politicking.The story continues the plot that began in the previous book, expanding the themes and introducing more of the world. I found myself genu...
  • Drew Doll
    Awesome!!!Last year's The Tethered Mage was an amazing introduction to the Raverran Empire and the looming war on their border. The Defiant Heir picks up the story and runs at a break-neck pace through a thrilling, imaginative story that left me begging to know what happens next.I particularly love the magic system Ms Caruso has imagined for this world. The differences between the more scientific practitioners in Ravera and the elemental Witch Lo...
  • Vincent Archer
    A kick-ass entry in the series.As the title implies, it's about inheritance. There's a lot of more heirs in there than just one, and it is the the central theme of the book. There's also a fascinating plunge into Vaskandar, its structure, and the Witch Lord motivations and desires. What makes Amelia's arch-enemy (Ruven) tick? What makes the Vaskandar kingdoms work?Plus, of course, more kickassery from our two heroines, various falcons. And from t...
  • Rebecca
    This was a good sequel to the first book. Amalia's friendship with Zaira grew, and as always Zaira's blunt attitude was a nice respite to the polite machinations Amalia has to go through as her mother's heir. I was not too crazy about the love triangle; it felt a little contrived at times and like Amalia was definitely choosing one person over the other. Ruven continued to be creepy, and I enjoyed the fact that much of the story took place in Vas...
  • Lynn Stace
  • Laura
    I enjoyed the first book, and the second too. I like the setting, and the characters grab me. I am looking forward to the third one, I need to go see if I can preorder it now. I recommend these!
  • Jay Quietnight
    Caruso's writing skills are superb. The story flows smoothly, with no scenes that feel false or engineered. I look forward to the next book in this series!
  • Kaitlin
    Glad I stuck with this series.
  • Holly
    Love this series! Smart, funny, and it has some of the most memorable characters I've ever read about.
  • Sarah
    I loved this book! This series is so rich and compelling, I can't wait for #3!