The Tethered Mage

The Tethered Mage

In the Raverran Empire, magic is scarce and those born with power are strictly controlled -- taken as children and conscripted into the Falcon Army. Zaira has lived her life on the streets to avoid this fate, hiding her mage-mark and thieving to survive. But hers is a rare and dangerous magic, one that threatens the entire empire. Lady Amalia Cornaro was never meant to be In the Raverran Empire, magic is scarce and those born with power are strictly controlled -- taken as children and...

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Title:The Tethered Mage
Author:Melissa Caruso
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:The Tethered Mage
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:438 pages pages

The Tethered Mage Reviews

  • Kristen
    Nov 09, 2017
    This Venetian-inspired debut novel features great characters (including a variety of women), magic, political intrigue, mystery, friendship, and a dash of romantic subplot, but it's the solid worldbuilding that truly sets it apart. The Tethered Mage is one of the most engaging novels I...
  • Suzanne (The Bookish Libra)
    Oct 27, 2017
    Melissa Caruso?s novel The Tethered Mage is an engaging YA fantasy that has a little bit for everyone. There?s incredible world building, an intricate magic system, and lots of political intrigue. There?s also forbidden love, plenty of action scenes, and a wonderful cast of chara...
  • Shelley
    Oct 22, 2017
    *Source* NetGalley *Genre* Fiction / Fantasy / Epic *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* The Tethered Mage, by author Melissa Caruso, is the first installmentin the authors Swords and Fire Trilogy. The Tethered Mage caught my attention with it's beautiful world building; which reminded m...
  • Tammie
    Sep 28, 2017
    Unfortunately this is going to be a DNF. I'm about 40% in and gosh, it's so boring. I liked the idea behind the story, but nothing has happened. There's a lot of talk, political machinations - or talk of it - and I just don't care about any of the characters. Thanks to NetGalley for se...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Mar 27, 2017
    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/12/18/... Looks like my list of best fantasy debuts of 2017 grows yet again, and I have another new author to keep my eye on. Although there?s no magic formula to determine what makes a good novel (not to mention I...
  • Lo
    Aug 16, 2018
    girls should kiss and destroy the empire but what the hell do i know ...
  • Jeff Wheeler
    Apr 17, 2017
    I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy of The Tethered Mage by up and coming author Melissa Caruso. It?s an engaging cross between Machiavelli?s The Prince and Jordan?s Wheel of Time series. Here?s the premise ? those who possess magic in the Raverran Empire reveal th...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Jan 22, 2018
    NETGALLEY #7 Many thanks go to Melissa Caruso, Orbit Books, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. This is Book one in the Swords and Fire trilogy. 3.5 stars really enjoyed this! Lady Amalia Cornaro is eighteen years old, precociou...
  • Kathleen (QueenKatieMae)
    Aug 23, 2017
    This is never easy to admit, but sometimes I just cannot get into a book I am reading. Whether the cause is poor writing, convoluted plotting, annoying characters, or even just an uninteresting topic, I always find it hard to put down a book that someone obviously poured their blood, s...
  • Anya
    Aug 08, 2017
    I quite loved the beginning of this book as we are introduced to the magic and the bookish but feisty main characters. Things dragged a bit towards the 2/3 mark as political machinations and war became the focus of the plot. I at first compared this world to The Lies of Locke Lamora, a...
  • Lisa
    Oct 19, 2017
    Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2017/1... 4.5/5 stars The Tethered Mage was a very enjoyable read with an interesting magic system. Individuals in this world develop a tell tale mage-mark (a ring on their iris) as they develop their magical ability...
  • James Tivendale
    Sep 27, 2017
    I received a review copy of The Tethered Mage in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Melissa Caruso, Nazia, and Orbit. Less than a week ago I had no idea what to read next. I picked up this book as the cover looked gorgeous and contained quotations from RJ Barker, Anna...
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    Nov 03, 2017
    Sale Alert: Kindle Daily Deal 9/11/18 for $1.99 Have you ever bought a book just because you really liked the cover? I fall into this trap every once and awhile and I will say that I sometimes it bites me in the butt but at least this time the inside of the book was about as substan...
  • Maddie
    Sep 05, 2018
    Really good! I'm giving it five stars even though I went into it thinking it was a f/f romance and was thoroughly disappointed when I found out it wasn't. Loved the world and the politics can't wait to see where it can go. ...
  • Clare T.
    Oct 26, 2017
    Thank you, Netgalley and publishers, for an advanced e-book copy of this story! All opinions are still my own and are not influenced in any way. The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso is a young adult, fantasy novel about an esteemed heir, Amalia Cornaro, who, by accident, becomes a Fa...
  • Marianna
    Nov 07, 2017
    *4.5 stars* You can find this and many more reviews at my blog Marianna's Corner! Are you looking for a diverse fantasy with kickass, strong and intelligent females, an amazing magic system and political scheming that will blow your mind? If your answer is YES, then this book is...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Oct 18, 2017
    Ooh good this one was. That was my attempt at Yoda again. I?m never any good at it but it?s always worth a try. So The Tethered Mage is a political thriller. Kind of. I?m glad Theresa May doesn?t have access to falcons. This book has magical mayhem and behind the scenes s...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Sep 30, 2017
    I had a great time with this book! There was never a point that is was boring, at least not to me. =) **Maybe some minor spoilers** Amalia Cornaro is out one evening getting a rare book when she runs into a fire mage and a Falconer. Zaira has been in hiding all of these year...
  • Molly Mortensen
    Dec 27, 2017
    The writing was so well done, I would've thought this was a veteran writer not a debut. I highlighted several passages that I just liked the way she phrased things. More books need to focus on female friendship and Tethered Mage did it well. Their friendship progressed slowly and f...
  •  ✨ Dianna ✨ (mylifeasannaidreading)
    Feb 28, 2018
    hmm...the cover reminds me of Six of Crows, now I'm curious about this book. ...
  • Emma
    Dec 13, 2017
    DNF There are some interesting ideas thrown in here but overall the plot, characters, and language are too simplistic to really draw you in. I?d definitely put it at YA level, it actually reminded me of Caraval in tone, dialogue, and the blushes of teen romance. Not for me. ...
  • Silea
    Aug 17, 2017
    Can we stop having pale people 'rescue' dark people by kidnapping them and holding them against their will? That'd be great. ...
  • The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
    Nov 02, 2017
    4.5 stars. As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress... I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The Tethered Mage is the first book in the Swords and ...
  • Atlas
    Mar 06, 2018
    "Figure out what you are good at and make that the game" * * * * 4 / 5 The Tethered Mage is a Venetian inspired fantasy novel featuring hefty amounts of political skulduggery - one of my favourite things. It might be a little low on the action despite featuring a heavy-hitting...
  • Roy
    Jan 16, 2018
    A solid and charming debut which has its fun. A fantasy world based upon 1600s Venetian times, with numerous characters all politically scheming for control. We have mages/warlocks who can control magic or use magic, and people called Falcons/Falconers who can in a sense capture these ...
  • ᴊᴇss
    Nov 29, 2017
    I received a free copy of The Tethered Mage in exchange for an honest review. dnf 26% *Sighs* I wanted so badly to finish this book, but I just....I just couldn't. Maybe it was the slow plot, the cardboard characters, or just the story as a whole, but I could not bring myself to...
  • Kathryn at Book Ink Reivews
    Sep 14, 2017
    A copy of this review can be found at Book Ink Reviews. Have you ever read a book that you've enjoyed so thoroughly that you actually slowed down and read the whole Acknowledgementssection desperate for anythingmore from a talented author? I can count on one had how many times...
  • imyril
    Jul 16, 2018
    My only regret about The Tethered Mage is that I didn't read it sooner, so I didn't nominate it for a Subjective Chaos Kind of Award. On the other hand, this has dramatically reduced the amount of time I had to wait to read the sequel! This is instantly one of my favourite fantasie...
  • Tilly
    Aug 12, 2018
    3.5 stars I have very mixed feelings about this book. I found Amalia to be really naive and childish and other characters to be very 2d. The concept and world building was good but at times I felt the storyline was a bit pantomime like. In the end I did enjoy it. I'm not racing to ge...
  • Sh3llraiser
    Sep 01, 2017
    Main characters: Amalia Cornaro, daughter of a powerful politician, a ?well-bred? Falconer Zaira, a fire mage and Falcon, found in the slums Marcello, a Falconer, officer who runs the Mews (place where Falcons and Falconers live and train) Prince Ruven, a vivomancer wh...