The Defiant Heir

The Defiant Heir

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 destruc Across the border, the Witch Lords of Vaskandar are preparing for war. But before an invasion can begin, they must call a...

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Title:The Defiant Heir
Author:Melissa Caruso
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:The Defiant Heir
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:515 pages pages

The Defiant Heir Reviews

  • Kristen
    May 02, 2018
    4 1/2 Stars The 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 mor...
  • Kelley Ceccato
    Nov 18, 2018
    Let me get the bad stuff out of the way first: Was this love triangle really necessary? This is a strong woman-centered fantasy novel, with plenty of action and intriguing politics, but the introduction of "bad boy" Kathe and the evolution of the triangle gave off a strong YA vibe a...
  • Greymalkin
    May 22, 2018
    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 Marce...
  • Melissa Hayden
    May 21, 2018
    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 hop...
  • Maddalena
    Jun 08, 2018
    4 & 1/2 STARS I received this novel from Orbit Books through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review: my thanks to both of them for this opportunity. The previous book in this series, The Tethered Mage, proved to be a delightful discovery in many ways: the magic system, i...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Apr 27, 2018
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/05/13/... I?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 cou...
  • Bon
    Jul 03, 2018
    Okay, this is gonna count as a review for both 1 and 2, really, because I am lazy. Five stars to both, though - and I read them on a whim because a friend recommended them on the spot. I did audio format for both so it's difficult to pick outstanding lines, but man, were these good. A ...
  • Dianna
    Jun 05, 2018
    I freaking LOVED this book! I mean, I liked "The Tethered Mage" and had pretty high expectations that the second book in the series would be good, but my goodness, my high expectations were not only met but exceeded. I'm suffering some major book withdrawals right now, which is pretty ...
  • Rebecca
    Apr 10, 2018
    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! Full review to come! ...
  • Jo
    Sep 21, 2018
    Wow. So. This still is not the deepest of novels nor the most original fantasy. The reliance on love triangle for plot is conventional, if well-done. I continue to be reminded of the Song of the Lioness Quartet (which I loved, so the comparison is positive). Kathe's enigmatic nature ve...
  • James Lafayette Tivendale
    Apr 18, 2018
    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 Te...
  • USOM
    May 13, 2018
    (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 ...
  • Rósa
    Jan 07, 2019
    Fun read, more depth to the world. Not as surprising plots as first, but then expecting the twists more. ...
  • Johan
    Apr 01, 2019
    A perfectly balanced book. It's got the right ingredients in the right quantities for a YA fantasy novel. It's also really well constructed, taking the main characters on journeys both inside and out. I enjoyed the first book and gave it three stars, but this was something else! Look...
  • Andrew
    Apr 25, 2018
    Full review at The Quill to Live: https://thequilltolive.com/2018/05/03... I am going to Europe next week, so I felt like reading about pseudo-fantasy Venice as I was packing. In order to scratch that itch, I am back with a review for the second book in Melissa Caruso?s Swords and...
  • Maddie
    Sep 24, 2018
    fucking hell. I loved this one even BETTER than the first. Like what the hell is that about? ReeDICKULOUSLY political. the fucking romances guys. the WORLD BUILDING. the MAGIC SYSTEM. Be prepared to never stop hearing about this series yall. ...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Sep 05, 2018
    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...
  • Amy
    Feb 21, 2019
    Who would have thought I would fall in love with a fantasy trilogy? An unexpected pleasure! This trilogy starts with the Tethered Mage, which I just loved! Strong women, and plenty of them, performing magic to save their empires. The subtext dynamic of Falcon and Falconer is fascinatin...
  • Arya
    Sep 25, 2018
    Lessi il primo libro della saga, The Tethered Mage, meno di un anno fa, e non lo giudicai bene. L'autrice aveva sprecato gran parte delle sue possibilit per preoccuparsi di questioni amorose e/o altro, senza cercare di approfondire troppo il rapporto fra la protagonista e Zaira, il p...
  • Sheila Goicea
    Sep 25, 2017
    I hope The Tethered Mage is good so I can read this one...the cover is just...<3 ...
  • imyril
    Aug 04, 2018
    A stirring sequel that cements my affection for Melissa Caruso?s work as well as her thoughtful, conscientious protagonist and her flamboyant, rough-tongued warlock. The series continues to explore the implications of its internal logic, to my delight. It?s not easy being La Co...
  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    Dec 27, 2018
    KKKKAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTHHHEEEEEE. KATHE. Okay *breathes* Oh, I love this series, and I loved this book even more than the first (which I also loved) *ahem* excuse my babbling. But hello yes if you love court and political intrigue READ THIS SERIES. I'll do a better review so...
  • Shaitarn .
    Mar 31, 2019
    2.5 rounded up. Not as good as the first book. It felt very much as though the author was running along the standard 'YA novel plot' track in this. And there was a love triangle, which means I drop a star. It wasn't bad, but nowhere near as good as the first one. ...
  • The Library Ladies
    May 30, 2018
    (Full review here at the thelibraryladies.com.) I was so excited when I received an ARC for this sequel! ?The Tethered Mage? came out of nowhere last fall and quickly became one of my favorite reads for the year, so I was so excited to see what antics (troubles?) Amalia and Zair...
  • Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
    Apr 14, 2018
    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 pl...
  • Griffin Hansen
    May 11, 2018
    Thanks to Hachette Audio and Libro.fm 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,...
  • Kalyn Josephson
    Dec 19, 2018
    This is hands down my favorite book of the year. Aside from obviously being an undying fan of Kathe (I mean, he's the freaking Crow Lord, how could I not be?), I loved everything about this book. The characters are so distinct and vibrant and complicated, the magic is beautiful and ...
  • Monica
    Dec 31, 2018
    I think I liked this book even more than the previous one! In this installment, Lady Amalia starts courting a Raverran Witchlord and thus embarks on a bizarre relationship where both parties are using each other while also trying to relate to one another in an authentic way. Unfortunat...
  • Jasmin Hansen
    Sep 16, 2018
    From the first time I read The Tethered Mage, it has been one of my favorite books. Therefore, I was naturally excited, and a little nervous, to finally get my hands on The Defiant Heir. What if it wasn?t as good as The Tethered Mage? Yet there was no reason for me to be worried...
  • Effy
    Mar 20, 2019
    I am so in love with the sequel to The Tethered Mage. The only bad thing I can say about this book is that it hasn't received enough attention. There was only one copy each of this book and its predecessor at the bookstore where I bought both, despite that store having a HUGE fantas...