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)
ISBN9780356510620
Author
Release DateApr 19th, 2018
PublisherOrbit
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Magic, Science Fiction Fantasy, Fiction
Rating

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

  • James Lafayette Tivendale
    2018-04-18
    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)
    2018-04-27
    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 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
    2018-04-10
    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! Full review to come!
  • Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
    2018-04-14
    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
    2018-05-02
    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
  • The Library Ladies
    2018-05-30
    (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 Zaira would get themselves into this time. So much so, that I brought this book along with me on vacation, which was probably not the best choice since it actively distract...
  • Greymalkin
    2018-05-22
    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...
  • USOM
    2018-05-13
    (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
    2018-05-21
    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...
  • Dianna
    2018-06-05
    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 rare, so I plan on reliving this book as I write my review :)**Spoilers ahead**All the characters we know continue to grow and are forced to make hard (and sometime...
  • Maddalena
    2018-06-08
    4 & 1/2 STARSI 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, in which people with peculiar abilities, or Falcons, are bound for life to a sort of companion/guardian, or Falconer; the background, where the Serene Empire of Raverra reminded...
  • Andrew
    2018-04-25
    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 Fire series, The Defiant Heir. Also, while we are on the subject – I realized in book two that the reason the series is called “Swords and Fire” is that it’s a...
  • Griffin Hansen
    2018-05-11
    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, 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...
  • Dorri
    2018-06-24
    Do I have to put it down? Yes, I know I've finished it, but I'm not ready to let go yet. There are so many layers of intrigue, deceit, betrayal, hope, defiance, and a spattering of madness within the pages of The Defiant Heir. I want more. Or to read it again. And I have no idea when the next book comes out!! The first book in the Swords and Fire series, The Tethered Mage, was exciting, frustrating, and in the end, delightful to read. It was a so...
  • The Irregular Reader
    2018-04-18
    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
    2018-04-29
    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
    2018-05-08
    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...
  • eilasoles
    2018-05-29
    What a perfect book. I stayed up all night reading it. I have never been incline to fangirl over characters, but I seem unable to resist the impulse with these books. My favorite ones are so alive in my mind, and Caruso's writing dialogue is superb: I already loved La Contessa, and now I like Kathe too. The tethered mage was great too, but I felt a certain sense of claustrophobia while I read it, which this one lacks. I suppose it's because the s...
  • Nadja Miller
    2018-06-29
    Amalia is grown up a little more. Still YA flavor but not as much as the first. She is being courted by one of the Witch Lords. She finds him intriguing but knows he has plans of his own that might be against Raverra. Amelia is trying to wrangle and invitation to the Witch Lord’s Conclave where decisions will be made about going to war. To help in this endeavor (and other reasons), she goes to visit her paternal grandmother in a queendom on the...
  • Vincent Archer
    2018-05-05
    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...
  • Sarah Schultz
    2018-06-04
    This book was as intense as the first one and I love the way the characters changed and grew from the first book to this book. Also KATHE oh my stars do I love him!(view spoiler)[ I gotta say I don't usually enjoy love triangles but this one feels so good? I think both love interests offer something significant to the MC and I cannot wait to see how this is going to turn out! I am just as torn as Amalia as to which one to choose tbh? Also
  • Rebecca
    2018-05-09
    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...
  • Ann
    2018-06-25
    I love this Swords and Fire series. The heroine is strong, intelligent, and so brave and personable. She doesn't run around fainting at all of the tough choices put before her, she does what needs to be done. She also has a good team supporting her, which is nice to see. Caruso makes this book a fun and fast read, with lots of intrigue, and no unnecessary drama. Absolutely love this series and can't wait for the final book!
  • Liz
    2018-06-27
    I enjoyed the continuing development of the friendship between Amalia and Zaira. Amalia is also starting to come into her own as a political player -- will she finally challenge the Doge for the freedom of the Falcons in the next book.The choice between good boy Marcello and bad boy Kathe is a tough one. Can Amalia find a way to keep them both?My only disappointment was not seeing more of La Contessa, since I enjoyed her so much in the previous b...
  • Ian Mathers
    2018-06-03
    I was hoping this series would continue to dig into and complicate the various (pretty bad, to be honest) ways the different empires/kingdoms/etc. deal with people who can use magic, and boy did the author double down on that, and throw in a pretty damn well done love triangle too. Things are significantly more intense by the end, both personally for our heroes and, you know, in terms of possible total war across the continent. The politics, the ...
  • Amy
    2018-05-28
    “The Grace can’t save a fool from believing what he wants to believe.”“It took an uncommon courage to stand before the people you respected most and admit you’d been wrong.”The second book is far better than the first one! I liked Marcello when I read the first one, but I might’ve changed my mind after finishing this one. I’m so in love with another charming guy!! Can’t wait to read the third book of this series.
  • Unseen Library
    2018-06-01
    I received a copy of The Defiant Heir from Hachette Australia to review.Melissa Caruso once again shows why she is one of the brightest new stars in the fantasy fiction. The Defiant Heir is an outstanding continuation of her first series that introduces significant and exiting lore to her already intriguing universe while providing significant development to her main characters. If you haven’t already discovered the magic of Caruso’s Swords a...
  • Sifa Poulton
    2018-06-27
    An amazing and honestly under appreciated series, full of magic, political intrigue and wonderful characters.This book built on from the previous, Amalia growing even more. Love her and Marcello but Kathe was a fave character - so sneaky!
  • Shelley
    2018-05-25
    *Source* Library*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy*Rating* 4.0*Thoughts*The Defiant Heir, by author Melissa Caruso, is the second installment in the Swords and Fire series. This is a series that is set in a world not unlike Renaissance Venice. Lady Amalia Cornaro was never meant to be a Falconer, but apparently fate had other ideas. Heiress and scholar of magical theory and a part-time inventor, she was born into a treacherous world of political machi...