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, Magic, Young Adult, Science Fiction Fantasy, Fiction

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...
  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    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 soon :)
  • 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 Caruso...
  • Liz Barnsley
    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” – ...
  • Rebecca
    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! Full review to come!
  • Kalyn Josephson
    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 technical and detailed, the world is expansive and deep and so, so lush. Vaskandar is the sort of setting I could disappear into. I want to know so much more about it (...
  • imyril
    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 Contessa’s daughter, but Amalia is showing a flare for it. But will she be able to live with what that means?Excellent world-extending, intriguing mysteries, magnetic n...
  • 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
  • The Library Ladies
    (Full review here at the 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...
  • Amy
    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 fascinating and powerful. The Defiant Heir continues the story, and it was all consuming. Hit every note. Apparently, the third comes out in April 2019, The Unbound Empire. H...
  • Maddie
    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.
  • Bon
    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 magical world with everything from elemental warlocks who control fire and storms, to 'artificers' who embue devices and create instruments of magic, and alchemists...
  • Andrew
    Full review at The Quill to Live: 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Rósa
    Fun read, more depth to the world. Not as surprising plots as first, but then expecting the twists more.
  • Dianna
    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
    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...
  • Kelley Ceccato
    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 at times. When I'm reading about intelligent, courageous, resourceful Amalia, I don't want to find myself thinking of the leads of Stephenie Meyer or Cassandra Clare boo...
  • Jo
    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 versus Marcello's stoic duty is, again nothing mind blowing, but the quandry of responsibilities of family and political rank it puts Amalia in are well considered, a...
  • 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...
  • Jasmin Hansen
    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 because although the book didn’t blow me away like The Tethered Mage it lived up to all my expectations and more. Just like The Tethered Mage it was well thought thr...
  • Monica
    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. Unfortunately for me, this storyline means that the love triangle trope is in use, since Amalia is still in love with Marcello, but cannot court him and lose the opportunity ...
  • Dorri
    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...
  • ElmoVsBibo2.0
    The Defiant HeirJust as the first one, this was a great book. Meeting those lovely characters again, getting to know new ones and coming back into this world was a real pleasure. I will not get too much into the plot. The Story picks up not long after the first book ended and quickly travels into another part of the world, namely Calamore, where Amalias grandmother lives. From there they have to go over the boarder to Vaskandar, the land where th...
  • Vinay Badri
    Melissa Caruso's debut was an assured one, heaping all the pressure on the sequel. Thankfully though she manages the pressure by crafting a book thats better than the debut in almost every regardCaruso complicates the life of her lead character, Amalia in many ways right through the book. Pitting her against the Witch Lords, who want to invade her country, Amalia has to ensure that they back off from war, even as she tries to solve for the myster...