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The Tethered Mage

By Melissa Caruso

  • Paperback
  • £8.99

Set in a rich world of courtly intrigue and dangerous magic, The Tethered Mage is a spellbinding debut from a major new talent

***SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 GEMMELL AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT***

'I couldn't put it down' Genevieve Cogman, author of The Invisible Library

'I raced through this exquisite debut in three days and adored it' Fantasy Book Review

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 could threaten the entire empire.

Lady Amalia Cornaro was never meant to be a Falconer. Heiress and scholar, she was born into a treacherous world of political machinations. But fate has bound the heir and the mage. And as war looms on the horizon, a single spark could turn their city into a pyre.

SET IN A RICH WORLD OF POLITICAL INTRIGUE AND DANGEROUS MAGIC, THE TETHERED MAGE IS A SPELLBINDING DEBUT FROM A MAJOR NEW TALENT.


'Absolutely recommended and on my shortlist for favorite books so far in 2017'
Book Smugglers

'A brilliant novel' The Eloquent Page

'Fantastically readable, incredibly addictive and intelligently plotted . . . I loved it' Liz Loves Books

'If you like fantasy, you'll love this book' The Tattooed Book Geek

Biographical Notes

Melissa Caruso graduated with honours in Creative Writing from Brown University and holds an MFA in Fiction from University of Massachusetts - Amherst.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780356510613
  • Publication date: 26 Oct 2017
  • Page count: 480
  • Imprint: Orbit
The Tethered Mage is freaking AWESOME . . . it's one of the best first novels in a brand new high fantasy series that I've read in ages . . Absolutely recommended and on my shortlist for favorite books so far in 2017 — BOOK SMUGGLERS
What a tremendous start to the trilogy . . . I thoroughly enjoyed every moment that I spent reading The Tethered Mage, there's action, plenty of plot twists, perfect pacing and superb world-building which combines with scintillating storytelling and a fascinating cast of characters to create a fully engrossing read . . . If you like fantasy, you'll love this book — TATTOOED BOOK GEEK
Charming, intelligent, fast-moving, beautifully atmospheric, with a heroine and other characters whom I really liked as people. (I overstayed my lunch break in order to finish it.) I would love to read more set in this world — Genevieve Cogman, author of THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY
A brilliant novel that delivers on all its initial promise. The characters are well realised and the plot is captivating . . . I was entertained from beginning to end — THE ELOQUENT PAGE
The Tethered Mage spins two captivating tales: a battle of wills between a feisty heroine and her bonded warlock, and a battle of wits between an empire and its rivals. Stuffed with intrigue, romance, and betrayal, this is a scrumptious read — Vic James, Author of GILDED CAGE
A beautifully written political fantasy drama full of courtly intrigue, powerful enemies and phenomenal magic potential. I raced through this exquisite debut in three days and adored it — FANTASY BOOK REVIEW
Caruso deploys a dizzying mix of politics, complex interpersonal relationships and twisty plotting with an intensity that sets it apart in a crowded genre . . . Add in refreshingly developed protagonists and an unusual magic system and the result is an immensely engaging start to a welcome new series — B&N SCI-FI AND FANTASY BLOG
The Tethered Mage is a fantastically readable, incredibly addictive and intelligently plotted fantasy novel, the start of a series that I cannot WAIT to read more of - I loved it — LIZ LOVES BOOKS
A breathtaking book. Equal parts fantasy and political intrigue, The Tethered Mage pulls readers relentlessly through labyrinthine turns of conspiracy, adventure and romance — BOOKPAGE
This is a compelling first novel, with female characters at its heart. The tension mounts, and there's plenty of action and incident and fire and danger . . . In short, I loved it. I WANT MORE — LIZ BOURKE
Intricate and enticing as silk brocade. Caruso's heroine is a strong, intelligent young woman in a beguiling, beautifully evoked Renaissance world of high politics, courtly intrigue, love and loyalty - and fire warlocks — Anna Smith Spark, author of THE COURT OF BROKEN KNIVES
The Tethered Mage is a riveting read, with delicious intrigue, captivating characters, and a brilliant magic system. I loved it from start to finish! — Sarah Beth Durst, author of THE QUEEN OF BLOOD
Engaging and entertaining with intrigue, a good pace, and strong characters. Zaira and Amalia are bright, bold heroes in a smartly constructed world — James Islington, author of THE SHADOW OF WHAT WAS LOST
With a rich world, political intrigue, and action that keeps you turning pages, The Tethered Mage is classic fantasy with a fresh voice — Jeff Wheeler, author of THE QUEEN'S POISONER
An enchanting voice and an original world you won't want to leave — RJ Barker, author of AGE OF ASSASSINS
The Tethered Mage is gorgeous, intricate fantasy. Caruso creates a world in which magic is interwoven with politics, the fate of city-states and noble houses balancing on the daring and initiative of two compelling and vastly different heroines, supported with a rich and vivid cast of characters. One of the best new books I've read in years. I can't wait for the sequel! — Vivian Shaw, author of STRANGE PRACTICE
The Tethered Mage is the best kind of fantasy: intricate world-building, the most intriguing of court intrigues, and a twisty plot. But while readers might pick it up for those elements, they'll stay for the engaging characters and the unlikely friendships at the story's heart — Rosalyn Eves, author of BLOOD ROSE REBELLION
A great balance of characters, intrigue and magic and just left me wanting to read more — SPECULATIVE HERALD
The Tethered Mage is a fantastic first novel . . . it is easily my favourite 2017 debut set in a secondary world — FANTASY BOOK CAFE
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The Unbound Empire

Melissa Caruso
Authors:
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'A dashing, compelling and exciting story, blending magic, assassination, conspiracy and diplomacy . . . I loved this book' Blue Book Balloon on The Defiant Heir'This is a series worth your time' The Quill to LiveWhile winter snows keep the invading armies of the Witch Lord Ruven at bay, Lady Amalia Cornaro and the fire warlock Zaira attempt to change the fate of mages in the Serene Empire forever. But on the night of Raverra's great masquerade, Ruven executes a devastating surprise strike at the heart of the Empire - threatening everything Amalia holds most dear.To stand a chance of defeating Ruven, Amalia and Zaira must face their worst nightmares, expose their deepest secrets and unleash Zaira's most devastating fire.The Unbound Empire is the epic finale to the spellbinding tale of courtly intrigue and dangerous magic that began with The Tethered Mage and The Defiant Heir.Praise for the series:'I couldn't put it down' Genevieve Cogman, author of The Invisible Library'I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this series' Girls in Capes'I raced through this exquisite debut in three days and adored it' Fantasy Book Review'Wonderful characters and intriguing mysteries that kept me eagerly anticipating what would happen next . . . I can hardly contain my excitement for the third instalment' Fantasy Book Cafe'Absolutely recommended' Book Smugglers

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The Defiant Heir

Melissa Caruso
Authors:
Melissa Caruso

Ali McNamara

Ali McNamara attributes her over-active and very vivid imagination to one thing - being an only child. Time spent dreaming up adventures when she was young has left her with a head bursting with stories waiting to be told.When stories she wrote for fun on Ronan Keating's website became so popular they were sold as a fundraising project for his cancer awareness charity, Ali realised that not only was writing something she enjoyed doing, but something others enjoyed reading too. Ali lives in Cambridgeshire with her family and two Labradors. When she isn't writing, she likes to travel, read, and people-watch, more often than not accompanied by a good cup of coffee. Her dogs and a love of exercise keep her sane!To find out more about Ali visit her website: www.alimcnamara.co.uk or follow her on Twitter: @AliMcNamara

Carrie Elks

Carrie Elks lives near London, England and writes contemporary romance with a dash of intrigue. She loves to travel and meet new people, and has lived in the USA and Switzerland as well as the UK. An avid social networker, she tries to limit her Facebook and Twitter time to stolen moments between writing chapters. When she isn't reading or writing, she can usually be found baking, drinking wine or working out how to combine the two.

Christine Feehan

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David Gemmell

David Gemmell's first novel, Legend, was published in 1984 and he is now widely acclaimed as Britain's king of heroic fantasy.

Elizabeth Jeffrey

Elizabeth Jeffrey lives near Colchester in Essex, where many of her historical sagas are set. She is the author of more than fifteen novels and over a hundred published short stories. She is married with three children and seven grandchildren.

Elizabeth Moon

Elizabeth Moon served in the US Marine Corps, reaching the rank of 1st Lieutenant during active duty. She has also earned degrees in history and biology, run for public office and been a columnist on her local newspaper. She lives near Austin, Texas, with her husband and their son. Twenty-six of her books are in print, and she won the Nebula Award with her science fiction novel Speed of Dark (also shortlisted for the Clarke Award), and was a finalist for the Hugo in 1997.

Ikumi Katagiri

Ikumi Katagiri is an artist of primarily josei manga titles (targeted toward women) such as Are You Alice?, Arcana 10, and Zyklus Code.

J.D. Barrett

J.D. Barrett is an Australian television writer and script editor. She has worked on the writing teams for Love My Way, East of Everything, Bed of Roses, Wonderland, Love Child and The Secret Daughter. The Secret Recipe for Second Chances was her bestselling debut novel. The Song of Us was her second book and The Upside of Over is her third work of fiction. J.D. lives between Sydney, Byron Bay and Los Angeles.

Jayne Ann Krentz

Jayne Ann Krentz, who also writes historical and futuristic fiction under the pseudonyms Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle respectively, has more than fifty NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers under various pen names; more than twenty-five million copies of her books are in print. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Visit her at www.krentz-quick.com

Jo Walton

Jo Walton comes from Wales but lives in Montreal, where the food and books are much better. She writes science fiction and fantasy, reads a lot, talks about books, and eats great food. She plans to live to be ninety-nine and write a book every year.

K. Bromberg

K. Bromberg is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Driven novels (including Hard Beat and Sweet Ache) which are spun-off from the Driven trilogy that included Driven, Fueled, and Crash. K. lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. When she needs a break from the daily chaos of her life, you can most likely find her on the treadmill or with e-reader in hand devouring a good, saucy book.

Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong lives in rural Ontario, Canada, with her family and far too many pets. She is the author of the international bestselling Women of the Otherworld series, and many other highly acclaimed novels, including the Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising YA trilogies, and the Cainsville series.

Keri Arthur

Keri Arthur is an award-winning author of thrilling paranormal romances. She's a dessert and function cook by trade. She has one daughter, and lives in Australia. Visit her at www.keriarthur.com

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MaryJanice Davidson

MaryJanice Davidson has written in a variety of genres, including contemporary romance, paranormal romance, erotica and non-fiction. She lives in Minnesota. Visit her at www.maryjanicedavidson.net

Orson Scott Card

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Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters was born in Wales. She has won a Betty Trask Award, the Somerset Maugham Award and her books have been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. Tipping the Velvet, Affinity, Fingersmith and The Night Watch have been adapted for television. Sarah Waters has been named Author of the Year four times: by the British Book Awards, the Booksellers' Association, Waterstone's Booksellers and the Stonewall Awards. She lives in London.

Shirley-Anne McMillan

Shirley-Anne McMillan was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. She studied at Queen's University, Belfast and Manchester Metropolitan University. Shirley-Anne wrote and performed with Belfast-based arts group, Ikon, for several years and she currently lives in South Down where she spends her time as a writer, schools worker and mum.