The Defiant Heir

Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Series: Swords and Fire, Book 2
Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
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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 17 lords to decide a course of action.

Lady Amalia Cornaro knows that this Conclave might be her only chance to smother 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 and cunning they have, to sway Vaskandar from war. Or else it will all come down to swords and fire. 

"Charming, intelligent, fast-moving, beautifully atmospheric. I couldn't put it down." (Genevieve Cogman, author of The Invisible Library)

"The best kind of fantasy." (Rosalyn Eves, author of Blood Rose Rebellion) 

The Defiant Heir is the second novel in a spellbinding new fantasy series. 

Swords and Fire
The Tethered Mage
The Defiant Heir

©2018 Melissa Caruso (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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"Breathtaking... Worth every moment and every page, and should make anyone paying attention excited about what Caruso will write next." (BookPage)

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Great fantastic amazing

I thought the first one was good! This has even more adventure and wit combined with suspense and love. I need the third book on audible!!!!

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#3 NOT ON AUDIBLE

I was really disappointed to find our that #3 was only in print.

Other than that, I loved it and thought it was even better than the 1st.

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Better than the first!

Intrigue, romance, and magic. What else could you ask for? I love the development of all of the characters and the introduction of new ones.

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A new Author to follow!

I am eagerly awaiting the next book. With a new writer, new to me, you can really tell if the second book was as much of a hit as the first book. I picked this series up by happenstance, and I am so glad I did. I love fantasy, and I love engaging worlds. Melissa has written a book that has engaging characters, deep plot, and deep background. You can feel the wheels turning behind the scene which makes it lots of fun to guess as to what is to happen next. Her Narrator is very gifted as well, each character has their own voice, which makes the entire series so enhanced. Truly I love this book and series!

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I love this series.

I can't wait to what happens in the next book. The only draw back is the triangle love situation. I kind of find that over done in a lot of these types of books. Otherwise I recommend this book.