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The Tethered Mage

(2017)
(The first book in the Swords and Fire series)
A novel by

 
 
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.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"An enchanting voice and an original world you won't want to leave." - RJ Barker

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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


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Paperback Editions

October 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Tethered Mage (Swords and Fire)
Author(s): Melissa Caruso
ISBN: 0-356-51061-1 / 978-0-356-51061-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orbit
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October 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Tethered Mage (Swords and Fire (1))
Author(s): Melissa Caruso
ISBN: 0-316-46687-5 / 978-0-316-46687-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Orbit
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November 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Tethered Mage: Swords and Fire, Book 1
Author(s): Melissa Caruso
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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November 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Tethered Mage: Swords and Fire, Book 1
Author(s): Melissa Caruso
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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October 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Tethered Mage: Swords and Fire, Book 1
Author(s): Melissa Caruso
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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October 2017 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Tethered Mage: Swords and Fire, Book 1
Author(s): Melissa Caruso
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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October 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Tethered Mage: Swords and Fire, Book 1
Author(s): Melissa Caruso
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

October 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Tethered Mage (Swords and Fire Book 1)
Author(s): Melissa Caruso
Publisher: Orbit
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October 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Tethered Mage (Swords and Fire Book 1)
Author(s): Melissa Caruso
Publisher: Orbit
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU