The Defiant Heir by Melissa Caruso
Reviewed by Sam!
What I drank prior: UVA won the fucking title and I can’t even. I’ve got like 5 reviews to write tonight so I’ve prepared with at least two bottles of wine.
Spoiler-free Overview: ok so this is the sequel to The Tethered Mage so if you don’t wanna be spoiled go check that review. Anyhow, this book continues with the story, our lady Amelia wants our bae Marcello but she’s too “high born” and the neighboring country is tryna… ya know… take over. She ends up accidentally courting a witch lord named Kathe. We all know how THAT goes. So she’s got an invite to the coveted Conclave of the neighboring country and all she wants to do is stave off war. Also our main villain Reuven is back and in action.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: I liked this but I was so hoping this was the end of the series but I’m not super mad it’s not if that makes sense. Otherwise I’m ok with this book. I’m not sure how much this story really plays into the larger narrative but I haven’t read the third book so /shrug emoji/
Characters: I feel like… I didn’t care about any of the new characters as much as the author wanted us to. Let’s talk about new characters… Kathe is like… fine? But he feels like a mock Darkling.. which I’m not sure I like.. but.. fine. We also get a love triangle now so – yikes. Our main lady doesn’t seem to grow at all EXCEPT her relationship with Zaria. That relationship grows appropriately, not just how close they are but with their trust in abilities. Also can we talk about how much i STILL fucking ADORE supportive and loving parents? Her mom is like.. one of the most powerful people in the empire and she… ya know… is a MOM.
Plot: I liked the plot in this a lot actually. Trying to figure out what the goal of the enemy is plus also trying to thwart it without knowing what endgame is was great. I was on my toes and I loved it. We knew the world enough, we knew the characters enough (or at least the ones I knew previously) that the plot had room to flourish.
Writing Style: it’s… fine? Literally, I just don’t have anything else to say. Didn’t hate it but didn’t actively think “hey this is fab”
What to pair it with: this is a white wine book. It’ll get you drunk but isn’t heavy at all.
COMMENT DOWN BELOW: When does the next one come out? I want to knock this off my “open series” list…
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,