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The Tethered Mage

Swords and Fire, Book 1
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Series: Swords and Fire, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (96 ratings)

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Summary

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.

©2017 Melissa Caruso (P)2017 Little, Brown Book Group

Critic reviews

"Charming, intelligent, fast-moving, beautifully atmospheric." (Genevieve Cogman, author of The Invisible Library)
" 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)
"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)

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New and fresh

I loved this book. It is well written, intriguing with a novel plot. I look forward to the next book in the series

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good story and easy listening

looking forward to the next book in the series, a timid kitten turning into a fierce tiger.

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This was a really good story to listen too I fully recommend it so buy it

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So boring I had to return it

I spent several hours really wanting to like this book, but I really couldn’t. It was so boring, I felt like it was skirting around lots of side stories that had no relevance to the main narrative and 3 hours in, nothing of relevance had actually happened. I returned the title and moved on.

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Wonderful Narrator!

Wonderful narrator and an intriguing book, just a tad on the political side for my taste but very well written with an interesting plot. Also had great characters that I loved or loved to hate.

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  • Asherett
  • 13-05-18

Half-decent intrigue with a cardboard heroine.

Struggled to finish this. Very long stretches without action. Very idiosyncratic performance. Shallow and superficial.