December 18, 2017

#BookReview: The Tethered Mage (Swords and Fire #1) by Melissa Caruso #NetGalley

Reviewed By: Lauren
Publisher: Orbit
Number of Pages: 438
Recommended Age Group: Adult
Fiction Genre: Fantasy, Magic
How I Acquired this book: NetGalley 
Time it took to read: 6H 4M
Overall rating: ★★★
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About the Book:
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 threatens 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. 

War looms on the horizon. A single spark could turn their city into a pyre.

The Tethered Mage is the first novel in a spellbinding new fantasy series.

About the Author: Melissa Caruso graduated with honors in Creative Writing from Brown University and holds an MFA in Fiction from University of Massachusetts - Amherst. 

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: I fall into the trap of pretty covers all the time and this one got me hook line and sinker. Although the book wasn't one I loved it was ok. 

Check out author's other books or related books? Maybe, I am kind of torn between wanting to read the rest of this series once it comes out. 

Recommend this book? If you don't mind political fantasy check it out

Notes and Opinions: This one should be under Adult Political Fantasy.  That is how it made me feel. I was torn between this being young adult to adult.  So it kind of falls between which would have it more of a New Adult.  This one started off well I fell in love with that cover first off and the story wasn't too bad.  I think that it could have been a little better as I felt like it didn't know what age group it wanted to fall under.  For the story, I wish it would have focused more on the magic aspect.  
I also wish that the side characters would have been better formed as it felt like they were just kind there. This one could have been so much better with a few tweaks.  For me, I think this is another one that people will either love or hate. For me I kind fall in the middle of that where I kinda want to hate it but I don't. I think that I might even check out book two when it comes out. 

Go Into This One Knowing: Political Fantasy 

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