Melissa Caruso was born on the summer solstice and went to school in an old mansion with a secret door, but despite this auspicious beginning has yet to develop any known superpowers. Melissa has spent her whole life creating imaginary worlds, and in addition to writing is also an avid larper and tabletop gamer. She graduated with honors in creative writing from Brown University and has an MFA in Fiction from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Melissa's first novel, The Tethered Mage, was shortlisted for a Gemmell Morningstar award for best fantasy debut. Melissa lives in Massachusetts with her video game designer husband, two magical daughters and assorted pets. You can find her on Twitter, where she posts about writing, tea and sword-fighting in ballgowns.
Caruso's worldbuilding is brilliant and complex A gorgeous narrative that intertwines war, love, political intrigue, betrayal . . . I'll be following this author's career closely as I think she is sublimely talented . . . A phenomenally well-written, engrossing political fantasy series The eagerly awaited conclusion to Caruso's Swords and Fire Trilogy is as spellbinding as the first two books A dashing, compelling and exciting story, blending magic, assassination, conspiracy and diplomacy . . . I'll make no bones about it, I loved this book Block out time to binge this can't-stop story filled with danger and unexpected disaster. From the fresh take on time-honoured tropes to a crunchy, intrigue filled story, The Obsidian Tower is a must-read for lovers of high fantasy - C. L. Polk, author of World Fantasy Award-winner WITCHMARK