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‘This is a truly ex­cellent fantasy and an epic beginning for a new trilogy’ Locus

One woman will either save an entire continent or completely destroy it in a captivating epic fantasy bursting with intrigue and ambition, questioned loyalties, and broken magic.

‘Guard the tower, ward the stone. Find your answers writ in bone. Keep your trust through wits or war–nothing must unseal the door.’

Deep within Gloamingard Castle lies a black tower. Sealed by magic, it guards a dangerous secret that has been contained for thousands of years.

As Warden, Ryxander knows the warning passed down through generations: nothing must unreal the Door. But one impetuous decision will leave her with blood on her hands–and unleash a threat that could doom the world to fall to darkness.

‘A must-read for lovers of high fantasy’ C. L. Polk, World Fantasy Award-winning author Witchmark

‘The Obsidian Tower is a masterpiece of character driven fantasy . . . I was enthralled from the first pageFantasy Book Review

‘With this novel, Melissa Caruso solidifies herself as one of my favourite authors. The Obsidian Tower is a masterpiece of character driven fantasy . . . I was enthralled from the first page’ Fantasy Book Review

Reviews

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
FANTASY BOOK REVIEW on THE UNBOUND EMPIRE
The eagerly awaited conclusion to Caruso's Swords and Fire Trilogy is as spellbinding as the first two books
BOOKLIST on ThE UNBOUND EMPIRE
A dashing, compelling and exciting story, blending magic, assassination, conspiracy and diplomacy . . . I'll make no bones about it: I loved this book
BLUE BOOK BALLOON on THE DEFIANT HEIR
Caruso's world-building is brilliant and complex
LIBRARY JOURNAL
Block out time to binge this can't-stop story filled with danger and unexpected disaster. From the fresh take on time-honored 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
Caruso is a terrific writer who weaves fascinating and intricate fantasy tales
GRIMDARK MAGAZINE
This is a truly ex­cellent fantasy, and an epic beginning for a new trilogy. I can't wait to see what [Caruso] does next
LOCUS
With this novel, Melissa Caruso solidifies herself as one of my favourite authors. The Obsidian Tower is a masterpiece of character driven fantasy . . . I was enthralled from the first page
FANTASY BOOK REVIEW
"A classic, breath-taking adventure brim-full of dangerous magic and clever politics. This is a book that will thrill and delight any fantasy fan
Tasha Suri, author of Empire of Sand