Coming on June 2, 2020: THE OBSIDIAN TOWER, first in a new trilogy set in the world of THE TETHERED MAGE!

Cover design credit: Lisa Marie Pompilio. Cover art credit: Peter Bollinger.

You can preorder now!

“The Obsidian Tower caught me on page one—a gritty heroine hemmed in by sticky politics and her own disastrous magic, a mystery of ancient lore and current rumor, and the most fascinating palace I’ve encountered in decades.”
– Carol Berg

The Swords & Fire Trilogy

(Complete and out now from Orbit Books!)

Caruso_Tethered-Mage_HC The Defiant Heir Unbound Empire Cover Graphic

Cover designs credit: Lisa Marie Pompilio. Cover art credit: Crystal Ben & Arcangel.

Praise for The Unbound Empire

(Book Three of Swords & Fire)

“Thrilling while remaining both emotionally and logically true”
— Kirkus, Starred Review

— Booklist

“The Unbound Empire is a complex, compelling, stunningly satisfying conclusion to an excellent trilogy. I loved it.” — Liz Bourke, Tor.com

“A gorgeous narrative that intertwines war, love, political intrigue, betrayal and it’s anything but predictable…A phenomenally well-written, engrossing political fantasy series with fine dialogue throughout.”
— James Tivendale, Fantasy Book Review

Praise for The Defiant Heir

(Book Two of Swords & Fire)

“An entirely new level of awesome…. Absolutely addictive.”
— Powder and Page

“Satisfyingly action-packed and bittersweet.”
— Kirkus

“Takes the series to the next level in every way…. I absolutely loved The Defiant Heir.”
— Fantasy Book Cafe

Praise for The Tethered Mage

(Book One of Swords & Fire)

Shortlisted for a Gemmell Morningstar Award for best debut fantasy novel of 2017!

The Tethered Mage is a riveting read, with delicious intrigue, captivating characters, and a brilliant magic system. I loved it from start to finish!”
— Sarah Beth Durst, author of The Queen of Blood

One of the best new books I’ve read in years. I can’t wait for the sequel!”
— Vivian Shaw, author of Strange Practice

“The Tethered Mage is the best kind of fantasy: intricate world-building, the most intriguing of court intrigues, and a twisty plot. But while readers might pick it up for those elements, they’ll stay for the engaging characters and the unlikely friendships at the story’s heart.”
—Rosalyn Eves, author of Blood Rose Rebellion

“An enchanting voice and an original world you won’t want to leave.”
— RJ Barker, author of Age of Assassins

“Charming, intelligent, fast-moving, beautifully atmospheric, with a heroine and other characters whom I really liked as people. (I overstayed my lunch break in order to finish it.) I would love to read more set in this world.”
— Genevieve Cogman, author of The Invisible Library

“Charming and solidly fun.”
— Kirkus Reviews

— BookPage

“Caruso deploys a dizzying mix of politics, complex interpersonal relationships, and twisty plotting with an intensity that sets it apart in a crowded genre…an immensely engaging start to a welcome new series.”
— B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog