Melissa Caruso is a fantasy author of books of magic, murder, machinations, and mayhem. Her complete Swords and Fire trilogy consists of THE TETHERED MAGE (Orbit, 2017), THE DEFIANT HEIR (Orbit, 2018), and THE UNBOUND EMPIRE (2019). Her new trilogy, Rooks and Ruin, begins with THE OBSIDIAN TOWER (Orbit, 2020) and will continue in 2021 and 2022. Melissa’s debut, THE TETHERED MAGE, was shortlisted for a Gemmell Morningstar Award.

Melissa is a fantasy writer, tea drinker, larper, mom, and all-around geek. Despite being born on the summer solstice and going to school in an old mansion with a secret door, she has yet to develop any known superpowers. She lives in Massachusetts with her video game designer husband and two superlative daughters, and has been known to do battle in ballgowns.

Melissa is represented by the amazing Naomi Davis of BookEnds Literary.

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