Quick Review Roundup! 'The Tethered Mage' and 'The Girl in the Tower'

It's been a crazy season, and while I have had time to read, I haven't had a chance to review those books! There are two books I'm going to spotlight right now, however, because I think you definitely should pick them up, either for yourself or for the fantasy lover in your life!

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The Tethered Mage is Melissa Caruso's debut novel that packs a punch. It features an original world reft with corruption and magic, political schemes and court intrigues. The characters are wonderfully dimensional and it was pleasant to read a book featuring relationships and friendships of strong women. It's a story of people not accepting the roles they were supposedly born into, of breaking molds. The magic system is fascinating, and the writing is top notch. This book will keep you reading well into the night and leave you wanting more. The good news is that there is going to be a sequel!

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The Girl in the Tower is the sequel to Katherine Arden's The Bear and the NightingaleThis is my favorite type of fantasy, with a lush setting and lyrical writing that is reminiscent of fairy tales. It's the perfect follow up to the first book in the series, with everything readers loved about the first but deeper, with the story becoming more involved. The story is multi-faceted and layered, and is a splendid and accomplished second book of the series. Readers will be thinking about it long after they finish. There will be a third book in the series to look forward to.

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Melanie R. Meadors is the author of fantasy stories where heroes don't always carry swords and knights in shining armor often lose to nerds who study their weaknesses. She’s been known to befriend wandering garden gnomes, do battle with metal-eating squirrels, and has been called a superhero on more than one occasion. Her fiction has appeared in Circle MagazinePrick of the Spindle, and in the anthology Champions of AetaltisShe studied astronomy and physics at Northern Arizona University and has published some non-fiction in the field of astronomy and library sciences. She's the co-editor of the anthology MECH: Age of Steel and editor of Hath No Fury, and she is a blogger and general b*tch monkey at The Once and Future Podcast.