'Truly excellent fantasy' Locus on The Obsidian Tower
The Ivory Tomb concludes the wildly original epic fantasy series bursting with intrigue and ambition, questioned loyalties, and broken magic that began with The Obsidian Tower.
The Dark Days have returned. The Demon of Carnage mercilessly cuts through villagers and armies. The Demon of Corruption rots the land. The Serene Empire and the Witch Lords race towards war. And in the middle of it all stands Rxyander, the Warden of Gloamingard.
Burdened by conflicting loyalties and guilt, Ryx searches desperately for a way to defeat the demons before the world she loves is completely destroyed. To find answers, she'll have to return to where it all started. . . the black tower at the heart of Gloamingard.
By blood the Door was opened and only by blood will the Dark Days end.
Praise for the series:
'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
'Block out time to binge this can't-stop story filled with danger and unexpected disaster . . . The Obsidian Tower is a must-read for lovers of high fantasy' C. L. Polk, World Fantasy Award-winning author
'A classic, breathtaking 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 The Jasmine Throne
'Brimming with delights: gripping suspense, bombastic magic, political scheming, fascinating creatures, and ill-advised romance.' Jon Skovron, on The Obsidian Tower
The war against the Nine Demons closes with both bangs and whimpers in the vigorous finale to Caruso's Rooks and Ruins trilogy (after The Quicksilver Court). Ryxander "Ryx" of Morgrain, former Warden of Gloamingard Castle, now shares a mind with the Demon of Disaster but still fights to rid her world of the remaining free Demons—among them her grandmother, who herself has merged with the Demon of Discord. This task is made harder by her wary human allies, who are suspicious of the demon in Ryx's head. As the Demon of Corruption ravishes villages, Ryx tries to negotiate surrender with the more reasonable Demons while simultaneously working to avoid becoming a test subject for anti-Demon devices and regain control over the Black Tower inside Gloamingard, where lies the door to hell. Luckily, her growing attraction to Severin, the brother of her nemesis, the Shrike Lord, helps to anchor her human side. Caruso walks a fine line between horror and humor and keeps the narrative from feeling too familiar with inventive demonic duels. Followers of the series will be rewarded with a tried-and-true but not at all trite triumph.