The Quicksilver Court continues the wildly original epic fantasy series bursting with intrigue and ambition, questioned loyalties, and broken magic that began with The Obsidian Tower.
Ryxander has failed. Unsealed by her blood, the Door hidden within the black tower of Gloamingard has opened. Now, for the first time since the age of the Graces, demons walk the world.
As tensions grow between nations, all eyes-and daggers-are set on Morgrain, which has fallen under the Demon of Discord's control. When an artefact with the power to wipe out all life in a domain is stolen, Ryx will do whatever it takes to save her home from destruction. But success may demand a larger sacrifice from Ryx than she could have imagined.
Praise for Melissa Caruso
'Caruso is a terrific writer who weaves fascinating and intricate fantasy tales' Grimdark Magazine
'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
'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
The Dark Days loom again as demons escape from the Nine Hells to take up court in Caruso's stately second Rooks and Ruin fantasy (after 2020's The Obsidian Tower). Ryxander, former Warden of Gloamingard castle, is exiled from her homeland by her demon-possessed grandmother, the Lady of Owls. Joining with her allies, the magic troubleshooters of the Rookery, she travels to the elaborate palace of Loreice on the trail of the traitorous wizards of the Zenith Society, who have teamed up with the demon of Hunger. But nothing at Loreice is safe, least of all invitations to tea with their queen. Meanwhile, Ryxander teases out secrets of her family's past dealings with demons that put her at odds with the Rookery and their powerful patrons. Caruso handles her reveals well, keeping readers' attention, but making the demons a bit more chatty in this installment also makes them a bit less scary, diffusing some of the horror of the first volume. Still, this is a solid outing for series fans. Agent: Naomi Davis, BookEnds Literary.