REVIEW | The Quicksilver Court | Melissa Caruso | Rooks and Ruin #2

This was so good. So, so good. Throughout 2021, I buddy-read all of Melissa Caruso’s books with Alu (, and she has firmly established herself as a new insta-buy author – and possibly my favourite author of 2021.

Thanks to Orbit for the eARC of this book. It has not affected my honest review.

A rating grid. Character: 9. Atmosphere: 9. Writing: 10. Plot: 9. Intrigue: 10. Logic: 9. Enjoyment: 9. Total rating: 9.29/10. 5 Stars.
Rating: 9.29 / 5 stars 

About the book:

Ryxander, Warden of Gloamingard, has failed. Unsealed by her blood, the Door hidden within the black tower 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, fallen under the Demon of Discord’s control. In an attempt to save her home from destruction, Ryx and the Rookery set out to find a powerful artifact. But powerful enemies are on the hunt and they’re closing in fast.

What did I think?

We read The Obsidian Tower first and then, while we were waiting for The Quicksilver Court, we read the entirety of the first series, starting with The Tethered Mage. I absolutely love every single one of the books, but I do think that The Quicksilver Court is my favourite of the lot. Melissa Caruso is definitely getting better with every single book as the stakes build and build (though I did miss Kathe in this book, not gonna lie).

The Quicksilver Court builds on the political intrigue and tension in The Obsidian Tower in a spectacular way. It takes place over the course of only a few days, with all the characters trapped in one location, and I really love the intense feeling that’s created by the fast pace of this book. We get a lot of answers to the questions we had at the end of The Obsidian Tower, as well as building up to an ending that has me absolutely chomping at the bit for the third book in the Rooks and Ruin series. I can’t wait to see how this series ends, and I hope Melissa Caruso never stops writing books in this series.

We get more character development from all of the characters in the Rookery, as well as uncovering more of their backstories as they become closer to Ryx, but what I truly loved was some of the moments of tension between the members of the Rookery, some of which had me so anxious that I could feel an actual pit in my stomach as I was reading.

The two series do absolutely standalone, but honestly I recommend reading Swords and Fire and then reading Rooks and Ruin because they’re some of my favourite books I’ve ever read, and you’ll enjoy the way that Rooks and Ruin expands on the world-building a lot more if you’ve read the earlier books – but you can read them in any order, because Rooks and Ruin is set 200 years later.

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Release Date: 12th October 2021

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