The Quicksilver Court

Orbit. (Rooks and Ruin, Bk. 2). Oct. 2021. 480p. ISBN 9780316454353. pap. $16.99. FANTASY
Ryxander, Warden of Gloamingard, has broken the seal of the Door in the dark tower, and demons roam the world once again. Driven from her home territory, she and others watch as the Demon of Discord—bonded with her grandmother—drives out those who would stand against it. Now the Empire is gathering forces along the border, and Ryx and her allies find that an artifact that could destroy all life within a domain has been stolen. Ryx must discover what has happened to the weapon, while navigating the tenuous positions of the Serene Empire, the demon-aligned Zenith Society and its drive to open the Nine Hells, and the truth about her own magic—a truth that will change her relationship with everyone she knows. The Nine Demons could end up destroying every member of humankind, and Ryx will have to decide where she stands in the battle. Characters are racially diverse, and many are LGBTQ.
VERDICT Caruso’s follow-up to The Obsidian Tower expands the detailed worldbuilding and imperial machinations of this magic-steeped empire, while Ryxander continues to grow as a diplomat and heroine.
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