“Maresca offers something beyond the usual high fantasy fare, with a wealth of unique and well-rounded characters, a vivid setting, and complicatedly intertwined social issues that feel especially timely.“  – Publishers Weekly  

“Action, adventure, and magic in a school setting will appeal to those who love Harry Potter and Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind.“  – Library Journal Starred Review

“In one fast-paced, funny, highly readable novel after another, Maresca continues to build out every nook and alleyway of Maradaine, which is fast becoming one of the most richly detailed settings in fantasy.“  –Barnes & Noble Sci-fi and Fantasy Blog


Marshall Ryan Maresca is a fantasy and science-fiction writer, author of the Maradaine novels from DAW Books.  His debut novel The Thorn of Dentonhill was nominated for the Compton Crook award.  He grew up in upstate New York and studied film and video production at Penn State. He now lives Austin with his wife and son. His work appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rick Klaw’s anthology Rayguns Over Texas. He also has had several short plays produced and has worked as a stage actor, a theatrical director and an amateur chef.