I’m a big fan of stories in which the protagonist, for one reason or another, is at a disadvantage because they lack something everyone else has (a magical ability, for example). I like to read about the underdog, I suppose. This is what first caught my attention about The Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso. Ryx, the main character, is the member of a powerful mage family, but her power is flawed such that she kills anything she touches. This also reminded me of Rogue from the X-Men whose character development I was always a little disappointed in because I liked the premise of her power/curse so much. So I was hoping to get a second chance at enjoying such a character when I picked up this book.