ALL OF US VILLAINS is the start of a deliciously bloody new duology and the blockbuster collaboration of Amanda Foody, the devious mind behind The Shadow Game and Wilderlore series, and Christine Lynn Herman, author of The Devouring Gray duology.
Truly there is nothing better than a good death tournament. And ALL OF US VILLAINS is the best. Picture The Hunger Games. Hold it in your mind. Then, mix in dark magic and delectable scandal. Now, you’ve got ALL OF US VILLAINS, bringing you one hell of a death tournament—a coliseum conflict to the bitter end where everyone’s got a purse full of curses, tricks up their sleeves, and a lifetime honing their skills.
In the remote town of Ilvernath, the Blood Veil falls on every generation: a crimson light that will stain the sky until the seven great families have named seven champions. Until one remains. Fame, survival, and most important of all—power—are at stake. For centuries this deadly game played out in the shadows, but now a salacious tell-all book has shed the secrets of the great families like a dagger spills blood. I read this book in about eight consecutive hours and loved every second. Picking up this book, you’re in for magic fights, reality-bending curses, intrigue, romance, and layer after layer of betrayal.
Where ALL OF US VILLAINS distinguishes itself from the standard arena fare for me is the cast of characters. Obviously no one wants to lose the tournament because that entails grisly death, but I found the reasons why each character wanted to win more intriguing. Alistair Lowe, the Machiavellian devil boy and public favorite to win, just wants to return alive to his brother. Bryony, who was not chosen as a champion, refuses to accept that and takes fate in her own hands. The insatiable paparazzi ruined Isobel Macaslan’s life long before the tournament threatened to claim it, so now she’s here, in the ring, with nothing else to lose. Meanwhile, Gavin of the disgraced Grieve family craves glory, intent on finally bringing honor to his family name, instead of being the game’s laughingstock.
Yes, all the characters have their reasons to win, but what do they do with those reasons? Therein lies the true fun of ALL OF US VILLAINS. All of the characters dabble and sometimes immerse themselves in rampant villainy. My advice? Keep a scorecard of betrayal, because in this book everyone’s playing their own game, and that game changes every day.
“Magical, clever and cutthroat… A fun, twisty ride through a world full of spells and family secrets.”
— Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series
“Positively wicked in all the right ways… ALL OF US VILLAINS is addicting from start to finish. I’m obsessed.”
— Adalyn Grace, New York Times bestselling author of ALL THE STARS AND TEETH
Experience this twisted, pulse-pounding roller coaster when the Blood Veil falls and the death tournament begins. ALL OF US VILLAINS releases on 11/9/21.