by Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman
After the publication of a salacious tell-all book, the remote city of Ilvernath is thrust into worldwide spotlight. Tourists, protesters, and reporters flock to its spellshops and ruins to witness an ancient curse unfold: every generation, seven families name a champion among them to compete in a tournament to the death. The winner awards their family exclusive control over the city’s high magick supply, the most powerful resource in the world.
In the past, the villainous Lowes have won nearly every tournament, and their champion is prepared to continue his family’s reign. But this year, thanks to the influence of their newfound notoriety, each of the champions has a means to win. Or better yet–a chance to rewrite their story.
But this is a story that must be penned in blood.
Amanda Foody has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. After a double life as an accountant preparing taxes for multinational corporations, she now spends her free time brewing and fermenting foods much more easily obtained at her local grocery store. She lives in Boston, MA with a hoard of books guarded by the most vicious of feline companions, Jelly Bean.
She is the author of THE SHADOW GAME series and more. Her middle grade debut, WILDERLORE: THE ACCIDENTAL APPRENTICE, is available now and ALL OF US VILLAINS, co-written with Christine Lynn Herman, releases in November 9, 2021.
Born in New York City but raised in Japan and Hong Kong, Christine Lynn Herman subscribes to the firm philosophy that home is where her books are. She returned to the United States for college, where she traded out a subtropical climate for harsh, snowy winters and an Honors English degree at the University of Rochester. Currently, Christine and her books reside in Brooklyn, along with her partner and their extremely spoiled cat.
Her debut novel, THE DEVOURING GRAY, will be released by Disney Hyperion on April 2, 2019, with a sequel to come the following year.
A magical story reminiscent of the Hunger Games crossed with Harry Potter. I absolutely could not stop reading this.. The changing points of view were perfectly executed, and the underlying darkness was delectable. The emotions and feelings of each character bled through the pages so completely that I found myself feeling them in my soul.
The conflict throughout the competition is harsh and raw. These kids mostly do not want to be a part of this awful tradition, but it seems they have no choice. The struggles that play out with each character really draw you in to the story. When they think they may have found a way to defeat the tradition without anymore bloodshed you feel the characters hope and you can’t help but root for them to be successful.
But that ending!! I am utterly devastated that it ended this way. I need to know more immediately! Will they break the curse? Does everyone die? I need answers and pronto!