My Rating ~ Five Stars
RELEASE DATE: 11 November 2021
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
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.
Thank you so much to Orion Publishing Group for sending me a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!
The Lowe’s, Grieve’s, Macaslan’s, Payne’s, Thornburn’s, Darrow’s and the Blair’s are all families with something in common. Each generation they compete in an ancient ritual that sees them fight to the death to control high magic for the next generation. The Lowe’s almost always come out on top. Until now, the tournament has been kept secret, but someone has written a tell-all book and reporters are flocking to watch the barbaric contest.
Told in alternating points of view from a few of the ‘champions’ chosen by each family, All of us Villains is a roller coaster ride of magic, betrayal and families out to win at any cost. Akin to The Hunger Games, but with dark magic curses as weapons, I was riveted the entire way through.
Each and every character was morally grey with complex back stories that affected their choices in the tournament. Although there were several different family stories to keep up with, I never felt lost.
I actually loved the way each champion and their family were neither all good or all bad. I swung between liking and disliking every one of them several times over the course of the book 😄 The magic system was really interesting, with spells and curses being crafted for the champions by spell masters and stored in rings on the fingers (they can also craft their own spells, but the masters gift them powerful ones prior to the tournament. Of course, crafting something yourself is less likely to leave yourself open to sabotage though..)
There was a bit of a cliffhanger ending, where we get the feeling some incredibly important information has just been revealed to one of the characters….but not us. Why do you do this to me authors?? 😅 So I am now dying for the next book. I need to know what’s going on!!
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