All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman is a high-stakes fantasy that puts a unique twist on the concept of the tournament to the death. Depicting a competition where players fight through curses, this one contains morally grey characters and a well developed magic system. This is a great read for those looking for a dark, character-driven fantasy.Title: All of Us Villains
Series: All of Us Villains #1
Author: Amanda Foody, Christine Lynn Herman
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: November 9, 2021
The Blood Moon rises. The Blood Veil falls. The Tournament begins.
Every generation, at the coming of the Blood Moon, seven families in the remote city of Ilvernath each name a champion to compete in a tournament to the death.
The prize? Exclusive control over a secret wellspring of high magick, the most powerful resource in the world--one thought long depleted.
This year, thanks to a salacious tell-all book, the seven champions are thrust into worldwide spotlight, granting each of them new information, new means to win, and most importantly: a choice - accept their fate or rewrite their story.
But this is a story that must be penned in blood.
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All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody, Christine Lynn Herman
Each generation, seven families nominate one champion to compete in a fight to the death. Only, instead of fighting with weapons, they fight with curses. Should a family’s champion win the competition, they earn the privilege of controlling high magick, which everyone else in Ilvernath believes is obsolete, until the next games. This year, however, the secrets of the tournament have surfaced, bringing reporters and spectators to the games for the first time ever. Now, with all eyes on the tournament, the competitors have a choice to make—continue on, or put an end to the games forever.
❀ Well-developed narrators
This book contains four different narrators, and each is well developed. As the tournament progresses, we follow Alistair, the champion with the highest chance of winning, Isobel, who never wanted to compete in the first place, Gavin, the underdog, and Briony, who stole the opportunity to compete from her sister. While there are many characters to keep track of, each is distinct, and the authors do an excellent job outlining their differing motivations. These characters are also complex and morally grey, as the title suggests, although I wouldn’t necessarily call them villains.
❀ Unique use of magic
One of the elements that impressed me the most was the role of magic in the book. The concept of a fight to the death through magic is unique, and the world building details such as the characters purchasing spells from a store brings dimension to the story. I especially enjoyed the consequences of using magic, as it may backfire if the characters make curses themselves. While I found that the world building could have been stronger, the unique use of magic made up for this.
❀ An original fantasy
All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman is an original fantasy with magic and plenty of twists. The tournament is brutal yet engaging, and each of the competitors is well developed. The use of magic is particularly well executed, bringing a unique angle to the story. Fans of The Hunger Games will not want to miss this one.