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All of Us Villains
All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman. Image courtesy Tor Books /

November 2021 release: All of Us Villains – Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman

Described as a darker, bloodier version of The Hunger Games, Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman’s All of Us Villains follows the story of a town under the influence of an ancient curse.

Every generation, the quiet town of Ilvernath hosts a tournament to the death: Seven families must name a champion to compete for exclusive access to the city’s magick supply and only one can emerge both victorious and alive.

In recent years, the powerful Lowe family has won nearly every tournament, but in the wake of a salacious tell-all book, everyone’s ready to compete this year like never before – and to use whatever methods they have to in order to win.

The official synopsis describes the story as follows.

"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."

All of Us Villains is available on November 9.