Gollancz is delighted to welcome the blockbuster co-writing debut of Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman to the list for publication in November 2021. All of Us Villains is the first of a duology which begins a dark tale of ambition and magick, perfect for fans of The Ninth House and A Deadly Education, as our seven heroes – or are they villains? – find themselves in a magical tournament, and prepare to fight to the death . . .
You Fell in Love With the Victors of the Hunger Games.
Now Prepare To Meet the Villains of the Blood Veil.
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.
The timely deal for UK and Commonwealth rights was struck by Gillian Redfearn, Deputy Publisher of Gollancz, and Witt Phillips, International Rights Manager at the St. Martin’s Publishing Group.
Foody and Herman say: ‘We’re thrilled to be joining the Gollancz team for the publication of All of U Villains across the pond. We’re so proud of this twisty, blood-soaked death tournament book, from its fast-paced, brutal plot to our cast of characters, who blur the lines between heroism and villainy. We hope people love reading this book as much as we loved writing it’
Redfearn adds: ‘You have to read All of Us Villains. It’s brilliant. Foody and Herman have brought a rich, magical world to life, and it’s full of duels, double-dealing, romance, and death, as seven perfectly dysfunctional warring families send their champions into a months long tournament which only the best, or sneakiest, or most powerful will survive. Readers who love The Hunger Games or Three Dark Crowns will be hooked by this fast-paced, emotionally-intelligent story about the potential and dangers of magic and power.’
AMANDA FOODY is the YA and middle grade author of The Shadow Game series, the Wilderlore series and more, and is agented by Whitney Ross at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency. Formerly a tax accountant, Amanda lives in Boston. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, and at amandafoody.com.
CHRISTINE LYNN HERMAN is the author of YA novels about magic, monsters, and growing up, including The Devouring Gray duology as well as the forthcoming All of Us Villains and The Drowning Summer. Christine is agented by Kelly Sonnack at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Writing updates (and cat pictures) can be found on Instagram @christineexists and at christinelynnherman.com.
Early praise for All of Us Villains:
‘Magical, clever and cutthroat, All of Us Villains sets out to make it impossible to know who to root for…. 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. This series is my new obsession, and I cannot wait to devour the next one. With its innovative magic system, a twisted cast of characters you somehow can’t help but love, and a plot that will leave you on the edge of your seat, 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
‘Foody and Herman’s collaboration offers a fun yet brutal tale of sacrifice, betrayal, and ever-shifting loyalties. From twists that’ll make you gasp to believably flawed characters you can’t help but cheer for and curse in the same breath, this one will keep readers on the edge of their seats’ Tara Sim, author of Scavenge the Stars
‘A blood-soaked modern fairytale brimming with magic, spectacle, and unforgettable characters’ Katy Rose Pool, author of There Will Come A Darkness
‘Dark, luscious, and brutally smart, All of Us Villains is a fresh but unforgiving look at the legacy of abusive families and community-sanctioned violence. Foody and Herman have created a thrilling story that is impossible to put down; I stayed up all night to finish this book’ Victoria Lee, author of A Lesson in Vengeance and The Fever King
‘Both glittering with magic and drenched in blood, All of Us Villains kept me up at night with its heart-pounding pace and layered mysteries. I’ll be waiting for Book Two with bated breath and bitten nails’ Sara Holland, New York Times bestselling author of Everless