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All of Our Demise Paperback – Aug. 29 2023
All of Our Demise is the epic conclusion to Amanda Foody and C. L. Herman’s New York Times bestselling All of Us Villains duology.
“I feel like I should warn you: this is going to be absolutely brutal.”
For the first time in this ancient, bloodstained story, the tournament is breaking. The boundaries between the city of Ilvernath and the arena have fallen. Reporters swarm the historic battlegrounds. A dead boy now lives again. And a new champion has entered the fray, one who seeks to break the curse for good... no matter how many lives are sacrificed in the process.
As the curse teeters closer and closer to collapse, the surviving champions each face a choice: dismantle the tournament piece by piece, or fight to the death as this story was always intended.
Long-held alliances will be severed. Hearts will break. Lives will end. Because a tale as wicked as this one was never destined for happily ever after.
The All of Us Villains Duology:
#1) All of Us Villains
#2) All of Our Demise
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"Expanded tensions help keep the story fresh and the action inventive, but it’s the characters that shine. A high-stakes conclusion with satisfying finality." ―Kirkus Reviews
Praise for All of Us Villains
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
An Indie Bestseller!
An Indie Next Pick!
“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
“Nuanced, exceptionally well-drawn characters and a carefully considered mythology.” ―Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“So bespelling that the cliffhanger ending will feel like a painful curse.” ―Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“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
“Foody and Herman team up in this duology starter to deliver a fast-paced, morally gray story of ambition and survival. A strong choice for all YA collections.” ―School Library Journal
“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
About the Author
C. L. HERMAN is the New York Times, USA Today, and indie bestselling author of atmospheric, magical novels, including the All of Us Villains duology, The Devouring Gray duology, and The Drowning Summer. Currently, she resides in Massachusetts with her partner and cat. To learn more, follow them on Instagram @cl_herman, sign up for their newsletter, or visit clherman.com.
- Publisher : Tor Teen (Aug. 29 2023)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250789362
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250789365
- Item weight : 454 g
- Dimensions : 13.67 x 2.54 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #676,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“In a different story, would we still have been enemies?”
All of Our Demise takes place after the cliffhanger of All of Us Villains. The tournament is breaking and the boundaries between Ilvernath and the arena have fallen. As the champions fight to break the curse they begin to realize the major ramifications if they are unsuccessful. Will they finally break the curse or fight to the death like the story intended?
If you have not read the first book in the series, “All of Us Villains” please proceed with caution!
I received the audio version of this book as an ARC read for NetGalley and I was so excited to start! After the “long” wait after finishing the first book in the duology I couldn’t wait to see if the champions would be successful and if my fav Alistair Lowe would get his HEA.
We still have multiple POVs and the character development throughout the series is so well done! This book is definitely not as gruesome as the first and we do lose some sense of the “villain” aspects to the characters. I ended up rooting for them all to win and leave the tournament alive. I ended up rooting for characters that I disliked or didn’t care for in the first book and a few became my favourites (no one would top Alistair though) and a few characters that I liked I started to seriously dislike! The world building and magic system are so well done your not stumbling on details or rereading to make sense of certain things. Which makes this series bing worthy.
I knew there was a little bit of the enemies to lovers trope in the first book but at like 60% through this book I had a heart attack and screamed “OMG ITS ENEMIES TO LOVERS” (see my goodreads status updates). I didn’t see it coming but also there was hints to it in the first book. I’m so happy with the ending SO WELL DONE!
Everything is wrapped up well and gives the story and its characters justice. I couldn’t have wanted more from a YA duology series.
Thank you NetGalley and Macmillan Audio for providing me with a copy for an honest review.
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Reviewed in Mexico 🇲🇽 on September 8, 2022
I absolutely loved All of us Villains. It is one of the most inventive YA novels I’ve read since The Hunger Games. I was so excited to read All of Our Demise. When I was given an advance copy of the audiobook on Net Galley, I was beyond stoked. When I started reading, I was immediately immersed back into the crazy, homicidal world of our champions.
The book picks up right where Villains left off. And Foody doesn’t hold back on giving her readers what we want. Allister’s reaction to Isobel’s betrayal. Am I the only one who’s favorite character is Allister? He is the most well-crafted, dynamic, rawly sympathetic characters I’ve ever read in YA. He is also the only person I cared about in this novel. My second interest was the curse itself. The machinations of the rest of the cast were tertiary at best, with Gavin Grieve leading that list.
I admit, I didn’t particularly care about all of the characters in Villains, but I was interested in their jealousy, treachery and ruthlessness towards each other. Most of the action of Demise is mental. The champions are still attempting to survive the cursed competition, but they are all attempting to survive by breaking curses and finding relics. The stakes are low. The feeling of dread is near non-existent. The primary element of suspense that made Villains so great drains Demise. I found myself wishing a couple of characters would die, the biggest phonies, just to streamline my narrative concerns.
At nineteen hours long on audio and 480 pages long in the physical copy, there is a lot of information superfluous to my interests. And with the action pickings so slim, I felt bogged down in the minutiae of negotiations and hearsay. There are two faction. One group wants to end the tournament. The other group wants to finish it. But at 60%, the group who is supposedly still in the game isn’t trying to kill anyone. It’s supposed to be death match! They may as well be on the same side if no one is a real danger. I it doesn’t make any sense. If the saviors were trying to find and destroy the relics while the other champions were attempting to thwart and murder, then it would be a party. 🤣
A delightful addition to the novel is the new romance. I was frenetic with joy when these characters who will not be named started to crush on each other. I love a good enemies to lovers trope, and this one is delicious. I wish I had more of an inkling of the possibility in book one, but the brevity takes nothing away from its altogether perfection. It very well may be my favorite thing about the book.
Admittedly, the story picks ups around three quarters of the way through. Lives are at stake, and it once again becomes a bit of a death match. The villains are new and elusive, but, at the very least, there is true action in a sequel sorely missing it. In the end, I was relatively satisfied with the story but, like my favorite champion, I was relieved to put Ilvernath behind me.
Thanks to @netgalley and @torteen for the advance release copy.
Welcome back to Illvernath. The Death Tournament to see who gets Illvernaths high magic is well underway. Briony, Isobel, and Finely are trying to match the Relics with their corresponding Landmarks to finally break the Death Tournament so that no one family ever has to send their child to die again.
The tournament is breaking quicker than the Relics can fall.
With every mistake they make, a new crack shows up on the wrong side of The Champion Pillar, and if the pillar cracks seven times on the wrong side, they will break the curse but they will all die as well, leaving no winner and leaving the high magic to fall in to the hands of the greedy government.
Meanwhile, Alistair, Gavin, and Hendry work against them seeing no hope in their pointless efforts. They want the tournament to continue unchanged until only one victor is left standing to wield the high magic.
Now, everyone must do what they can to survive the crumbling tournament, or all fear meeting their untimely demises.
Throughout the book,
Competitors are either at each other’s throats, or working non-stop to find a happy ending to this miserable curse. Every time you think the characters are safe, new dangers arise. The story pushes every character past their limits. And Character choices, doubts, and concerns feel very realistic. With the realization that they’re all villains, nothing is off limits. This book makes you feel all the suspense of the Netflix show Money Heist with a similar plot of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.
Every chapter builds to the sweet and bitter ending.
I would’ve loved this as one big book and that’s the only reason I knocked off a star and made this a 4/5 book. But I do believe the writing significantly improved in this book from the first.
As for the story itself, this wastes little time in picking right back up where the first book left off. The authors inserted reminders well to refresh the reader's memory without feeling too redundant or overly repetitive. The curse still stands with some of the surviving teens banded together to work towards ending the curse for all rather than continuing to fight to the death until one is left standing. With more betrayals, romances and friendships, this conclusion moves quickly from start to finish. I must admit that some of the relationships didn't go in quite the direction that I had been hoping for... so the plot definitely holds some unexpected twists! I really enjoyed listening to this and think that this writing duo works well together. This makes for a satisfying conclusion - though I really appreciated how magic worked here and grew to like most of the characters. I hope that this isn't the actual end of this writing duo collaborating!