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The Ones We Burn

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Love and duty collide in this richly imagined, atmospheric young adult debut about a witch whose dark powers put her at the center of a brewing war between the only family she’s ever known and the enemy who makes her question everything.

Monster. Butcher. Bloodwinn.

Ranka is tired of death. All she wants now is to be left alone, living out her days in Witchik’s wild north with the coven that raised her, attempting to forget the horrors of her past. But when she is named Bloodwinn, the next treaty bride to the human kingdom of Isodal, her coven sends her south with a single directive: kill him. Easy enough, for a blood-witch whose magic compels her to kill.

Except the prince is gentle, kind, and terrified of her. He doesn’t want to marry Ranka; he doesn’t want to be king at all. And it’s his sister—the wickedly smart, infuriatingly beautiful Princess Aramis—who seems to be the real threat.

But when witches start turning up dead, murdered by a mysterious, magical plague, Aramis makes Ranka an offer: help her develop a cure, and in return, she’ll help Ranka learn to contain her deadly magic. As the coup draws nearer and the plague spreads, Ranka is forced to question everything she thought she knew about her power, her past, and who she’s meant to fight for. Soon, she will have to decide between the coven that raised her and the princess who sees beyond the monster they shaped her to be.

But as the bodies pile up, a monster may be exactly what they need.

About The Author

Photograph by Brian Weitzel Photography

Rebecca Mix is a fantasy author and Michigander who writes about messy girls and creepy magic. Her debut novel, The Ones We Burn, is a witchy, sapphic dark young adult fantasy. Her work has been featured by BuzzFeedTorBustleHuffPost, and more. If you can’t find her, she’s probably goofing off on social media @MixBecca, or attempting to sneak yet another plant into the house.

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Why We Love It

“Richly atmospheric and packed with big ideas about what it means to be monstrous and the conditions for being deserving of love, this is a dark, emotionally gutting fantasy about untangling love from manipulation and learning how to recognize—and heal from—abuse, featuring an antiheroine you can’t help but root for trying to navigate a world that is every bit as complicated as our own. This book breaks my heart and then puts it together again.”

—Alyza L., Associate Editor, on The Ones We Burn

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio (November 1, 2022)
  • Runtime: 14 hours and 50 minutes
  • ISBN13: 9781797151250
  • Ages: 14 - 99

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