The Curse of Saints

- Kate Dramis


Has she been sent to save the realm or destroy it?

As Spymaster to the Queen, Aya’s blood oath ensures she protects those she fights alongside – including Will, the Queen’s Enforcer and Aya’s bitter rival.

When rumors of dark magic rise in a nearby kingdom, both are sent to investigate.

But when Aya’s power acts beyond her gods-given affinity, she risks being turned into a weapon in a war she doesn’t know how to win.

And when her relationship with Will unexpectedly shifts, neither knows the danger that will follow . . .



Between the blood on her hands and the beer on her cloak, it was shaping up to be a horrible evening.


* Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided. *
almost perfect:
The Curse of Saints came out of nowhere, and I cannot wait for the next book in this series.

I was pretty convinced by the setup that I knew everything that would happen. And while it did follow a familiar path, the journey was wonderful. There is so much incredible depth and character growth that most of the characters we meet at the beginning barely resemble those we know in the end.

I will admit that Dramis takes the ‘keeping secrets’ thing too far at times. Will constantly hints at what he is hiding from Aya, so it feels more anticlimactic than revolutionary by the time it’s revealed. But for the most part, Dramis does very well, uncovering a little at a time to keep the story moving. She walks a fine line between world-building and building suspense with the perfect amount of slow-burn romance that only adds to the story. It can feel at times that things are left unfinished, but I think that has more to do with The Curse of Saints being the start of a series. I’m sure it’s possible that there’s a lack of follow-through in the writing, but most of these moments feel much more like plot points to be further developed in future.
The ending felt so hopeful. Aya and Will may not be heading off to a happy ending, but they’re together, they’re being honest with each other, and they’re ready to take it all on. But that epilogue. It hit me right in the gut and left me spiralling.
I’m looking forward to the rest of this trilogy and hope it maintains the high standards set by The Curse of Saints.


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