Unpopular opinion: evil villains are actually the unsung heroes of any good fantasy novel. Okay, maybe not literally. But whether they’re busy outsmarting the protagonist with cunning and cleverness, outmatching them with their magical capabilities, or are simply an unstoppable force on the battlefield, we can’t get enough of the villains so wicked that we love hating them. Or hate loving them? Either way, our point stands. We can’t wait to see what they do next.
It’s part of the reason we can’t get enough of C.J. Redwine’s Ravenspire novels, where she puts her signature twists on classic fairy tales—twists that include taking the villains we thought we knew and making them even more sinister and evil. There’s no unnecessary, forced redemption here. Her latest retelling, The Blood Spell, is no exception. With a wicked stepmother more powerful and terrifying than we’ve ever seen before, we couldn’t put it down.
So, what kind of villain would you be? A deceptive plotter, a fierce warrior? Find out below!
What Type of Villain Are You?
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About The Blood Spell
Blue de la Cour has her life planned: hide the magic in her blood and continue trying to turn metal into gold so she can help her city’s homeless. But when her father is murdered and a cruel but powerful woman claims custody of Blue and her property, one wrong move could expose her—and doom her once and for all. The only one who can help? The boy she’s loathed since childhood: Prince Kellan.
Kellan Renard, crown prince of Balavata, is walking a thin line between political success and devastating violence. Newly returned from boarding school, he must find a bride among the kingdom’s head families and announce his betrothal—but escalating violence among the families makes the search nearly impossible. He’s surprised to discover that the one person who makes him feel like he can breathe is Blue, the girl who once ruined all his best adventures.
When mysterious forces lead to disappearances throughout Balavata, Blue and Kellan must work together to find the truth. What they discover will lead them to the darkest reaches of the kingdom, and to the most painful moments of their pasts.
When romance is forbidden and evil is rising, can Blue save those she loves, even if it costs her everything?