This Vicious Grace
Serpent & Dove meets The Bodyguard
Three weddings. Three funerals. Alessa’s gift from the gods is supposed to magnify a partner’s magic, not kill every suitor she touches. Now, with only weeks left until a hungry swarm of demons devours everything on her island home, Alessa is running out of time to find a partner and stop the invasion. When a powerful priest convinces the faithful that killing Alessa is the island’s only hope, her own soldiers try to assassinate her. Desperate to survive, Alessa hires Dante, a cynical outcast marked as a killer, to become her personal bodyguard. As rebellion explodes outside the gates, Dante’s dark secrets may hold the key to her survival and her heart, but is he the one person who can help her master her gift or destroy her once and for all?
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: June 28, 2022
"Riveting, passionate, and full of high stakes danger." - Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Remixing all the best parts of a dark fantasy and a romantic comedy, This Vicious Grace is a wonderfully fun time from start to finish, with lush, complex worldbuilding, intensely relatable characters, and relationships that are easy to root for." - Hannah Whitten, New York Times bestselling author of For The Wolf
"A richly imagined world featuring a slow burn, sizzling romance and a conflict that crackles with magic." - Elle Cosimano, award-winning author of Seasons of the Storm
"Filled with witty banter, unlikely friendships, a swoon-worthy romance, and high stakes tension, Emily Thiede creates an immersive fantasy world inspired by the sun-drenched Amalfi coast that will captivate readers until the very last page. Sure to be a favorite for fans of Stephanie Garber, Leigh Bargudo, and Kerri Maniscalco." - Lyndall Clipstone, author of Lakesedge
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Emily Thiede loves writing characters who find humor in the darkest situations. With a M.A. Ed in Education, she taught in Title 1 public schools and now teaches creative writing and hosts monthly social events through WriterHouse, a local writing nonprofit. She is also a PitchWars mentor, an Author Mentor Match alumnus, and co-host of the Basic Pitches writing podcast. When she isn’t writing, she fosters kittens through an animal rescue organization. Emily lives in central Virginia and you can find her on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok at @ektwrites, and on her website ekthiede.com.