The Ones We Burn by Rebecca Mix
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 Rebecca Mix
Rebecca Mix is a writer of stories about eerie magic, messy girls, and hope. Her debut novel, THE ONES WE BURN, a sapphic, dark, witchy YA is out fall of 2022 from Simon & Schuster. She’s often spending far too much on twitter, instagram, and tiktok @mixbecca. If you can’t find her, she’s probably in the woods, or attempting to sneak yet another plant into the house. If you’re reading her bio right now, she hopes you have a nice day, and would like to remind you to take a sip of water and apply some spf. 😉