Books are a journey, and there’s nothing quite like feeling you’re part of a book’s journey. And that’s exactly what has happened with Kate Dramis, who most people who have spent some time on Tik Tok looking at book content (we are who we are, we love what we love, and we’ve been following this story for A WHILE NOW) already know as the author cataloging her writing journey, which has now led her here.
A finished book. A cover. Release date July of 2023. It’s the dream, and it’s coming true.
This is why we here at Fangirlish are super honored to be able to be part of this story. You know this author. You’ve been with her through her writing process. Join us as we present you with a first look at the finished product …the cover of The Curse of Saints.
Here’s the cover for the book:
DISCOVER THE EPIC NEW ROMANTIC FANTASY EVERYONE HAS BEEN TALKING ABOUT!
As an elite spy and the Queen’s Third-in-Command, Aya has dedicated herself to a life of discipline and duty, using her gods-given abilities to keep dark magic from ever returning to the realm. Her oath ensures she will always act to protect those she fights alongside—including Will, the Queen’s Enforcer and Aya’s bitter rival.
Forced by circumstance to work together, Aya and Will struggle to come to an uneasy truce. But when tragedy strikes, Aya instinctively reacts, unleashing a power that hasn’t been seen in over 500 years. Shaken, she’s confronted with an impossible truth: one that threatens the precious grip she keeps on her control. One that forces her to work with Will to discover who—or what—she really is. And one that could turn her into a weapon in a war she doesn’t know how to win.With Will at her side and untold power at her fingertips, Aya will have to decide: Has she been sent to save the realm she loves…or destroy it?
And that’s not all, because what better way to get you excited than to actually show you some of the book? That’s right, here’s an exclusive excerpt:
She’d had two weeks to wrestle with Gianna’s words. Two weeks to play her past on repeat as night bled into the early hours of morning. Two weeks to try to suffocate the tiny seed of hope that had taken root inside of her, the one that said perhaps Gianna was right about her power.
Because if her queen was right, if the prophecy did indeed speak of her, then that meant—
Aya cut off the thought immediately. It did her no good to cling to foolish hopes. Gianna could claim what she wanted. Aya knew the truth.
She was no saint. She was not the light her mother used to whisper about in those tales she told late at night about Evie and her equal.
Would her mother have ever imagined that one day someone would think her prideful, stubborn daughter was the one the Conoscenza spoke of?
Even then, Aya had been a serious, reserved child. The winter wind to her mother’s warm and comforting spring breeze. A cautious soul, her mother had once whispered as she tucked her into her side. But with a burning flame of love saved for those who warrant it.
But whatever flame she had sensed in Aya had been doused as soon as her own had been extinguished on the waves of the Anath Sea. And Aya had buried her fear, her pain, her guilt, and leaned instead into the only thing that made sense.
Control. Discipline. Distance.
She had found her place in shadows and darkness, in cold alleyways and dilapidated bars, in the smooth handle of a dagger and sharp steel of a blade.
She was not a beacon of light.
She was not a savior of nations or realms.
If the gods had chosen her, they had chosen wrong.
But Will had been right. She was dangerous.
So Aya would do what she did best. She would bury her fear and hone her anger into something cold, and quiet, and lethal.
Something that slipped through the night without detection.
Something that people never saw coming.
Something that could loosen secrets, and win allies, and maybe, just maybe, channel what was inside of her to aid in the coming war.
For her queen.
For the oath she had taken to protect her kingdom.
And perhaps for herself, too.
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The Curse of Saints will be on sale July 11th, 2023. You can pre-order here: