Sacrifice of the Seven Sins


A SEVEN SINS NOVELLA
RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 8, 2020

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Born in the Commonwealth of Ashes, where citizens live and die by the tenets of the Seven Deadly Sins, teenager Ari Westergaard has known little but violence and deprivation. Though attachment to others is forbidden, he’s struggled all his life with the desire for connection—and the sin of pride—only to be rebuffed and punished repeatedly. Then, one day, during a routine execution of a sinner, he sees a girl dare to defy one of the Commonwealth’s High Priests…and falls hopelessly in love.

Lust is one of the Seven Sins, and love is seen as the first step down the road to dissolution. Ari’s feelings for Eva Marteinn are forbidden—a temptation and a secret, a virtue and a sin. Though Ari and Eva have never spoken, his thoughts of her sustain him as he battles his instincts in order to survive in a world where cruelty is the norm and kindness is for the weak. But when Ari is faced with a fellow citizen in need of protection, he must make a difficult choice: Stand up for what he believes in—or pay the ultimate price.

What Readers Are Saying About SWORD OF THE SEVEN SINS:

“An amazing book… I fell in love with the characters the second I met them.”
—@universewithinpages

“This book has kept me glued to my chair- turning the pages and biting my nails.. It’s insane and I am loving it.”
—@booktalesanddonuts

“An absolutely mind-blowing, spine-tingling, action-packed extravaganza … an electrifying, imaginative, phenomenally well-written book. The tension, banter and angst blazes.”
—Emerald Book Reviews

“An absolutely wild ride … I couldn’t stop reading.”
—The Word Traveler

“I devoured it in 48 hours.”
—@lilareads

“A beautiful story about forbidden love … 5 stars out of 5.”
—@throneofbooks

Sacrifice of the Seven Sins

A SEVEN SINS NOVELLA
RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 8, 2020

Born in the Commonwealth of Ashes, where citizens live and die by the tenets of the Seven Deadly Sins, teenager Ari Westergaard has known little but violence and deprivation. Though attachment to others is forbidden, he’s struggled all his life with the desire for connection—and the sin of pride—only to be rebuffed and punished repeatedly. Then, one day, during a routine execution of a sinner, he sees a girl dare to defy one of the Commonwealth’s High Priests…and falls hopelessly in love.

Lust is one of the Seven Sins, and love is seen as the first step down the road to dissolution. Ari’s feelings for Eva Marteinn are forbidden—a temptation and a secret, a virtue and a sin. Though Ari and Eva have never spoken, his thoughts of her sustain him as he battles his instincts in order to survive in a world where cruelty is the norm and kindness is for the weak. But when Ari is faced with a fellow citizen in need of protection, he must make a difficult choice: Stand up for what he believes in—or pay the ultimate price.

What Readers Are Saying About SWORD OF THE SEVEN SINS:

“An amazing book… I fell in love with the characters the second I met them.”
—@universewithinpages

“This book has kept me glued to my chair- turning the pages and biting my nails.. It’s insane and I am loving it.”
—@booktalesanddonuts

“An absolutely mind-blowing, spine-tingling, action-packed extravaganza … an electrifying, imaginative, phenomenally well-written book. The tension, banter and angst blazes.”
—Emerald Book Reviews

“An absolutely wild ride … I couldn’t stop reading.”
—The Word Traveler

“I devoured it in 48 hours.”
—@lilareads

“A beautiful story about forbidden love … 5 stars out of 5.”
—@throneofbooks

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Eva

My pulse pounds wildly against his fingers, a bird trapped in a cage, wings thrashing in an effort to get free. No one has ever touched me this way. Certainly I never felt the smoldering heat of a slow-burning fuse when the medics worked on me or the Mothers sluiced the shampoo from my hair.

Eva


My pulse pounds wildly against his fingers, a bird trapped in a cage, wings thrashing in an effort to get free. No one has ever touched me this way. Certainly I never felt the smoldering heat of a slow-burning fuse when the medics worked on me or the Mothers sluiced the shampoo from my hair.


ARI

Her beauty is a weapon, the only one that has ever been able to bring me low. It has as much to do with the fierce intelligence in her eyes as it does with that thick fall of black hair, always bound in its braid, and the opalescent sheen of her skin. In my darker moments, I’ve imagined what it might feel like to tug her hair loose from its bindings, if it would run like water through my fingers. If her touch would burn.

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Ari


Her beauty is a weapon, the only one that has ever been able to bring me low. It has as much to do with the fierce intelligence in her eyes as it does with that thick fall of black hair, always bound in its braid, and the opalescent sheen of her skin. In my darker moments, I’ve imagined what it might feel like to tug her hair loose from its bindings, if it would run like water through my fingers. If her touch would burn.



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EVA + ARI

Thinking like this is wrong, I tell myself. Remember who you are. But when she holds the tip of her blade beneath my chin, I think not of blood and punishment but of how her skin would slide through my hands, rain-wet and slippery as a selkie, how much I would like to know whether her lips are as soft as they look. How she tastes.

EVA + ARI


Thinking like this is wrong, I tell myself. Remember who you are. But when she holds the tip of her blade beneath my chin, I think not of blood and punishment but of how her skin would slide through my hands, rain-wet and slippery as a selkie, how much I would like to know whether her lips are as soft as they look. How she tastes.



Efraím

He raised me to be what I am, has mentored and trained me. Yet despite the hours we’ve spent together, sparring and debating the finer points of strategy—despite the regret I saw in his eyes—there’s nothing left between us but this: a traitor and the warrior chosen to bring about his end. It is my flaw, my sin that I cannot help but wish for more.
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Efraím


He raised me to be what I am, has mentored and trained me. Yet despite the hours we’ve spent together, sparring and debating the finer points of strategy—despite the regret I saw in his eyes—there’s nothing left between us but this: a traitor and the warrior chosen to bring about his end. It is my flaw, my sin that I cannot help but wish for more.

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Kilían

Kilían, the lead interrogator, has point. He stands in front—the tip of an arrow made up of the thirty elite bellators that comprise Efraím’s inner circle—blade unsheathed in his hand, his close-cropped red hair gleaming in the torchlight. “In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni,” he says in greeting. We enter the circle at night and are consumed by fire.

Kilían


Kilían, the lead interrogator, has point. He stands in front—the tip of an arrow made up of the thirty elite bellators that comprise Efraím’s inner circle—blade unsheathed in his hand, his close-cropped red hair gleaming in the torchlight. “In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni,” he says in greeting. We enter the circle at night and are consumed by fire.


Ronan

I expected the barbarians Outside to set on me, to rip me limb from limb. But they were not barbarians at all—just people, trying to survive. They cared for me. They took me in. And when I grew old enough, I dedicated my life to fighting for their cause.
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Ronan


I expected the barbarians Outside to set on me, to rip me limb from limb. But they were not barbarians at all—just people, trying to survive. They cared for me. They took me in. And when I grew old enough, I dedicated my life to fighting for their cause.

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The Executor

It is our duty to guard the unsullied state of your souls, for the past has shown us that only too easily can they become corrupt. So easily can mankind indulge our animal nature. Citizens of the Commonwealth, it gives me no pleasure to acknowledge our final sinner, who shall be sentenced to serve you our finest food and drink today—and yet partake of none. Thus she shall experience deprivation that will return her soul to purity; thus she shall renounce her gluttony, to serve and sin no more.


The Executor


It is our duty to guard the unsullied state of your souls, for the past has shown us that only too easily can they become corrupt. So easily can mankind indulge our animal nature. Citizens of the Commonwealth, it gives me no pleasure to acknowledge our final sinner, who shall be sentenced to serve you our finest food and drink today—and yet partake of none. Thus she shall experience deprivation that will return her soul to purity; thus she shall renounce her gluttony, to serve and sin no more.