One for My Enemy: A Novel
Despite being marketed as a “Romeo and Juliet” retelling, Oliver Blake’s One for My Enemy could just as easily be considered an homage to Shakespeare in general - as for the bulk of the story, it felt reminiscent of some of Shakespeare’s other, maybe somewhat darker, tragedies. Although it maintains the basic characteristics of the feuding families and star-crossed lovers, it is equally filled with pieces of “Hamlet” or “Macbeth;” and even slightly twisted elements from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Lovers not only die for each other, they kill for each other, and sons try to kill fathers while those same fathers bargain off their children’s lives. Wives poison husbands to take power for their daughters, and vengeance is sought post-mortem with the single goal of driving someone to insanity. All throughout, a Puck-like faery acts both as outside observer and commentator, but still makes deals for power and / or the occasional kidney. But above all else, it is a book about family and familial betrayal. It is very much a character-driven, with a well-done multiple POV that made all the characters - however prominent a role they may play - well-developed and, if not likeable, at least understandable. All in all, it delivers a satisfyingly complex plot despite its small cast of characters and circumscribed setting.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Atlas Six comes an intricate web of love, magic, and rival witch families in New York City.
*This new hardcover edition will include illustrated endpapers from artist Lasq.Draws plus brand-new interior illustrations from Little Chmura*
In modern-day Manhattan where we lay our scene, two rival witch families fight to maintain control of their respective criminal empires.
On one side of the conflict are the Antonova sisters — each one beautiful, cunning, and ruthless — and their mother, the elusive supplier of premium intoxicants, known only as Baba Yaga. On the other side, the influential Fedorov brothers serve their father, the crime boss known as Koschei the Deathless, whose ventures dominate the shadows of magical Manhattan.
After twelve years of tenuous co-existence, one family member brutally crosses the line. Bad blood reignites old grudges; at the same time, fate intervenes with a chance encounter between enemies. In the wake of love and vengeance, everyone must choose a side. As each of the siblings struggles to stake their claim, bloodshed in inevitable.
The question is: Whose?
“Olivie Blake is a mind-blowing talent."―Chloe Gong, author of New York Times bestselling These Violent Delights
Also by Olivie Blake
Alone with You in the Ether
Masters of Death
The Atlas Six
The Atlas Paradox
The Atlas Complex
Praise for One for My Enemy: A Novel
"The witty dialogue, exciting twists, and excellent pacing make this a witchy, mob-inspired adventure that will excite fans of V.E. Schwab and Leigh Bardugo.”—Booklist
"Thrilling and reminiscent of Romeo & Juliet, One for My Enemy is a whirlwind of fantasy and romantic suspense!”—Barnes & Noble
“Olivie Blake, master of writing extremely sexy and dangerous women, is back . . . One for My Enemy is exquisitely written and immersive; you’ll feel like you just destroyed a box of chocolate truffles by the end of it. Do you feel devastated? Yes. Was it absolutely worth it? Also yes.”—Tor.com
PRAISE FOR THE ATLAS TRILOGY
"The Atlas Six introduces six of the most devious, talented, and flawed characters to ever find themselves in a magical library, and then sets them against one another in a series of stunning betrayals and reversals. As much a delicious contest of wit, will, and passion as it is of magic, this book is half mystery, half puzzle, and wholly a delight."—Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Night
"Lethally smart. Filled with a cast of brilliantly realized characters, each entangled with one another in torturously delicious ways, The Atlas Six will grip you by the throat and refuse to let go. Olivie Blake is a mind-blowing talent."—Chloe Gong, New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights
"Compelling, entertaining, and addictive. The Atlas Six is academic Darwinism: survival of the smartest with a healthy dose of magic."—T.L. Huchu, author of The Library of The Dead
"This chilling story of ambition and magic will make you question your own morals as you grow to love (and hate) its fascinating, ruthless cast of characters. I utterly devoured this book."—Amanda Foody, New York Times bestselling author of All of Us Villains