Blog Tour: Curse of the Divine by Kim Smejkal

Hey y’all! Thank you so much to Terminal Tours for having me as a part of this blog tour (make sure you check out everyone else’s stops on the tour too!) and for HMH teen for making this blog tour happen! I had seen so many things about Ink in the Blood before I signed up for this tour, but becoming a part of this tour was the catalyst I needed to read Ink in the Blood (which was amazing, so make sure y’all read that if you haven’t already) and then I read Curse of the Divine and man y’all, such a great book! Curse of the Divine was released on February 9th, so make sure y’all go check it out!

Curse of the Divine 4/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

Return to the world of inklings, tattoo magic, and evil deities as Celia uncovers the secrets of the ink in order to stop Diavala once and for all. This eagerly anticipated sequel to Ink in the Blood is perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Wicked Saints.

Celia Sand faced Diavala and won, using ink magic to destroy the corrupt religion of Profeta that tormented her for a decade. But winning came with a cost. Now Celia is plagued with guilt over her role in the death of her best friend. When she discovers that Diavala is still very much alive and threatening Griffin, the now-infamous plague doctor, Celia is desperate not to lose another person she loves to the deity’s wrath.

The key to destroying Diavala may lie with Halycon Ronnea, the only other person to have faced Diavala and survived. But Halcyon is dangerous and has secrets of his own, ones that involve the ink that Celia has come to hate. Forced to choose between the ink and Diavala, Celia will do whatever it takes to save Griffin—even if it means making a deal with the devil himself.

So this book begins right after Ink in the Blood ends, and man, I was still getting over the end of Ink in the Blood and you can tell that Celia is too. She’s so scarred by everything that happened with Diavala and Anya (and Anya was such a great loss for her) and she knows that Diavala is hiding in Griffin/the plague doctor and it’s only a matter of time before she comes out and takes him over/kills him, so she needs to find out how to save him by talking to the only person who’s ever survived the Touch, Halycon Ronnea.

There were so many cool elements in this book and I loved how we got interludes where Griffin and Diavala were speaking to each other. It was really easy to understand why Celia did the things she did but it was also easy to understand why Griffin reacted to everything in the way that he did. There were some lulls in the middle of the book, but overall, they didn’t change how I felt about the book and I thought that the way the author ended the book and the twists that were taken throughout worked well! Overall, I really enjoyed Curse of the Divine and if you liked Ink in the Blood, I think you’ll enjoy this one too!

Grab Curse of the Divine here: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

About the Author

Kim Smejkal writes dark fantasy for young adults and not-so-young adults, always with a touch of magic. Her debut novel, INK IN THE BLOOD, released from HMH in early 2020, and the sequel, CURSE OF THE DIVINE, will release on Feb. 9, 2021.

When she’s not writing, she’s homeschooling her kids, tutoring other people’s kids, and voraciously hoarding any precious alone time. Though she grew up on the Canadian prairies, she now lives with her family on beautiful, muse-satiating Vancouver Island. She is represented by Daniel Lazar of Writers House.

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