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Sacrifice of the Seven Sins: The Seven Sins Series, #0.5

Sacrifice of the Seven Sins: The Seven Sins Series, #0.5

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Sacrifice of the Seven Sins: The Seven Sins Series, #0.5

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Mar 13, 2021


In a society where kindness toward others is punishable by death, can a boy find a way to be a hero?


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.

Mar 13, 2021

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Sacrifice of the Seven Sins - Emily Colin

Sacrifice of the Seven Sins

Copyright © 2020 by Emily Colin

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Colin, Emily. 1975-.

Sacrifice of the Seven Sins: A Novella / Emily Colin


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Sacrifice of the Seven Sins: A Novella

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Praise for Emily Colin


This is easily one of the best books I've ever read. Siege of the Seven Sins has it all—heart-stopping action, breathtaking characters, high stakes, and a thrilling story, all wrapped up in beautiful prose.

Madeline Dyer, SIBA-award-winning author of the Untamed series

Thrilling, heart-wrenching, and blood-pumping.

Karissa Laurel, author of The Stormbourne Chronicles

With an intriguing world, an impossible love story, and characters I both loved and loved to hate, the stakes are high. What if love was a death sentence? … A series everyone should know about.

M. Lynn, USA Today bestselling author of the Queens of the Fae series


A hot, fast-paced, beautifully written story you won’t want to miss!

Caitlin Sinead, author of Heartsick

A romantic dystopian with a fantastic—and unexpected—twist ... Seven Sins is powerful, sexy, hopeful, and unsettling.

Heidi Ayarbe, award-winning author of Freeze Frame

A rollicking ride through forbidden love and deadly adventure. … I haven’t ached for love like this to conquer all since Tris and Four. Eva and Ari forever.

Leigh Statham, Author of the Daughter Trilogy

Amazing characters and a fast plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

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A beautifully crafted story with so many intense moments I couldn’t stop reading. This is the best book I’ve read in a long time.

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Sword of the Seven Sins … offers a new take on the dystopian genre. Colin’s characters push the plot forward, while her writing immerses the reader in a rigid world on the brink of change.


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

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Much of the fun here is watching Colin build her world … The chapters move swiftly… The book should prove a hit with fans of The Hunger Games.

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Sizzling hot and exploding with tension.

Lisa Amowitz, author of Breaking Glass

An absolutely wild ride … I couldn’t stop reading.

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A splendid mix of time travel, romantic yearning, and moving on after grief.

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A passionate and sweeping tale of a woman haunted by a loss she can’t explain, and a future she can’t yet choose.

Erika Marks, author of The Last Treasure

This story immerses you in a time that should not be forgotten and explores the infinite rippling effect of decisions, guilt, accountability, and love.

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This absorbing first effort brings to mind the mountaineers of a Jon Krakauer read, the tenderness of a Nicholas Sparks novel, and the enduring love story of Charles Martin's The Mountain between Us, all sprinkled with a heady dose of passion.


Mesmerizing . . . dazzlingly original and as haunting as a dream.

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[A] richly emotional tale . . . a writer to watch.

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Another day, another decapitation.

Quite frankly, I wasn’t in the mood. Not that I was ever in the mood to see someone’s head lopped off before breakfast, but today was a particularly bad fit. I’d gotten in trouble with the Mothers for mouthing off again and had spent last night on my knees on the stones of the sacristy, a bar of soap jammed between my teeth and one of the High Priests glaring at me like my next stop was the stocks.

I could still taste the loamy, harsh flavor of the soap—the Mother who’d come to fetch me after my punishment hadn’t let me rinse out my mouth—and my knees ached from their prolonged encounter with the temple’s floor. My head pounded, a dull, throbbing ache, and the piercing brightness of the sun’s rays as it rose behind the tower in Clockverk Square did nothing to ease my discomfort.

I knew better than to fidget or

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