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A fierce, sapphic fantasy about a witch whose mission to assassinate the prince she’s betrothed to is compromised by the discovery of a deadly plague – and the beautiful princess intent on stopping it.

After years of bloodshed, Ranka’s coven has one last mission for her: travel to the human kingdom, marry the prince, and kill him. Easy enough.

Except the prince is gentle and kind. And it is his sister, Aramis – wickedly smart and infuriatingly beautiful – who seems to be the real threat.

When witches start dying from a mysterious, magical plague, Ranka and Aramis are forced together in a desperate hunt for a cure.

Soon, Ranka will have to choose between the witches who raised her, and the princess she may be falling for . . .


‘One of the freshest YA fantasies I’ve read in years’ Natasha Ngan

‘Romantic, brutal, and hopeful’ Hannah Whitten

‘I love this book. Rebecca Mix is a writer to watch’ Adrienne Tooley

‘As beautiful as it is fierce’ Adalyn Grace

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Natasha Ngan, New York Times bestselling author of Girls of Paper and Fire
One of the freshest YA fantasies I've read in years. Every page brims with passion. Ranka, Percy, Galen and Aramis are still vivid in my imagination long after I turned the final page. Fans of diverse YA fantasy - do NOT miss this one
Hannah Whitten, New York Times bestselling author of For the Wolf
The Ones We Burn is a fierce story of healing, told with teeth bared. Romantic, brutal, and hopeful, it marks Rebecca Mix as a writer to watch
Chloe Gong, New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights
Feral and tender at once. Rebecca Mix has created a world teeming with terrifying magic and ferocious monsters to be saved. The Ones We Burn is a story of strength, and love that is chosen
Adrienne Tooley, author of Sweet & Bitter Magic
At once familiar and entirely fresh, Rebecca Mix's The Ones We Burn is a stunning fantasy that deftly navigates grief, love, and the powerful necessity of hope. Set in a rich, sweeping world, and penned with prose as brutal as Ranka's blood-magic, you'll find yourself lost in the thoughtful exploration of found family, the whip-smart magic system and the tender, striking sapphic romance. Ranka is the sort of heroine you can't help but root for and Aramis, Galen and Percy will linger long after the final page. I love this book. Rebecca Mix is a writer to watch
Adalyn Grace, New York Times bestselling author of Belladonna
The Ones We Burn is a richly woven standalone fantasy that's as beautiful as it is fierce. From its spectacularly crafted world of witches and horrifying monsters, to the most tender character arcs and a fabulous love story, Rebecca Mix has solidified her place as YA fantasy's new auto-buy author
Francesca May, Sunday Times bestselling author of Wicked and Wild Things
The Ones We Burn is a dark gem of a book. Burning with feral strength, like Ranka the storytelling is raw and sharp, yet inside there is also a welcome balm of tender love and healing. Rebecca Mix is officially one of my favourite authors
Perfect reading for all fans of Chloe Gong and Leigh Bardugo, Mix's stellar debut sees a bloodwitch fall for a human princess as a deadly magical plague rages all around them
The book is listed as Young Adult, but I think it has wider appeal... For a debut novel, while there is some room for improvement, there was certainly enough of a plot and characterisation to keep me engaged and invested and I'll be interested to see further work from this author