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Curse of the Divine

(Ink in The Blood #2)

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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 de
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Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published February 9th 2021 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
This was such a mystical and imaginative novel, quite intriguing in its premise of blood transforming into the ink that binds reality to the magical dark underworld. It felt somewhat surreal and edging on the paranormal side of things and the dark, dark, dark!

This is the second book in the INK IN THE BLOOD duology. Based upon the blurb and the recommendation for fans of Wicked Saints, of which I am a HUGE fan, I wanted to give this one a try.

Celia, the main protagonist in this novel is entering
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Kal ★ Reader Voracious
1. Ink in the Blood ★★★★★
Diavala, please let the next year go by quickly because I need more!!!
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Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
A cute dog with a copy of the book Curse of the Divine by Kim Smejkal

📚 Hello Book Friends! CURSE OF THE DIVINE by Kim Smejkal is the second and final book in the Ink in The Blood Series. I say "final" since there is no other book planned in this series at this time and the book has a closed ending. This series is the first I read that uses gender pronouns. I must admit that it confused me a first but then it fitted the book. The book picks up where the first book ended. Celia must find a way to free Griffin from Diavala, a demon, without killing him. She knows of
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Kal ★ Reader Voracious
1. Ink in the Blood ★★★★★
The Ink in the Blood duology has one of the most immersive and developed fantasy worlds into which I've immersed myself. I loved diving back into this world and seeing how things progressed for Celia after the end of Ink in the Blood. I found myself on the edge of my seat while reading, the tension of the narrative just crept into my own veins and I needed these characters to be okay.

Full review to come, but here are some bullet points of my initial thoughts

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Allison Speakmon
I finally sat down and read Ink in the Blood back in October. Once I finished I immediate looked into getting a copy of Curse of the Divine. Kim Semjkal has woven an incredibly imaginative story within this duology. You can see my full review for Book #1 HERE!

I always wonder how much of a difference writing a series into a duology versus a trilogy impacts a story. In the case of the Ink in the Blood series, I personally feel this would have been better received as three parts instead of just the
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Taschima
If you like magically macabre books, then this duology is for you 🖤

Curse of the divine picks up right where Ink in the Blood left us. Celia and co. brought down the Profeta Religion, freeing a to of people who might have otherwise not ever known they had been manipulated. This of course came at a great cost to Celia, who lost the most important person in her life. To add insult unto injury Diavala did not die, she instead hitched a ride with the nearest available body which so happens to be Celi
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Tilly
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Curse of the Divine is a fantastic ending to an incredibly unique and interesting duology. The first book Ink in the Blood was so amazing that I was worried this wouldn't live up to it. Thankfully, I didn't have to worry.
The Ink in the Blood series is a "lush, dark YA fantasy debut that weaves together tattoo magic, faith, and eccentric theater in a world where lies are currency and ink is a weapon." If you enjoy fantasy that is weird and unique then you definitely should read this seri
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Leonie Hinch
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy, lgbtqia
Thank you to Netgalley, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Kim Smejkal for my arc of Curse of the Divine in exchange for an honest review.

Published: 9th February 2021
Some spoilers for book one below
This is the sequel and conclusion to the duology of Ink in the Blood. It picks up right after the ending of Ink in the Blood and Griffin and Celia are travelling to Wisteria to try to find Halcyon the only person to ever survive Diavala's Touch and therefore the one person who can potentially save Griff
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♣Bel♣
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
What a fantastic duology. Ink in the Blood was my favorite book of 2020 and for good reason. The world of Profeta and the magic of it, the fantasy world is unlike anything I’ve read or could’ve possibly imagined. It’s a dark, lush fantasy that blew my mind and I adore with all my heart.

The expansion of the ink and its initial source in this astounding sequel was not what I was expecting in the least. The lengths to where the story went and Celia’s all around growth, the way she comes to terms w
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Lea
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
"There's a hint of madness in the air."
This line sets the whole tone for this book perfectly.
I felt like I was thrust further into a wonderfully fantastical world and I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it!

Ink in the Blood just scratched the surface of the fantasy world Kim Smejkal has created. Curse of the Divine dives in deeper, giving the world and each character more complexity. I really loved the interlude chapters, getting those inner thoughts of Griffin was my favorite part...aside from bei
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Andee
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I liked this book. I loved the magic in it and the way the tattoo magic evolved. I found Griffin much more entertaining in this book than in the last book. I also found Diavala more satisfying to read about than in the first book. However, Celia Sand is still the same impulsive Celia Sand. There only seemed to be a little bit of character growth for our Celia
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Colby
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
First of all, thank you to HMH Books for an eARC of Curse of the Divine! I was lucky enough to read and ARC of Ink in th Blood and absolutely loved it!

Curse of the Divine follows the epic events of Ink in the Blood. Celia Sand won, in a way. She broke the magic that kept the country under the thumb of Diavala, but even with the truth shattered, she and Griffin still have a task to do. Celia will do almost anything ot save Griffin.

I loved book 1. I love the tattoo magic, and the characters of th
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Jessica
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
This review and more can be found at www.thebookbratz.blogspot.com.

As many of you may know, I'm not a huge fantasy reader, so in 2019 when I picked up a copy of INK IN THE BLOOD, I wasn't quite sure if I was going to like it or not. However, it ended up being one of the best books that I read this year, so when I found out that there was a second book in the duology, I immediately begged for an ARC. So before I begin, thank you to HMH for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review! No
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Allison Speakmon
I finally sat down and read Ink in the Blood back in October. Once I finished I immediate looked into getting a copy of Curse of the Divine. Kim Semjkal has woven an incredibly imaginative story within this duology. You can see my full review for Book #1 HERE!

I always wonder how much of a difference writing a series into a duology versus a trilogy impacts a story. In the case of the Ink in the Blood series, I personally feel this would have been better received as three parts instead of just the
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Olivia
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: other-reviews
CURSE OF THE DIVINE is a dark, atmospheric, and compelling finale to a unique YA fantasy duology. In the first book, Celia ended the religion of Profeta alongside her best friend, Anya, exposing the divine ink and all its lies. She angered the seeming diety, Diavala, who has now possessed the man she cares for deeply, the plague doctor character Griffin. Possession by Diavala ends with madness and death, a fate she is not interested in following. Her quest will take her to the only person whose ...more
Libriamo3116
Feb 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: january-2021
Following the events of Ink in the Blood, Celia has faded into the background after her actions caused the dismantling of the false relgion of Profeta. She is traveling with Griffin, the plague doctor, to find the only person who might know how to save him. That person, Halcyon, was able to be Touched by Diavala, and keep his mind intact in the aftermath. Celia was able to bring Diavala down with the use of ink magic, but just because the trickster was laid low, just as the religion of Profeta w ...more
Paige Green
Feb 12, 2021 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Curse of the Divine

Author: Kim Smejkal

Book Series: Ink in the Blood Book 2

Rating: 3.5/5

Diversity: LGBT+ characters

Recommended For...: ya readers, fantasy lovers, magic lovers, LGBT+

Publication Date: February 9, 2021

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: 15+ (violence, gore, death, grief, religion, slight romance)

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Pages: 448

Synopsis: Celia Sand faced Diavala and won, using i
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Zoe L.
Feb 19, 2021 added it
You know, I was extremely eager to read this series for the interesting magic system alone. Well, that and the covers. I loveeeee the covers. And I have to delightedly say that these books have no disappointed! I find that a lot of the time I’m swayed into books and get overly excited and then they just don’t live up to that excitement. So, in sense, I get even more excited when books actually do what I wanted them to! So on that note, psst, go read these.

While I really loved the second book in
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Jill Elizabeth
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved the first book in this duology and couldn't wait to dig into the second. This is a marvelously ingenious world, populated by characters and abilities that are both wholly original and highly referential. It makes for a comforting feel of falling into the story, yet with a constant edge-of-your-seat quality because you never know what is going to happen next...

In this conclusion, we find Celia in search of the protection she needs to save the people she loves - most notably, h
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Rafael Rodriguez
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a mystical and imaginative book. It was a very good wrap up to the duology, the concept of blood manipulation for message sending lead to many dark concepts.

Celia, the main protagonist in this book is heading to Wisteria, a town that’s tethered to illusions of ink and magic. She is after Halcyon Ronnea for revenge for her friend anya.

With things moving the way they are she has to start moving as to not lose her friend Griffin the plaque doctor to the dark forces as well. She has to
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Meg
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
The intrigue continues!
This is the second book in the Ink in the Blood series and the series conclusion. This is a highly atmospheric tale of magic tattoos, mysterious religion, and fast friendships. I enjoyed this second book just as much as the first and loved returning to the dreamy world of Celia Sands.
Celia is on a quest in the second book to save Griffin from the divine residing within him, as she knows if she doesn't find a way to help him survive, he will die a most painful death. Griff
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see_nic_read
Feb 16, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
While the first book was a dark magical circus, this second book was more like Pleasentville. Diavala falls to the background here as another seemingly immortal enemy comes to the front. Trapped in a too-perfect world while on a search for Griffin’s cure, he and Celia quickly realize something isn’t right about this town of the leader they came to ask help from.

The plot here gets a little convoluted, and I found Celia to be really annoying in this installment. We’re stuck in her head with limite
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Susan
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Advanced Reader’s Copy provided by NetGalley and HMH Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review.

Like the first book, this was took awhile to get its feet under it. I feel like about 100 pages could have been cut out and that some of the plot points dragged out slower than they needed to making parts a bit of a slog to get through. But the last third was solid and hard to put down. Overall I think I liked this book better than the first one as well.

I liked how this duology resolved
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Graceley Knox
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After Ink in the Blood, I wasn't sure how Kim Smejkal would be able to top the sinister vibe of the first book, but she killed it in Curse of the Divine. As a huge fan of tattoos, I found the premise of this duology exciting and completely original. Ink magic? Hells to the yes. No pun intended there, but for real, I was right there with Celia as she went through the ups and downs. I will say, I found Halcyon to be an interesting addition to the cast in this book, and wish we'd gotten a bit more ...more
Angela
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received this and as an eARC to read for free in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to NetGalley and HMH Books for Young Readers for giving me access.

This was a better continuation of the first. While Ink in the Blood was a little slow to my liking, Curse of the Divine was a much better pace. The use of ink magic was better displayed and the world building grew so much more.

Not my favorite duology, but Curse of the Devine redeems my opinions on the first novel. As described, I would agre
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Susan
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I Listened to Curse of the Divine on the way back from dropping mom off in Utah and then just reread it(Never do that).

I'm Grateful for year betwn Ink in the Blood and COTD(Never say that). My soul wouldn't have survived reading them back to back otherwise.

Writing review for IITB was hell. But writing the review for COTD will make it feel like cakewalk.

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Jesse Ruth (Oracleofmadness)
Curse of the Divine by Kim Smejkal was such an interesting read. Much like the first book, I didn't love the beginning but as I kept reading, the story opened my eyes and I saw the depth behind the imagery. These books question reality and the line between life and death, not to mention the sincere way the characters deal with grief. I wound up really loving this series and do recommend it. ...more
Brittany
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ugh, I loved, loved, loved this continuation of Ink in the Blood. It sparkled and dazzled like the Plague Doctor always did. Celia Sand is the perfect heroine, imperfect, doing right by doing wrong, being human. Loved it.
Morgan Wolfe
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-read
An amazing sequel to an amazing series. Had me guessing the whole time, nothing happened as I expected.
Teri
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I nearly DNFed the first book in this series, but hung in there, and it quickly became one of my favorite reads of the year. The followup in this duology is everything I’d hoped.

This sequel begins a few weeks after Ink in the Blood ends. Celia is determined to save Griffin (the plague doctor) from Divala’s wrath, but of course that’s much easier said than done. She’s still reeling with massive guilt and grief over the death of her best friend and begins to wonder if saving Griffin is even a poss
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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 Ca
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