EMILY THIEDE spent her childhood daydreaming and reading in trees. A former public school teacher, she serves as Vice Chair of the board for Writer House, a writing nonprofit, and has mentored aspiring writers through the Pitch Wars mentorship program. Emily enjoys fostering rescue kittens and getting lost in the woods of central Virginia, where she lives with her family. She is the author of This Vicious Grace and This Cursed Light.
You can find Emily across social media platforms @ektwrites and on her website www.ekthiede.com.
Emily is represented by Chelsea Eberly of The Greenhouse Literary Agency.
“One of the best fantasies of the year.” – Buzzfeed
“Riveting, passionate, and full of high stakes danger.” ―Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Emily Thiede’s exciting fantasy debut, This Vicious Grace, the first in The Last Finestra duology, will keep readers turning the pages until the devastating conclusion and leave them primed for more!
Three weddings. Three funerals. Alessa’s gift from the gods is supposed to magnify a partner’s magic, not kill every suitor she touches.
Now, with only weeks left until a hungry swarm of demons devours everything on her island home, Alessa is running out of time to find a partner and stop the invasion. When a powerful priest convinces the faithful that killing Alessa is the island’s only hope, her own soldiers try to assassinate her.
Desperate to survive, Alessa hires Dante, a cynical outcast marked as a killer, to become her personal bodyguard. But as rebellion explodes outside the gates, Dante’s dark secrets may be the biggest betrayal. He holds the key to her survival and her heart, but is he the one person who can help her master her gift or destroy her once and for all?
From beloved author Emily Thiede comes the highly-anticipated final book in The Last Finestra duology!
“I loved the book!! Fantastic ending to a fantastic series.” – Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author
When the gods make the rules, the players must choose: Sacrifice their love to save the world, or choose love and let it burn?
Six months after saving their island from destruction, Alessa is ready to live happily ever after with her former bodyguard. But Dante can’t rest, haunted by a conviction that the gods aren’t finished with them yet. And without his powers, the next kiss from Alessa could kill him.
Desperate for answers, Dante enlists Alessa and their friends to find the exiled ghiotte in hopes of restoring his powers and combining forces to create the only army powerful enough to save them all. But Alessa is hiding a deadly consequence of their last fight―a growing darkness that’s consuming her mind―and in the mysterious city of the banished, Dante will uncover secrets, lies, and ghosts from his past that force him to ask himself: Which side is he on?
When the gods reveal their final test, Dante and Alessa will be the world’s last defense. But if they are the keys to saving the world, will their love be the price of victory?
Praise for the Last Finestra Duology
We are Teachers – Best New Books for Kids and Teens in December 2023
In Between Drafts – The Best New Books of December
Young Entertainment – Top 10 Things to Read, Watch & Listen to from December 3rd- December 9th
Young Entertainment – New Book Tuesday: December 5th
Paste Magazine, “The Most Anticipated YA Books of 2023″
Goodreads, “Our Big Preview of Fall’s Most Anticipated Young Adult Books”
“A rewarding, passionate, and beautifully characterized duology closer.” – Kirkus (starred review)
“I loved the book!! Fantastic ending to a fantastic series.” – Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wish You Were Here
Praise for This Vicious Grace:
*A Summer 2022 Kids’ Indie Next Pick*
“One of the best fantasies of the year.” – Buzzfeed
“With masterful world-building and endearing characters, This Vicious Grace is a stunning YA fantasy that will leave the reader breathless. Highly recommend for fans of Dance of Thieves, The Tiger at Midnight, and The Shadows Between Us.” –Young Adult Books Central
“This Vicious Grace melds two of our favorite things: slow burn romance and mythological reimaginings. Flipping through the pages feels like a sweltering European vacation and that’s before we get to the bodyguard trope in the form of hunky love interest Dante. [A] delightful debut.” – Nerdist
“Readers will be drawn to Alessa’s kind and independent spirit as she grapples with duty versus agency, love and betrayal―all situated within a well-crafted world. An eerie, magic-infused debut.” – Booklist
“…a near-perfect blend of fantasy romance magic, one that will leave readers both thoroughly satisfied and eager for a sequel…A lush setting sprinkled with an irresistible Italian flavor and worldbuilding that hints at much more historical and political depth than we’re allowed to see on the page, This Vicious Grace is effortlessly romantic, thrillingly immersive, and more than worth your time this summer.” – Paste Magazine
“Quick witted and action packed with a bodyguard romance that’s equally as supportive and warm as it is angsty and fun, This Vicious Grace… is about to become your newest YA fantasy obsession.” – United by Pop
“If you are a fan of dark fantasy and romantic comedies, then This Vicious Grace might be the perfect book for you!” – Her Campus
“Thiede’s mesmerizing debut weaves political intrigue, power struggles, and faith with intense romance in this immersive series opener.” –Publishers Weekly
“Thiede’s dramatic and fantastical debut is artfully colored with Italian-inspired lore.” – Kirkus Reviews
“This Vicious Grace is a luminescent fantasy with impeccable worldbuilding (an immersive Italian-inspired shoreline setting), a delightfully sharp-witted cast and a ravishingly provocative romance. This Vicious Grace is impossible to forget–a superb and captivating YA fantasy with wit, charm and a romance readers will swoon over.” – Shelf Awareness
“A tense, beautifully written story of power, disability and guilt…If you want a rich, poetic page turner for the summer, look here.” – The Seattle Times
“An Italian-infused debut novel recommended for collections where fantasy is popular. Thiede creates an array of dynamic characters and a suspenseful story that will leave readers ready for the next installment.” – School Library Journal
“Gorgeously atmospheric and effortlessly romantic, This Vicious Grace is a high stakes story with a central duo you truly miss when the book ends. If the thrilling climatic battle between the book’s heroes and the demons is anything to go by, Emily Thiede has much more up her sleeve than a heart-fluttering romance between a saviour and her bodyguard. And the surprise revelation at the end suggests we should be very excited about the sequel.” – Culturefly (UK)
“This book is incredible! The banter, the romance, the tension! I couldn’t get enough!” – Lauren Blackwood, New York Times bestselling author of Within These Wicked Walls
“Filled with witty banter, unlikely friendships, a swoon-worthy romance, and high stakes tension, Emily Thiede creates an immersive fantasy world inspired by the sun-drenched Amalfi coast that will captivate readers until the very last page. Sure to be a favourite for fans of Stephanie Garber, Leigh Bargudo, and Kerri Maniscalco.” – Lyndall Clipstone, author of Lakesedge
“A richly imagined world featuring a slow burn, sizzling romance and a conflict that crackles with magic.” – Elle Cosimano, award-winning author of Seasons of the Storm
“A remarkably fresh debut, This Vicious Grace is an absolute delight from cover to cover. Its rich, transportive world sparkles on every page, and I was spirited away by Thiede’s beautifully rendered cast. I would follow Alessa and Dante anywhere, and can’t wait for their next adventure.” – Ayana Gray, New York Times bestselling author of Beasts of Prey
“From the lush setting to dire stakes and whip-smart banter, This Vicious Grace is romantic, suspenseful, and utterly unforgettable.” – Sarah Glenn Marsh, author of the Reign of the Fallen series
“Riveting, passionate, and full of high stakes danger.” – Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“The perfect blend of humor and heart, This Vicious Grace is a high-stakes romp that brims with deadly magic, sparkling chemistry, and the deep yearning for connection in an alienating world. Prepare to fall head-over-heels with Alessa and Dante!” – Allison Saft, New York Times bestselling author of A Far Wilder Magic
“Remixing all the best parts of a dark fantasy and a romantic comedy, This Vicious Grace is a wonderfully fun time from start to finish, with lush, complex worldbuilding, intensely relatable characters, and relationships that are easy to root for.” – Hannah Whitten, New York Times bestselling author of For The Wolf
This Cursed Light got a STARRED review from Kirkus!