The Damned (The Beautiful Quartet #2) (Paperback)
Following the events of The Beautiful, Sébastien Saint Germain is now cursed and forever changed. The treaty between the Fallen and the Brotherhood has been broken, and war between the immortals seems imminent. The price of loving Celine was costly.
But Celine has also paid a high price for loving Bastien. Still recovering from injuries sustained during a night she can't quite remember, her dreams are troubled. And she doesn't know she has inadvertently set into motion a chain of events that could lead to her demise and unveil a truth about herself she's not ready to learn.
Forces hiding in the shadows have been patiently waiting for this moment. And just as Bastien and Celine begin to uncover the danger around them, they learn their love could tear them apart.
The Damned, Renée's latest installment in The Beautiful series is just as decadent, thrilling, and mysterious as her last, as she continues her most potent fantasy series yet.
A Seventeen.com's Most Anticipated Pick for Summer 2020
"Forbidden romance and harsh consequences set up this highly anticipated sequel that will leave you wanting so much more." —Seventeen.com
"Expansive worldbuilding...romantic...steamy...Decadent escapism.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Forbidden love, sultry romance, and clashing immortal factions fill this sequel . . . [and] will keep readers engaged...For fans of vampire love stories.” —School Library Journal
“I loved this book. Beautiful, tortured Bastien…The stellar worldbuilding/the lurking presence of the Otherworld and V A M P I R E S. A clear win.” —Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Wolves
“A worthy sequel that builds upon the world set up in book one and takes our characters to far darker places than before.” —Culturess
“The Damned continues the thematic elegance and glamour found in The Beautiful and manages to take it up another level . . . There is a deep and seductive ambience that weaves throughout the story and leaves you feeling like you are reading the novel while lounging in a richly appointed New Orleans drawing room….The supernatural world that Ahdieh builds in this series is nothing short of fantastic.” —The Nerd Daily
Praise for The Beautiful:
“The Beautiful, which kicks off a new series, returns the vampire novel to popular form, evoking the style of Anne Rice and breathing fresh life into the genre.” —Entertainment Weekly
“It's true: Vampires are back, and they're more seductive than ever.” —Bustle
“Ahdieh brings New Orleans vibrantly to life, particularly when exploring the complicated racial and gender restrictions of high society through main and supporting characters of mixed-race origin. Sure to please fans of the author and of the vampire-romance genre.” —Kirkus
“The first in a series, this mystery novel shines when it focuses on Celine and her struggle to fit into society while trying to be true to herself.” —School Library Journal
“An action-packed third act and a final reveal will have readers grasping for the sequel. . . Vampires never stay dead for long, and best-selling Ahdieh's approach—part homage to the classics, part fresh-eyed revitalization—will intrigue all but the most committed skeptics.” —Booklist
“Darkly glamorous . . . Compelling.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“An incredibly ornate, lush New Orleans; characters who imprint themselves on your memory forever; a story that is nail-biting and swoony and satisfying and tense ALL AT THE SAME TIME. And of course . . . VAMPIRES.” —Sabaa Tahir, New York Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes
“It's intoxicating. The Beautiful has that decadent, slow-moving horror that feels like a dream slipping to nightmare.” —Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Wolves