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Tan, Lianyu - The Wicked and the Willing

Tan, Lianyu - The Wicked and the Willing

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In the aftermath of the War of Kinds, humanity has been subjugated by the Automae, exquisitely crafted beings designed to serve as playthings for the royals. Amidst this oppressive regime, Ayla, a defiant human servant, harbors a burning desire for vengeance, yearning to avenge her family's death by eliminating the Sovereign's daughter, Lady Crier.

Crier, an Automae designed for perfection, is destined to inherit her father's reign. However, her carefully constructed world begins to crumble as she finds herself betrothed to Scyre Kinok, a man shrouded in secrets. As Crier delves into the depths of her father's rule, she uncovers a shocking truth that shatters her beliefs about the Automae and the war they waged.

Ayla and Crier's paths collide, and their destinies intertwine in a web of love, betrayal, and revolution. Together, they must confront the legacies of the past and forge a new path for the future, challenging the rigid boundaries that divide their worlds and defying societal norms that seek to suppress their burgeoning connection.

LGBT Themes:

The Wicked and the Willing explores themes of same-sex attraction and the challenges faced by individuals who defy societal expectations of love and relationships. Ayla and Crier's developing bond, amidst a world that often views their connection as taboo, adds a layer of complexity and emotional depth to their journey of self-discovery and rebellion.


Embark on an enthralling journey into a darkly captivating realm where love defies expectations and revolution ignites. The Wicked and the Willing is a mesmerizing tale of forbidden love, rebellion, and the power of self-discovery, infused with elements of gothic horror and vampire lore.

In a world scarred by conflict and shrouded in mystery, Ayla, a fierce and determined human girl, harbors a deep-seated desire for vengeance. Crier, an Automae designed for beauty and grace, finds herself questioning the very foundations of her existence and the truth behind the war that has shaped her world. As their paths converge, an unlikely bond blossoms, threatening to unravel the intricate tapestry of their world and challenge the very essence of their beings.

The Wicked and the Willing masterfully blends the allure of fantasy with the poignant struggles of identity and belonging, all set against a backdrop of gothic horror and vampire mythology. Prepare to be captivated by its intricate worldbuilding, its complex characters, and its exploration of themes that resonate deeply with our own world, including the power of love to transcend societal boundaries.

Relevant Tags:

Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Dystopian, Adventure, LGBT+, Gothic Horror, Vampires

Awards & Recognition:

  • Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Speculative Fiction (2023)
  • Several Goodreads Choice Award nominations
  • Positive reviews from critics and readers alike
  • The Wicked and the Willing book by Lianyu Tan
  • Delve into a captivating world where love defies expectations and revolution ignites amidst a backdrop of gothic horror and vampire lore
  • A captivating tale of forbidden love, rebellion, and the power of self-discovery set in a world of Automae and humans
  • A must-read for fans of fantasy, horror, romance, LGBT+ representation, and gothic literature

Additional Notes:

  • The Wicked and the Willing is available in paperback and audiobook.
  • The book has been praised for its captivating storytelling, its rich worldbuilding, and its positive portrayal of self-discovery and challenging societal norms.

Title: The Wicked and the Willing: An F/F Gothic Horror Vampire Novel

Author: Lianyu Tan

Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Romance

Pages: 434

Publisher: Shattered Scepter Press

Release Date: May 2022


  • Weight: 493.51 grams
  • Size: 133.0 millimetres x 203.0 millimetres x 24.53 millimetres
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