Title: Wicked Saints
Series: Something Dark & Holy
Author: Emily A. Duncan
Genre: Young-Adult & Fantasy
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Free ARC provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I find myself caught in a storm of turbulent feelings after finishing Wicked Saints. I love the characters and the storyline, Emily A. Duncan did a great job with creating a unique world and plot. I really enjoyed Nadya’s personality and love how strong she is yet she still makes mistakes and doubts herself at times. She is human after all, and we all make mistakes.
“You could be exactly what these countries need to stop their fighting. Or you could rip them apart at the seams.”— Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
I’m also downright delighted with how good and evil are so blurred within the story. Life is not so black and white, there are a lot of shades of grey in between, and the fact that the author included that in her work gives her a rare talent for mixing magic with real.
“We’re all monsters, Nadya, some of us just hide it better than others.”— Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
The only thing that bugged me a little while reading is that sometimes it became a bit confusing. I kept thinking I missed a page or two, because it seemed like the story jumped from one spot to three spots ahead. For instance, I like reading what the main characters are thinking and scheming, so when they just jumped right into a plan in the beginning of the book, it felt like I was missing something important. I couldn’t understand how or why Nadya went from mistrusting everyone to being best friends with a group of her “enemies” she just met a few hours ago.
“Dazzle the monsters, Nadya. You’ve already charmed the worst of the lot; the rest should be easy.”— Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Wicked Saints, and that plot twist at the end has me anxiously waiting for the next book already.
A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.
A prince in danger must decide who to trust.
A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.
Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.
In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.
About the Author:
Emily A. Duncan was born and raised in Ohio and works as a youth services librarian. She received a Master’s degree in library science from Kent State University, which mostly taught her how to find obscure Slavic folklore texts through interlibrary loan systems. When not reading or writing, she enjoys playing copious amounts of video games and dungeons and dragons.
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**Disclaimer: An arc of this book was received in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are unbiased and completely my own. I will never give a false review! For more information, please see review policy.