Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan
Wednesday Books | April 2, 2019
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..
Nadya is divine, she can talk to the Gods and, with their permission, use their powers. She lives in a monastery where she was left as a child. Serefin is the High Prince who has been at the front line of the century-long war between Nadya’s country and his own heretic country since his father placed him there at only sixteen. After an attack on Nadya’s home, she must escape, running into some new friends on the way. Nadya’s new friends find out who she really is and think they finally have a shot at ending the war by killing the heretic king. With their master plan, they all slip into the heretic country using magic disguises. Secrets are revealed, hearts are broken, and you won’t be able to put this book down.
Let me start off by saying that I almost did not request this book, but I am SO glad I changed my mind. Wicked Saints is only the first book in the Something Dark and Holy trilogy, and it’s just being published and I’m already antsy about reading the next one. I absolutely loved this book. The writing style, the characters, the themes, everything. I loved it all. I could not put it down. There’s fighting, there’s magic, there’s love, there’s secrets, there’s betrayal, this book has it all. I highly recommend this book to every young adult and fantasy book lover.
The author did such a great job with the way this book is written. The beginning isn’t slow like some 300+ page books (or series) usually are, but you also get all the information you need not to be confused about what is going on. The beginning of the book jumps right into the story and keeps a fairly good pace throughout with no dull points. The characters are great as well. As you read, you can definitely feel the internal struggle that Nadya is facing throughout the majority of the book because of the choices she must make to avenge her people. You can also feel all of Serefin’s smugness and paranoia throughout the book as well. It was definitely easy to get immersed in this story.
Thank you, NetGalley and Wednesday Books for the opportunity to read this ARC in return for an honest review.