Author: Emily A. Duncan
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Wednesday Books
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.
Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for providing me with an early copy of Wicked Saints to review. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced by this opportunity.
I absolutely LOVED this book. The more books I have read the harder it has become to impress me, so let me be the first to say this book utterly impressed me and not only that, it blew me out of the water.
Emily has crafted such a unique and intriguing world I couldn’t help but continue reading late into the night, I just had to know what happened next and couldn’t bear to be away from my precious Malachiasz. Speaking of him, let’s dive right into the characters of Wicked Saints. It’s hard to have a successful book without love-able, memorable characters and man does Wicked Saints deliver. Malachiasz will forever be my dark and broody cinnamon roll, I want nothing more than to give him a hug and a pat on the head. He just needs someone to tell him everything will be okay, and I want to be that person!
Our fierce heroine Nadya is so interesting to me, I want to know more about her and why she can speak to the gods. One of the most intriguing things in this book to me was her ability to commune with them and the powers she received because of it. I also love her spirit, she’s so feisty and I think I could be great friends with her. Last but certainly not least is Serefin! He is such a tired little marshmallow that only wants to be loved, my heart aches for him and the facade he puts on to cover up his pain. There are so many more memorable characters that I could talk about for days but this review would be WAY too long!
One reason I really enjoyed the characters in Wicked Saints is because they fit so well in to this dark gritty world that Emily crafted. The Russian and Polish inspiration, the description of the cathedral, even the freaking snow was so on point I could picture everything about this world so clearly in my mind. This makes for an immersive read that’s hard to put down. Don’t believe me? Just read the first chapter, you’ll see what I mean. Before you know it you’ll be 100 pages in and craving even more.
This is the type of story that sucks you in and doesn’t let go. By the end of the book my jaw was hanging on the floor and I was left with wanting MORE. If you pay attention throughout the book the signs are all there as to what happens in the last 50 or so pages. So yes, it was a tad predictable but that in no way made it any less enjoyable. In fact, I actually think I enjoyed it more because of this, the anticipation of what could come was almost too much to bear.