ARC Review: Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan

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Wicked Saints_Cover FINALShe was chosen by the goddess of death. She never had a chance at innocence. 

Published: Expected April 2, 2019

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Pages: 400 (Hardcover)

Series: Something Dark and Holy #1

 

5 Stars

 

“You have plunged yourself into the dark where the monsters dwell, now you must fight them off before you’re consumed.”

 

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.

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Hey friends! Do I have a bomb ass review for you today! I was lucky enough to have someone reach out to me to read an advanced copy of this little gem and I also had the privilege of being a part of the blog tour! You can find an excerpt and author Q&A here! Thanks again to the publisher and author for the copy of this!

I had already heard some amazing things about this before I picked it up and damn, it did not disappoint me at all! It was so good! I haven’t read a YA fantasy this good in a long time. I was hooked from the very beginning, as the book starts with a chapter that opens with a literal bang. It took me a while to read this, over two weeks actually, and it was partly because I was busy and partly because I didn’t want it to end. I fell for this book hook, line, and sinker.

The characters here are really fleshed out and are all morally questionable, which is exactly how I like my mains in YA fantasy. There is nothing, and I really do mean nothing, I like more than an evil, dark magic wielding, villain with a sly smile and long hair. Gimme.  The more anti-heroes the better. That being said, I thought the main group of characters here were perfect. It was just the right balance of power, angst, and dark comedy. I loved that the author showed us both Nadya and Serefin as the two POVs in this novel, it was just the right balance and led me to question who I was rooting for. I adore books that leave me on my toes this way and make me question my loyalties.

This was a highly original work, with the kingdoms and magic systems being completely creative and interesting. I loved that we were learning so much about the cultures of both kingdoms and the values behind the magic systems as both were highly different. Not to mention all the revelations that both Nadya and Serefin have along the way about the state of the war and their magical abilities.

Sure, the novel is creative, but does it deliver this appropriately? Hell yes. Plot and pacing is not an issue with this novel. It starts with a bang and holds you until the very end, gripping you tightly until the last sentence in the epilogue. This may be a debut novel, but you wouldn’t be able to tell at all. The writing is fantastic and carries the book even in the slower moments, although those are few and far between. It’s full of twists, turns, magic, sword fights, binge drinking, and steamy kisses between a monster and a holy girl that had me completely giddy.

This novel was a complete knock-out. I honestly cannot thank the publisher and author enough for the chance to read and review this early. I cannot wait for the next novel in this series. If it is anything like this I’m ready to be wrecked emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and physically. Bring it, Emily.

Happy reading

 

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