Blog Tour & Review: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan is available now! I can’t thank Wednesday Books enough for having me on this blog tour and for sending an advance copy of Wicked Saints for my honest opinion. Check out my 4-star, spoiler-free review below, a handy pronunciation guide, and grab your copy today!
Wicked Saints is one of those books that is hard to talk about and I think it might be polarizing for readers. Once I found my reading rhythm, I was all in it. I can also see people who easily need more to catch their interest turning this one down. I personally love morally gray characters and dark fantasy, and this book is a whole lot of that.
So if you do like strange, complex books, with weird magic, and characters you love to hate, stick around for my thoughts. I am not going to lie, this book is weird. At times I was enjoying myself, and at other times I was confused, and sometimes I hated all the characters…but ultimately as the story evolves you definitely start rooting for them all.
The religion and religious aspects were intriguing. The world building, the magic, and the gods and saints were all something I had to learn and grasp before I started really enjoying the story. For me once I was on board, I was all in for the plot to play out.
There is a lot of political scheming and intrigue mixed in with fast-paced action. I almost want to say we have an unreliable narrator, even though we have dual POVs, because as a reader we really have no idea what is right or wrong, with the twists and turns we have no idea what we will experience next. The dual POVs really helped me find my understanding overall as to what actually is going on, but damn getting to the end, was one hell of a ride.
You never know who to trust in this book, those who you think are your enemies, turn out to be your allies…or are they all cruel and evil. Yeah pretty much somewhere along those blurred lines. And of course we have a hate to love trope which I ate up with spoon. Because we think the Prince, Serefin, is the bad guy, but somewhere along the way you start rooting for him and then realize he is the good guy. Yes, it’s complicated, but eventually you enjoy that level of complication.
So yeah, I definitely liked Serefin the most. His mission felt more compelling and easier to connect with than with Nadya and her mission. I can’t even speak about how Malachiasz fits into the fold. He is convinced he is a monster, and yet, he is so intriguing. Ultimately this is a dark story about war and divided countries. We have magic, saints, war, politics, and so many twists you will be seething by the end.
Emily A. Duncan has crafted such a rich compelling story, and a hell of a debut and start of a series. I can’t wait to see what comes next, especially because the end of this book truly threw me and speared every emotion I have ever had. So be prepared.