Blog Tour & Review: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Crushed on by kelly, on April 2, 2019, in Blog Tour, New Releases, Reviews / 2 Comments

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!


Blog Tour & Review: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy, #1)

by Emily A. Duncan
Published by: Wednesday Books
on April 2, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 400
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“Prepare for a snow-frosted, blood-drenched fairy tale where the monsters steal your heart and love ends up being the nightmare.” - Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

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..

“This book destroyed me and I adored it.”- Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval



Review

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.


About Emily A. Duncan

EMILY A. DUNCAN 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. Wicked Saints is her first book. She lives in Ohio.




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2 responses to “Blog Tour & Review: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

    • Well thank you for letting me know what you thought as well. As you might have noticed I was very much on the fence. It was hard to get into but once I was I was in the I need to know what happens camp. Did you read the whole book?