Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1) by Emily A Duncan
Hardcover Edition 400 pages
Publish Date April 2nd 2019 by Wednesday Books
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“The girl, the monster, and the prince…”
All the stars!!
My new favorite 2019 release!!
Yes I’m gushing!! But I can’t help it!!
Ok, I need to calm down. This book is far too dark and serious for that much excitement. I feel that it is difficult to know where to even begin with setting this book up for you all without either a) confusing the crows out of you, or b) spoiling everything for you. I will try my best though.
Our three main characters are Nadya (cleric from Kalyazin), Malachaisz (runaway mage from Tranavia), and Serefin (blood mage and Prince of Tranavia). War is raging between the lands, not just involving the countries, but between magics–mages, the gods(clerics), and the Vultures, who are a powerful cult. Nadya is her people’s only hope to restore the power of their gods to the land. Serefin was raised to battle all believers in the gods. And Malachaisz just wants the fighting to stop and the first step, he says, is to kill the king. Told from Nadya and Serefin’s dual points of view, we really see into these characters and feel how real they are. Nadya has had the voices of these gods in her head her entire life, and there are at least a dozen? And then there is Serafin, who has been brought up under a tyrannical king and all he has known is war.
The passion and the drama in this book is absolutely non-stop from beginning to end. I tell you there is action, there is friendship and travel and romance and magic and betrayal and just…everything! Emily Duncan is an author who does not hold back. Personally, I am no author. But if I were to write a book, Emily has literally taken what I was wanting and thinking and penned it in this book practically word-for-word from my own head and heart. She is not brief with her descriptions of love or fear or doubt or pain. She hits you with it and if you’re like me, you will grip this book until your hands hurt waiting to see what happens next! Even the magic systems are evolving, and to me, that’s impressive. There is no lack of diversity either so truly, I feel that this woman has created something wonderful here.
So, I can’t end this review without mentioning that this book does need a couple trigger and content warnings. We do have ourselves alcohol consumption (maybe addiction to), violence, self-harm (literally blood mages, of their own blood) and talk of self-harm in the past.
Thank you to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for granting me an advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Because the quotes from above were taken from the ARC, they are subject to change by the time of publication.
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