by Emily Duncan
series: Something Dark and Holy book 1
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Trigger Warnings: self harm – parental abuse and torture to read more about them from the author click here
The first thing I have to talk about with Wicked Saints is the beautiful, gothic and eerie cover. I’d pick up the book immediately and buy it for the display worthy cover alone. I’m not really an audible girl when it comes to books but I think this one would hold my interest and I’d love to listen to it when it comes out at my library. I don’t want to say too much about the book because I don’t want to give eve the littlest detail away. This book is full of rich world building and the perfect fantasy novel to hook a first time YA fantasy reader as well as seasoned fantasy readers. Wicked Saints told through dual points of view. It is a good mix of magic, politics, royality, and mythological powers, it’s YA so there is some romance, I was fine with it and it fit into the story perfectly and didn’t take away from the main storyline. While some YA can also be read by middle grade, this one is older YA in my opinion and I’d maybe hold off giving it to a younger middle grade reader. I’ve read my fair share of YA fantasy but this one is at the top. I loved the story from beginning to end and can’t wait for book 2 to come out! When is book 2 coming out – I’m going to pull a Veruca Salt quote ” but I want it now!” (Veruca Salt is from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
About the book: 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.
About the author: 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.
Thank you Wednesday Books and Netgalley for letting me read Wicked Saints. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.