Author: Emily A. Duncan
Publisher: Wednesday Books
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 took me by surprise. After glancing at a handful of mixed reviews, I didn’t know what to expect. The first chapter knocked my socks off. I was hooked. Morally grey characters are my favorite and Wicked Saints is filled with plenty. Nadya’s connection to the gods left me guessing, Serefin’s cutthroat approach to justice left me on the edge of my seat, and Malachiasz’s troubled soul tugged at my heartstrings. His Kylo Ren vibes had me swooning and tearing up all at the same time.
The plot fizzed out a bit in the middle of the book, but once it picked back up, I couldn’t put it down. Author Emily A. Duncan wove a dark and depressing tale of betrayal and heartache. Her gothic approach to this story hit all the marks. And the ending…good Lord. I never saw it coming.
Escapism Factor: 4/5
Emotional Connection: 4/5
Character Development: 5/5
Readers: for those who love gothic tales and morally grey characters
Writers: for those who need guidance with dark imagery, morally grey characters, and world building
Warnings/Triggers: dark and graphic imagery, some language
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Completed Read: 1/5/2021