Book Review for WICKED SAINTS by Emily A. Duncan
WICKED SAINTS by Emily A. Duncan
Something Dark and Holy, Book 1
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A dark and gothic start to a trilogy which is made even better by the magic and a story rich in religious lore.
WICKED SAINTS is an addictive and fantastically dark start to what I have no doubt will be an epic trilogy. Duncan manages to bring to life a magical world with such vivid detail and harsh reality that I couldn’t turn away.
Here is the thing. I love dark fantasy. For me, a well-told tale with the gritty details, the bloody fights, and the darkness of human nature propels me to read more. It may sound odd, but these are the books I crave. Sure there are glimmers of hope and friendship, but when an author highlights the struggles of the characters magical or not, it seems more real to me. We are not in a world where everything is rainbows and unicorns, so having our characters start of the book with a conflict that thrusts us right into the heart of the battle is perfection.
This world the author has created is marvelous. There is lore, religion, and discovery. The balance of what could be and what is becomes tenuous while bonds are formed as well as broken. I LOVE THIS BOOK! For those of us who love The Nevernight Chronicles, this is one you need to read. It has a similar vibe and darkness which I know I liked. This is a must read for me. I cannot wait for book two and three.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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.
Series: Something Dark and Holy (Book 1)
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Wednesday Books (April 2, 2019)
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