I received this galley in consideration for an honest review.Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
Series: Something Dark and Holy #1
Published by Wednesday Books on April 2, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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.
I’m not sure what I was expecting from Wicked Saints, but I will say that I very much enjoyed this story! I have a lot to say, but I really don’t want to ruin it, so I’ll try to hit the high points and hopefully convince you to pick it up. The pacing was good, the world beautifully built, and the action started right away. It felt good to dig in to a fantasy and since I like books with a slightly dark side, this fit the bill, although if I’m bring honest, it was very dark, at times. I know that because it has a Russian influence it will draw comparison’s to the Grisha series, but I think that’s unfair. Wicked Saints tells its own story and it is one that I had a hard time putting down.
While the compelling and descriptive story draws you in, I was really drawn to the the questions of faith and power and how the two work together and can corrupt the other. It also showed the truly destructive power of war, especially when the war is one religion against another. The beautiful and descriptive writing along with a little humor and loyal friends made for a very good (and very bloody) story. I loved the way that Nadya was able to communicate with all of the different gods and goddesses, which was both interesting and entertaining. The world was harrowing, to put it lightly, but even when it got really dark, I couldn’t stop reading. Wicked Saints did a good job of living up to the hype and I really think that this is the beginning of a great series.