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Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
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 wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy this book as gothic books aren’t my go-to type of read and I’d seen very mixed reviews. I started reading the e-arc I’d been provided through Netgalley, but once I devoured the first 50 pages in the blink of an eye I was desperate to get my hands on a hardcover copy. The physical book is stunning on both the outside and the inside, I particularly love the words ‘Let Them Fear Her’ on the naked cover!
I live for books with multiple POVs, they are just absolutely brilliant! Through the there different POVs in this book we gain an insight into Nadya’s thoughts as a cleric with the ability to communicate with and use the powers of her Gods, Serafin’s outrage at discovering a murderous scheme orchestrated by his father the King, and we learn about Malachiasz, a clever boy turned into the monster everyone fears.
If you enjoyed the Darkling & Alina romance in the Shadow & Bone trilogy, you might just enjoy the romance in Wicked Saints between a powerful heroine and a monster!
The mix of religion, magic & politics interwoven throughout the book and the debates of the benefits and consequences of each one was fascinating to me. I must admit I love religion in YA novels.
Nadya’s character in particular didn’t feel fully developed, as a reader I would definitely have loved to learn more about each main character. The world building was also unfortunately not as good as I was hoping for, more detailed information would have really helped.
It’s most definitely not a perfect book, it has it’s flaws like many others but as the first book in a trilogy it has totally gripped me. I’m now off to Netgalley.com to beg, borrow or steal the sequel!
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