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Wicked Saints

(Something Dark and Holy #1)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  132 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
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, wher
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: April 2nd 2019 by Wednesday Books
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  • Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
    Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1)
    Release date: Apr 02, 2019
    “Prepare for a snow-frosted, blood-drenched fairy tale where the monsters steal your heart and love ends up being the nightmare.” - Roshani Chokshi, N ...more

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    Giveaway dates: Nov 15 - Nov 22, 2018

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    Emily A. Duncan
    Aug 26, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
    Update 10.17.18: Hi! We have a cover! It's black metal as hell and I adore it! The book is also up for preorder if you feel so inclined! The link will lead to a landing page that directs to all major retailers. <3

    Update 5.10.18: So the book is going into the world now and I wanted to note some content warnings. There's a blanket content warning on self-harm because this book has multiple blood mage characters and that rather comes with the territory. However, on page 350 (in the bound MS)
    Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    Let’s start with this: I devoured this within a span of 36 hours.

    Friends, prepare yourselves to be swept away in a new universe reminiscent to that of the Grishaverse, except I dare say, it’s even darker and more gruesome.

    “He was a liar and she wanted his truths.”

    Trigger Warnings: Self-harm and parental abuse. The author has been very vocal about it – which I appreciate – so readers, just be aware before diving in. Please take care of yourselves!


    Most clerics hear the voice of one go
    Roshani Chokshi
    This is for everyone who shipped Alina and The Darkling. WHICH MEANS THIS BOOK IS FOR ME, OKAY? NO TOUCHIE. MINE. ahem.

    It's like if you go into a snow-dusted forest to free a beautiful maiden/dude from a glass casket only when you get there, that person has been devoured and this glorious, talon-ed creature with killer hair, a only-way-to-get-rid-of-my-smirk-is-to-kiss-me mouth, and eyes so dark they look like a freaking dimension is chilling on top of said casket, which is now smashed to pieces
    Cait • A Page with a View
    3.5 stars

    This book doesn't release for over a year, so obviously a lot of changes could happen between the ARC I read and the finished copy (like what happened with Furyborn). BUT that being said... this story is a really creative concept that so many people are going to love!

    "You could be exactly what these countries need to stop their fighting... Or you could rip them apart at the seams."

    I knowww everything is "for fans of Bardugo" right now to the point where that phrase is starting to los
    Oct 12, 2018 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, arc

    ARC given to me by my kind friend - Lilly at Lair of Books!

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    Viktoria Winter
    Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    There is no better way to phrase it— something dark and holy, indeed.


    This book is reminiscent of stories such as Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente and The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, but with a sharp uniqueness that separates it from everything else. A deliciously grim and resonating tale of heresy and sinister romance, Wicked Saints divulges the makings of a religious war between blood mages and divinity. It is a story wrought from the darkness of seemingly holy things—one that explores
    Rosamund Hodge
    I realized I hadn't reviewed this yet?? though really all I have to say is:

    because this is the dark, bloody, theological-political-plus-snark novel that I've been waiting for. <3
    May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
    *I received a copy of this book from the publisher at YALLWEST*

    Ok, straight up, I don't know how to rate this because I REALLY loved it, but it was also the unbound MS, so I feel weird rating it at all, but we're gonna land on a very strong 4/5 because it was so original and the writing is great and it was so goth and it's been a long time since I fell this deep into a world and didn't want to leave it. I also plan on getting the finished copy when it's published and reread it but honestly my fr
    Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
    I received a free advanced copy of Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan for my honest review. A wonderful debut book. A story of saints, magic, heretics, and old gods that will both thrill you and haunt you still the very end.
    Rachel E. Carter
    I had the privilege of reading a sample of this girl's work like two years ago and it was amazeballs. Add to the fact that she adores villains probably even more than I do (especially hot ones, like the Darkling and Kylo Ren) -so I'll be first in line to buy a copy!
    Amanda Foody
    Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    One of the most unique, refreshing magic systems I've read in a while. Great characters, swoony romance, and sweeping politics and intrigue--everything I want in a book! Fans of SHADOW AND BONE will enjoy this a lot.
    ☙ percy ❧
    Aug 31, 2017 marked it as tbr-unreleased
    gothic joan of arc????

    May 29, 2018 marked it as releases-2019
    Sabrina The Trash Queen
    May 22, 2018 marked it as to-read
    I heard this is a dark, dark world.
    I’m digging this cover! Can’t wait.
    Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: fave-series

    I have SO MANY FEELINGS but this book isn't out for more than a year and I don't want to post spoilers, so I'll just say: this book is dark, gorgeous, engaging, maddening and amazing. YA is not ready for this book. YA needs this book.


    I loved this book.
    Katie (Lost in Pages)
    Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    THIS COVER. It perfectly captures the book, and now I'm off to go preorder one for every person I know.

    GUYS. GUYS. This is so good, oh man. I can’t wait to see the finished cover and preorder like 10 copies because it’s such an enthralling, dark, and gritty fantasy. I LOVED IT.
    Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    This book ruined my life; can't wait to watch it ruin a bunch of other peoples' lives, too. The smol dark mage children are the deadly group cast of my dreams <3
    because i am what you call shameless here's a thread of bird memes based off the main characters in this wonderfully dark book.
    excuse me, but i actually have to wait a whole 2 years before finding out what happens next and how does one survive that?
    хона Ахмэте
    Jun 05, 2018 marked it as to-read
    update 8/18:

    I am Very, very fucking excited.

    I don't think I have ever looked forward to a book as much as I have this one. I love all the Joan of Arc hype (though the author has said this is a marketing ploy, there's gotta be somewhere where they made the connection), the fanaticism and spirituality, which I feel the y/a world doesn't have enough variation in (religion is typically a bad thing in y/a, a channel in which evil, bigoted, nasty people use to control others), and the sheer DARKN
    Marianne - November Words
    Aug 25, 2017 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: april-2019
    This book already owns my ass.


    I follow the author on IG and let me tell you: the moodboards and aesthetic pics she made for this book are GORGEOUS .
    And gothic Joan of Arc?? Holy wars?? Mad kings?? I'm def sold.
    Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Aug 26, 2017 marked it as arcs-physical
    Liz Parker
    Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: favorites
    Warning: This book will break you in the best way possible.

    WICKED SAINTS is everything I wanted in a dark, YA fantasy and more. It may very well be the best YA fantasy I've read since SIX OF CROWS, with the best romance since SHADOW AND BONE (though I'm holding out hope for THE WITCHLANDS). But I digress. The characters Emily has created are so compelling and broken and lost while trying to forge their own paths in a world broken by gods and magic and men and monsters. Even the side characters c
    Anthony ➳ KeepReadingForward ➳
    Date Reviewed:
    22 September 2018
    This Review was first posted on Keep Reading Forward. If you want to see more, check out our other locations as well as here.

    ARC received by publisher via GoodReads Giveaway

    Trigger Warnings: Self-harm and parental abuse. The author has been very vocal about these topics being in the novel.

    One day, I was scrolling through the giveaways section on GoodReads when a novel called Wicked Saints came up, it managed to capture my interest with the smallest synopsis e
    Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: giveaways
    i won a manuscript copy of this book through a goodreads giveaway. i really enjoyed this book a lot. it had many elements that i love in a fantasy story. i was instantly intrigued by wicked saints when i first heard that it was for fans of the grisha trilogy and the darkling, and i could definitely see the influence. i’m pretty sure this will be the book that everyone is raving about next year. the wait for book 2 is going to be so hard!!
    Lulu (the library leopard)
    Aug 24, 2017 marked it as tbr-unreleased
    Shelves: tbr-ya, tbr-series
    May 31, 2018 marked it as to-read
    why isn't it 2019 yet?
    Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    Wicked Saints is probably one of the most hyped books for 2019. This of course always puts me on guard because many books fall short. This one was hailed as the next Shadow and Bone. I was not a huge fan of the book, but the ending was interesting enough for me to possibly pick up the next. The first two thirds are pretty slow and very heavy on religion. It is also rather heavy handed on opinions of religion. The prose is fine but a bit clumsy, and it definitely feels like a debut book. However, ...more
    Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Rating 4.5 stars

    This started a bit rough for me (I read a really early copy so thinking things will be cleaned up a bit as edited) but by the end I LOVED IT!!! As the story went on I just became more and more into it. Ahhhhhhh so much awesome. I need the next book! These characters are awesome.
    Lenna • Sugar Dusted Pages
    Excuse me. I would like to file a complaint. See, this book is everything I need in life. It is Gothic. It is about cool religiony things. It is magical and I think I need it more than air. Except Goodreads is broken and it says it won't be published for two years? No, no that is not okay. I would like to politely request that the release date be updated, because I needed this book yesterday.
    Thank you,
    The primly rabid fangirl
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    “Emily A. Duncan was born and raised in Ohio and 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. She is represented by Thao Le ...more

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