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 spil ...more
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Fine. I’m just being dramatic (again). But seriously—being this sensitive is really inconvenient. Your most anticipated book of the year doesn’t live up to your expectations and you have to cancel your plans for the day to mourn.
So, what’s this book about?
For a century, Kalyazin and Tranavia bled great gouts of men into a holy war that served no greater cause than one country’s fear, and one empire’s hubris.
Nadya, a Kal ...more
ARC given to me by my kind friend - Lilly at Lair of Books!
“If you fall to him the war will be lost. You have to live, Nadya.”
I’m going to be really honest with you all; I feel like Wicked Saints is the book of my heart. From the lyrical writing, to the cold atmosphere, to the beautiful themes, to the characters that I’d already be willing to give my life for; this book just felt like it was written for me. This debut fantasy, all about blood magic and a cleric who can speak to all the gods ...more
OMG! OMG! OMG! PLEASE LET ME LOVE THIS......
Thank goodness I loved the book! Let just give you a little skinny on the book first before I tell you WHY I love it.
The book starts out with a bang; action right out of the ...more
this book is so seductively dark and holy, so gothically bloody, so cruelly romantic; and my black soul has never been happier. 🖤
the strength of this story is the magic, the ferocious yet satisfying magic. hands down. the characters are brutally intense and beautifully developed, but its how magic affects them and their world that is so captivating. the entire plot is driven by the opposing beliefs about the nature of mag ...more
“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 god who grants them a particular power. Nadya, however, hears the voices of all the gods, and they all grant her power when she asks – which puts a target on her head. The opening pages immediately set the tone, where we’re ...more
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 ...more
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) ...more
I'm between a 3-4 star rating here, but I think I'm going ...more
I will be doing a full review and discussion on my channel which will be posted closer to release, and I will be talking about this briefly in this month's wrap up, but to hold you all over until then:
This book wasn't quite what I expected, but it is hard to live up to the hype one builds in their head when you've been waiting for a book for literal years. Because of that, I feel I'll be sitting wi ...more
This was a buddy read with the lovely Rendz. She is all around wonderful and I suggest you check out her page and her reviews! I had a great discussion with her on this book and there I realized that I might be, in fact, heartless because I gave very little mercy to this book. But hey, at least Rendz had better luck with it than I did.
I wanted to love this. I wanted so badly to fall head over heels for this book. I went into it expecting it to ...more
That was SO GOOD.
Help me, I'm dying.
Wicked Saints is the first book in an all new YA Fantasy trilogy called, Something Dark and Holy. A more apt name for a trilogy has NEVER existed. This is so dark, so damn holy. ((clutches pearls))
This is a debut novel for this author and guys, WOW. If this is Duncan’s debut, she is definitely an author to watch.
I picked this up the day before release, as I was generously provided a copy by the publisher, Wednesday Books, in exchange for an h ...more
Three entirely different paths converge in a singular attempt to overthrow a corrupt kingdom and stop an ages-old war: Serefin, a broken prince whose life is in danger; Malachiasz, a monster gone rogue against his own comrades; and Nadya, the gods-blessed girl with the power to end it all.
Wicked Saints was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, which is such a stressful way to feel about a book when you read it, really — it can either go brilliantly and live up to all of your hopes a ...more
This book took me a long time to read - much longer than normal. I picked this book up, I put it down, I read approx. six or seven other books while reading this book. My main issues with this book were: I liked it, I didn't like it, I lost interest, I became intrigued, etc. I felt as if I were on a teeter-totter(seesaw) while reading this book. Another review used the word "conflicted" to voice her thoughts on the bo ...more
I, for one, could not put it down. I found it action-driven, intense, fun, even funny at times, and although the characters gotta do what they gotta do, the ...more
SOME TEA IS ABOUT TO BE SPILLED. I'M AN ANGRY CUNT.
Ughhh, where do I start? Wicked saints was such a mess. I'm left picking up the pieces and I'm not okay with it.
Okay, so the pitch is this; A girl can talk to Gods, a Prince is at Death's door and a monster is looking for redemption. The three of them must ally to stop the war currently ravaging the two opposed countries.
This story is just so problematic on so many levels, I can't even mention it all because I have bigger fish to f ...more
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 ...more
There's a new group of monsters in town and they're here for a bloody good time.
It's been a hot minute since I've been so invested in a fantasy book within the first chapter, but NOT ANYMORE. When I finished chapter one I knew this was going to be good and different than a lot of the other fantasy books ...more
We're all monsters, Nadya, some of us just hide it better than others.
Some Avatar the Last Airbender vibes with The Grisha Trilogy's The Darkling mixed in. Honestly sounds great. And honestly? Not really here for it with this book.
I don't think I've read a book where I could barely pronounce half of the characters, places, and titles....mix of Polish/Russian(?) but really, the hype for this book is unreal . Again, I'm trying to distance myself from that hype but you know what.....it just m ...more
Wicked Saints doesn't feel Gothic and hardly qualifies to be pitched as a "Gothic Joan of Arc." It is, however, a fairly well-rendered world with characters that fit nicely into some familiar fantasy tropes who (surprise, surprise!) fall in love with one another.
He was a nightmare - the echoes she still felt of his power were troubling - but he was gentle. Anxious and strange, a boy caught up in a world that had broken him, all while trying t...more
Listen, no one is as shocked or disappointed by this rating as I am. But, with female characters like Jude Duarte, Vasya Petrovna, and Inej Ghafa, I couldn’t give this book a higher rating. Before we get into why I didn’t love Wicked Saints the way I’d hoped, let’s start with what it’s about.
Nadya is a cleric, but unlike other clerics *refrains from making a bad not-like-other-girls joke* can communicate with not one, but all the ...more
HOT DAMN THIS WAS INSANE.
Launching myself into the sun would be less stressful than reading the final chapters of this book. Emily A. Duncan is the maestro of dark boys and probably evil gods. Emily is a bloodmage and this is her spellbook, I am entranced.
Wicked Saints is a bold and creative novel that takes some of our best loved themes and flips them on their head. This remarkable dark fantasy debut is rooted in a Slavic inspired world that will hold you hostage. O ...more
Trigger warnings: Self Harm (Blood mages must cut to draw their power), war themes, graphic violence and gore.
Wicked Saints is EXACTLY what I needed in my life and I'm calling it now, Emily A. Duncan is the next Bardugo - we have a YA queen in the making *bows down*
I can't believe that Wicked Saints wasn't really on my radar before reading it. I was lucky enough that Wednesday Books offered to send me a copy and the rest is history. I'm honestly havin ...more
Trigger warning: War. Graphic scenes. Up till the point I read.
I received this E-Arc via St. Martin’s Press, as a part of the blog tour, and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I was so excited when I got the email for the blog tour! I’d read the expert and was hooked. Even more floored when I got the widget. Unfortunately it wasn’t for me.
When I reread the first chapter that was in the expert, I felt nothing. The more I read on the less I cared about the plot and charac ...more
Things I Liked:
✨- the mc can have conversations with gods! It was so cool because we have a young religious figure just,,,,,chilling with her gods. They have personalities, like charming little friends! It brought a smile to my disillusioned face.
✨- You could feel the effort put into being dark and brutal. The imagery tried to drag my disinterested self to the most horrific, bloody, gruesome s ...more
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 ...more
Buddy-read with Julia, my partner in exquisite torture.
"Blood and blood and bone. Magic and monsters and tragic power."
Wicked Saints is a bloody monster! And by bloody monster I mean it will entice you, seduce you, rip your entrails out and stomp on your heart. And you wouldn't mind a bit! Without further ado let's dive inside the wicked saints' bones and blood!
Wicked Saints is an utterly gothic, and ruthlessly dark, and unapologetic mythological tale of
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