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Wicked Saints

(Something Dark and Holy #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  12,322 ratings  ·  3,568 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,
Hardcover, 385 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Wednesday Books
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Chaima ✨ شيماء
Ah yes, the place I truly dwell, a cold eternity of endless disappointment.

Fine. Im just being dramatic (again). But seriouslybeing this sensitive is really inconvenient. Your most anticipated book of the year doesnt live up to your expectations and you have to cancel your plans for the day to mourn.

So, whats 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 countrys fear, and one empires hubris.

Nadya, a Kalyazi

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.

Im 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 Id 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 (be
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 ⭐

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺

I don't know what's going on with this book but I'M LOVING IT.

I didnt know what exactly was I expecting from this book because I was more curious than expectant, but it made me so happy that I picked it up, read it and enjoyed it that all I can say is that from now on Im a fan.

Dont be a martyr. We have no use for yet another saint.

As a Christian Orthodox, I can say that this gave me the exact same vibe that I get when I enter an old Orthodox
Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
Blood and blood and bone. Magic and monsters and tragic power.




Everything that has needed to be said has probably already been said about this book. I wanted to love this one so bad and what started off as a great exposition went downhill very fast. I'm still kinda just sitting here blinking... confused...unsure

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Is it really possible to be that bored?

Short answer = yes.
Long answer =

Wicked Saints is truly a lavish
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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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 gates. We have Nadya, she's a cleric and has been hiding in a monastery forever! She has
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
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'we are all monsters, nadya. some of us just hide it better than others.'

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
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink

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 were thrown

To say that this book let me down is an understatement. It disappointed me in ways I didnt know were possible. Is it me? Maybe. Is it the book? Oh, definitely. Youd better get your landing gear on, guys, because this is going to be a long one. Warning: gentle spoilers.

The biggest problem with this book is the worldbuilding, in part because the relationship between the gods and the people doesnt make sense. The pantheon of gods in Wicked Saints is comprised of deities that can be quantified
I felt one thing while reading this book. Just one:

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
chan ☆
May 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-fantasy, 2020
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read
((...savage SCREAM...))

That was SO GOOD!!!

Wicked Saints is the first book in an all new YA Fantasy trilogy, Something Dark and Holy.

A more apt name has NEVER existed. This was so dark and so damn holy.

This is a debut novel and guys, if this is Duncans 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 honest review, and I am hella obsessed with this story.

The tone of this
Emily 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)
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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
Elise (TheBookishActress)
We are all monsters, Nadya. Some of us just hide it better than others.

Its really been a while since Ive fallen head-over-heels for a fantasy series in this obsessive, letting-it-take-over-my-time-for-a-week way, and Wicked Saints did that for me. I had one or two problems, yes, but overall, I was so completely engrossed in this novel and in this world.

→ worldly worldbuilding ←
Okay, so, this is Russian-inspired fantasy, with blood mages, and also clerics. The Kalyazi can contact gods,
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books, 2019-reads


Is this Flat Earth Society

Yes, how can I help you?

I found another evidence that the Earth is flat

Oh, wow. Enlighten us please!

So there is this book that is called Wicked Saints and the characters are so flat. They can't be this flat if the Earth is rounded

Oh, that's huge!! Can you give us more?

Yeah, check my full review here @The Book Prescription
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I am teetering between 3.75 and 4 stars for this review, so this rating is a placeholder for now.

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
Chelsea Humphrey
I hate writing 3 star reviews. There, I said it. It's not because I don't think that they hold weight in the reviewing world, I just feel that those middle of the road reads are the most difficult to review without sounding like a 2nd grade book report. This book was fine. It was not great, but it was fine. Fine is how this book was. That said, I apologize for the following review and if it sounds repetitive and lacks flavor or conviction.

I'm between a 3-4 star rating here, but I think I'm going
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
It's been a couple of months since I finished Wicked Saints, and I have a lot of thoughts.

If you'd like to read them, please click here to visit my updated (as of June 2019) review.
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DNF @ 25%

I bought this book on sale because it sounded like everything I love in fantasy-- oppressive regime, bad boy love interest, morally grey protagonists, dangerous magic. But sadly, this ended up being boring as all get-out and I found myself quickly growing bored and frustrated with the novel, skimming and skimming until I decided that, finally, I was unwilling to give it any more chances.

1. This falls under a genre that I call
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Finally! Whew! That book was bloody - those that read the book will understand.

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
Jan 31, 2019 marked it as to-read
very excited for this
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Awesome experience!

I loved the ending. The entire second half of the book was pretty darn fantastic for that matter. The first half moves a bit slowly, but it is giving you all the history and information to support the later parts and especially the ending. I have to say also that I love the titles to this book and the series. Something Dark and Holy rings true in the story. A holy war has been raging between the two countries of Tranavia and Kalyazin for over a century and it is a dark time
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have to say, I was ready to hate this book. The cover attracted me, and so did the fact that its YA Fantasy, and as much as I love to hate the genre if it becomes too cliché, part of me will always come back for more. I was ready to hate this book because I trust my friends opinions and people seem to react very differently to this story.

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, they
April (Aprilius Maximus)
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
I would die for Serefin and that's the tea.
ELLIAS (elliasreads)
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own, 2019-books
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 just
alana ♡
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
"And who are you that you can do what countless others have failed at over a century?" No one. Just a girl. Some small scrap of divinity. She shrugged. "I'm the first person who refuses to fail."

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
sarah xoxo
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We're all monsters, Nadya, some of us just hide it better than others."

Gothic, dark, bloody and magical- Wicked Saints was one of my most anticipated reads and it did not disappoint!

Set in a world inspired by historical Russia and Poland in a fantasy setting immediately piqued my interest. The atmosphere was immersive, cold and intricate. I found myself drawn into this world and unable to put the book down. One of the most interesting things about this book is its use of religion and magic. We
Hannah Greendale
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Good girl meets bad boy. What could possibly happen?

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
Lindsay Bilgram
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Blood and blood and bone. Magic and monsters and tragic power.

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 couldnt give this book a higher rating. Before we get into why I didnt love Wicked Saints the way Id hoped, lets start with what its 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 gods
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Emily A. Duncan was born and raised in Ohio and works as a youth services librarian. She received a Masters 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 of ...more

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