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 ...more
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.
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 ...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
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
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 gates. We have Nadya, she's a cleric and has been hiding in a monastery forever! She has powers and some peeps found out about her and all hell broke loose. She has to go on the run with a friend in order to not be killed or captured for other horrible reasons.
We have Ser ...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 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
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
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
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 ...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
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
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
DNF'd at 51%
I really wanted to like this. But I found reading this was becoming a chore, and I didn't want to force myself to read a book that just wasn't working for me.
I did like that this book was written by someone who clearly KNOWS Slavic culture, history, and language. It's rare to see Slavic last-names done correctly in books, so that was great to see.
I thought the atmosphere was incredibly well done. I loved that Duncan wasn't afraid to get BLOODY, and ...more
Okay I'll stop now..bye! eekk
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