Nadya doesn’t trust her magic anymore. Serefin is fighting off a voice in his head that doesn’t belong to him. Malachiasz is at war with who--and what--he’s become.
As their group is continually torn apart, the girl, the prince, and the monster find their fates irrevocably intertwined. They’re pieces on a board, being orchestrated by someone… ...more
if you like cosmic horror, forests that want to eat you, and very sad very pretty boys and very tired very done with everything girls then i have a book for you.
that's all, see ya in 2020.
edit: 6.19.19: ~we have a cover~ and i'm just going to come out ahead of arcs and put the necessary content warnings here because we're dealing with about the same level of blood/self harm as ...more
just like its predecessor, this sequel is so seductively wicked, so gothically bloody, so cruelly romantic; and my black soul has never been happier.
although the pacing seems to be bit slower than i remember it being in the first ...more
**Many thanks to Wednesday Books and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this book**
Actual rating: 4.5 stars
The world they wish is broken bones and blood—always blood.
To finish this monstrous book on Friday the 13th and on full moon is a sign. A sign that this terrible, erratic, weird but beautiful book means something special to me. Three days of my life were solely dedicated to it. I was so engrossed in the story I couldn't properly eat, sleep, or do anything normal like interacting
Expected publication: April 7th 2020
The Gods are ruthless and friends can be just as bad!
This was an amazing book. So much happened and I loved it all. Like Wicked Saints, nothing in this book was predictable. It was truly an adventure fantasy. The three main characters and their sidekicks started out in the capital city of Tranavia and ended up going on an Epic Journey to the far side of Kalyazin to change life as they know it by either ending the war or freeing the Gods from ...more
More closer to pub date when I can quote and stuff
I have so many other things I need to focus on right now. I definitely plan to pick it back up in December or January, for real!
Note to self: Chill the f* out, Meg. Seriously.
ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME!?!?
Thank you so much to Wednesday Books.
The fact that I can read this right now...
I just cannot even express my appreciation.
Holy cannoli people! Ruthless Gods was one wild ass roller coaster ride. Sort of emotional for me because I kept shipping (and will probably continue to do so for the rest of my life) two people that just NEVER did anything romantic (yet). I still have high hopes and that's that.
In this, you are reunited with the gang again: Nadya, Serefin, and Malachiasz. Of course there are other important and lovable people but then I ...more
We're going on an adventure!
I must begin with saying that I am a big fan of second books in series. We already know the most important characters, we know the world, basic rules have been established. It's less introducing us to everything and more plot, more character development. Luckily, it was no different here. It felt a bit like coming home (well, if your idea of home is a bleak, wet, snow-covered forest that houses a bunch of ...more
This book is cruel and dark and WONDERFUL. Everything it was destined to be. Onyx and obsidian, laced in blood. An inky and monstrous gem of a sequel.
I don’t know how I was lucky enough to get my hands on Ruthless Gods so early, perhaps it’s a gift from the divine or something far more sinister. Perhaps both? You’ll probably have to read the book to find out. And read the book you should.
Wicked Saints completely shattered what I believed was possible in ...more
THANK YOU, NETGALLEY!
This was a great follow up to Wicked Saints and a perfect read to kick off October! There was a lot more character development in the follow up and lots of twists and turns to keep things interesting. Ruthless Gods is not for the faint of heart. The characters are so broken and this book is filled with so much angst and betrayal its hard to read at parts, yet you can't look away. The second installment was filled with MORE, more romance, ...more
Boy, do I have mixed feelings for this one. I believe that Ruthless Gods was a step up from Wicked Saints but I couldn’t help but feel like this book was just one big filler between the first and the last book of the series with little substance of its own.
At the beginning of Ruthless Gods, our main characters are in a pretty unstable place. Malachiaz has fled to the Vulture’s Salt Mines in his monstrous form, Serefin is struggling to keep his sanity and his kingdom from being ...more
i love dark books staring monsters, blood, cool outfits, and that goth aesthetic. mmkay.
the trilogy is called Something Dark and Holy but really it should be called Something Dark and Bloody. you know...because everyone is always covered in blood. (if this trilogy was made into a movie half the budget would go into making the fake blood.)
Godsdamn... that was something!
A bit expected, but thrilling nonetheless.
To just get the negative criticism out the way: There was a somewhat more redundancy to the language this time around. You can only read “dark” and “blood” and “monster” so many times before growing weary of hearing it page after page after page. But I get it. My other complaint is something I let ...more
While I loved the first book even if I was confused by the end of it, I felt absolutely nothing of that kind towards the second one. The story got even more messed up, as if Emily A. Duncan herself didn't know what she was trying to do with all the loose ends left at the end of the Wicked Saints.
There are dozens of reasons Ruthless Gods didn't work for me, but I would like to dwell a little ...more
That’s the sound of my nervous, terrified laughter throughout this book. MY CHILDREN. My sweet, horrible, bloody, disgusting, awful children!
*Okay, form a coherent thought*
Ruthless Gods is the Slavic Chaotic Cosmic Horror (a new genre?) I was dyyyyying for. Wicked Saints was dark at points, but this book is So Much MORE.
These three ridiculous kids are just so in over their heads. Someone is always covered in blood. There’s so much Eye ...more
Wow wow wow!
This book started just as fast paced as its predecessor, however, in a way that was much more graspable. The story hooks you immediately, unfolding masterfully from the first chapter. And I was in love with every minute of it.
(spoilers for the first book will be included, so proceed with caution)
Nadya is struck with the loss of having the voices of the gods in her head as well as the betrayal that cut her deep just a few months before. Serefin is attempting to figure out ...more
And wasn't this a bloody surprise! The sequel to Wicked Saints had even more monsters, blood, carnage, and romance. Nadya, Seferin, and Malachiasz along with their own allies and new friends will have to seek the deepest powers of the gods...even if their motives clash together and destroy them in the process.
I can't say that this book is all fluff and rainbows. On the contrary I ...more
That ending, ...more
Ruthless Gods is exactly like Wicked Saints except less interesting. I really don't know what else I expected.
I mean, sure there's a guy who's now made himself into a pseudo-deity with eyes growing all over his body at inopportune times. And yeah there's some eldritch horror possessing one ...more
bless authors who give content warnings
Right, so it's been a while since I read this bloody, chaotic mess of a book and as such I've forgotten most of the details. Yet I did not forget my obsessive, inexplicable love for this series because the characters have forever stolen my heart.
H O W E V E R
When I say chaotic mess, I'm serious about that. The plot was all over the place, bouncing around like an out-of-control ball you decided ...more
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