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Ruthless Gods

(Something Dark and Holy #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  622 ratings  ·  473 reviews
Darkness never works alone...

Nadya doesnt trust her magic anymore. Serefin is fighting off a voice in his head that doesnt belong to him. Malachiasz is at war with who--and what--hes become.

As their group is continually torn apart, the girl, the prince, and the monster find their fates irrevocably intertwined. Theyre pieces on a board, being orchestrated by someone or
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Macmillan
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Emily Duncan
May 17, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
it's weird! it's cerebral! everyone is sad! it nearly killed me! it's a good 100 pages longer than WICKED SAINTS!

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
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i have no idea what kind of dark and holy sorcery i was able to conjure in order to get myself an ARC of this so early, but praise to all the wicked saints and ruthless gods alike, because wow. this is EXACTLY the kind of darkness i needed to kick off my spooktober!

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
Miranda Reads
Dec 13, 2019 is currently reading it
Just f*ck me up. I'm ready.

(Okay, okay. No I'm not but go for it anyway)

With thanks to the author for a free copy in exchange for an honest review

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Jan 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
It is difficult to know how to begin a Goodreads review of a book when its author so regularly takes to Twitter to decry her Goodreads reviewers. One gains the impression that ones review of this book, and of its predecessor Wicked Saints, is less an honest opinion provided for an audience of potential readers than some sort of opening argument directed to an audience of one. I find myself selecting my phrases not based on how helpful or informational they might be to you, the Goodreads user, ...more
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!

**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 bloodalways 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

Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ❤️
Passes: 432
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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I have no words! I mean I have a few. These poor broken babies!! We learn lots of things. Go through a million more. That ending!!!!! I hope for something good in next book.

More closer to pub date when I can quote and stuff

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
9/4/19: Putting this back on the shelf for a moment. Basically, I flipped out when I received and started reading it right away but it doesn't release until April 2020!

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.


Thank you so much to Wednesday Books.
The fact that I can read this right now...
I just cannot even express my appreciation.

I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
3.5 bloody stars

This novel was one of my most anticipated sequels of the year, if not THE MOST anticipated overall. Duncan's first novel, Wicked Saints, had left me at awe and I read it several times, on audio as well as in physical copy. (The audiobook is fantastic by the way. The narrator's accent is perfect!) What makes these novels so different are the Slavic folklore vibes infused with the gothic and grotesque, yet the writing is brilliantly beautiful in places.

Ruthless Gods has a bit of a
Dark River
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was every bit as deliciously dark and full of blood, guts, gore, and death as the first book and while I did love every single page of it and all it's dark magic madness, this second book somehow felt different from the first.

Yes, it is different, of course it is. Things have changed. Everyone is more desperate, things are getting real up in here and yet, at times the writing felt disjointed. It took me a few paragraphs sometimes to figure out what had just happened, where we were in the
Jan 10, 2020 marked it as dnf
DNF at 25%. Ive just come to realize that I dont think I care about this series now as much as I did when the first book came out. What I did read was well written though. ...more
ash | emeraldbookowl
someone please give my son serefin a hug

thanks to netgalley and wednesday books for the arc

let's do this

book 1 Wicked Saints 5/5 ★
Athena (OneReadingNurse)
Not ready to write the full review but

1) it is only slightly better than wicked saints
2) Duncan still repeats the same modifying phrases to the point of nausea. It's her style and her editors probably should have clamped down on it in book 1 but they didn't
3)she repeats EVERYTHING to the point of nausea
4)a male couple got brought in because apparently ostyia wasn't enough
5)nadya is now too afraid to claim her own agency, because, monster boy
6)feeding off of #5 - god Nadya shut the hell up about
Ashlee » Library In The Country
EMILY, HOW DARE YOU. Yall are not ready.

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 dont know how I was lucky enough to get my hands on Ruthless Gods so early, perhaps its a gift from the divine or something far more sinister. Perhaps both? Youll 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
I feel like Im in exactly the same place with RUTHLESS GODS as I was with WICKED SAINTS. This series, the content in these books, the twisty story of betrayal and blood and more betrayal, is both worthy of love and full of frustration for me. The worldbuilding, the pantheon of gods, of monsters, of heretics and holy people, its all very complex and fascinating, but equally confusing and repetitive.

I feel this one did hold together better than book one, where we know so little and even less is
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks to NetGalley and St. Martins Press for the opportunity to read this advanced copy, in exchange for an honest review.

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 slide
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
The Darkling fan fic continues in round two.

So..this had some high highs and low lows for me.

Again, like the first novel this jumped about so much for me. And it didnt do a refresher in the first couple of pages that I enjoy books to do in a series (I acknowledge my personal preference here).

The world of the Gods is slightly more explored in this book but its also just as confusing and parts are explored that arent explained but were supposed to just get it? And I didnt?

Also we have lgbt

guess who was just approved for an arc

thank you god

Arc kindly provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are own. Thank you.

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this book was really good
i mean like really good

this is the sequel to wicked saints and i loved this book so much OH MY GOD it was so good.

i will be posting my full review later today but i just want everyone to know that this was such a guilty pleasure read and i had so much fun reading it.
Thank you so much to the publisher and netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. It's one that I was highly anticipating for this year and it did not disappoint. It takes place a few months after Wicked Saints ends and from start to finish, the stakes are high. It's a very dark read, I think even darker than Wicked Saints, but that made me want to keep reading because I needed to know what was going to happen. I love all of
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways, arc
1) Wicked Saints: ★★★
2) Ruthless Gods: ★★★★ (3.5)

3.5 Rounded Up!

Boy, do I have mixed feelings for this one. I believe that Ruthless Gods was a step up from Wicked Saints but I couldnt 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 Vultures Salt Mines in his monstrous form, Serefin is struggling
RUTHLESS GODS is Book Two in the "Something Dark and Holy" trilogy by author Emily A. Duncan. This book picks up four months after the events in WICKED SAINTS, and yet I was immediately drawn back into the familiarity of remembered characters.

". . . Monsters have always slept at the edges of your world . . . "

The sarcastic banter is still present--despite the dire circumstances--and is easily one of my favorite things about Duncan's writing. Her characters sound real, whether she's talking
Jessica Bibi
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
12/18--will review closer to 2020 lmao but i am SHOOK AND DISTRAUGHT, I TELL YOU. SHOOK AND DISTRAUGHT!!!!!
Caitlin Reads
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC!!!

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,
Erin A. Craig
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gruesome, grotesque, and so so glorious
Feb 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
i'm just here to read about a tattooed Malachiasz dripping in blood and covered in iron spikes.

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.)

Considering how much I loved the Wicked Saints I cannot fully express my disappointment with its sequel.

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
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Jessica McKenna
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
When a book has not one, but two scenes in which the main character gets plot-relevantly covered in blood, and yet somehow still manages to be boring as hell, you know you have reached a certain level of bad.

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
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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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