Hey guys! I’m so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Emily A. Duncan’s debut novel, Wicked Saints! I just want to say a quick thank you to Wednesday Books for inviting me to be a part of this tour because this book was absolutely incredible.
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, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.
I’m not gonna, the first thing that came to my mind when I read the synopsis of this book was: AHHH! IT SOUNDS LIKE SIX OF CROWS!! Which, if you don’t know, is one of my all time favorites, but this book turned out to be much, much darker, which is not a bad thing. The world Duncan creates is both beautiful and brutal, with the lands being ravished by a seemingly endless holy war. Our main characters are Nadya, a cleric who can speak to all of the gods, Malachiasz, a blood mage who leads a group of rebels, and Serefin, a blood mage prince who is hunting Nadya, who I actually all really enjoyed (an impressive feat considering I always seem to find something to hate on hahaha). I will say I think Serefin is my favorite considering he is both a bisexual icon and one of my new favorite villains.
The book starts off by throwing the reader into the middle of an invasion which really sets the tone for the rest of the book. The pace is quick and the pages are full of action which makes this a hard book to put down. I will say that as someone who hates blood and needles and all things of that manner I was a little put off by the blood magic in the beginning, but I think it’s something really cool that a lot of other authors haven’t really explored. I also really enjoyed the Russian and Slavic influences on the story/world, and though Duncan did a great job in incorporating it naturally into the story. I also think she did a great job at setting up the religions of this world, something that actually reminded me of Bardugo’s other series the Grisha Trilogy, because that is extremely difficult to do! Despite all of my comparisons to Bardugo’s books I truly believe this book stands on its own, and that Emily A. Duncan is going to be the next YA dark fantasy queen. I really want to talk about everything I loved in incredible detail, but, as this book doesn’t come out till April 4th, I shall restrain myself till then.
Overall, Wicked Saints is an amazing book filled to the brim with beautiful writing, brutal action, and an incredible story. I cannot recommend this book enough to anyone who loves fantasy–especially dark fantasy–and I need to get my hands on the next book asap!! I’m giving Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan 5/5 stars for being my, and probably everyone else’s, newest obsession.
EMILY A. DUNCAN works as a youth services librarian. She received a Master’s 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. Wicked Saints is her first book. She lives in Ohio.
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan releases on April 2nd, 2019.
If you would like to pre-order a copy of Wicked Saints:
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