“We’re all monsters. Some of us just hide it better than others.”
Stab. My. Black. Heart…
I just finished Wicked Saints, and oh beautiful monsters I AM NOT OKAY!!! This book. THIS BOOK!!!
Wicked Saints is phenomenal. Emily Duncan is a wielder of magic and I am captivated and enthralled. This book is like a dream. It’s ethereal and mystic, but with a deliciously sharp edge. There is a constant sense of foreboding. A feeling that something else is happening, right at the edge of your consciousness but it’s just out of reach. You want to wake up but you also want to stay wrapped in this hypnotic world. And by the end, it’s too late. You’re in it, trapped and unsure if it’s still a dream or if it’s turned into a nightmare.
Duncan plays with all of my emotions. All of them. She makes me turn one way, and then she sucker punches me from the other direction. I love how she hints at realities and beliefs other than what is actually at play. She toys with our doubts, not just the reader, but the characters as well. And since this is a war of holy proportion, this doubt, this questioning is perfect. We all believe certain things, and want to believe things are a certain way. But are they? I have a feeling things are going to become excessively murkier before they become clearer. But honestly? I am here for it!
Speaking of things I love. Betrayal. Treachery. Prophecies. Oh my! Wicked Saints is full of characters making all the bad decisions. Doing the right thing for the wrong reason. Doing the wrong thing for the right reason. Loads of bad, bad, bad choices. You will spend a lot of time yelling at fictional people while reading. DON’T DO THAT! DON’T TRUST THEM! DON’T GO THERE! NO STOP JUST STOP!!! Spoiler alert: they won’t listen. Get ready for many things to go terribly awry. In all the best ways, of course…
I cannot wait to see what the future holds for my trio of misfits and will definitely be rereading this black diamond before the next book comes out.
A million and one thank you’s to Wednesday Books for including me on this blog tour and sending my an e-copy to read!
“Prepare for a snow-frosted, blood-drenched fairy tale where the monsters steal your heart and love ends up being the nightmare.” – Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen
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.
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.