Title: Wicked Saints
Author: Emily A Duncan
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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 by Emily A Duncan
To put it mildly, dear readers :
A beautifully dark and compelling story, Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan was a great way for me to end 2019 and start the new year. I was skeptical toward the book as it had elements that I usually do not read about, horror. However, I was pleasantly surprised with how much I loved this book.
Due to an everlasting war against Tranavia, our heroine Nadya is the last cleric in Kalyazin and the only one that has been bestowed with the ability to communicate with all the gods in their Pantheon.
Her purpose is simple, end the war and bring the gods back.
However, her task has taken an unexpected turn when she is forced to join forces with Malachiasz, a Tranavian blood mage with a horrible secret and even deadlier ability, and his companions. Their plan? Kill the Tranavian King.
Wicked Saints is not your slow-paced novel.
It takes you on a fast-paced ride toward the climax as you hop from one POV to another,
which is absolutely wonderful. Usually, novels written in the third person are written with an omniscient presence, which is fine and all, but learning things at the pace of our err “heroes” is a breath of fresh air. We get to be as naive as them as the story progresses.
I enjoyed Nadya’s struggle with the faith that she’s always known, the small glimpses into Malachiasz’s character, and Serafin’s personality. The book is filled with unexpected twists, especially as it nears its end. Which I have to say, the ascension, climax, and ending are honestly the best part of this book. I was left with my mouth hanging at the
audacity events that occurred. I had to re-read the last couple of chapters again to truly have it sink in that THAT happened!
Needless to say, readers, I am happily anticipating the rest of this trilogy.
If you are someone looking for a fast pace, goth-inspired fantasy novel, then I highly recommend this book to you! However, please read the Author’s review on the book first as she gives trigger warnings and behind the scenes information!
Wicked Saints gets a 5/5 stars from me!
This is my Review of the Month for the review collection on LovelyAudiobooks.info