Wicked Saints (Something Dark & Holy #1) by Emily Duncan
Published April 2nd, 2019 by Wednesday Books
Genres YA Fantasy
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 can see why this book was recommend to fans of Leigh Bardugo, because I did get some Shadow & Bones vibes from it and the world itself is fairly dark and gritty. I wanted to really love this one, but there were certain aspects that I just didn’t really enjoy.
I did really like some of the characters, especially Nadya, who indeed does remind me a bit of Alina from the Shadow and Bone series, but of course is her own character. This is the second YA fantasy book that I have read lately where I had a really hard time focusing because I could keep the character’s straight and had to keep looking back to see who they were. This in itself distracted me enough that I didn’t really become invested in the characters and therefore lost interest in the plot. I do have to say that the author’s writing is beautiful and rich and the world building is excellent. The religion in this book was also not my favorite and I found it a bit hard to keep straight.
I can see why Nadya and Malachiasz have been compared to Alina and The Darkling, although they again are their own characters. I got some of the same vibes from these two characters as I did from that series. The story itself is fairly dark and gritty, with some Russian influence and definitely contains some violence. I do think that between the author’s excellent writing, the world building and the characters themselves, that a lot of people will really love this book. I do look forward to reading the rest of the series and will probably end up re-reading this book before the next one is released.
Thank you to the publisher, Wednesday Books & NetGalley, for sending me an ARC of this book and inviting me to be a part of the blog tour.