*I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Title: Wicked Saints
Author: Emily A. Duncan
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
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.Review: THIS BOOK. MY SOUL. OH MY GOD. It’s such a brutal, monster-filled bloodbath and I straight up devoured it. I guess it’s safe to say I’m complete trash for Wicked Saints now?
So this story features Nadya (draws power from gods and will straight up cut anyone who wrongs her), Serefin (blood mage prince with serious daddy/alcohol issues and tons of flirt), and Malachiasz (tortured monster boy mage with secrets). I must say that love them all a ton because they were so well developed and I need more!
I must speak about the romance in this story because I can’t contain myself. Basically, I stopped breathing and my heart might have stopped during a certain scene. The tension was torture and the chemistry was insane. Bad boys…need I say more?
Did I mention how this book just gets real dark?! There is so much betrayal happening and someone always seems to end up in a pool of blood. Everyone just kind of wants to fight everyone, but it’s fine. Some of the twists are downright diabolical, but I have some theories!
The magic in this book is also kind of amazing too, because there are different kinds and some that require sacrifice. It was interesting to see the two sides of the war as well and get some context behind how it all started.
I am weak for these characters and bloodthirsty for the sequel already. The ending actually killed me and I was screaming at it! When I flipped the last page I felt like my soul was shredded. Basically, this is a must read for fantasy fans and I can’t wait to see where the series goes!
TW: self harm involved in magic.