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.
Read (finished): May 15, 2019
Rating: ⭐ 5/5
Oh no, don’t mind me. My heart just shattered into a million pieces, but I can put it back together.
Emily A. Duncan’s Wicked Saints was elegant, dark and romantic! It was easy for me to fall in love with the characters, and the world-building reeled me in.
The chapters switch between Nadya and Serefin’s perspectives, showing the two sides of a centuries-long war. Nadya, who I immediately liked from the start, has the ability to speak to the gods. This power makes her the hope for her people – and a target. Enter in the enemy’s High Prince, Serefin. It was hard to see him as an enemy after reading his perspective, but that is all I will say on that matter. Without giving away spoilers, your heart will go through an emotional roller coaster regardless of who your favorite character is, so just get attached to whomever you like.
Speaking of heartache, that brings me to another important character – Malachaisz. If you fell in love with The Darkling, then you won’t be able to resist the mysterious Tranavian soldier and his secrets.
I do not recommend this book for younger readers because there are scenes of torture and self-harm. There is also a lot of blood, which is to be expected with the elements of blood mages and war.
Wicked Saints was different from my normal reads, but I’m glad I gave it a chance. Captivating from the beginning, I can’t wait for what happens next!
Until next time, happy reading! ♡