ARC Review: Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan

I won a copy of Wicked Saints from a Goodreads giveaway back in December and I finally got to reading it back in February and I finished it in March, and man, it was so good! I’m so glad I read the Grisha trilogy before I read Wicked Saints because I saw so many similarities (and there’s definitely nothing wrong with having those kinds of similarities!).

Wicked Saints 5/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads: 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…

This book was super interesting! I really liked the Russia-esque feel of the setting, the way the magic system worked (let’s be real, I’m a sucker for books about blood magic), and some of the characters (hashtag South Asian-esque characters for the win!). I got Darkling vibes from Malachiasz (and yes, some people won’t get Darkling vibes from him, but let me live in my fantasy world) and although Serefin annoyed me a little, I still liked him as a character too. I loved Rashid and Parijahan and really really want to see so much more from/about them in book two! And Nadya, man, what an interesting character. I think her journey throughout the book was my favorite. She grew beyond her initial thoughts and prejudices and finally began seeing the world as the grey mess that it actually is. I also love her magic and how she gets it from the gods as opposed to how the blood mages have to rely on their blood and spells in a book.

Although this book started out a little slower than I would have liked (yes the first real scene was action packed, but it took me so long to get through the first 40 or so pages because I was so bored), as soon as the real journey and action picks up and you get introduced to the vultures, everything becomes amazing and I definitely could not put it down! Wicked Saints comes out on April 2, so if you haven’t already pre-ordered this book (or requested it/put a hold on it at your local library), you definitely need to get on that! Let me know what you think of it once you’ve read it!

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