ARC Review: Wicked Saints | A New High Fantasy to Fall in Love With

Posted April 8, 2019 by Stephanie in Reviews / 1 Comment

ARC Review: Wicked Saints | A New High Fantasy to Fall in Love WithWicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy, #1) by Emily A. Duncan
Series: Something Dark and Holy #1
Published by Wednesday Books on April 2, 2019
Genres: High Fantasy
Format: eARC
Pages: 385
Source: NetGalley
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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 received this book in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was given, offered, or taken to alter the opinion forth with.

I stayed up until 3AM reading this book and I could have just kept reading until it was done. (I did force myself to go to bed.) This was one of my most anticipated 2019 novels for a very good reason!

I’m not going to lie though, I had my doubts in the beginning. Even though the story was entertaining and moving along at a nice pace, I was in a weird funk and just wanted to read a different book at first. This eventually corrected itself as the book became more epic.

A lot of the character names are really different than what I’m used to.  So at first it was difficult to keep track of everything. It did take me about half the book until I became comfortable with the character names. So many z’s, ya’ll.

The book REALLY picks up about half way and I was freaking out about some of the stuff that was revealed in the second half of the book. I honestly did not see a lot of that coming. It was so freaking wonderful to be immersed in a new fantasy world that is so well built. I mean, this world has a history and it feels… immersive is the only word I can think of to really describe it.

I loved watching the characters’ relationships evolve and how the author slowly revealed more parts of Serefin’s character.

It has been a long time since I have read a fantasy book and been able to flip out with such joy and shock. I did not see the ending coming. It was shocking but so epically cool. I will definitely be buying the hardcover and picking up the sequel.

So, all in all, I had a bit of a hard time in the beginning but that was mostly my fault, not the book’s. But I freaking loved this book a lot. Honestly, I’d like to reread it eventually once I have the finished hardcover.

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