Posted May 9, 2020 by Stephanie in Reviews / 1 Comment

ARC Review: Ruthless Gods | MY FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEARRuthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan
Series: Something Dark and Holy #2
Published by Wednesday Books on April 7, 2020
Genres: High Fantasy
Format: eARC, Hardcover
Pages: 544
Source: Wednesday Books, NetGalley
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Darkness never works alone...
Nadya doesn’t trust her magic anymore. Serefin is fighting off a voice in his head that doesn’t belong to him. Malachiasz is at war with who--and what--he’s become.
As their group is continually torn apart, the girl, the prince, and the monster find their fates irrevocably intertwined. They’re pieces on a board, being orchestrated by someone… or something. The voices that Serefin hears in the darkness, the ones that Nadya believes are her gods, the ones that Malachiasz is desperate to meet—those voices want a stake in the world, and they refuse to stay quiet any longer.
In her dramatic follow-up to Wicked Saints, the first book in her Something Dark and Holy trilogy, Emily A. Duncan paints a Gothic, icy world where shadows whisper, and no one is who they seem, with a shocking ending that will leave you breathless.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was given, offered, or taken to alter the opinion forth with.

I have had a really difficult time reading this year, but this 500+ paged beauty has kicked that in the butt. It has been a while since I’ve read a book this large and I read it in a matter of days, which is fast for me especially considering how reading has gone for me this year.

Note: I do want to say that I did originally receive this and start reading it as an ARC. Due to health stuff, I didn’t finish it prior to publication and ended up buying the hardcover.

To no one’s surprise, Ruthless Gods is full of monsters and I was LIVING for it. I was immediacy yanked head first into this dark, glorious world, falling completely in love with this high fantasy series once again. From the first to the very last page, I was HOOKED. I loved how the world and the magic in it were explored piece by piece. There was never a dull moment and I just absolutely adore this masterpiece. It is just the type of fantasy world I’ve been wanting to fall into.

The book explored each of the characters in new and interesting ways, showing different parts of some that we’ve never seen before. I particularly enjoyed Nadya and Serefin’s character development and how they come to terms with their current predicaments. Malachiasz is still quite a mystery to me, but he’s also a bit of a mystery to the characters as well.

Also, I’d just like to take a moment to say that the writing in this book is freaking amazing. There were a couple paragraphs I just had to share with someone because the writing is just utterly brilliant. I can’t wait for the third book and this will likely end up being my favorite book of 2020.

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