First off, thank you so much to Raincoast Books for choosing me to be a part of this amazing blog tour opportunity. Secondly, make sure you check out all of the other amazing hosts that are on this tour with me!
Monday, March 25
Flavia — Flavia the Bibliophile
Joe — Storeys of Stories
Tuesday, March 26
Katelin — Pretty Little Library
Shanah — Bionic Bookworm
Wednesday, March 27
Christine — Padfoot’s Library
Carly — Beauty & Her Books
Thursday, March 28
Rachel — A Model Who’s Read
Joyce — The Beachy Reader
Friday, March 29
Wendy— Cupcake and a Latte
Alyssa — Reading Reading Reading
Author: Emily A. Duncan
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Source: ARC via Publisher
Synopsis: 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.
To start, the gripping and dark cover has me drooling over how gorgeous it is. And you know what, it is even better in person😍
Secondly, the storyline is both dark and magical, and I love the intwining of the saints and a kind of mythology that it revolves around. With this being said, I did find the storyline a tad bit confusing, and it took me a few chapters to get into the story. But, with that, once you reach the main action, you will be rushing through it to know how it ends.
Now, the characters. I found that you either love them or hate them and then there are those that you love to hate and hate to love. I found that with all the characters they fit into one of these categories. Each one has their own traits, and I found that with the mix-in of magic and religion, it had me rooting of different characters throughout the book.
The book actually is told from the perspectives of Nadya, a cleric with some special powers, and Serefin, a prince and blood mage who is after Nadya. Reading from their conflicting perspectives and watching as they close in on each other added to the suspense that the story built upon.
My only downfall is that the book set is a type fo Russia setting, and there are two distinct languages that they speak. With that, there are inserts of them speaking but I don’t have a full understanding of what they are saying. I would love if there was a little glossary at the end, just for me to refer to.
With that being said, the dark and gothic setting is stunning. It felt as though I was thrown into a Victorian-type gothic novel, trying to fight alongside Nadya and her friends.
Overall, I loved the different and dark take that this novel brought forward. I highly recommend this as a more dark fantasy, and I cannot wait for the second book to come out!