Blog Tour-Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1)-ARC Review

36118682A 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 destroyed me and I adored it.”- Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan


Author: Emily A. Duncan

Pages: 400

Publishing Date: April 2nd, 2019

Publisher: Wednesday Books


Thank you to NetGalley, Wednesday Books and St Martin’s Press for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

“We’re all monsters, Nadya. Some of us just hide it better than others.”

A dark and religion-oriented high fantasy…It is not what I expected…It was darker than I anticipated.

A religious good girl falling for evil bad boy sounding like a cliche but the way it was entwined in the story It didn’t feel like one.

The story was told by Nadya a Kalyazin cleric who communicates with gods and Serefin young prince and war leader of Tranavia who is responsible for all of the losses in Nadya’s life. Malachiasz is a twisted character which left you guessing who he is really.

So If I talk about the story it is different from other fantasies, It got different elements from religion, family politics, war, betrayal, love, friendship.

But the thing which was off for me was the pace of the story, It was so difficult to get into the book but once you are into then it was nice, In the starting, there was too many information to handle though with time you know each and everything but It is hard to digest too many things at once and the last sometimes pace was a bit slow.

The ending wasn’t what I expected which made me really happy 😀

Overall if you love DARK FANTASIES, then go for it.

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Emily A. Duncan


EMILY A. DUNCAN works as a youth services librarian. She received a Master’s degree in library science from Kent State University, which mostly taught her how to find obscure Slavic folklore texts through interlibrary loan systems. When not reading or writing, she enjoys playing copious amounts of video games and dungeons and dragons. Wicked Saints is her first book. She lives in Ohio.




Twitter: @glitzandshadows
Instagram: @glitzandshadows



31 Comments Add yours

  1. Empress DJ says:

    Well done!

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  2. This book is getting a lot of hype! I’ll have to check it out 🙂

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    1. It is literally everywhere…Happy Reading 🙂


  3. This sounds like something I would love!Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I am glad you liked it 🙂


  4. Bookworms corner blog spot says:

    Great review. I really liked the way that you addressed the positives and negatives.

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    1. I am glad you liked it 🙂

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  5. Nice review, I’m glad you liked it. I was slightly obsessed. I’m super excited that we have a new dark fantasy series!

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    1. Thank you…It is too dark, I was even imagining things in Black colour 😀

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      1. You’re right it’s super dark. Can totally understand why it might not be for some. Lots of triggers for it.

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      2. Yes too dark for some people.


  6. I haven’t read a dark fantasy in a long time. Great review. The book sound intriguing.

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    1. Thank you….Then maybe it is for you 🙂


  7. Yvo says:

    Wonderful review! I definitely understand your point about the pace, although I wasn’t that bothered by it myself. 🙂

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    1. Thank you…I am glad it wasn’t hard for you…Maybe I am from minority 🙂

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  8. Great review ! Thanks for sharing

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    1. I am glad you liked it 🙂


  9. Allie Bock says:

    I saw this one on Netgalley. It was too dark for me. Great review.

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    1. Thank you…Yes it is too dark.


  10. Alyssa Cohen says:

    Great review! I was part of the Canadian blog tour for this one, and I totally understand your opinions.

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    1. How much stars you gave it?


  11. Although it was a dark story, I am glad you liked the ending.

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  12. Not sure it’d be my cuppa but fab review! Thanks for the post 🙂

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  13. Great review 🙂 I haven’t read many dark fantasies but I like the premise of this one. A girl who communicates with gods could hold my attention, for sure.

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    1. I hope you’ll love it 🙂


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