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Book Review: Ruthless Gods

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 a digital advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I read Wicked Saints when it came out in April of this year and it had to be one of the bloodiest and darkest novels I have ever read. But Ruthless Gods takes the cake, it is bloodier and darker than its predecessor by 100 percent 

I did find the story to be a bit repetitive. It felt like I was rereading Wicked Saints with more blood and gore. I did really like this better than the first of the series, which is saying something because I truly enjoyed Wicked Saints. 

The pace in this book was much faster than the first book and the action definitely keeps you in suspense and glued to the page. 

The ending had me really confused, but I think that it was part of the books magic because even the characters seemed really confused. My heart breaks for Nayda. I really just want things to work out for her. Malachiasz and Nadya will be the death of me, I am sure of it. I just want them to get their happy ending. I find their story so compelling and I just want all the happiness in their chaos ridden lives. 

I cannot wait for the next installment. It is such a good read. I hate that now I have to wait even longer since I got this one early!

Thank you so much to Emily Duncan, NetGalley, and St. Martin’s Press for sending me a digital copy of this book for review.
Image and Synopsis taken from Netgalley.

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Book Review: Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1)

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

Gothic style novels aren’t my usual go to but this book was recommended to me by a trusted bibliophile friend, so of course I gave it a shot and I’m really glad she did. I really enjoyed this book. 

When I saw that the sequel was available for an advanced reader review, I picked it up immediately and reread it. 

As I have said multiple times before, I really enjoy books from different points of views. I love reading through each character’s eyes. 

My one real complaint with Wicked Saints is I feel we didn’t get Nadaya as a fully developed character. I really hope the sequel builds her up more and we can see more of her depth. 

Wicked Saints begins sort of slow, it takes a bit to pick up but once you get into the meat of the story, it gets really dark and bloody. 

I would love to see Duncan come out with a prequel to this series. I would love to have more information about the war and why we are fighting and maybe a bit more explanation on the magical boundaries. I feel we really have no idea what can be done magically in this realm. 

This was Duncan’s debut novel and she really hit it out of the park. I felt like I enjoyed this book more the second time I read it. The idea behind the plot of this book is amazing. Duncan is wonderful at world building, but I really could have used some more detail.  I cannot wait to pick up the sequel.

Images and synopsis taken from NetGalley.