Wicked Saints | Emily A. Duncan | Review

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





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.


Okay, so here it goes. I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to read this book. I had heard very mixed things about it, which led me to ask the lovely people on Twitter whether I should read it. I had very mixed opinions, and it appears that Wicked Saints is a very marmite book. I took the plunge, and I am happy to report, I LOVED THIS BOOK (I also love marmite, so I suppose it makes sense). This was a very high 4 stars for me, so maybe a 4.5 stars and I cannot wait to move onto the next book.

I think my favourite thing about Wicked Saints is the atmosphere that is portrayed. The writing style that Emily A Duncan adopts really does make this for a very eery and gripping read. I loved the monsters, I loved how they were portrayed. It was such a fast paced book, I literally couldn’t catch my breath. I found that one night I could not sleep, I was halfway through, 6am happens and I’ve finished the book without even realising the time. Not realising that I had spent my whole night, where I should have been asleep absorbed into this wonderful world. Not many books do that for me but this one certainly did.

I absolutely love the complexity of the characters. There was so much to learn about them, which at times could be confusing and some of the names are very similar so you have to make sure you are paying attention so you know which character is which. That is not a criticism by any means. I loved the complex side of them, it made getting to know the characters and building up a relationship with them a bit more satisfactory.

The political/religious system is something that took me by surprise. As a rule, I do not enjoy books or even pick books up when the plot heavily relies on these factors, it just isn’t for me. Had I have know a little bit more about this book I may not have picked it up through fear that it would not be for me. But I am so glad that I did. I absolutely loved this element and could not get enough, I wanted to know more and more.

It is killing me not to pick up the next book, I need to order it but I don’t get paid until tomorrow. You can be sure that the first thing I do in the morning is order Ruthless Gods so that I can have it in my hands to devour asap. This has become one of my favourite series and I cannot wait to find out what is going to happen next.

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