I received this book in exchange for an honest review as part of a blog tour.
❥ THE PLOT
“Prepare for a snow-frosted, blood-drenched fairy tale where the monsters steal your heart and love ends up being the nightmare.” – Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen
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.
“This book destroyed me and I adored it.”- Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval
❥ MY THOUGHTS ON IT
I gave Wicked Saints 3.5/5 stars, which is my average rating! It means that I liked it, but that it didn’t blew my mind.
What I mostly loved was the setting, the world the story was happening but also the whole idea of the book. It was such a dark and brutal plot, based on different types of magic and religions, and that’s something that really worked for me. It made the whole thing so mysterious and atmospheric, which made my reading experience even better. I really had a great time reading it, though sometimes I was a bit lost with all those names, but it was all complex and very interresting.
However I did struggle a bit while reading it, and not only because of all those characters. I found the book extremly slow, which usually works for me, but not here. I don’t know why but I sometimes had to push myself to keep reading it and it took me at least a week to actually finish it. I also didn’t find the whole story totaly original because it reminded me of the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo or even Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. That’s mostly why I didn’t give this book more than 3.5 stars, not because it was slow but because it looked like too many other series I read in the past.
Overall I believe that Wicked Saints is a great read which will definitely make some people go nuts about it, but it wasn’t my new favourite book. I still had a great time and can’t thank enough the team at Wednesday Books for trusting me with it!
(Please excuse my lack of posts. I am passing my written exams of the CAPES competition in a week to become a literature teacher and it’s taking all my free time.)