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.


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