Wicked Saints, a review by Tanya

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Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1)
Emily A. Duncan
Natasha Soudek (narrator), Tristan Morris (narrator)

Published 2019 by Macmillan Audio

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About the Book:

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.

My Review:

Right out of the gate, it took me a couple of chapters to feel like I had my feet under me – jumping in to the middle of an event, understanding the magical world and being introduced to so many characters at once, I had a hard time grasping who were the ‘good guys’ and the ‘bad guys’.

Once I was able to understand what was going on, I waited for magical world to envelope me, like a good fantasy story does.  But I’m still waiting…..

Some challenges:
– Why does an all powerful mage act almost helpless and have to lean on a love interest throughout the entire story?  A male main character would not act in such a way so I am baffled!

– The magical world is referenced constantly but not really explained.  It’s a glossed over version, as is the whole world building actually.  Lots of vague references, bare mentions and surface level characters.

But there is something there.  I think this has the makings to be a great story so I’m going on to Book 2!


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