Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan was a dark, magical ride that I enjoyed every minute of. Duncan took well-loved tropes and flipped them on their heads in refreshing and fun ways that made me love the characters, particularly the main three: Nadya, the “uptight” (with reason) girl who didn’t need a sword to be badass; Malachiasz, the dark and broody love interest with more under the surface; and Serefin, the sad, tired, and drunk boy who needs a nap and a hug.
I loved how ominous the atmosphere felt, and how it was balanced out with lust and humor, so the story wasn’t oversaturated with the darkness.
The magic systems were unique and interesting. I loved that Nadya was working with a different magic than Serefin and Malachiasz.
Each character had a slightly different morally gray point of view, and no one was made into more of a villain than the other. The contrasting opinions were handled very sensitively, while making the characters behind the opinions real, endearing, and people we could root for, even if we didn’t agree.
I enjoyed that Nadya’s character arc focused on questioning her faith and losing faith in the magic she’s known all her life. It made for a complex character considering she’s essentially been a vessel for the gods for as long as she can remember.
I highly recommend this soon-to-be staple in young adult fantasy.
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan will be published April 2, 2019. You can preorder it now by clicking here.
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