Review: Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1) – Emily A. Duncan

Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1) by Emily A. Duncan

Publisher: Wednesday Books (April 2, 2019)

Print Length: 385 pages

Audiobook Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins

Narrator: Natasha Soudek, Tristan Morris

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.

The Review

While Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1) had all the trappings to be my next favourite Russian inspired YA fantasy, the clunky plot and lackluster characters left something to be desired.

What Wicked Saints did have going for it, however, was its atmosphere. With its dark and gritty magic system, blood magic, I couldn’t wait to see whether or not the evil within the characters would take hold or if they would be able to separate themselves.

I think the main issue I had was the pacing. The first and last 25% of the novel were very hard to get through. The plot was disjointed, and often had me flipping back to passages I had already read due to me thinking I missed something that would tie the plot points all together.

Also, while I found the characters plights interesting, they were points where I couldn’t help but compare them to characters crafted in the Shadow and Bone trilogy. Likewise, the romance between Nadia and Serefin just didn’t grasp me like romances I’ve read in previous YA novels.

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indigo

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And those are my thoughts on Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1) by Emily A. Duncan. Have any YA fantasy recommendations you think I should check out? Leave them as a comment below and help my TBR grow.


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