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Wicked Saints: A Novel (Something Dark and Holy) (original 2019; édition 2019)

par Emily A. Duncan (Auteur)

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An instant New York Timesbestseller! "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 Timesbestselling author ofThe Gilded WolvesandThe 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 GothicSomething Dark and Holy trilogy. "This book destroyed me and I adored it."- Stephanie Garber,New York Timesbestselling author ofCaraval This edition uses deckle edges; the uneven paper edge is intentional.… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:Wicked Saints: A Novel (Something Dark and Holy)
Auteurs:Emily A. Duncan (Auteur)
Info:Wednesday Books (2019), 400 pages
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Wicked Saints par Emily A. Duncan (2019)

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TW: Self harm, Parental abuse

This book was already on many bloggers’ most anticipated lists because the author seems to have been famous on tumblr and all her followers have been with her on her journey of completing her debut novel. So, even though I wasn’t one of them, learning that this book has some sort of Grisha Trilogy vibes, especially a romance between the heroine and (possibly) villain that we never got in the trilogy, I was very intrigued to read it. And I have to say, despite being very bloody and dark for my tastes, it’s a compelling new fantasy world with fascinating characters who impressed me a lot.

This is a story of war, politics and religion - with a whole lot of blood involved. While we all have read many fantasy novels with kingdoms fighting each other and the female MC is destined to save her kingdom, I personally have never read a book whose foundation is a holy war and all the characters are very deeply religious in their own way. The author uses the conversations between the characters and their monologues to give us both the perspectives of the religious god fearing Kalyazin and the heretical blood magic using Tranavians - and the beauty of the writing is that we as readers see our loyalties shifting between both the sides until we are unsure who is worthy of our support. Emily is greatly skilled at writing action packed, violent and bloody sequences because I didn’t feel turned off by them. The pacing can feel off at times, because it starts off with a great action sequence which then follows into a slower paced journey. However, the interactions between the characters, the political intrigue and the spectacular climax make up for any other issues.

Nadya is a very sheltered girl when we meet her in the beginning. She only knows that her power to wield magic by communicating with the pantheon of gods has made her a target and she needs to survive to save Kalyazin in the war. However, as she meets the rebel gang and especially the Tranavian blood mage Malachiasz, she starts questioning her own devotion to her gods and her hatred towards the enemy kingdom, if she is ruthless enough to follow the gods’ orders and if they truly have the best intentions for her kingdom. She also fights her attraction to Malachiasz every step of the way, because he is the epitome of the monsters who were created to kill someone like her. I absolutely loved their push and pull, the constant tug between light and darkness, how they felt drawn towards each other despite knowing that it probably wouldn’t end well for either of them. I can’t wait to see what more the author has in store for them in the future.

Serefin is a very powerful blood mage and the High Prince of Tranavia, a general of the army who has seen too many horrors at a very young age and tries to drown his sorrows in alcohol. Being at war for too long has made him realize that it is destroying his country and he just wants to find a better way for his people. However, conspiracies abound back at the palace and he is constantly on the lookout for who is coming for him. I wanted to hate him because the book starts with him trying to kill Nadya but as the story progressed, I realized he was only doing what he thought was best and he wasn’t the bad guy after all. His character arc is marred by betrayals at every step and I’m even more excited to know where the author takes his story next. The book also some excellent side characters in Rashid, Parijahan, Ostyia and Kacper who are loyal and steadfast and I definitely don’t think the main characters would be so strong or survive their circumstances without these friends by their sides. I wish to see more of them in the sequel and hopefully, we’ll get to know more of their backstories too.

Overall, this is a very strong debut and I highly recommend it if you don’t mind your fantasy novels to be quite bloody and gory and violent. As promoted, it will definitely appeal to Leigh Bardugo fans with its Russian and Polish inspired world building and the Alina/Darkling vibes. This book also given me one of those ships whom I would die for with my whole heart and it’ll probably only end in tears for me but I won’t have it any other way. Such a great start to a series and I can’t believe I have to wait for more than an year for the next one... Why do these books torture us so 😭😭😭 ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. Unfortunately, there is still always a risk of slight spoilers despite my best efforts. If you feel something in my review is a spoiler please let me know. Thank you.

Nadya is a cleric and a devoted follower of her gods. She can speak to them and them to her giving her power when she needs it. When her home, the monastery, is attacked by the high prince of Tranavia, a country that has been at war with them for over a century, Nayda is on the run. She joins up with new allies one of which is her enemy. Together they form a plan to kill the Tranavian king and hopefully bring the war to an end.

Likes:
~Forbidden romance
~Action
~Magic
~Complicated characters

Dislikes:
~Took forever to read
~A lot of politics
~Very confusing

This book took me forever to read, but I loved the story. I don't understand it really. I loved the story and the romance and everything in between, but I had to force myself to finish this book. Maybe I'm dealing with some kind of reading slump I'm not sure. For now though I am interested in what happens next and where the story is going to from here. But I'm also glad to be done with the book. So in the mess of my conflicted feelings I'm giving it a 3 star. ( )
  starslight86 | Jul 20, 2021 |
3.5 stars. This entire book felt like a mash up of Shadow and Bone and Throne of Glass with a twist of Game of Thrones. It was a bit slow in the beginning and because it felt like the other books a bit disappointing. The last half of the book, while familiar, was exciting and I probably will read the next book just to find out what happens to Nadya and Serafin. ( )
  slittleson | Jul 6, 2021 |
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  5083mitzi | Apr 3, 2021 |
This book was a dark, compelling surprise that I am desperately hoping has a book two because the story can't just end this way!

Nadya is raised believing that she is the last hope for a nation torn apart by war. She has the unique ability to converse with the gods and use the power they allow her to use because of her faith in them. When her monastery home is attacked by the enemy, she flees and joins up with an unlikely group of travelers that seem to share the same goal - kill the king and stop the war.

This book was very dark, which isn't my normal type of book, but the fast pace of the story kept me enthralled until the very end. It also had magic in every shape and form, which I love. At times I found myself reading so fast that I felt that I maybe wasn't quite understanding what was happening, but I needed to find out how it was going to play out. It was definitely intriguing. I loved that the author used Slavic folklore as inspiration for her story. It made it unique and interesting, and I felt I was transported to another place and time.

There were times in the story where I felt that I wanted more details, more explanation, and more of a connection with the supporting characters. However, I loved the connection that I felt with the main characters throughout the story. And can I just say that I was completely shocked by the ending.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a dark, magical fantasy. If you liked Six of Crows or Shadow and Bone, this book is perfect for you. I can't wait for the next book (there better be a book 2)! ( )
  Paiger1979 | Feb 11, 2021 |
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An instant New York Timesbestseller! "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 Timesbestselling author ofThe Gilded WolvesandThe 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 GothicSomething Dark and Holy trilogy. "This book destroyed me and I adored it."- Stephanie Garber,New York Timesbestselling author ofCaraval This edition uses deckle edges; the uneven paper edge is intentional.

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