Dazzle the Monsters, Nadya. You’ve already charmed the worst of the lot; the rest should be easy.”
This month I decided to tag along with a group to read Wicked Saints because I’ve read so many mixed reviews on this one… mainly with people ending with confusion.
WS follows two POVs.
Nadya a girl sheltered from the world growing up in a monastery, she holds onto the only the relationships she has.. the main ones being the gods she speaks to through her divine magic.
Until one day she hears the cannons and everything changes… all that she has known may be questioned on her journey to save her people.
Serefin – High Prince to Tranavia, he is on the hunt for the girl that could be the weapon to his country’s destruction. Until he is pulled away from the battle field to participate in a custom that may result in Serefin finding his betrothal… or his death.
TW: alot of blood, gore, and self harm.
What I loved:
– the writing is so interesting and different! With a Russian Inspo I found the world Emily created to be dark and fascinating
-the love story was a bit pieced apart BUT I loved where it was heading. It gave me Darkling and Alina vibes from Shadow & Bones and that is one of my faves.
– Malachiasz… dark…. mysterious and broken. He is the definition of a perfect morally grey character. You don’t know whether to hug or stab him.
-Serefin and his awkward yet handsome prince ways…. I might love him the most.
What I struggled with:
– I wish there was a guide for all the gods
-some of the riddles and dream states had me completely lost. I felt like she wanted to make those moments very poetic but for me it felt a bit… over done….
-the magic… I looooooved the unique concept. the blood magic made sense but Nadya’s power and connection with the God’s was confusing… and then it got even harder to understand.
Overall it was a solid first book to a trilogy. The end has me wanting to start Ruthless Gods right away.
All the characters were interesting and likable, and for them I will work through my confusion.
romance- enemies to lovers… back to enemies
steam- there is curiosity and stolen kisses