Book reviews Fantasy

Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan

About the Book- Wicked Saints

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.

On one hand, there is this book with an amazing plot and on the other hand, it isn’t as captivating as it should be.

Read on for our review of the book

Our Review

The thing with wicked saints is that it keeps going on and on and at a very linear pace so getting used to the book Is a bit tricky. Do you know what is the weird part? The book has so much going on in it. Each chapter brings so much plot development and stuff happening that on a normal day you would have wanted to stop and just take a breather but come to this book, and everything is happening so slowly and casually that it isn’t as fun as it should be.

If you think what I just said was confusing then try reading the book. I had a love-hate relationship with the book. I loved the core plot and the way the plot was developing with so many twists and turns. Although, I still don’t know how to take the ending of the book. On one hand, there is this book with an amazing plot and on the other hand, it isn’t as captivating as it should be. I believe the trouble is with the narration and storytelling technique. It kind of is good at telling you the basic stuff like what is happening and where it is happening and why is it happening but not in a way that it would stick in your head.

Also, the first half of the book felt slow to me. Slower than the general pace of the book. It is building up to the eventual story but takes an awful lot of time to get there. This review would have been probably a rage one if not for its second half. The second half of the book had so many eventful chapters. The pace sort of gets better but not high enough to be exhilarating but still because of the surprising turns of events it becomes more and more intriguing. The second half is why my entire review changed from what I had intended to write when I started reading the book.


In conclusion, I would say that the book misses the X factor. You know that little magic ingredient that just brings out all the flavours. The book otherwise has all the relevant ingredients. There is a good line of main and secondary characters, there are elements of supernatural thrills, romance, adventure and unseen story arcs. But and that too a major BUT at that, is the fact that none of it is clicking together or rather bringing out the right impact. Hence why I say it is missing that X factor that could like blend all this. I feel it’s the narration technique. Maybe a little faster pace and modulation in the narration could achieve the desired result. Maybe?

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