Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
Wicked Saints is a story of good and evil and the balance between. Nadezhda Lapteva, Nadya, is a young cleric who can communicate with the gods. She can hear them speak to hear and is granted their powers to ultimately do good. High Prince Serefin Meleski is a powerful blood mage. He has been on the front lines of war trying to capture and take Nadya back to his kingdom. However, both Nadya and Serefin have a common enemy. Though their ideals conflict, both must come together and fight to save their lands.
The story alternates points of view between Nadya and Serefin. We get to see both sides of the story–those who believe in the divinity and the gods as well as those who believe in the power of their own blood magic. I will admit that this book is dense. There a lot of names to remember, such as those of the gods and goddesses that Nadya can talk to. Blood magic is also a complicated subject. Some can write their own spells while others need them written for them. Some are more skilled than others as well. Because there are two elements of magic, it can be difficult to keep the details straight.
My biggest issue with this book is the predictability of the characters. For instance, Malachiasz continuously gives Nadya hints about who he truly is and what he truly wants. Even Nadya and Serefin are predictable. You know the paths that they will choose because they are confident in who they are and what they stand for.
Overall, I did enjoy this book. Some parts were slow to build and the characters were a little predictable. But I am excited to see where this series goes next.
*Wicked Saints is available Tuesday, April 2, 2019*
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.