Ruthless Gods

A Novel

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Pub Date 07 Apr 2020 | Archive Date 07 Apr 2020
St. Martin's Press, Wednesday Books


The stunning sequel to instant New York Times bestseller, Wicked Saints

Nadya doesn’t trust her magic anymore. Serefin is fighting off a voice in his head that doesn’t belong to him. Malachiasz is at war with who--and what--he’s become.

As their group is continually torn apart, the girl, the prince, and the monster find their fates irrevocably intertwined. Their paths are being orchestrated by someone…or something. The voices that Serefin hears in the darkness, the ones that Nadya believes are her gods, the ones that Malachiasz is desperate to meet—those voices want a stake in the world, and they refuse to stay quiet any longer.

In their dramatic follow-up to Wicked Saints, the first book in their Something Dark and Holy trilogy, Emily A. Duncan paints a Gothic, icy world where shadows whisper, and no one is who they seem, with a shocking ending that will leave you breathless.

This edition uses deckle edges; the uneven paper edge is intentional.

The stunning sequel to instant New York Times bestseller, Wicked Saints

Nadya doesn’t trust her magic anymore. Serefin is fighting off a voice in his head that doesn’t belong to him. Malachiasz is at...

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I’m am not okay after reading this. Man this book is dark and twisting and amazing in so many ways. What a story Duncan weaves for us readers. There are moments my heart felt full and happy and secure and moments later it as ripped out of my chest and stomped on. Only to have to gently cradled and comforted after. Wicked Saints was amazing and Ruthless Gods was out of this world. I cannot wait to see what Duncan does with book 3.

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This is the second book in the Something Dark and Holy series. It continues the story of Serefin, Nadya, and Malachiasz. I love the characters and their personal growths throughout the book! Enemies become friends and people to count on and necessary to complete the task at hand.
Beautifully written and a story with lessons everyone can learn something from!

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Ruthless Gods is the second book in the Something Dark and Holy series written by Emily A. Duncan. A young adult fantasy that pulls you in from the beginning and leaves you wanting more. Enjoy mystery, intrigue, and unexpected twists and turns along the way.

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Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

In Ruthless Gods we follow Nadya, Serefin, and Malachiasz as they deal with the consequences of actions taken in Wicked Saints. Nadya, dealing with the silence of her Gods even after doing what they asked by tearing down the barrier keeping them out of Tranavia. Serefin, hearing voices and learning new facets of magic he never thought possible. Malachiasz, monstrous and lost with unimaginable power while still feeling inadequate in regards to his goals. As our main three all feel a pull to the west what awaits them and what more can be sacrificed to Ruthless Gods?

I feel so blessed in receiving a copy of this title. I absolutely devoured Wicked Saints and knowing that Ruthless Gods is almost 200 pages longer than Wicked Saints I was hungry to devour it. I honestly enjoyed this title even more than the first, not only because our characters felt more confident but the author truly was comfortable in this wonderful world she created. Each of these characters has stayed true to what they felt even with shifting alliances and new threats emerge. This series is so beautifully gothic and gory, no one is safe and you feel all the trauma right along with them. My one and only complaint is that some of the inner monologues were quite repetitive, but its such a small gripe that I can't justify giving it any less than 5 glowing stars. If you loved Wicked Saints buckle up, you're in for a divine ride.

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Emily A Duncan’s Ruthless Gods is gorgeous gothic goodness, drenched in blood, and dripping in melancholic beauty. I adored this novel from the very first sentence to that brutal heart stopping epilogue.

I don’t know if Duncan sold her soul to a deity that blessed her with her gift for writing, but wow, she has an incredible talent. Lyrical, bloody, stunning, heart-breaking, savage, all-consuming. She’s a genius world-crafter with a stunning gift for penning words.

Ruthless Gods is the follow up to Wicked Saints, which was one of my favorite books last year, so much so that I have three copies of the book. I know, excessive, whatever. I love this series. I was heartbroken over the ending for book one and the end of book two just shattered me.

The characters of this diabolical tale are stellar. Nadya, Serefin and my absolute love, Malachiasz, are everything. It is so unendingly intriguing to be pulled apart and spliced back together by the flaws and motivations of these three. Told from their points of views, with some side characters that steal the show, it’s wonderful. Purely wonderful.

This is a dark YA novel, it’s entrancing, magical, bloody, stunning, creative, wonderfully addictive awesomeness. I can’t recommend the series enough, and this beautiful gem, Ruthless Gods just upped the ante. I can’t wait to see where Duncan takes the story next, will these beautifully doomed relationships survive or will I be left on the floor weeping with the conclusion in book three. I don’t know, I’m here for it though.

Thank you Netgalley and St. Martins Press for the opportunity to read an ARC and review this beautiful novel.


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This rarely happens, but I can say it: book 2 was better than book 1!

In Ruthless Gods, the gang is all back together and we have waited so long for this sweet reunion of Nadya, Serefin, and Malachiasz! There is SO much betrayal, romance, and OH, THE CLIFFHANGER!!! So its another year to wait but in the meantime, I will feast on the first two books another couple of times because they are just that good.

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