I’m so excited to be on the WICKED SAINTS blog tour! Today I’m bringing you a excerpt from Wicked Saints. You can the Read Excerpt here !! Wicked Saints is a frosty timeless fairy-tale that is vivid and spellbinding with lore, geography, history braiding death, magic, and winter. It carves out from Russian and Polish inspiration. The world is set in cathedrals, landscapes and ruins. The characters are sinister, ruthless, and intricate. Wicked Saints is a ruthless elegant story that is dark, monstrous and, set in a political war between of gods, magic and religion.
Readers who enjoyed Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo, Vicious, by V E Schwab, The Cruel Prince, by Holly Black, Throne of Glass, by Sarah J Maas, Vassa in the Night, by Sarah Porter and The Crown’s Game, by Evelyn Skye will love Wicked Saints.
Trigger warnings: violence, murder, self-harm for blood magic.
* Thank you to Wednesday Books for providing a Kindle copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
by Emily A. Duncan
Hardcover, 385 pages
Published April 2nd 2019
About the book
When Nadya prays to the gods, they listen, and magic flows through her veins. For nearly a century the Kalyazi have been locked in a deadly holy war with Tranavian heretics, and her power is the only thing that is a match for the enemy’s blood magic. But when the Travanian High Prince, and his army invade the monastery she is hiding in, instead of saving her people, Nadya is forced to flee the only home she’s ever known, leaving it in flames behind her, and vengeance in her heart.
As night falls, she chooses to defy her gods and forge a dangerous alliance with a pair of refugees and their Tranavian blood mage leader, a beautiful, broken boy who deserted his homeland after witnessing his blood cult commit unthinkable monstrosities. The plan? Assassinate the king and stop the war.
But when they discover a nefarious conspiracy that goes beyond their two countries, everything Nadya believes is thrown into question, including her budding feelings for her new partner. Someone has been harvesting blood mages for a dark purpose, experimenting with combining Tranavian blood magic with the Kalyazi’s divine one. In order to save her people, Nadya must now decide whether to trust the High Prince – her country’s enemy – or the beautiful boy with powers that may ignite something far worse than the war they’re trying to end.
“Prepare for a snow frosted, blood drenched fairy tale where the monsters steal your heart and love ends up being the nightmare. Utterly absorbing.” --Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen
"Full of blood and monsters and magic—this book destroyed me and I adored it. Emily is a wicked storyteller, she’s not afraid to hurt her characters or her readers. If you’ve ever fallen in love with a villain you will fall hard for this book." --Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval
"Monsters are seen as an ideal, because monsters are powerful, more than human.” - Wicked Saints, by Emily A. Duncan.
“Is it our impending death by potato avalanche? I can’t hear it, but I’m certain it’s coming.” - Wicked Saints, by Emily A.Duncan
"Behind him stood a tall, wiry boy with sharp, wild features and long black hair. The boy’s hands were covered in blood, a crumpled spell book page in one, the other held outstretched toward the soldier in the snow." - Wicked Saints, by Emily A. Duncan
“Is she powerful enough to take the stars out of the sky?”- Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
Are you going to put one of your pretty blades into my heart, towy dżimyka?” “I’d like to,” she said. “Why do you call me that?” He turned to face her, one hand lifting to rest against the spell book strapped to his hip. “What am I supposed to call you?” - Wicked Saints, by Emily A.Duncan
“You’re right, silly me, I forgot that Tranavians are all bloodthirsty with no capability of understanding concepts of mercy, thank you for reminding me.” - Wicked Saints, by Emily A.Duncan
“You really look dreadful,” Serefin told him, stepping closer and attempting to rake Kacper’s hair back into the semblance of neatness. He tugged on his crumpled jacket, but nothing he did would straighten the wrinkles. Kacper shot him a lopsided smile. “It’s not every day I get to deliver news that the king is trying to turn himself into a god, eh?” - Wicked Saints, by Emily A.Duncan
“The girl, the monster, and the prince." - Wicked Saints, by Emily A.Duncan
*Reminder that these quotes are from a early advance copy and may changed final release.*
Indigo Book Box
Indigo curated a wicked box for Wicked Saints!!! Only for $29.99!! Still Available now !
Indigo Book Box contains:
Copy of Wicked Saints signed by the author
A letter from Emily A. Duncan
A pouch of Read All Night tea* – Canadian tea company Tealish. Wicked black tea blend with ingredients of black tea, cardamom, orange peels, ginger pieces, cinnamon.
A detailed map card displaying this epic fantasy world on one side and a fierce quote on the other – to help you navigate between the dark and the light .
About the author:
EMILY A. DUNCAN works as a youth services librarian. She received a Master’s degree in library science from Kent State University, which mostly taught her how to find obscure Slavic folklore texts through interlibrary loan systems. When not reading or writing, she enjoys playing copious amounts of video games and dungeons and dragons. Wicked Saints is her first book. She lives in Ohio.