Darkness never works alone…
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. They’re pieces on a board, 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.
It’s no secret that I love Emily’s books. I loved her writing way before she got published and I still love it now. so when I got a copy of wicked saints early almost right after she announced she was going to be published 2 years ago, (I think it was I could be wrong I’m terrible with time.) I read it as soon as I could and I did the same when I finally managed to get a copy of ruthless gods.
To start off OMG this book it’s heartbreaking.
Nadya, Serefin and Malachiasz are dealing with the consequences of what happened in wicked saints.
Nayda, questioning herself and her faith and her gods who she can’t hear anymore. what is a cleric if they can’t speak to the gods? She’s questioning her relationship with Malachiasz who is now turned into even more of a monster then he was before.
Serefin, who is dealing with a forgotten god in his head, and becoming a king and not knowing what to do about either of them. He just a broken drunk after all? A high prince turned king no one really wants. He’s being threatened by one of the nobles to return their daughter to them who was taken by the vultures, he tries with the help of Nayda and fails.
Malachiasz who doesn’t remember what happened, who is more monster then human now. who agrees to help Nayda and I can’t tell if he was playing her the whole time or if he really did/dose care a little bit.
I love these characters I love how broken they are and how they question themselves. I love how they try to push though and keep going, even if things seem bleak and things do get bleak the further they travel the more broken they become.
I love the way Emily has written them both individually and as a group. Together they felt like a group of friends traveling on ajourney. I loved there banter and how they do care for each other even if their supposed to be enemies. As individuals they are each playing a part of a game each holding their breath for the right time, to see who will attack who first.
I love the relationship between Nayda and Malachiasz I think they really do care about each other. I enjoyed all the small moments between them when it’s visible. I also think there not good for each other there relationship like them is broken. It can never be fixed and it’s toxic. They have been placed in a loop of betrayal and lost trust and manipulation I don’t think there ever going to get out.
I love the world building we get to see more of Kalyazi in this book and hear more about some of their monsters, (though I do wish that there was some more explanation for them instead of just dropping names and expecting us to know) .
This book doesn’t just border on horror it is horror. Emily has taken the cosmic horror she placed at the end of wicked saints and threw it at us with full force. Monsters with too many eyes, gods that have been forgotten and left to rot, a forest full of monsters that traps it victims and doesn’t let them go and so much more.
I loved this book just as much as I loved the first one. It’s beautifully dark, it’s blood filled, it’s heartbreaking. I need the third book now please?