Review | Ruthless Gods – Emily A. Duncan

You might remember that Wicked Saints was one of my absolute favorite books of 2019. So of course I wanted to read Ruthless Gods very badly. I was blessed enough to get an eARC and I finally finished it! So today I want to share my thoughts on Ruthless Gods with you all.

Review | Ruthless Gods – Emily A. Duncan

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.
In her dramatic follow-up to Wicked Saints, the first book in her 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.

Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan
Series: Something Dark and Holy #2
Published by Wednesday Books on 07/04/2020
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 544
4.5 Stars


I really like this cover! It fits with the first one quite well and it fits the story perfectly. You also get this vibe from the cover that I associate with this series and I enjoy it so much. These are definitely books I want on my shelves!

Can you love someone and ask them to shatter themselves for you?


This is going to be a hard one to review! I loved the first book in this series, Wicked Saints and was so happy when I got an eARC for Ruthless Gods. This sequel wasn’t completely what I was expecting and I have a hard time sorting through my feelings. But I’m going to give it a shot!

Ruthless Gods starts a couple of months after the final events of Wicked Saints. Nadya is still at court with Serefin but she is very much lost. Serefin is dealing with everything that happened surrounding is dad’s death and the very big consequences of his own brush with death. Malachiasz has completely turned into the Black Vulture and has gotten even stronger after his plans came to fruition.

Two thrones, two kings, two boys to plunge the world into darkness for the sake of saving it.

The first 40% of the book took me forever to read. I think it took me at least 3 weeks to read those first 250 or so pages. And I was pretty disappointed to be honest. Everything was moving slow and I didn’t really understand what was going on. Usually I don’t mind a slow moving book and I can set aside my confusion because we will get clarity later on. But in this case I just didn’t connect to the writing and had to put so much effort into reading it. I saw a lot of positive reviews so I kept hoping I would get to a point where I would fall back in love with this series…

And luckily I did fall back in love! After that first 40% I read the rest the of the book in a couple of days. Every waking moment I wasn’t working or studying I was reading this book. Events started happening and I got back in the flow of the story. I wouldn’t necessarily say the second half of the book is more action packed but a lot does happen. We get some reveals and plot twists and most things started to make more sense. I definitely connected with the story again and loved where it was going.

They had all been waiting with their knives at each other’s backs. It was time to plunge the dagger home.

The plot was so interesting. It was all about making choices for yourself, for your country, for your loved ones. And betrayals, so many betrayals! The atmosphere of the book was very creepy and I will not walk through a dark forest anytime soon ;). We get to see a bit more of the world and it was pretty terrifying haha.

We still have our amazing cast of characters but we also have some additions. And it was fun getting to know these new characters and see them interact with our favorites. After every couple of chapters we would get an interlude from the perspective of someone apart from Nadya or Serefin. I loved this addition and hope that will continue in the last book.

That was all they really had between them – the willingness to betray one another to push their own ideals further.

I still really really like the characters in this book! It’s so hard picking a favorite or a favorite ship. At the moment I have 3 ships and I adore them almost equally. We learn more about some of the characters we already knew and it was so interesting getting a little peek at their backstory. Hopefully this will be expanded in the next book.

After a bit of a struggle with the first 40% of the book I loved the second half. I flew through it and just couldn’t put it down. There isn’t a release date for the third book yet so I have some time to come up with theories haha. I can’t wait to find out how the story continues and what will become of these precious characters. This is a must read for anyone that enjoyed Wicked Saints. And if you haven’t read that one yet, pick it up right now!

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