REVIEW: ‘Wicked Saints’ – Emily A. Duncan

~ I was given an advance reader copy of this title in exchange for an honest review, I’m not associated with the author or publisher in any way and the views expressed are completely unbiased and entirely my own. ~

My rating: 2*

‘Wicked Saints’ is the much anticipated fantasy novel from debut author Emily A. Duncan, which for me, unfortunately, didn’t quite live up to the hype.

The plot is incredibly fast-paced, in fact we’re thrown right into it, and subsequently it was quite confusing for the majority of the time. A little bit of world-building and establishing of at least the main characters would’ve gone a long way, especially considering that there are three of them, as it became apparent.

The secondary characters are also mostly non-descript to the point that they were literally just names on the page at times, with not a whole lot of other information given to the reader.

Dipping in and out of this story, from one sitting to the next, it was often difficult to remember who was who, or distinguish what was what. Referencing the plot again, it often felt like portions of important information were missing linking scenes together, which for me felt really disorienting and ultimately I think is really alienating for the reader.

All in all I’d say the ideas presented here are really cool and I’d say that the magic system is this novels strongest aspect, but unfortunately it wasn’t executed to it’s full potential.

~ Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this title ~

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