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Wicked Saints

Wicked Saints

A Novel

Something Dark and Holy (Volume 1)

Emily A. Duncan

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A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.


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

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Death, magic, and winter. A bitter cycle that Marzenya spins with crimson threads around pale fingers. She is constant; she is unrelenting; she is eternal. She can grant any spell to those she has blessed,...

Praise for Wicked Saints

**Indie Next Pick for the Spring 2019 Kids’ List**

THE NERD DAILY, “The Best Fantasy + Sci-Fi Books of 2019"

PASTE MAGAZINE, "The 19 Best Young Adult Novels of 2019"

SEVENTEEN, "The 70+ Best Young Adult Books of 2019 So Far"

BOOKRIOT, “20 YA Dark Fantasy Books For Your Winter TBR”

BUZZFEED, "29 YA Books You Absolutely Must Read This Spring"

GOODREADS, “32 Big Books that YA Fans Can’t Wait for in 2019”

CULTRESS, “19 books we can’t wait to get our hands on in 2019”

EPIC READS, "The 16 Most Anticipated YA Books to Read in April"

SYFY, "6 April YA Novels That are Out of This World"

"If you like your young adult fantasy full of ice, blood, and angst, Wicked Saints will sweep you up in its wintery embrace." - NPR, "3 Young Adult Novels To Help You Out Of Hibernation"

"This dark fantasy starts off with a bang... The upfront presence of the gods adds an intriguing twist to a brutal story. The ending is as powerful as the opening, and there are explosive elements waiting to detonate in the expected sequels." - BOOKLIST

“If you love dark fantasy this book promises to be a brutal, enchanting gem, full of terrifying blood-magic.” – BOOKRIOT, “20 Dark Fantasy Books For Your Winter TBR”

“Rarely does a dark, magical epic have so effective a character-grounded sense of humor.” - BULLETIN OF THE CENTER OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS

"Filled with stunning landscapes, engaging lore, and an enemies-to-lovers plot for the ages, Wicked Saints is a dense epic about magic, sacrifice, love… More…

**Indie Next Pick for the Spring 2019 Kids’ List**

THE NERD DAILY, “The Best Fantasy + Sci-Fi Books of 2019"

PASTE MAGAZINE, "The 19 Best Young Adult Novels of 2019"

SEVENTEEN, "The 70+ Best Young Adult Books of 2019 So Far"

BOOKRIOT, “20 YA Dark Fantasy Books For Your Winter TBR”

BUZZFEED, "29 YA Books You Absolutely Must Read This Spring"

GOODREADS, “32 Big Books that YA Fans Can’t Wait for in 2019”

CULTRESS, “19 books we can’t wait to get our hands on in 2019”

EPIC READS, "The 16 Most Anticipated YA Books to Read in April"

SYFY, "6 April YA Novels That are Out of This World"

"If you like your young adult fantasy full of ice, blood, and angst, Wicked Saints will sweep you up in its wintery embrace." - NPR, "3 Young Adult Novels To Help You Out Of Hibernation"

"This dark fantasy starts off with a bang... The upfront presence of the gods adds an intriguing twist to a brutal story. The ending is as powerful as the opening, and there are explosive elements waiting to detonate in the expected sequels." - BOOKLIST

“If you love dark fantasy this book promises to be a brutal, enchanting gem, full of terrifying blood-magic.” – BOOKRIOT, “20 Dark Fantasy Books For Your Winter TBR”

“Rarely does a dark, magical epic have so effective a character-grounded sense of humor.” - BULLETIN OF THE CENTER OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS

"Filled with stunning landscapes, engaging lore, and an enemies-to-lovers plot for the ages, Wicked Saints is a dense epic about magic, sacrifice, love, and betrayal." - NERDIST, "8 Books to Enjoy Until Netflix's SHADOW AND BONE"

"Emily A. Duncan’s debut YA novel does not disappoint. It’s thrilling and brutal, reading like a heavy metal song. And it’s the first book in a trilogy! I cannot wait for books two and three—and for whatever else this blistering new talent writes. For Fans of: Authors of dark fantasy novels, like Leigh Bardugo." - PASTE MAGAZINE

"Will leave readers hungry for a sequel." - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"I highly recommend WICKED SAINTS to fantasy readers. Emily Duncan’s writing style reminds me of Leigh Bardugo’s. If you enjoyed the setting of Grisha Trilogy and the characters of SIX OF CROWS, I believe you will enjoy WICKED SAINTS. Duncan’s debut novel is perfect for readers looking for intrigue, dark magic and betrayal on every page." - TEENREADS

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Reviews from Goodreads

Emily A. Duncan

EMILY A. DUNCAN is the New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Saints and Ruthless Gods. They work as a youth services librarian and received a Master’s degree in library science from Kent State University, which mostly taught them how to find obscure Slavic folklore texts through interlibrary loan systems. When not reading or writing, they enjoy playing copious amounts of video games and dungeons and dragons. They live in Ohio.

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Emily A. Duncan