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Ruthless Gods

A Novel

Emily A. Duncan

Wednesday Books

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ISBN10: 1250195691
ISBN13: 9781250195692


544 Pages



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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. Their paths are 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.


Praise for Ruthless Gods

"After the glimmers of divinity and magic in Wicked Saints, Ruthless Gods opens the door to a world of fallen gods and eldritch horrors and I am absolutely ready to step through it. Gruesome, grotesque, and so, so glorious."—Erin A. Craig, New York Times bestselling author of House of Salt and Sorrows

"Come for the Gothic horror-fantasy, stay for the eldritch nightmares, cosmic despair, and irreverent, unforgettable characters. Ruthless Gods will leave fans demanding the final installment in the trilogy."—Christine Lynn Herman, author of The Devouring Gray

"Magic and romance steeped in blood and betrayal . . . fans of the first volume will be pleased to have more of the same, with higher stakes and increasingly complicated questions of power and divinity."—Kirkus Reviews

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A viper, a tomb, a trick of the light, Velyos is always reaching for whatever does not belong to him.

—The Letters of Wlodzimierz

Serefin Meleski inhabited the sliver of night that...

About the author

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.

Emily A. Duncan

Emily A. Duncan

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