Happy book birthday to Emily A. Duncan’s debut novel Wicked Saints, which hit shelves everywhere today.
The first book in the Something Dark and Holy series, Wicked Saints is an action-packed young adult fantasy that follows a girl who talks to gods (all of them), a prince who practices blood magic in the least offensive way possible, and a mysterious boy with a serious rebellious streak.
Ready to learn more about this brand-new novel and celebrate its release? Keep reading for a Q&A with author Emily A. Duncan.
Where did the concept for Wicked Saints come from?
No real specific place or event. I was playing Skyrim and I liked the atmosphere. I wanted to write about a fantasy world styled after Eastern Europe. I wanted to write about religion. I wanted to write a book that feels like listening to a really good metal song. All these things just eventually made their way into the book.
Which point of view did you have the most fun writing?
Oh, Nadya, even though her point of view is definitely the harder one for me. But I like how she interacts with the rest of the cast, and I love writing her arguments with Malachiasz. Also she has the romance arc of the book and I do love writing romance.
What can fans expect to see in book two?
Take the weirdness that happens at the end of Wicked Saints and it’s that for 500 pages. It’s a cosmic horror road trip through a forest that wants to eat you. We see the Salt Mines and more of Kalyazin. There’s more blood, more pedantic arguments about the nature of divinity, more melodrama. Also a fabulously bi occult military princess that I am very excited for everyone to meet. 🙂
Intrigued? Wicked Saints is now available for purchase in bookstores everywhere!
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.