RELEASE DATE: April 7th 2020
AUTHOR: Emily A. Duncan
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Horror, Adventure.
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.
Ruthless Gods is the second book in the Something Dark and Holy trilogy. Well, this was a crazy sequel to the series but I wouldn’t say it was the best. There’re some parts that left me confused and if you aren’t into the story, then it might not work out for you. The entire book was focused on a long journey, character development, and introduction to the old gods. The following review contains spoilers for the first book so be warned.
After the events in the first book, Nadya lost her ability to speak with her gods. She’s no longer a cleric. Malachiasz has returned to the salt mines fighting with the monster inside him. Serefin is fighting off a voice in his head that doesn’t belong to him. They all come together to stop a looming war. They set on a epic Journey to the far side of Kalyazin to free the gods but they don’t know that they’re just pawns who’re being played.
I enjoyed all the characters. I loved Nadya and Mal. Their relationship was a bit complicated. Mal was a true bad boy who wouldn’t hesitate to betray her for his motives. At least he was always honest about that part. Nadya hates herself for being attracted to him. I liked Mal as a villain-ish character but that eye thing was creepy. Coming to Serafin, I honestly didn’t care much about his character except for his friendship with his two friends. He’s back from death, but he’s starting to hear voices inside his head which isn’t really a surprising part. This book also focused on the secondary characters and it looks like everyone is battling their own demons.
The plot was intriguing and dark, but at the same time confusing. It took some time for me to get into the story. It was a slow journey, but the ending was pretty intense. There are so many twists and turns. It wasn’t easy to predict what’s going to happen next. I loved the multiple POV’s. The author’s writing hooked me from the first page and it made the journey much more easier because there’re some parts that left me frustrated. It is one hell of a crazy book. The world was brutal. There’s lots of blood, gore, death, and violence. I really loved the gothic and sinister vibes in the story.
Even though I’ve struggled with this book, I ended up loving it! Despite issues, I found myself enjoying it. As expected, this book concludes with a huge cliffhanger and I’m super excited for the finale.
I would recommend this series if you are into extremely dark YA fantasy!
So, What do you think of this series? Have you read it yet? Do you Plan to read it?
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