Ruthless Gods (Something Dark and Holy #2) by Emily A. Duncan #bookreview #fantasy #TuesdayBookBlog

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.

This was one of my most anticipated sequels this year – and it was so worth the wait.

The followup to Wicked Saints is dark, powerful, bloody, and cerebral.  And it hurt my heart so many times.  Serefin is caught up in something he has no control over and struggles to keep his throne and his sanity.  Nadya makes impossible choices and discovers shocking truths.  And Malachiasz – what can I say?  He’s broken, dangerous, cunning, tortured, and by far my favorite character.  His relationship with Nadya is complicated beyond explanation – love/hate on steroids.  Character development is magnificent – at times I wanted to throttle each of them.

Pacing is a bit slower in this book, and occasionally the dialogue was disjointed and confusing, almost as if some lines were missing – possibly a whole scene.  But this was an ARC, so that occasionally happens.

Ruthless Gods is a heavy, chaotic, and long read, but something dark fantasy fans will devour.  The next book can’t come soon enough.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.