Ruthless Gods by Emily Duncan
**We received an early copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. We’d like to thank Emily and Macmillan for the opportunity. This book came out on April 7th and you can get it here or at your local independent bookstore**
Reviewed by Sam!
What I drank prior: it’s a friend’s birthdays and since… well… not allowed to be anywhere near each other… i was able to get myself good and drunk in my own home with a $4 bottle of wine and I have no idea how I’ll be able to go back to $8 glasses.
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.
Drunk Overview: this is the sequel to Wicked Saints so if you haven’t read it, please go check out the other review cause I’m too drunk to care about book 1 spoilers. Promise to keep book 2 spoilers out though. Drunk me isn’t a monster. You know who IS a monster? Malachiacz. His gawd awful betrayal from book 2 has folks shook. Nadya is the most broody of everyone in this book. She’s got this mark on her hand and she definitely fucked up in that church and her gods aren’t talking to her anymore. Serefin fucking DIED and came back and now he’s got moths following him everywhere. He’s the king now and is tryna figure it out while also dealing with the war.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: this one was better in some ways in worse in others. The pacing was tough but the angst was better. This book was fucking terrifying. TERRIFYING.
Characters: I’m… I’m not sure I can talk about the character specifically because it will spoil you but oh my GODS this has the best angst. We do get additions to the cast that only add to it. The banter is on point. I found myself actively laughing.
Plot: the plot wasn’t a strength in this book. It felt like it could have been 50 pages shorter. However, I will say that the cliffhanger was brutal and I hate it.
Writing Style: the gore, man, the gore. Malachiacz has these… eyes.. that open from random parts of his body, like his cheek or forearm. It’s fucking terrifying.
World Building: I love how this book built on the last one. Instead of contradicting which happens a lot in second books it builds. It’s amazing.
What to pair it with: I mean. Does it need explaining? Red wine. Blood red wine. And vodka. Lots of vodka.
Rating: 3/5 shots
COMMENT DOWN BELOW: Has a book ever terrified you? This is one of the few that did…
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,