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Ruthless Gods

A Novel
Series: Something Dark and Holy, Book 2
Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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Publisher's Summary

The stunning sequel to instant New York Times best seller Wicked Saints

"Ruthless Gods opens the door to a world of fallen gods and eldritch horrors.... Gruesome, grotesque, and so, so glorious." (Erin A. Craig, New York Times best-selling author of House of Salt and Sorrows)

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. 

"Ruthless Gods will leave fans demanding the final installment in the trilogy." (Christine Lynn Herman, author of The Devouring Gray

A Macmillan Audio production from Wednesday Books

©2020 Emily A. Duncan (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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A lot darker and a lot holier - loved it

"Surely you can break it. Are you not so very powerful? Are you not a being of dark divinity?"


Ruthless Gods was everything I was expecting from book 2 in this trilogy and then some. There were so many moving parts throughout the book that at times I had absolutely no idea where we were going to next, only that wherever we ended up - it was definitely not going to be good news.

The storyline operates under so much grey that I struggled with knowing who I should be rooting for, a lot of the time I was just begging for more of the 'enemies-with-benefits' scenes with Nadya and Malachiasz regardless of if that ended up with blood on either of their hands. Even after finishing the book, I'm still unsure as to where I stand and who I'm behind.

It's difficult to review much of this book without giving away big plotlines and reveals, as so much happens towards the end that just completely 180's you. The world building and creation of an entire religion has been done so incredibly well and there has been so much depth added into it, lore within stories can sometimes come across as boring - however all it did in this one was intrigue me even further.

"His tone was a little bit chaotic monster, a little bit melancholy boy"


The body horror in this novel was horribly grotesque and I found myself cringing multiple times. Eyes and teeth are not meant to be where Emily A Duncan put them on poor Malachiasz and it definitely set off my trypophobia - it's definitely times like this that I'm glad I can't visualise when reading because I don't know how I would have handled it.

This book is definitely a lot darker and a lot holier and I can't wait to see where we go in book 3.

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  • Dana
  • 16-06-2020

Weird accent

The voice acting is fine EXCEPT for the weird transylvanian(???) accent they use for all the dialogue. sometimes its hard to tell what the characters are saying with the accent, it definitely pulls you out of the story. It's also pretty hard to take intense scenes seriously when it sounds like count chocula is the one performing them. super weird choice there.

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  • Kenyatta Gaines
  • 03-08-2020

Amazing!!

I love this book to much and the narrators are amazing! I can't wait for next one to come out!!!

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  • Bethany
  • 29-04-2020

Amazing again!

Ruthless gods continues the captivating story from wicked saints. And again I couldn't stop listening until I was already finished and hungry for more. the tangled web of the gods strings makes a wonderful story to follow and all the different perspectives make it more interesting to try and fit the pieces together. The narrators are perfect for Nadya and Sarafin. I don't really like how they decided to change the pronunciation of malachiasz in this reading but I'm guessing that was the author telling them how to say it. it's an amazing series so far and I can't wait to devour the next book hopefully I don't have to wait long.

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  • Mary Titus
  • 25-04-2020

Struggle to get through

I loved The first book but this one was a bit of a struggle to get through. Not bad just not as good as the first

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  • Hayden JL Mora
  • 19-04-2020

Excellent Story. A wonderful, new tapestry of fantasy, politics and magic

This is the well crafted second addition in what I hope will be a multi-tome series. The characters are interesting and well developed. The story further reveals a glimpse into a new world of magic, g-ds, politics and intrigue. I

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  • Catherine A Rector
  • 15-04-2020

Monstrous and Delightful; Plethora of Eyeballs.

This book hurt me and I loved it.

In fact, I often fear middle books in a three-book series. This one defeated those fears and ran over them with a horse carriage that was delivering crates of spare eyes to Malachiasz.

I found the book to be a fantastic slow-burn examination of faith— in each other, in the powers that be, in their countries— and that was something I revelled in. Nadya's journey is so very human, the way her inner wants and needs conflict, the cognitive dissonance of things that she just can't live with. As much as I loved Wicked Saints, I somehow felt closer to the cast in this book, something that feels rare in my reading experience.

And that one time I had to pause the book and walk away because the 10-minute gore description was too vivid for my poor brain to handle. Stunning.

And such amazing monster kisses. Duncan knows what I want.

I'm going to end up listening to this again, I know it. Afterall, a year is a long time to wait for more eyeballs.