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Audiobook/ARC Review: Ruthless Gods (Something Dark and Holy #2) by Emily A. Duncan

Summary from Goodreads:

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.


I reviewed Wicked Saints in November and finally read my ARC of Ruthless Gods! I had been stuck at 20% for ages but once I picked up the audiobook of the second installment I was able to fly through this 544 paged fantasy. I switched between my arc of Ruthless Gods and the audiobook.

I enjoyed the second novel even more than the first book. I was able to connect more to the characters and found the plot intense and unique. I was not a huge fan of the plot in book one but the second one made up for it. And once again the romance between Nayda/Maliachasz was not my favorite. However, I did like a another surprise romance that appeared in the second one. No Spoilers!

I would have liked less changes in characters point of views, I wanted more from Nadya and Serefin compared to others. I was unable to completely connect with any characters outside of the two main ones.

I recommend checking out this intense YA Fantasy series. It is fun to read and had me captivated until the end. I suggest listening to the audiobooks, they really helped me get into the story.


4 Stars Out of 5 Stars


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