I’m so happy to be part of the blog tour for Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan! This book is bloody, brutal, and filled with magic. It definitely lives up to all the hype it has been getting! I was able to ask Emily a few questions about the book and what it’s like being a debut!
First off, here’s some more information about Wicked Saints!
“Prepare for a snow-frosted, blood-drenched fairy tale where the monsters steal your heart and love ends up being the nightmare.” – Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen
A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself. A prince in danger must decide who to trust. A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings. Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war. In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.
“This book destroyed me and I adored it.”- Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval
Has being a debut changed your outlook on the bookish community?If so, how?
It is so much more stressful and pressurized and performative than it appears on the outside! It’s all about balance and finding that balance can be a struggle at first. But, truly, I’ve been around the community for a long time and nothing really surprised me too badly. I’ve known what I was getting into.
Several of your characters are very morally gray. How did you balance the good and evil within them?
I would say all of them are! I’m not particularly interested in telling stories where there are clear moral divides, because people don’t work that way. It’s less about being aware of ~good and evil~ and more determining a character’s decisions by their own personal metrics. All of these characters have been shaped by a world of violence and their decisions are going to be grounded in that baseline.
What’s an interesting piece of research you wish you could have added into WICKED SAINTS, but couldn’t?
I actually got to work in an interesting little tidbit about how taverns were factored into the ruling law with low princes in medieval Russia (they were outside of a low prince’s jurisdiction and so used as common meeting spaces — fascinating!) in the sequel. If I don’t use something it does filter out of my incredibly forgetful goldfish brain.
And here’s a little more about author behind Wicked Saints!
EMILY A. DUNCAN works as a youth services librarian. She received a Master’s degree in library science from Kent State University, which mostly taught her how to find obscure Slavic folklore texts through interlibrary loan systems. When not reading or writing, she enjoys playing copious amounts of video games and dungeons and dragons. Wicked Saints is her first book. She lives in Ohio.
Here’s a handy pronunciation guide if you’d like some help pronouncing the names!
And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about Wicked Saints and the questions! All the other posts for the blog tour are super awesome, so definitely check those you if you’d like! Wicked Saints comes out April 2, 2019! I highly recommend giving this one a shot!
Thank you for reading!