Ruthless Gods

Something Dark and Holy #2

Emily A. Duncan

fiction fantasy young adult
adventurous dark mysterious medium-paced

432 pages | first published 2020

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.

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Moods

dark 95%
adventurous 68%
tense 59%
emotional 53%
mysterious 50%
sad 16%
challenging 12%
funny 9%
reflective 3%
hopeful 1%

Pace

medium 61%
slow 29%
fast 9%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 62% | Character: 20% | Plot: 13% | N/A: 3%

Strong character development?

Yes: 48% | It's complicated: 31% | No: 20%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 60% | It's complicated: 24% | No: 13% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 62% | No: 20% | It's complicated: 15% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 83% | It's complicated: 13% | No: 3%

Average rating

3.92