Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan (Something Dark and Holy, #2)

TITLE: Ruthless Gods
AUTHOR: Emily A. Duncan
PUBLISHER: Wednesday Books
YEAR: 2020
LENGTH: 544 pages
AGE: Young Adult
GENRE: Fantasy

After attempting to read this originally I found out that the premise of the series relies on a bunch of antisemitic tropes. Due to this and the fact that this book was confusing and I did not enjoy it at all, I do not recommend this book/series. I’ve left my original review intact below.

Queer Rep Summary: N/A. The first book had Lesbian/Sapphic Secondary Character(s) but I don't know if they make an appearance here.

DNF 30% in (beginning of interlude iii).

I started reading this a week after reading the first book, WICKED SAINTS, and I don't know what's happening or why I should care. I mention the timeframe to make it clear that my confusion is not a result of waiting a long time between reading the first book and picking up the sequel. I'm perfectly fine being confused by a book, there are some I've praised for being fascinating while also spending a long time being largely incomprehensible. But I just can't get into the central motivation of "girl must save demon nightmare boy from something (???) by doing something (???)". I can handle a book being boring for a little while, and I'm fine with confusion, but this combination of unclear stakes, revelations without enough tension, general lack of context, and a plot I just can't get into means I'm going ahead and stopping now. 

CW for alcoholism, self harm, blood, gore, body horror, murder, death.

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A city on a hill with a leafless forest rising up behind it, the city is drenched in red, dripping like blood from the floating text of "RUTHLESS GODS" above.


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