The B&N YA Podcast: Emily A. Duncan Communes with the Gods

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Emily A. Duncan is a youth services librarian and YA author whose Russian-inspired fantasy debut, Wicked Saints, centers on a cruel prince, a boy turned monster, and a girl with a pantheon of gods whispering in her head.

This buzzy first novel inspired fan art before it even released, and has since hit the bestseller list. We talked to Duncan about fanfic, fairy tales, and pantsing her way through two books and counting.

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.

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