Darkness Never Works AloneNadya Doesn T Trust Her Magic Any 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 it s weird it s cerebral everyone is sad it nearly killed me it s a good 100 pages longer than WICKED SAINTS if you like cosmic horror, forests that want to eat you, and very sad very pretty boys and very tired very done with everything girls then i have a book for you that s all, see ya in 2020.edit 6.19.19 we have a cover and i m just going to come out ahead of arcs and put the necessary content warnings here because we re dealing with about the same level of blood self harm as Wicked Saints, about the same level of alcoholism Serefin is Having A Time , i guess the same level of gore That one is rough because each person s understanding of what gore is in a book is different, I didn t think WS was particularly gory but some readers did So Keep that in mind I think RG is about the same level in regards to that, some minor drug use as a magic avenue it s mushrooms, but still , thebigone in this book is body horror eye horror Mainly eye horror There is so much eye horror in this book I don t know what happened So if eye stuff gets to you it gets to me idk how i wrote this I d be careful with this one edit 8.1.19 i have the Actual Page Numbers now and while there s weird eye stuff throughout the book but there smassiveeye trauma on pages 513 514 So, those are the pages to avoid if it s something that squicks you out, and they absolutely can be skipped, you can figure out what happens in them in the next chapter. i have no idea what kind of dark and holy sorcery i was able to conjure in order to get myself an ARC of this so early, but praise to all the wicked saints and ruthless gods alike, because wow this is EXACTLY the kind of darkness i needed to kick off my spooktober just like its predecessor, this sequel is so seductively wicked, so gothically bloody, so cruelly romantic and my black soul has never been happier although the pacing seems to be bit slower than i remember it being in the first book, there is so much time devoted to character development that i cant really complain serefin has become so beautifully tragic, i cant even with him and malachiasz is still just as broken and tortured as ever but everyones stories keep intertwining with each others and with the different kinds of magic and its just a sight to see my only issue keeping me from giving this 5 stars, even though i really want to, is how there seems to be a lot of jumps in the narrative there are many instances where it went from point a to point f and i had no idea how i got there its as if i had skipped over a chapter and lost out on vital information not sure if this is an ARC editing issue that will be corrected before publication i sure hope so , but i spent a lot of time trying to connect all the dots i will definitely be reading a final copy to see if the flow in narration is fixed, because i really want to give this 5 stars anyways, everyone get read for this, because its just as ruthless as the title promises a very massive and genuine thanks to wednesday books for providing an ARC4.5 stars Many thanks to Wednesday Books and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this bookActual rating 4.5 stars The world they wish is broken bones and blood always blood.To finish this monstrous book on Friday the 13th and on full moon is a sign A sign that this terrible, erratic, weird but beautiful book means something special to me Three days of my life were solely dedicated to it I was so engrossed in the story I couldn t properly eat, sleep, or do anything normal like interacting with people But who cares about interactions when you have the whole world unravelling at your fingertips Gods, this book is like a corrupted memory that gets stuck in your brain, infesting every cell with its maddening force But I was a willing victim for the second time since Wicked Saints came out and captured my mind.What I love about this series the most is how hard it is to grasp the reality inside the story you never, for 100%, sure what is going on, you never know who to trust, you never fully understand that terrifying world inside the book It s so gothic, so dark, so repelling with its bloody horrors coming off the pages, but it s also so unique and different from so many books I ve read before For sure, Ruthless Gods as well as Wicked Saints is not immune to cliches and eye rolling situations But it s nothing compared to the thundering of my heart in my throat because I am so terrified for the characters of the characters and what they might do, what they might unleash Nadya, Serefin, and Malachiasz mess up SO MUCH in this part, I can t even express with words how terrible they are but beautiful It s like Emily A Duncan knows exactly what she is doing by creating absolutely irredeemable characters and making you care about them Because it doesn t matter how monstrous Malachiasz is It doesn t matter how delusional Nadya in her pursuit of holiness It doesn t matter how much corruption is inside Serefin YOU JUST SIMPLY CARE BECAUSE THEY ARE THE BEST DAMAGED CHARACTERS YOU WANT TO SAVE.Jeez, I don t even know where to start with the mess this book was Threads of the plot and events were so messy and twisted So much happened I still can t understand Don t even get me started on that ending I ve noticed Emily is getting wicked with her endings No mercy The stakes are higher, the world is in chaos, betrayal is in the air Malachiasz and Nadya are still my OTP, and I will go down with this ship, I swear I can t express in words how every scene, every dialogue between them hurts to the core They care about each other so much, they don t want to hurt each other, but they constantly do they betray, they stab, they regret But they can t stop the vicious cycle because they are enemies on the opposite sides of the war Gods, enemies to lovers is by far my favorite trope, but when you add star crossed lovers to it, my heart is ripped out still beating and bleeding Serefin is my baby I wanted to hug and take care of him He s gone through hell and back, literally The horrors that were done to him, the atrocities he was made to do Serefin will never be the same, but I want him to be happy all the same It s a conundrum, really, when you want a happy ending for the characters you love but deep down you understand they can t have it Can they I ask you, Emily A Duncan, how much will they suffer before they can rest And the plot, which was a nightmare full of unseen terrors I wouldn t be able to explain the intricate web of terrible myths the author created, so terrifying but so real when you read and feel them I love this book because it s so confusing and dark and refreshing and because its weirdness makes it stand out from other books I needed something so utterly dark in my life Though I must confess that I wanted some stuff to be a little bit 18 , but I am perfectly happy to prolong the depraved dream inside my mind turns on the hot stuff.This review is a far cry from coherent, structured thoughts But I didn t want to postpone writing it, because I wanted to catch the essence of my feelings, to re read it later and to feel those fresh emotions rolling off of me after just finishing a book that made a lasting impression on me It s the magic of feeling alive when for a long time you couldn t catch that fire with any other book.Gods, I ve missed that fire And I hope book 3 will turn it into an infernoFor visualizing, while reading this book, please check out author s Pinterest board I swear, it s worth checking out shudder Expected publication April 7th 2020 by Wednesday MacmillanOriginal review How to be ruined by a book in three days Start a book you don t expect anything from Read a little bit and feel sure that NOTHING WILL TOUCH YOU IN THIS STORY Then sometime later realize you are actually enjoying it Go from mildly interested into full fangirl mode I DON T UNDERSTAND WHAT S GOING ON BUT I LOVE IT OMG, WHAT S GOING ON CALL FOR HELP, PLEASE, I DON T KNOW HOW TO COPE WITH IT WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED AND WHO DO I NEED TO KILL TO GET MY HANDS ON BOOK 2 I AM DEAD, AM I NOT OH LOOK, WHAT DO I SEE THERE I BELIEVE IT S CALLED A SEVERE CASE OF HANGOVER APPROACHING RAPIDLY WHAT HAVE I SIGNED MYSELF FOR crawls into the darkest corner of the world to suffer