Teaser Tuesday: Ruthless Gods

The Wheel of Time has turned ‘round again to another Teaser Tuesday. This week we take a look at Emily Duncan’s Ruthless Gods, the second book of the Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

Browsing the Bibliothek

It’s been so long since I’ve done one of these I’ve nearly forgotten how I structure them. And since it’s been seemingly forever, let’s take a look at how 2020 ended and 2021 began book-wise.

First of all, I met my 2020 reading goal thanks to Goodreads’ ability to edit the reading challenge. I think my original goal was either 52 or 54 books, but as 2020 wore on and my brain entered a kind of protected mode of work-eat-sleep-repeat, my pace dwindled to nothing from August to October. So I pared back my goal and made it “just one more” every time I finished something. Ultimately, I finished 47 books in 2020.

This year I’ve started small (for me) with an initial goal of 24 books. And right now, I’m ahead of that goal, having read

  • Pearls Goes Hollywood
  • One Magic Moment (The Dreaming Vol. 3)
  • Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything
  • Locke & Key Vol. 5: Clockworks
  • Locke & Key Vol. 6: Alpha & Omega
  • Inferno (Esolen translation)
  • Wicked Saints
  • Stuff You Should Know: An Incomplete Compendium of Mostly Interesting Things

And the books currently on my nightstand, so-to-speak, are

  • Purgatorio (Esolen translation)
  • Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics
  • Aristotle’s Politics
  • Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates
  • Ruthless Gods

There are more books on-deck, but those are the ones in some stage of being read. The Aristotle is for the next Core Curriculum series, I always reread the Divine Comedy during Lent (even if I’m not a practicing member of a church or denomination that observes Lent), and the other two are for fun.

Okay, okay – they’re all for fun, but you get my point, I think.

This week’s Teaser Tuesday will come from Ruthless Gods by Emily Duncan, whose books were recommended to me by one of the players at our D&D table.


The Goodreads Back Cover:

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.


The Teaser:

When she looked up, he was watching her. No, studying her, as if he wanted to get back the lost months they had spent apart. The feeling was ridiculous. They had barely known each other for a year—less, truly. He had lied about everything. Anything more from him was another game to get back into her good graces.

Emily Duncan
Ruthless Gods
paperback page 202

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    1. We play over discord 🙂 sadly, last night my first-ever character failed against the feeble-mind spell and the party has no easy way of undoing it, so it looks like I’ll be rolling a new character.

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