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Gothic novel ‘Wicked Saints’ underdeveloped

Gothic novel ‘Wicked Saints’ underdeveloped

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

September 24, 2019

“Wicked Saints” is the debut novel by author Emily A. Duncan and the first in a trilogy. It follows three main characters in a Russian fantasy world where two large countries are stuck in a long, bloody, religious feud. Nadya is a cleric who uses her powers to speak to the gods to try to save her ...

‘The Cruel Prince’ wicked, enchanting

‘The Cruel Prince’ wicked, enchanting

Darrian Breedlove and Alyssa Osborn

March 19, 2019

Princes are usually dreamy and chivalrous, right? Aren’t faeries docile and friendly creatures? These stereotypes are all wrong, at least in Holly Black’s novel “The Cruel Prince,” the first in “The Folk of the Air” series, where readers can’t trust anyone. Holly Black’s world of faeries is very wel...

‘A Very Large Expanse of Sea’ sweet, yet lacking

‘A Very Large Expanse of Sea’ sweet, yet lacking

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

January 8, 2019

Life is hell after the events of 9/11 for teenage Muslim girl Shirin, especially at every school she enrolls in when her family moves. Shirin thought she’d be accustomed to the leers and racist comments of the people who judge her for the headscarf she wears. She thought she’d stopped caring ab...

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