Kingdom of the Wicked By Kerri Maniscalco
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Historical, Mystery, Fiction
Pages: 448 pages
Publication Date: October 27th 2020
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
My Rating : 3 out of 5 Stars
Synopsis: Kerri Maniscalco introduces her next series, a dark tale of a beautiful young witch, a troubled demon, and their epic romance, set against a 19th century Italian backdrop.
Emilia and her twin sister Victoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Victoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to discover who did this, and to seek vengeance at any cost—even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.
Then Emilia meets Wrath, the outlier among the seven demon brethren, always choosing duty over pleasure. He’s been tasked by his master with investigating a series of women’s murders on the island. When Emilia and Wrath’s fates collide, it’s clear this disturbing mystery will take a bewitching turn…
Author Bio: Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.
She is the #1 NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series and the forthcoming Kingdom of the Wicked.For an extended bio, please read on below!
My Thoughts: I have been a big fan of Kerri since the Stalking Jack the Ripper series came out. So the moment I saw she was doing a new series I had to add that to my TBR. I didn’t know what to except going in. I do try to limit my reading of synopsis because it always gives things away. I ended up really enjoying this story!
I have to say right away I was hooked by the story. I feel there was never a dull moment in the story. There was always something going on. Plus Emilia was always interacting with new characters so it was fun learning about them and seeing how they were involved with the story.
Another enjoyable part of the story was the setting. The story takes place in Italy. Kerri does such a great job describing the settings and really makes you feel like you are actually there. That is a big part of why I enjoyed her previous series. There also is a bit of darkness to the setting which adds a bit of a Gothic touch to the story.
I think my favorite part of the story was Wrath. He is one of the 7 demon princes. He definitely is a force to be reckon with but he also has a bit of a soft side to him. There was so much banter between him and Emilia. I loved that he wasn’t afraid to call her out for lying to him. I mean he also can’t be trusted as well. He also isn’t a fan of wearing shirts. I don’t think Emilia was a bad character. There were just points in the books where she did certain things that really shouldn’t have been done. There were magic spells she did and had no problem doing when she lacked experience and knowledge. So it didn’t fully make sense to me especially when these are dark spells that are forbidden.
Overall I enjoyed this story. I am very curious to see how the next book is going to play out. I feel the ending of this book ended up happening so fast. I would have liked more to it. I know it was basically to shock you and make you ready for the next one. I could have used a little bit more information. I will end up picking up the next book because I do have questions. I’m just a bit upset I didn’t end up loving this book as much as I hoped.
*I just want to thank Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a free copy of the e-arc in exchange for my honest opinion.*
My Favorite Quotes
“We shouldn’t speak of dark things aloud. It invites trouble.”
“Man had a funny way of blaming the devil for things he didn’t like. It was strange that we were called evil when humans were the ones who enjoyed watching us burn.”
“I’d say Wrath was wrong, but I knew enough of man to believe that anyone was capable of anything at any time.”
“I wanted to stay here for eternity, lost to these good feelings. And it felt like I did. Here I didn’t have to feel grief. I didn’t have to mourn. Here I could simply live.”
“There are victors and victims. Decide who you want to be.”
*Quotes are subject to change with
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