Review: Kingdom of the Wicked

Title: Kingdom of the Wicked

Series: Kingdom of the Wicked #1

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Date Published: October 27th 2020

Publisher: JIMMY Patterson

Genre: Fantasy


Two sisters. One brutal murder. A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself… And an intoxicating romance. Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria 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 find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden. Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked-princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems…

---------------- Review This story had a very exciting concept, meeting and navigating the Princes of Hell and their dastardly deeds. I haven’t read a book like this before, but I loved the idea of the Malvagi and the connection they had witches. The characters were written wonderfully as well, Emilia was an interesting MC, who was significantly altered by her twin’s death, which I thought was written realistically which not so much change it would be unbelievable but enough that it had a deep effect on her. I loved the relationship Emilia had with her sister, as we still get a good sense of this throughout the whole story. The relationship between Nonna and Emilia was a great addition, the author did a good job of portraying this, with difficulties, secrets and love shining through their interactions. Emilia felt very realistic to me, she had a lot of emotions and ideas but after the death of her sister and meeting her new companion her world turned upside down. I enjoyed that she didn’t overreact or overdramatise her reactions to everything but understandably there was a lot going on for Emilia to process, so it was interesting seeing her cope with everything. Wrath was a wonderful character, though we didn’t get to know him as much as I would have liked. He was everything his brothers were not, and I liked that the author showed multiple sides to him and that he wasn’t just the embodiment of his name. I enjoyed his character as well as the dynamic he had with Emilia; I’m certainly intrigued to learn more about him in the next book (hopefully!). The author brought it a lot of foreshadowing hints into the story, which I loved, and I thought this was done really well. The setting was perfect for the story and all the food descriptions made me want to learn to cook, they sounded so delicious. Everything tied together nicely, and I really enjoyed getting to know Emilia and her world. The mystery aspect was intriguing and kept me guessing, whilst also allowing the author to give us lots of information about magic from hell and a bit about how it works... though I’m sure a lot of it was kept secret! This book felt like it set up the rest of the series really well, I have a lot of questions and I wasn’t ready for it to end. However, I’m anticipating the next book will be even better now that the world and characters have been established. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. The setting, the premise and the characters all came together excellently and I can’t wait to read the next one, to see where the story takes us. Rating: 4 Star

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