Title: Kingdom of the Wicked
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Format: Hard Cover
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
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…
Book Review: Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
It took me a few days to organize the plethora of post it notes and arrange them into something coherrent for this blog post. I kept going back and re-reading some scenes and fan girling over THE DELECTABLE DEMON THAT KERRI MANISCALCO THREW UPON MY EYEBALLS.
We all know I’m a sucker for grumpy men. But make them demons….just tell me where to sign my soul over.
This is my first Kerri Maniscalco book and let me just say that I will be buying her other series. She’s made herself a spot among my favorite authors and I am looking forward to all the other books she has planned.
Kingdom of the Wicked is the story of Family, secrets and Vengeance. We follow Emilia and her journey in discovering who killed her twin sister amoungst other witches. Fulled by anger, rage, a lust for venganza (vangeance) Emilia does the unthinkable, something her grandmother has warned her away. She resorts to using dark magic, magic that demands a high price and something her clan of witches is against. Emilia decides to summon a demon so that she can gain information from it about who is committing the murders.
She didn’t bank on summoning one of the 7 Princes of hell, Wrath.
I enjoyed this book so so much. And not because it gave me a new book boyfriend; but because of the characters. Emilia’s rage was something tangible, something that isnt easily resolved with the help of a demon prince. She wants justice for her sister but along the way that feeling turns into something more selfish. As it tends to do in real life. We get to see her titter on the edge of losing herself to such feeling.
Wrath was *sighs dreamily*. This newest member of the grumpy club was a treat to read about. A demon prince but loyal to the end. His walls cracked ever so slowly throughout the book but the fact that he maintained them was probably the best thing about his character. Yes there was romance but he is a Prince of Hell. Someone who has ulterior motives and didn’t change them even when everything happened.
The once thing I do wish there was more of was World Building. I feel like we spent so much time in Emilia’s head that we didnt get a sense of the world she lives in. We only got glimpses.
Nonetheless, Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco gets a solid 4/5 stars.
Things I didn’t like:
- The romance seemed disconnected in some scenes.
- We spent too much time in Emilia’s head, not enough on the world around her
Things I did like:
- Emilia’s need for vengance
- The banter between the two characters
- Slow Burn