Review: Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Genre: Fantasy, Young adult

Pages: 448
Publication Date: October 22nd 2020
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson

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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 at is seems…


My Thoughts

Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are witches, and their life depends on them keeping that a secret and also never taking off an amulet which is said to protect them. Emilia is the brasher of the two while Vittoria is the soft-spoken sweet one. Unfortunately… we don’t get to see much of Vittoria because the novel centers on Emilia trying to solve the mystery involving Vittoria’s murder.

Kerri Maniscalco created a highly atmospheric setting, using descriptions that brought life to the novel, but sometimes these dragged on, losing me because they weren’t essential to the plot or story.

When we meet the next character, Wrath, one of seven princes of hell, things pick up a little more. I wanted more when it came to their interactions. To me, Emilia and Wrath didn’t true grow until the last few chapters, and then it was only dangled in front of us. I hope there is more to their development in the second book.

Largely, this was a solid 3.5 savvy crowns for me. I enjoyed it; it kept me fairly engaged, but when it comes down to it, I wanted more depth as far as character interactions/development went. Especially when romance is promised… there was very little of that.

I need the sequel now!

Do you love demon stories?

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