Review: Kingdom of the Wicked – Kerri Maniscalco

Rating: 5 out of 5.

TitleKingdom of the Wicked #1
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Page Count488
Published
27th October 2020
Genre:
Fantasy, Young Adult, Historical Fiction

I got this as a preview copy from the nice people at Netgalley. I will always be honest about a book no matter if I paid for it or not. There are also affiliate links in here, too 💜

A dark, intoxicating tale of a beautiful young witch, a troubled demon, and their epic romance, set against a lush 19th-century Italian backdrop.

Hook this book into my veins because it gave me life.

You’ve got witches. You’ve got magic coming out of every orifice. You’ve got murder. You’ve got Princes from motherfucking hell. And you’ve most definitely got a good ol’ plot twist.

Descendants from a very, very long line of witches, our pal Emilia and her twin sister, Vittoria, live quite happily nestled in Sicily, Italy going about their daily lives.

And I’m quite sure things were super dandy until a murder threw Emilia on a mental path of soul searching and character development. You watch her go from a meek soul to a bad-ass woman hell-bent on revenge and only just discovering just how far rage can push someone. Except this someone has magic.

Whilst on her vengeance quest, she causally befriends Wrath (a demon prince from hell, naturally) and you quickly find yourself watching their love/hate relationship bounce off the walls in a chaotic fashion. I am here for that vibe to be honest.

Yes, Kingdom of the Wicked is the first of a duo HOWEVER it doesn’t feel like it is. My pet peeve when it comes to a first in a series is rammed so full of plot/environment building vomit that it’s hard to know what’s going on and I’m real happy that the sick bucket didn’t need to be pulled out for this one.
And yes, there is AN INSANE cliffhanger at the end but it closes the book out perfectly.

This little nugget of a book has everything I could have wanted and more. I want to fill this with spoilers but I’m just going to tell you to go read it instead.

I already need book two.