ARC Review: Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

HUGE thanks to Jimmy Patterson Publicity for giving me the opportunity to read this incredible book!

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…

Oh, how I loved this book. It was an absolutely phenomenal start to what is bound to be yet another fantastic series by Kerri Maniscalco.

The world that Maniscalco has created is so detailed and intense which made it easy for me to fall into it. I loved how it was crafted with her Italian heritage in mind, as it merged with the magical element of the setting so well! The creatures in this book (we’re talking demons, witches, vampires, werewolves, and more!), their history, and how the world worked was intricate and spellbinding. With all of its fabulous world-building, Kingdom of the Wicked took a bit longer for me to get into than Maniscalco’s previous works, but trust me, it was soooo worth it…

After all, it had absolutely everything I adore in a fantasy book:

  • A strong willed female protagonist
  • A snarky, devilishly handsome love interest (who also happens to be a Prince of Hell??!)
  • Bad-ass witches
  • Heavenly descriptions of Italian food that will MAKE YOUR MOUTH WATER
  • An incredible enemies-to-lovers romance
  • A gripping murder mystery that will have you turning the pages like mad

And so much more! If that doesn’t convince you to pick up this book ASAP, I honestly don’t know what will.

Y’all– Enemies to lovers is easily my favorite trope, and Kerri Maniscalco had me swooning away with the slow-burn hate to love romance between our main character, Emilia, and our brooding love interest, aka the Prince of Wrath. I like how it didn’t distract from the overall plot, but still had us mentally screaming “JUST KISS ALREADY” over and over again. In other words, there was a perfect balance between plot and romance. Emilia and Wrath are also both very deep, layered characters. Emilia is smart, stubborn, and brave, and Wrath, though mysterious, is clever, ambitious, and determined. Both of these characters had such complicated and captivating personalities, making the romantic tension between them all the more compelling.

In sum, Kingdom of the Wicked is a dark, gripping story that both new readers and fans of Maniscalco’s previous work will LOVE. I am in complete awe of the writing, the characters, and the plot of this story, and I just know that many other readers will be too! I am SO looking forward to seeing what Maniscalco has in store for us as this series progresses. I enjoyed this book so much, and I can’t wait for its sequel!

Four out of five stars rating | Premium Photo

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