Welcome to my stop for the Kingdom of the Wicked blog tour! I’m so excited to share my thoughts on this book with you all. A huge thank you to Terminal Tours for including me in this blog tour, and to the publishers for the gifted review copy!
Kingdom of the Wicked (#1)
Author: Kerri Maniscalco / Release Date: October 27, 2020
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…
This was the first book I read by Kerri Maniscalco. I’ve heard amazing things about her books and I was really excited about this one. This was one of my highly anticipated of the year and it did not disappoint.
The writing was so easy to get into. I was really interested from the start. I wanted something intriguing and a little dark and this was perfect. I felt like the story started immediately. I was hooked from the very beginning. I was also really eager to see how this story would unfold and so I just kept reading. I loved how immersed this book made me because I read 200 pages in one go. It was just so easy to read this one in one sitting.
The story was very interesting. I also thought the pace was perfect. I never felt bored because there was always something happening. The further into the story I got, the more I wanted to read. The setting was so atmospheric. I love that everything had a touch of dark to it. This is definitely a perfect read for October! There’s also a lot of mentions of food so prepare to be very very hungry.
There was also the intriguing appearance of the seven princes of hell. I love a story that can bring in the seven deadly sins, and Wrath was obviously a favorite. He was broody and a little bit of a cinnamon roll and I loved that. He has a sense of humor from time to time and his fair share of secrets. I also love books with demons so. Emilia was also an interesting character. Wasn’t so sure how I felt about her at first but I quickly enjoyed trying to solve the books mystery with her, and I loved watching her grow and fight too. This mystery kept me guessing for a good while and I definitely enjoyed the mystery mixed with fantasy in this one.
I enjoyed this one so much more than I even expected. I guessed a few things that happened but overall I really liked this one. The ending really made me excited for the next book. I hope you’ll be picking this book up soon!
About the Author
Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.
She is the #1 NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series and the forthcoming Kingdom of the Wicked.