Oh, that joyous feeling when one of your most anticipated books of the year turns out to be one of your favourites. Yep, I’m getting it out of the way early that Kingdom of the Wicked was one of the best books I’ve read this year and one you guys should all pick up soon!
This is the first book in a new series following Emilia, a streghe – or witch – who after discovering the body of her twin sister, vows to find her sister’s killer and to get revenge. But doing so involves using the kinds of dark magic her Nonna warned her against and when she summons one of the Wicked, Wrath, a Prince of Hell she winds up discovering her sister was involved in a web that was a lot more dangerous and complicated then she’d ever have expected.
Can I talk about Wrath first? Like, I loved Cresswell in the Stalking Jack the Ripper books but Wrath was amazing and definitely a new book boyfriend. Just. Wow. He’s as angry as you’d expect when considering his sin but he’s also intelligent, witty and very picky about what he wears. I love his attitude and everything about him. Let’s not lie, he sounds hot too. Sorry to be shallow but I can’t resist.
Emilia was a great main character. In the beginning she was someone happy to sit and let things happen to her at first but as soon as her sister dies she seems to discover herself in her need for vengeance. I loved that she wasn’t trying to stand out and be different but she still know what she wanted and would work hard to get it. Family is important and I love her knowledge of food. Even if so much of the food talk made me seriously hungry. I need Italian food now. But I do love when the food featured sounds so good because it makes me want to try out some of the suggestions.
Together Emilia and Wrath are going to make a powerful couple. I loved their bickering, I loved the fact they kept calling each other witch and demon. So many of their scenes would work with an OTP of mine and that gave me so much pleasure. But despite the fact they anger each other a lot, they work well together and I look forward to seeing how they explore the world around them as the series goes on. They’re a match made in hell and I love it.
The worldbuilding was spectacular. I love who the devil was, I loved the use of streghes and benandanti and how the magic is portrayed. I’ve already mentioned the use of food but I’ve got to add that again. Everything about this book was intriguing and delightful. I couldn’t put it down and honestly, I don’t know why it took me so long to get to. I’m excited to see where this world of demons, witches and shapeshifters is going to lead us and I need more now.
If you’ve not already picked up a copy – or got one through a book box – I highly recommend you do!
3 thoughts on “Book Review: Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco”
Great review!! I’m so tempted just to pick it up straight away!
You definitely should. You won’t regret it. Just make sure you have some food on hand 🤣
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