Earlier this year, I binged the entire Stalking Jack The Ripper series and knew that Kerri Maniscalco would quickly become one of my favourite authors if she could continue to capture my attention with her newest book. Suffice to say, she succeeded. Betrayal, sacrifice, revenge. Kingdom Of The Wicked was a wonderfully dark fantasy, from the gothic atmosphere to the amazing characters. I absolutely loved every minute of this book and I’m already dying for the sequel 🙈
Kingdom Of The Wicked (Kingdom Of The Wicked #1) by Kerri Maniscalco
Pub. 2020 | Fantasy
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 discover who did this, and to seek vengeance at any cost – even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.
Then Emilia meets Wrath, the outlier among the seven demon brethren, always choosing duty over pleasure. He’s been tasked by his master with investigating a series of women’s murders on the island. When Emilia and Wrath’s fates collide, it’s clear this disturbing mystery will take a bewitching turn…
Something Kerri Maniscalco excels at is writing chemistry between characters without forcing romance down our throats. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for a good romance storyline – and there’s definitely promise here for a great one in the future – but sometimes the build up can be more fun to read about than the actual end result. Emilia and Wrath’s relationship is a hell of a slow burn, but I ate up every second of it. Though both of these characters are fantastic on their own, I’m excited to see where their relationship heads in the future. It’s going to be explosive, that’s for sure 🤭
I’m obsessed with the concept of physical embodiments of the seven deadly sins, and this iteration didn’t disappoint for the sheer fact that something else that has always fascinated me are stories about the princes of Hell. I got a two-for-one special in this book and I just can’t wait to see where Kerri Maniscalco takes the story next.
A lot of people seem to have guessed the murderer early on, but I have to say that I didn’t see it coming. Though it wasn’t the earth-shattering revelation I expected it to be, I was still quite surprised. Maybe I just devoured the book too quickly to see the signs 😂 Either way, don’t go into this story expecting some epic murder plot. The book is much more heavily focused on Emilia’s desire for revenge, and the consequences of every action she takes after her sister is murdered. But that definitely isn’t a bad thing.
Stalking Jack The Ripper is one of my new favourite series’, but I think Kerri Maniscalco might knock it out of the park with this one. Her fantasy writing is just phenomenal, and I know I’ve said it before, but I can’t wait to see where she takes the story next 😍