Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I loved, loved, loved this book! This is my first book by Kerri Maniscalco, and now I have to go back and read her other ones!

Twins Emilia and Vittoria are witches, and they have grown up with the knowledge that there are Wicked princes of Hell that threaten their lives. They must always wear their special necklaces that help guard them and continue to use protective magic. Then one night, Vittoria is brutally murdered with her heart ripped out of her chest. Emilia discovers Vittoria and vows vengeance, even if it means using dark magic, something her grandmother has spent her entire life warning the twins about. Her use of dark magic goes a bit wrong when she summons, not a demon to assist her, but one of the very Princes of Hell she has worked to avoid her entire life. The two are immediate enemies, and yet they both seem to want the same thing; to find Vittoria’s murderer.

This book is so great! The creation of this world of secret witches, hiding in plain sight was wonderful. The details of the magic were not so overly complicated that I got lost, but instead were slipped into the story seamlessly. I loved learning new pieces of the magical system as the story progressed.

The Wicked Prince, Wrath, is just the kind of dark love interest that I want in a story. He’s got this angry, brooding side, but we get to see these moments of softness that made him vulnerable and lovable. When Emilia and Wrath are together, their banter is wonderful.

As the two of them dive deeper and deeper into the murder mystery, the plot continues to unfold to expose new secrets. I was fully invested in how this story would end and couldn’t wait to find out what happens!

Overall, I absolutely loved this one! It’s filled with magical creatures, dangerous demons, and a storyline that gripped me from the start!

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend Kingdom of the Wicked to readers that enjoy a magical story with a variety of paranormal characters.

Where to Find This Book:

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco is available at these sites.

Amazon ~ Goodreads

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From the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series comes a new blockbuster series…

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 as it seems…

Just the Facts:

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Kingdom of the Wicked, Book 1
Genre: Paranormal
Page Count: 448 pages
Publisher: JIMMY Patterson
Pub Date: October 27, 2020

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I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.

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