Hey Beautifuls, today is my stop on the Blog tour for Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco! I am so thankful to the team at Terminal Tours, and to the Publisher for allowing me to review this ahead of publication; and of course giving me the opportunity to help build up some noise about this fabulous book. Do be sure to check out the other stops on this tour, which you can find the list here.
Now whilst I could argue the cover is beautiful enough to buy this book alone, I am fully in love with the content and want to share with you the synopsis so that you can be as intrigued as I was before I got my reader greedy hands on it.
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 woman’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems…
My Review –
Honestly, even now I am still shook about this book. It is so difficult to form words about it when I am so desperately reliving every moment and trying to deal with the fact I now have to wait for the next instalment – let me just tell you now, that’s going to be on hell of a impatient wait. Let’s start with the setting, because I really want to talk about how much I enjoyed the wholesome feel of this Silician island complete with the sights and smells that you can literally feel yourself being wrapped in and wishing you could be there to taste and breath it all in too. I loved that Emilia’s family had a business in the form of a restaurant, it really played into the setting and gave it more depth in my opinion.
I love a book that has magic and myths all combined in one, and Kingdom of the Wicked did not disappoint me in this regard. Emelia’s Nonna is always telling tales of why the girls need to behave and why they shouldn’t do this, that, and the other. I loved her, and whilst reading actually made a note that reads ‘Everyone should have a Nona in their life’. She was a character that played the role of the overbearing grandparent with a life full of secrets well, and I loved her for it.
Emilia was a really great main character, and I really appreciated her confidence, her rage, and her ability to take serious steps despite it probably being a little risky at times. I found her character easy to relate to, and I really liked that Kerri Maniscalco didn’t shy away from the grim changes that grief wrought on Emelia as a person. Grief has the power to change us all and Emelia is a very literal representation of that.
The Wicked were one of my favourite parts of this story; meeting them, trying to figure out their angle and motives. It all added to the stakes and excitement of reading this story. There were moments when I didn’t know who to trust, who wanted what, and the why…forever trying to figure out the real why of the story was so fun.
Kingdom of the Wicked is evocative, deeply sinful, and and absolute joy to read. I highly recommend it, and hope that if you do choose to pick it up, you will find it as great as I did.
For those of you who are planning on picking this one up, I would like to mention the pre-order incentives. This is for US, but for those who are international you can order from Premiere Collectables. Pre-order ends Oct 26th 2020. Here is the preorder link for those who need it.
What you recieve:
- Enamel Pin
- Signed Bookplate
- One Pair of Oracle Cards
So there you have it, my thoughts of Kingdom of the Wicked – of you hadn’t already guessed, I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read the next book! Please sign me up for the next one because I don’t know I can go without the answers I need!
Thanks for reading lovelies. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Until next time.