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Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
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 at is seems…
First Impressions, Thoughts, & Experience:
Once I started reading this book I couldn’t put it down because the story so was enticing. I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next and often stayed up late reading, ruining my sleeping patterns. Although it might be different for others, I felt Emilia’s pain when her theories on who her sister’s murderer was would lead to dead ends. I definitely don’t have the drive she does and probably would’ve caved under all of the pressure the she was in.
One problem I had with this book was the ending. Reading the ending felt like a “yay! everything is magically coming together all at once” kind of scenario. I won’t spoil anything so I’ll only venture to say that although not everything literally came together, the events that led to the ending all happened at once. I feel like the author could’ve built up to the grand ending a little better. Other than this small dispute, this book was enchantingly mysterious and easily sucked me into the loophole of saying “only on more page…” while reading another 1/3 of the book
I once again don’t want to spoil anything so if you want absolutely no chances of spoilers (although these aren’t really spoilers) skip this section.
I absolutely loved hints of the enemies to lovers trope in this book . I love any enemies to lovers stories and the subtle shift in moods during Emilia and Wrath’s interactions were on point. Generally, I love the chemistry between Emilia and Wrath and can’t wait to see what they will go through together in the next book. If I were magically transported into this story, I would instantly fall for Wrath. Another thing I’m excited for in the next book is to see how Claudia will affect the plot of the story. She might not have a big part, but she had premonitions that I think will come into play in the next book. Hopefully, in the end, she will get the good life that she deserves.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would easily recommend it for anyone looking for a good balance between a fantasy novel and a mystery novel. I think Kerri Maniscalco has an amazing writing style that suited this story well. I’m very excited excited to see how the story will play out in the next book, The Kingdom of the Cursed, and can’t wait for it to come out!