Kingdom of the Wicked (Kingdom of the Wicked #1) by Kerri Maniscalco

Title: Kingdom of the Wicked (Kingdom of the Wicked #1)

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Type: Trilogy – Book 1

Genre: Historical fantasy Fiction, Action & Adventure, Magical World, Witches, Angels, Demons, shapeshifters, Werewolves

Primary Characters: Emilia, Wrath & Vittoria  

NarrationSingle POV

I was intrigued by the blurb and cover picture. Even though I had this book in my kindle queue I just didn’t pick it up till very recently. I loved the creativity which shined through the story.

Plot begins with Emilia di Carlo and her twin sister Vittoria being grown up with supernatural tales, warnings, spells, and incantations in their blood told by their grandmother. They wear amulets as a protection shield to ward off evil. Over a period when they don’t encounter any thing related to what their grand mother told. This makes them relax and down their guards. But these stories become all too real after Emilia discovers Vittoria, murdered and mutilated.

Emilia is now adamant on extracting vengeance. To uncover the truth of her sister’s murder at any cost, she embarks on the path of using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.  Emilia summons a demon, expecting it to be a lower-level demon, but instead, she accidentally summons a demon prince of hell, Wrath

Emilia forms an uneasy alliance with “Prince of Hell – Warth”. Everything about him, from his snarky attitude, his knowledge of all things dark and hellish, his tattoos, his sexy outfits, I loved it all.

As the story unfolds, Emilia displays impressive levels of guts and determination. Plot has several twists and turns which kept me hooked throughout. The world-building was not all bad, considering I get the gist of the conflict between the two worlds, but the settings is slightly vague. Banter between the characters were good.  I loved the creepiness and the mysteriousness of the book.

Secondary characters were intriguing especially brothers of Wrath. We see Greed, Lust, Envy and Pride. Ending was unexpected and jaw dropping cliff-hanger. Can’t wait to start the next book in the series.

 Overall, fun, fast-paced young adult fantasy with great characters.

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Blurb as per Amazon

rom 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 at is seems…

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