Kingdom of the Wicked
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books
Release Date: October 27, 2020
“If I cannot bend the will of Heaven, I shall move Hell.”
Kingdom of the Wicked is the newest book from Kerri Maniscalco, author of the bestselling Stalking Jack the Ripper series. It's a perfect spooky read and just a generally amazing read for anytime!
KotW tells the story of twin witches Emilia and Vittoria. After Vittoria is brutally murdered, Emilia begins her quest for vengeance, but soon finds herself delving deeper into the dark reality of the warnings her Nonna spoke of as a child. Kerri once again delivered relatable characters, insightful prose, and an intriguing plot. As a twin myself, this book interested me from the first time I read the summary.
When I read the description, I’ll admit I was a little worried it would be a stereotypical “7 deadly sins” trope, but it wasn’t at all. It was dark and twisty, while still managing to be captivating and alluring (and mouthwatering).
Emilia at first struggles to come to grips that the “scary stories” her Nonna told her and her sister as children were actually true, and it’s such a relatable struggle. I also have a soft spot for Emilia’s intense questioning and stubbornness. She never backed down, even when faced with near certain death at times.
Wrath was a typical morally gray demon bad boy, yet so much more at the same time. His disdain for ugly clothes and his love for cannoli humanized him in a way that made it easy to forget he’s technically one of the bad guys.
Nonna was kind of a iffy character for me. I know she thought she was protecting the twins by not telling them the whole truth, but I always disagree with that (even though it admittedly makes for a good story). It was good to see her finally give in and answer Emilia’s questions eventually, but I think it was too little too late for all to be forgiven.
While the time period was a bit ambiguous, it worked for the fantasy/supernatural aspect. The excerpts from the family grimoire at the beginning of each chapter really helped develop the magic system in the world without resulting in overbearing descriptions in the story itself.
Don’t even get me started on the food descriptions.... I had to stop reading at one point and go make something to eat because everything sounded so good and I couldn’t focus on the actual plot for dreaming about making and eating food with Emilia. Very well done! This little tidbit added so much to Emilia’s character and made me love her even more.
The end of this book was full of twists, some I saw coming and some I honestly didn’t, which is always awesome to get! It was wonderful and left me wanting to read the next book RIGHT NOW. This has been my first five star read in a few months, and it has rightfully earned that rating!
Let me know what you think about this one!
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, Jimmy Patterson Books for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author:
"Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.
She is the #1 NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series and the forthcoming Kingdom of the Wicked."
Thanks for reading!