Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Manascarlo


Book Synopsis

Book Details

Pages: 372

Genre: Fantasy/Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson

Format: Paperback

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…

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Review

* Non-Spoiler Review*

I held back on reading this one, probably because I kept seeing it on social media. I think I have mentioned this before, but some part of me rebels slightly when I see a book being so trendy.

Well, I should have listened and just picked it up with everyone else – what a read. It’s the first book in a long time where I found the world subtle but complex. I loved that story was set in Sicily and that the main character had such a passion for food. It made me hungry in some parts, which I wasn’t mad about! Emilia was a relatable character, she was enjoying her quiet life among her family, the quiet one compared to her outrageous and adventurous sister – navigating what her future would bring.

Little did she know that everything would change.

One evening during their village festivities, Emilia stumble across her twin dead, heart missing and a man licking her blood from a knife. I really liked the whole premise, there is a mix of superstition, magic and mystery around who killed Vittoria. There is an enemy to lovers trope and I felt it enhanced the storyline, the world building was not too intensive but I definitely got the feel of Sicily and the other world.

Overall, it was a great read and I read the sequel straight away!

Spice Rating: 2.5/6 – See my rating system here

Book Rating: 4/5

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