Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Kingdom of the Wicked #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 372 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 27, 2020
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Emilia and her twin sister Victoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Victoria 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 discover who did this, and to seek vengeance at any cost—even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.
Then Emilia meets Wrath, the outlier among the seven demon brethren, always choosing duty over pleasure. He’s been tasked by his master with investigating a series of women’s murders on the island. When Emilia and Wrath’s fates collide, it’s clear this disturbing mystery will take a bewitching turn…
Kerri Maniscalco introduces her next series, a dark tale of a beautiful young witch, a troubled demon, and their epic romance, set against a 19th century Italian backdrop.
I was able to convince Sam to buddy read this witchy book with me. You can find her review here. I was scared to read this one because I knew it wouldn’t have much romance and I haven’t read many young adult books these days. I rarely pick YA books that aren’t rereads but I rarely find good witchy books and was hoping that Wrath would become one of my favorite demons.
I already mentioned this to Sam but what I loved about Emilia that he didn’t treat Wrath differently from anyone. He wasn’t someone below her, or even someone who is better than her. He was just Wrath. Emilia was taught to be afraid of the Malvagi but she didn’t show fear and was willing to face any of them to find out what happened to her sister, especially after all the secrets Victoria had.
We didn’t learn a lot about Wrath but so far I like him! And I’m exited to find more about him and his motivations.
There wasn’t really a romance in this one but there’s supposed to be one in the second book. The mystery took most of the space in this book but I didn’t mind that much. I didn’t really love Emilia being upset when Wrath actually acted like a demon instead of her savior. It was just weird since they never really became friends, let alone lovers.
I liked the world building in this book and I love that the book even had a map of the demon houses. I didn’t even realize Wrath house was bigger than rest of them before Sam pointed it out. I hope we learn more about Shadow witches because there must be a reason Emilia is one instead of a regular witch,
All in all what and intriguing read! I just didn’t like the lack of romance and how I didn’t really get Emilia. I was kind of disappointed on who was killing witches off and we still don’t know everything, so I couldn’t give the book full four stars. There’s so many possibilities for the next book and I can’t wait!