Review of Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco (earc)



Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

From 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 as it seems… 




I was so thrilled to receive an ARC of Kingdom of the Wicked, a book high up on my most anticipated list. Kerri Maniscalco did not disappoint.

Emilia and Vittoria are twins and witches. Their grandma, Nonna, made them necklaces to wear that are never to be touching. The girls don’t really take her warning too seriously. Nonna warns about the seven demon princes of hell. She says the ones the family should worry about are Wrath, Greed, Envy, and Pride. Girls start ending up murdered with their hearts missing. When the murders hit close to home, Emilia decides to figure out who the murderer is. She’ll even use dark magic if needed. Emilia ends up summoning a demon, Wrath, and he was bound to her. Wrath wants Emilia to make a blood trade, but she rightfully doesn’t trust him. However, Wrath has proven to be helpful and Emilia finds that she enjoys his company at times.

Emilia finds out about a curse. The spell would allow the devil to break the curse and travel between realms. The Horn of Hades is a key that locks the gates of Hell. Not only does Emilia want to find the killer, but she now knows she needs to do everything she can to keep the gates of Hell locked. She finds out more about the curse and the Wicked. Emilia finds herself face to face with more demons while she tries to protect her family. None of them can be trusted, but Wrath has been helping her. Emilia needs to figure out if she can believe him or not.

I loved this book and gave it 5 stars. Thank you to James Patterson Presents and Netgalley for my review copy.

Warnings for blood magic/cutting, death, talk of hell, and some gore.



Have you read this?  Is it on your TBR?





Author: confessionsofayareader

I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

23 thoughts on “Review of Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco (earc)”

  1. A few days ago when I was searching for Holly Black’s The Wicked King this came up in the search results as well. I’m glad I came across your review! This book sounds exciting!

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