Thursday, October 8, 2020

Blog Tour + Favourite Quotes + Review - Kingdom of the Wicked (Kingdom of the Wicked, #1) by Kerri Maniscalco


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

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Pages: 448

Publisher: Jimmy Paterson

Release Date: 22nd October 2020


Blurb for the book:

 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…


Purchase Links:

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Pre-Order Incentive

 JIMMY Patterson books is running a pre-order incentive campaign. All who pre-order a hardcover, ebook, or audiobook edition of Kingdom of the Wicked before 11:59pm ET on October 26, 2020 will receive an enamel pin, signed bookplate, and pair of oracle cards. This offer is only available in the US and pre-orders from subscription boxes are not eligible. Upload your receipt, and see the Terms & Conditions and details here.


Favourite Quotes



My Review:

*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Jimmy Paterson and NetGalley*

Twin sisters Emilia and Vittoria come from a long line of witches. They live among humans with their parents and grandmother, helping out in the family restaurant.

Vittoria has always been the bolder, more confident twin, but when Emilia finds her sister’s body, she vows that she will have vengeance and will do anything, even use dark magic, to get it.

Emilia’s grandmother has always warned her about the Princes of Hell, but when Emilia encounters one of them (Wrath), it seems as if he has a similar goal as Emilia – working out who is behind the murders of several young witches, including Vittoria.

Can Emilia and Wrath work together to stop the killer?

Can Emilia trust Wrath? Or is he keeping dark truths from her?

For some reason, I have never gotten around to reading any of the authors other books, but, knowing how popular they are and how interesting they sound, I jumped at the chance to read an early copy of their new book, and I’m glad I did.

Emilia was a likeable and relatable protagonist, especially as she was more inclined to stay in and read rather than go out to a party (which I found especially relatable). I felt sorry for her when she found Vittoria’s body and I totally understood her need for vengeance – if anything happened to my sister I would be the same. It was interesting to see how Emilia changed and interacted with people on her quest for vengeance.

Wrath was a very intriguing character who I wanted to trust but knew that I probably couldn’t. I especially enjoyed reading his interactions with Emilia and their verbal sparring.

I enjoyed the Sicilian setting and felt that the descriptions of the food definitely helped to create the atmosphere.

Finding out about the different Wicked Princes of Hell was interesting, and I thought that having the seven sins as demons was unique and intriguing. The different magic and witches were also interesting.

The plot was good overall, but I definitely preferred the second half, which was when Wrath came into the storyline more and there was more action. While I did guess some of the twists, there were a few that I didn’t see coming.

The writing style was easy to follow and I would like to read more books by the author.

After the way the book ended, I am very intrigued to see what happens in the sequel, which I am definitely planning to read.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read that I would recommend.



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.


Follow Kerri on Twitter and Instagram where she’s always ready to talk fictional crushes:

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