Title: Kingdom of the Wicked
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
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 love witch books and the demon trope but something that really separated this book from the rest is how it wasn’t purely fantasy, it actually had a lot of facts from the actual witchcraft (when it comes to herbs, spells and candles). It was soo fun for me to read this!
I love how it also had a touch of mystery in it (although I suspected the killer from the beginning), and how it carries out until the ending.
To me, the most interesting thing in this book was the witchcraft. It was really enjoyable and very different, and to be honest, I really didn’t crave for the romance part that much. I do still understand that this is young adult so romance is a big part of it and I do understand how a witch x demon romantic relationship can be very appealing to many readers.
I did really enjoy this and I think I’ll continue on with the rest of the series when I feel like it. I’m hoping that in the sequel we will have a look into THE grimoire because I’m really interested about what’s in it. I’m also interested in finding out a little more about the curse.
To summarize, this was a very fast paced and interesting fantasy with hints of murder mystery so if you enjoy those tropes you will probably enjoy this book.
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