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  • Amazing!

    Kerri Maniscalco is a genius. Every one of her books perfectly captures the essence of evil, vengeance, and desperation. Moving to fantasy was a great move, because it made this book all the more bewitching and captivating. So much is done right, I could barely put this book down. After her sister is brutally murdered, Emilia is determined to uncover the truth. Delving deeper into dark magic, she summons Wrath, one of the princes of Hell. Although he looks to be on her side, nothing is as it seems, and both he and his brothers have their own motivations. The characters in this were really what made the book for me. Every one of them is super interesting, and multi-dimensional. I loved trying to guess what their motivations were, and how complex they were. Wrath and his brothers definitely kept me interested, and I'm super excited to see more of them in the next book. As advertised in the blurb, the romance in this was completely intoxicating. Written as a slow-burn, enemies-to-lovers masterpiece, there isn't anything I would've changed. As soon as our love interest was introduced, I was immediately shipping it, even though I knew I shouldn't be. I loved how the romance really forced both characters to change, it was a great way to introduce their development. With a completely unique premise, this book kept you hooked. Every inch of it felt completely new and unique, even though it did contain ideas already used. A fantastical murder mystery with witches, princes of Hell, and witch hunters, nothing in this book was as it seemed, which I absolutely loved. Adding to its uniqueness, this book was heavily inspired by Italy. I don't think I've ever read a book with bits of Italian culture before, so I found this to be super interesting. Although I can't speak to its accuracy, I really enjoyed it. And finally, the plot in this was amazing. It moved consistently the entire time, with enough twists to keep you entertained. I loved where the ending took the book, it set up great for the next book, and captured the feeling of desperation perfectly. Although Keri Maniscalco deviated from her usual genre in this book, it felt like she'd been writing fantasy for her whole life. Every aspect of this book was amazing, and I can't wait to get my hands on the next! Thanks to Keri Maniscalco and Netgalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review

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  • Amazing reading!

    I was looking for an ideal reading for this Halloween and I have to recommend that Kingdom of the Wicked is perfect, magic, intrigue and demons is something that we can find in its history. Emilia and her twin Victtoria have grown up listening to the legends about the Malvagi, their grandmother Nonna always reminds them that they must fear the princes of hell and never take off their amulets, and most importantly, never make a deal with them. One day, Emilia finds the body of her sister who has been murdered and her heart has been ripped from her chest. Emilia immersed in pain and rage tries to find answers and a way to avenge her sister’s death. Our central theme will be magic and the seven deadly sins that are presented to us as houses of hell, each house has a demon of much power that represents it, and it is here that I must mention Wrath, the demon from whom Emilia has heard the worst stories, Nonna has always told her that of all the Malvagis she must fear most, it is Wrath. But, the chemistry between Emilia and Wrath is epic, there’s tension and a lot of passion. In addition to magic and demons, another theme that stands out a lot in this book is the tradition and recipes of the Emilia family. So we’ll have a lot about Italian cooking. I loved this author with her series Stalking Jack The Ripper and this new one that presents me loved it much more, the creativity of the author is really amazing and takes us into a magical world that will catch us instantly. That creepy vibe we’ll have from the prologue will be the gateway to a story you love. What I love most about this author is how detailed she is to describe scenarios and emotions. The narration of this book is exceptional, Kerri Maniscalco with a deep prose will let us know a terrifying scenario that will keep us captivated in reading until the end. I am very anxious to read the second book, the end of this one left me hanging from a book and I think it will be a reading that I will read until the arrival of the next one just to calm my craving to know more. Kingdom of the wicked is a book full of paranormal mystery where you will be trapped in that world or revenge, demonic beings, magic and prophecies.

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  • Can't wait for more!

    That ending has me shook, and once I got about halfway in, I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait for more, I need to know what is going on here! For fans of Serpent & Dove and From Blood and Ash, this was magical, dark, and a little bit sexy.

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  • Great start to a spooky new series!

    “You live by archaic notions of light and dark magic when power is neither good nor bad. It’s intent that really matters”. I must have been living under a rock because until recently I didn’t know about Kerri Maniscalco or her James Patterson Presents series. I first read her Stalking Jack the Ripper series and was so excited by that series that I decided to read her new one, Kingdom of the Wicked. Anyone who loves a great story with murder, mystery, romance, and supernatural elements (or is already a fan of the author’s from the Stalking Jack the Ripper series) will not be disappointed by this novel. In this book, the main characters are Emilia and Wrath. Emilia is a streghe, or a witch who lives among the mortals. Her relationship with her twin, Vittoria, is one of the most important pieces of the story. On the other hand, Wrath is a prince of Hell, a member of “The Wicked” that Emilia has been warned to avoid at all costs since she was a child. I really enjoyed seeing their various interactions in this story. While they are obviously powerful in their own right, they both have a lot to learn from each other. The theme that everyone has both light and dark in them was also very powerful in the story (and helped drive a lot of the action in the story forward). There were times when I had thought that I figured out where the story was going, but then Maniscalco pulled the rug out from under me and left me completely shocked. Something that was very unexpected, but pleasant in this story was all the food references. I was so hungry when I was reading this book. Italian dishes are some of my favorites, and that was all I wanted to eat by the time I finished it. All of the mentions definitely inspired me to try and be as creative as the characters (and Maniscalco’s family) are in the kitchen :) Thank you to NetGalley and JIMMY Patterson books for my free e-ARC of this book. I truly enjoyed the read, and can’t wait for the next installment! *Note: The above quote is from an e-ARC, so it’s possible that it may not be the same in the final version

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  • Beware the the seven princes of hell

    Kingdom of the wicked is the first book in a new series by Kerri Maniscalco. Following a story about a witch, a prophecy and a chain of murders. When the bodies of murdered witches begin turning up, 18 year old Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are warned by their grandmother to be careful. Soon after though Emilia finds the body of the newest victim, Vittoria, with her heart missing. Stricken with grief she begins to dig into her twins life and learns she's been messing with the magic they have always been banned from. Following the path her sister took in order to track down the killer, Emilia soon finds herself face to face with the real live demons from the bedtime stories of her childhood and unable to turn back. I loved this story. It's fast paced and pulls you in from the very first pages. I did not want to put it down. Perfect for paranormal lovers, teens and adults alike, who enjoy something a little darker in theme. I think it sets up the series perfectly and has so much potential to become a fan favorite. I'm really excited to see how the direction the next story will go. I received an advanced copy through netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

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