Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

“My world is broken down into one simple principle: I believe I’m powerful, therefore I am.”

Plot Summary

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…

Please Note: There is violence, grief, near-death experience scenes in this book.

Spoilers: Please note that my review will contain spoilers!

My Review

Kingdom of the Wicked tells the story of Emilia, an eighteen year-old girl who lives with her family and her twin sister Vittoria. They’re witches that hide their powers to avoid persecution. One day, their lives take a twisted turn when witches start to turn up dead, brutally murdered and, unfortunately, Vittoria is one of them. Blind with rage and seeking revenge, Emilia makes a dangerous alliance with Wrath, one of the seven princes of Hell, in order to find the person that murdered her sister. 

“One day you’ll call me death. For now, Wrath will do.”

Wrath is that typical dark, sinister and sexy character that I always root for in books and it is evident that, despite not admitting, he starts to have real feelings for Emilia. Their chemistry is off the charts and it goes beyond the magical bond between them. I absolutely love the banter between the two. 

“ I cursed him the entire way home, wondering why I’d gotten stuck with such a clothes-obsessed snob of a demon.”

The worldbuilding is amazing and, of course, the mystery around the murders. The ending leaves the reader confused about the true intentions of Wrath and the need to read Kingdom of the Cursed is instant.

Kerri did a wonderful job with this story but this doesn’t surprise me. I loved her Stalking Jack The Ripper series, it was amazing so I was already expecting a wild ride with Kingdom of the Wicked.

If you like witches and demons stories, full of mystery and steamy romance, then I suggest you start reading these series. Although I must want you, they’re not finished and you’ll probably suffer waiting for the rest of the story.

Highlight Moments

– Emilia and Wrath’s first encounter

– The witch and the demon being enemies but secretly developing feelings for each other

– When Wrath is gutted by his brother while telling Emilia to run

– When Emilia encountered Prince Lust

– Antonio’s possession

– When Emilia is dragged to Hell by Wrath and that leaves the reader confused about his true intentions


“You always have the power of choice, even when those choices seem limited. Never forget that.”

“He was death and rage and fire and anyone stupid enough to forget that would be consumed by his inferno.”

“One day you might beg me to kiss you.” He stepped close enough for me to stab him.”

“Whatever you do, you must never speak to the Wicked. If you see them, hide. Once you’ve caught a demon prince’s attention, he’ll stop at nothing to claim you.”

“It was strange that we were called evil when humans were the ones who enjoyed watching us burn.”

“A grandmother’s love was its own sort of powerful magic”

“Magic is a living, breathing entity; it thrives on the energy you give it. Like all forces of nature, it is neither good nor bad – it simply becomes backed on the user’s intent. Feed it love and it blossoms and grows. Nourish it with hate and it will deliver hate back to you tenfold.”

PLOT: ★★★★
COVER: ★★★★★

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Kingdom of the Wicked Series

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