Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco (372 Pages)
Young Witch Makes a Deal With a Demon to Find Out Who Killed Her Sister in This Deadly Story About Dark Magic
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco tells the story of 18-year-old Emilia and her search for answers. After her twin sister’s brutal death, and a series of murders of young witches, Emilia finds herself in the midst of demons. After learning about a dark spell cast by her sister, Emilia comes face-to-face with Wrath, one of the seven princes of hell. The two reluctant super naturals must work together to find the serial killer who is targeting the witches of the island. But as the mystery dives deeper into the darkest trenches of hell, Emilia finds that the truth might just be more terrifying than she realizes.
The Seven Deadly Sins Take a New Form as Emilia Di Carlo Travels Through Hell to Solve the Mystery of Her Sister’s Death
Who isn’t a sucker for a tall, dark, and broody demon prince? Emilia and Wrath’s enemies-to-lovers dynamic set this story in motion as they work together to solve the murders. Maniscalco does an amazing job of setting the dark tone of the story through supernatural legends and powerful witchcraft. The dark magic flowing through this story drove Emilia to new heights as she would do anything to figure out who killed her sister. Emilia, a more reserved and play-by-the-rules witch, was challenged to her core with every dark twist and turn that furthered her character development immensely.
Kerri Maniscalco is a master of worldbuilding by making the seven deadly sins represent different households of hell with a hot demon prince at each turn. This makes an enormous difference for Emilia who is used to her safe family’s restaurant.
The Bottom Line: 4/5 Brookie Stars.
Kingdom of the Wicked took me a few chapters to really get into, but after Wrath and Emilia’s unexpected meeting, their interesting relationship pushed this story through the tension and secrets of the deadly mystery that no one could seem to fathom. Emilia grew into a new person and an even more powerful witch as she stopped at nothing to get vengeance for her deceased sister.
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Brittany Amalfi is a 20- something- year- old developmental specialist living in Massachusetts where she loves all things New England. Brittany is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing, and working on her young adult fantasy novel. When she isn’t writing, you can find her reading, working with awesome kiddos, and spending time with friends and family.