Title: Kingdom of the Wicked
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Release Date: 27th October 2020
Series: Kingdom of the Wicked #1
Dates Read: 17th -23rd October 2020
I received a digital review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I am writing this review voluntarily.
Kingdom of the Wicked is a YA historical fantasy novel that revolves around sisterhood. Emilia and Vittoria are twin sisters, witches who live among humans trying to avoid detection. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin, completely desecrated. She’s devastated, and filled with anger for vengeance. She sets out to find her sister’s killer, even if she had to use forbidden dark magic to do so. During her journey Emilia encounters Wrath, one of the Wicked princes of Hell, who claims to be on Emilia’s side, having been tasked with finding the killer of multiple young witches who’ve died. But when it comes to the Wicked princes, not all is what it seems…
I really enjoyed reading Kingdom of the Wicked. The witches in the book were so good, I really liked the form of magic that was used and how it seemed very historically rooted. Although I don’t know enough about historic witchcraft to comment on its authenticity.
The descriptions of the food served in the family’s restaurant and described by Emilia were just so beautiful. All the descriptions made me so hungry because they all sounded so delicious! Honestly, I wish there had been some recipes included in the book, it would have been brilliant to read whilst eating some of the food!
I really enjoyed the mystery aspect of the novel, chasing down Vittoria’s killer. The one thing I felt was a little lacking was that some of the fantasy aspects made it hard to keep track of the mystery elements. So by the end, I had no idea who the killer was!
I really hope we get to see more of Hell in the next book, I would love to find out more of the mythology, especially all the different types of demons. A lot of them had a creepy feel to them which I loved so much. Fingers crossed we’re introduced to more in book 2!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend mainly to people who are fans of fantasy books, as well as young adult readers. If you’re a fan of mystery novels, I think you would like this one too.
Thanks again to NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton, the publishers, for my eARC.