While the majority of 2020 has been nothing short of a dumpster fire, I do have to admit that this has been a good year for new books. Today we’re taking another short break from my Readathon reviews to talk about one of the new titles I was most excited for this year, Kingdom of the Wicked, by Kerri Maniscalco.
Kingdom of the Wicked tells the story of a young streghe named Emilia Maria di Carlo, who has grown up hearing stories of the Malvagi (the Wicked), demon princes who steal souls and “seek only to destroy” (Maniscalco 6). When her twin sister, Vittoria, is brutally murdered, Emilia swears on her life that she will find the person who killed her and make them pay. As she begins to investigate Vittoria’s murder, she comes across her twin’s diary, which is protected by a powerful spell.
Desperate to learn more about Vittoria’s last days, Emilia attempts a summoning spell, and finds herself coming face-to-face with the Wicked known as Wrath. Wrath claims that he has been tasked with finding the person (or being) who murdered Vittoria and several other young witches, and they begin to work together. But Emilia does not fully trust her newly-bound companion…and she may be right not to.
I really enjoyed this book! Kerri Maniscalco did a great job of creating both the world and the characters of Kingdom of the Wicked. The book was very fun to read, and I found that I had a lot of trouble putting it down.
If you are a fan of young adult novels, fantasy stories, or mysteries (especially ones which are a bit on the darker side), you will probably really enjoy Kingdom of the Wicked. This book is also a great choice for anyone who is currently participating in this year’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, as it fulfills the following prompts: “a book that’s published in 2020,” “a book with a map,” “a book that passes the Bechdel test,” “a book featuring one of the seven deadly sins,” and “a book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads.” If you have the opportunity to read Kingdom of the Wicked, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Also, if you enjoy Kingdom of the Wicked, I highly recommend checking out Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper series. If you’d like to learn more about this series, please check out my review from earlier this year.