ARC Review: Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

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ARC Review: Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
Kingdom of the Wicked

4 Stars

Book Info

Released: October 27, 2020
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Kingdom of the Wicked #1
Published by Jimmy Patterson
Pages: 448
Format: eARC

Recommended Read!

“Ms. Maniscalco takes us to her 19th-century world of murder mystery, magic, demons, and witches. She upped her game on all points and it was wicked good.” ~Under the Covers

Maniscalco fans will not be disappointed. This new release takes a different spin from her last series, Stalking Jack The Ripper. Ms. Maniscalco takes us to her 19th-century world of murder mystery, magic, demons, and witches. She upped her game on all points and it was wicked good. 

Emilia had just lost her twin and she had set her mind to find out what happened to her. Along with this quest for information and vengeance, she will discover that she is more than just your basic witch in hiding. 

Keri Maniscalco has outdone herself. Kingdom of the Wicked is a great start to this fantasy world of demons and witches. I was intrigued by everything she put on the table. I love the idea of seven different houses led by demon brothers and for the most part, at war with each other for power. I enjoyed the dynamic between Emilia and Wrath and the possibilities of where their relationship is going. Their chemistry is off the charts but the romance is not the main focus of this story. I wouldn’t have complained if it were.  I love Wrath. He is ruthless and a total badass but you know he has a soft spot for Emila. He sort of reminds of Niklaus from The Originals. *sigh*. I fell in love with him instantly. 

Fair warning, there is a cliffhanger at the end of this book. I’m bummed that I’d have to wait so long to find out what happens but I trust Maniscalco that it will be worth the wait. She has yet to disappoint me.


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About Kerri Maniscalco

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

Her first novel in this series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.

Favorite non-writing things:

I believe curry, avocados, vinyl records, handwritten letters, and my 1950s Smith-Corona typewriter are the best things on the planet. EVER. (Aside from my food blog,, that is.) ? My favorite quote of all time is: “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club” by Jack London.

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I wanted to like this more. It was slow for a bit in the beginning. I found myself frustrated because they should habe been raised with certain information and educated in their witchcraft legacy. We ended being told in some way about connections. I was left with questions about those connections as well as a cliffhanger.

I did love Wrath and the chemistry between him and Emilia. That part was done extremely well!

Amy R

Thanks for the review, adding to my wishlist.