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“A good book was its own brand of magic, one I could safely indulge in without fear of getting caught by those who hunted us.”
It’s my turn on the blog tour. The premise of this book sounded amazing to me which is why I was so happy to be asked to be a part of the book tour. The premise of this book was so interesting and I have to say it pulled it off. I ended up loving this book.
Title: Kingdom of the Wicked
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: James Patterson Books
Release Date: 27 October
My Rating: 4.5/5
“The devil demanded retribution. A blood sacrifice for power stolen. It wasn’t the first time he’d be cursed by witches, nor would it be the last.”
I’ll start with the plot which was really engaging and I could not put this book down without constantly thinking about it. I really enjoyed the mystery in the book and the romance was good. I’m not usually a fan of romance but I really enjoyed how it worked in this book. The story is intriguing as the main character is trying to find out how her twin died but she has demons, magic and family detracting her. The writing style was easy to read and it flowed really well. I really enjoyed the deliciously dark descriptions and the writing just worked for me.
“Now adults laughed at the old folktales, all but forgetting the seven ruling princes of Hell.”
Another part I relay enjoyed was the world. It is set in an old Italy where there are several witch families. I really enjoyed the magic system of the witches and how dark magic was shown. I love books with witches. I also enjoy books with demons and summoning. There is a history to the witches and they have their own myths which I enjoyed reading about, I found the magic interesting and I would love to know more about it. The author excels in this book and her imagination shines. I can’t wait to see what happens next in the series.
“The twins exchanged triumphant grins. It was impossible to keep the legends from the girls, no matter if it filled their heads with dreams of the seven princes of Hell. Nonna feared they romanticized demons too much. It was best, she decided, to remind them why they should be wary of beautiful creatures without souls.“
The characters were okay. I found that I really enjoyed the main character Emilia who is the main POV in the book. I liked her and loved that she was strong, caring and determined to find out what happened to her twin. Her twin I didn’t really like but there isn’t much of her in the book. Wrath is a demon Prince and is the other main character. I liked Wrath and I enjoyed his personality, although I would say it is what you expect in a demon prince. One of my favourite characters was Nonna and I would read a book about her. There are plenty of other characters as there are seven demon princes, lots of witches and non magical people.
“A sound like a crackling fire in winter preceded the demon’s arrival. I’d done it. I’d actually summoned a creature from Hell! If I didn’t pass out from the shock, it would be a true success.”
The only complaint is the ending, it ends on a sort of cliffhanger and why leave it there? I need the next book! That’s all I will say as I don’t want to spoil anything.
Overall this is a wonderfully dark read with witches, demons, mystery and romance. I enjoyed it way more than I expected and I did expect to like this. I would highly recommend this book!
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