Review: Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco

BOOK STATS

Rating: ☆☆☆☆.5
Title: Kingdom of the Cursed
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Kingdom of the Wicked #2
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy/Romance
Audience: New Adult
Format: Hardcover
Length: 448 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown
Release Date: October 5, 2021
Source: Personal collection
Recommended for fans of: From Blood and Ash

SYNOPSIS

After selling her soul to become Queen of the Wicked, Emilia travels to the Seven Circles with the enigmatic Prince of Wrath, where she’s introduced to a seductive world of vice.

She vows to do whatever it takes to avenge her beloved sister, Vittoria… even if that means accepting the hand of the Prince of Pride, the king of demons.

The first rule in the court of the Wicked? Trust no one. With back-stabbing princes, luxurious palaces, mysterious party invitations, and conflicting clues about who really killed her twin, Emilia finds herself more alone than ever before. Can she even trust Wrath, her one-time ally in the mortal world… or is he keeping dangerous secrets about his true nature?

Emilia will be tested in every way as she seeks a series of magical objects that will unlock the clues of her past and the answers she craves…

One sister.
Two sinful princes.
Infinite deception with a side of revenge… Welcome to Hell.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author of Stalking Jack the Ripper Kerri Maniscalco comes the sizzling, sweepingly romantic sequel to Kingdom of the Wicked!

MY THOUGHTS

I can’t remember the last time a book made me want to stay up late into the night because I couldn’t put it down, but I flew through this hefty book in just a few days. This series transitions from YA to NA in Kingdom of the Cursed, and it gave me all the romance I was missing in the first book. Wrath is prime book boyfriend material.

This book is more character driven than the first, focusing on lingering mysteries surrounding Vittoria’s death and the curse, Emilia and Wrath’s relationship, and world building Hell. The writing is so lush and atmospheric. Looking back, not as much happened plot-wise in this book compared to the first, but it didn’t feel like a filler middle book to me; I was completely absorbed.

I really liked the way a certain reveal was handled. This had a lot of great twists and turns, and so many mysteries that still need answers. Don’t even get me started on that ending. What a tease! I am so excited for book 3 and I think it will be epic.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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