Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Kingdom of the Wicked #1
Published October 27th 2020 by Jimmy Patterson
Age Range: Young Adult
Genre: fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, paranormal, witches
Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.
Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked-princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems…
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“By earth, moon, and stone, bless this hearth, bless this home.”
I would like to start off by saying, I’m pretty obsessed with this new series already. It’s perfect for autumn. All of the elements of the spooky season is packed in 448 pages. Witch magic, princes of Hell, murder mystery, rituals and creepy settings (& more supernatural beings to come). If I’m not mistaken, I’ve never read any book set in 1800s Sicily so this was incredibly exciting to read.
Also, as you prepare to go on an adventure, be warned that you’re to be bombarded with yummy descriptions of Italian cuisines and pastries because Emilia’s family owns a restaurant, and they’re always cooking. I couldn’t stop drooling. Even a Hell prince can’t deny it.
“I do not wish to taint my body with the foulness of human food,” I mocked. “But desserts are acceptable.”
He didn’t deign to respond. Instead he rummaged in the bag, frowning at the emptiness.
Each of the seven princes of Hell reflects one of the Seven Deadly Sins. It influences their power, personality and identity. As someone who adores when books incorporate things like Seven Deadly Sins, the Zodiac signs or Astrological signs, this was a dream come true. An intriguing concept was that different ingredients, requirements and rituals were used to summon the various royal Houses.
Through Emilia’s perspective, Kingdom of the Wicked explored the concept of witch magic and its history, and demon magic as she interacts with Wrath and his brothers. Interestingly enough, as readers witness how different both magic systems are, there’s similarity as well. What I hope will be further developed and fleshed out in the subsequent books is the different types of witches.
Of the pair, Vittoria is the vivacious, adventurous and daring twin. Emilia’s contented with a book, cooking in their family restaurant and a mundane life. When Vittoria is found murdered, Emilia’s life is thrown into disarray. Determined to find out who and why her sister is dead, Emilia turns to an unusual ally. She summons Wrath, one of the princes of Hell, to help her figure things out. Wrath has secrets of his own and his motive is unknown.
Thoroughly in love with the romance. The build up between Emilia and Wrath was filled with tension from the start. They couldn’t trust one another but had to work together. Slowly, feelings started growing into attraction but nothing too much yet. I love a good slow-burning romance. One brooding Hell prince who can be sweet and a witch determined to find justice for her sister. This pair is going to face lots of obstacles in the future.
Overall, great start to a new series by Kerri Maniscalco. Witchcraft, demon magic, and other supernatural beings. A blooming romance that’s already filled with tension. I’m unbelievably pumped for you guys to read Kingdom of the Wicked.
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Kerri Maniscalco is an American young adult author best known for the Stalking Jack the Ripper quartet; a series of gothic thrillers. Her next series Kingdom of the Wicked, a young adult fantasy, is slated for a fall 2020 release.
Maniscalco grew up New York’s scenic Hudson Valley and later attended college in New York City, studying Fine Art before transferring into Communication Design at F.I.T. She was drawn to art from an early age and enjoys all aspects of design.
Her grandmother was an avid reader who instilled a love of books in her mother who passed it along to both of her daughters. Growing up, Maniscalco’s parents took her and her sister Kelli to libraries and bookstores most weekends where she fell in love with stories. To this day her mom and dad gift her with a new leather-bound book each Christmas to add to her own library, and it’s one of her favorite family traditions.
As a child, her grandmother was chronically ill, and taught the importance of always being able to escape on an adventure between the pages of a book, regardless of any physical limitations.
Maniscalco credits her grandmother with fostering her imagination—a stream wasn’t just a stream, it was a babbling brook. And if she looked closely enough, her grandmother promised she might see fairies dancing around the ring of flowers in the backyard.
Her father, a retired chiropractor, had anatomy books and sculptures in his office, which introduced her to her interest in forensics when she was a teen. She was fascinated with his stories of college, where he studied cadavers as part of his degree. It would later spark the idea for her medical-minded heroine, Audrey Rose.
At one point in college, Maniscalco switched schools and majors, and took Criminal Justice and Science courses, and considered becoming a forensic psychologist. She ultimately decided to turn her love of reading and writing into a career as a novelist instead.
Her mother is another source of inspiration, showing, by example, the many definitions of a strong, capable woman. Maniscalco’s father is Sicilian, and her mother is mostly of Irish descent with Eastern European and distant Spanish and Jewish roots. She is third generation American on both sides, and celebrates Italian American traditions.
When she’s not writing, one of her favorite places to be is in her kitchen, cooking recipes passed on from her grandmother and creating new ones. Her second favorite thing is her sister’s store, Dogwood Lane Boutique, where she purchases clothes for book events and accessories for her home. In May 2019 she released a few Stalking Jack the Ripper series inspired items she designed to sell exclusively through her sister’s store and online. Shop the official Stalking Jack the Ripper merchandise here.