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Review: Kingdom Of The Feared by Kerri Maniscalco

on November 25, 2022

Kingdom Of The Feared (Kingdom Of The Wicked #3)
Kerri Maniscalco
Hodder & Stoughton
2022, 401p
Read via my local library

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}: Two curses.
One prophecy.
A reckoning all have feared.

And a love more powerful than fate. All hail the king and queen of Hell.
 

Emilia is reeling from the shocking discovery that her twin sister, Vittoria, is alive. But before she faces the demons of her past, Emilia yearns to claim her king, the seductive Prince of Wrath, in the flesh. Emilia doesn’t simply desire his body, she wants his heart and soul—but that’s something the enigmatic demon can’t promise her.

When a high-ranking member of House Greed is assassinated, Emilia and Wrath are drawn to the rival demon court. Damning evidence points to Vittoria as the murderer and she’s quickly declared an enemy of the Seven Circles. Despite her betrayal, Emilia will do anything to solve this new mystery and find out who her sister really is.

Together Emilia and Wrath play a sin-fueled game of deception as they work to stop the unrest that’s brewing between witches, demons, shape-shifters and the most treacherous foes of all: the Feared.

Emilia was warned that when it came to the Wicked nothing was as it seemed. But, have the true villains been much closer all along? When the truth is finally revealed, it just might end up costing Emilia her heart.

I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, and had been looking forward to this one coming out. The problem with reading books from the library is that sometimes you forget everything that has happened and I have to admit, I had forgotten where exactly the second book had left off. Had to go and re-read my reviews of the two previous books and try and piece it all together.

In this book, Emilia wants answers about her sister and the strange flashes she’s been getting sometimes. She’s about to discover who she really is, what happened to her and who the perpetrator was. At the same time, she’s navigating trying to claim her King as well, but there are many things that will have to happen before Emilia and Wrath can embrace being the King and Queen of Hell together.

Look, not going to lie – I enjoyed this but I didn’t love it. It’s 50% smut, 30% Emilia being kidnapped in various ways and Wrath tearing the world apart to find her or get her back and 20% actual plot, most of which occurs in the last part of the book. I’m not exactly complaining, I enjoy a good smutty read all the time but the first spicy scene starts in the opening pages and they get repeated with regularity. I’m not sure how time works in this land but they don’t sleep much and it makes the narrative seem slightly repetitive for a large part of it because Wrath and Emilia get busy, get summoned to a court to hear something or other, Emilia gets kidnapped or trapped in some sort of other spiritual plane and then she comes back and Wrath is so relieved to have her back that they get busy again annnnnnd so on and so on.

And like I said, I was mostly here for it. I like Wrath and Emilia and a lot of what was revealed in this book makes me want to go back and re-read their first interactions, when she first summoned him because I think they’d be so interesting. I don’t own copies of these, I read them all from my library which is the downside sometimes, when you cannot just go pull a book off a shelf at whim and re-read a portion that you suddenly see in an entirely different light. Maybe I’ll have to re-borrow the first two and do a proper re-read!

I grew to really like some of Wrath’s ‘brothers’ – specifically Envy, Pride and Sloth and I feel like some of them could definitely be explored in further books, especially Pride. But I sort of get the feeling that story could very much go one of two ways and I’m really only interested in it if it goes one of those ways. I feel as though there’s quite a bit that could be explored further in this world, if the author wants to and I’d definitely be up for reading some of it.

In terms of an ending this was satisfying for me, for Wrath and Emilia. I’m not sure this was the strongest book, in terms of the plot and it definitely didn’t feel like a 400p read but it was entertaining and it wrapped everything up and gave me a good indication of how the future will be.

7/10

Book #191 of 2022

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