Book Review: Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalo

Hardback edition of Kingdom of the Cursed


With the enigmatic Prince of Wrath at her side, Emilia sold her soul to become Queen of the Wicked and travelled to the Seven Circles to fulfil her vow of avenging her beloved sister.

But the first rule in the court of the Wicked? Trust no one. And it quickly becomes clear that nothing in Hell is what it seems. Even Wrath, her onetime ally, may be keeping secrets about his true nature. But that suits Emilia just fine – she’s got secrets of her own.

Faced with backstabbing courtiers, princes who delight in fear, luxurious palaces, dazzling galas, and conflicting clues about what truly happened to her sister, Emilia finds herself on a mission to unlock the mysteries of her own past and uncover the answers she craves.

As long as her sins don’t catch up to her first . . .

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Published Date: 5th October 2021

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KoTC picks up right after that cliffhanger ending from Kingdom of the Wicked.

This installment was more action packed than the first so I felt the pace was better. There was a constant tension throughout making it a fun page turner.

The sexual tension between Emilia and Wrath also upped a notch, the will they won’t they aspect goes back and forth so much – but the chemistry between them is always enough that you stay invested! This will be a hit for those that enjoy a romance heavy fantasy with a little spice. The author announced this is a New Adult series, which explains the content in this book (I thought it was YA based on the first).

I didn’t care for the constant descriptions of Emilia’s dresses and I’ll admit I skimmed those parts. However, I could picture certain fan arts when reading, so I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything crucial. I actually skim outfit descriptions a lot in books, so this isn’t a reflection on the writing at all – my brain just won’t take in the outfit.

The food descriptions are back too and everything sounds delicious!

The plot took a turn I didn’t expect and that’s when I couldn’t put the book down. This feels like the foundations for book three so I can appreciate all the little details that have been scattered throughout.

Nothing is as it seems and just as you think you’ll piece things together… the conclusion bites you in the ass!

Overall this was a great read. I couldn’t put the book down and I’ve pre ordered book three as soon as I finished this one!

Have you read this series? What did you think?

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