Posted in Fantasy, romance

Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco

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TW: Gore

Plot Summary:

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… (Goodreads, 2021).


Things I Enjoyed: I found myself much more engaged by this story than I was with Kingdom of the Wicked. Kerri Maniscalco is a master of atmosphere and I loved all her descriptions of Hell, especially the fact that it mirrors Dante’s version a bit. I was also obsessed with Emilia’s clothes. The details that Kerri Maniscalco included were just stunning.

I also enjoyed the fact that Emilia was more level headed in this book. Her brashness in book 1 really annoyed me and in Kingdom of the Cursed it was nice to see her come into her power, but also show that she has learned from her previous poor decisions.

Being a fan of slow burn romance I enjoyed the tension between Emilia and Wrath. And their later sexual encounters were definitely steamy. To be honest the tension and underlying mystery were some of my favorite elements of the story.

Things I Didn’t Like: I noticed at least one continuity error on the part of the author in Kingdom of the Cursed i.e. the meeting between Greed and Emilia. I also felt that Kerri Maniscalco introduced a lot of new elements to the story and I’m not sure how one book will be enough to resolve everything.

Overall Thoughts: This was a 4 out of 5 star read for me. I’m enjoying how the world and the story are developing. There are a lot of unanswered questions so I’m also intrigued. If you are a fan of fantasy, romance or Italian classics then this a good book for you

Quotes I Enjoyed:

I wanted to crack his soul open and read him like a book, discovering the deepest secrets and stories of how he came to be.

Love and hate are both rooted in passion.

I’m not a hero Emilia. Nor am I a villain. You ought to know that by now.