Review | Kingdom of the Cursed (Kingdom of the Wicked #2) by Kerri Maniscalco

Title: Kingdom of the Cursed (Kingdom of the Wicked #2) by Kerri Maniscalco

Published: October 5, 2021

Genre(s): fantasy, romance, new adult

Read as: ebook, library loan

Rating: 3.75

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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

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…

I…I don’t know what to say. It seems like all of my reads this month have left me feeling a little adrift.

Let me explain.

I genuinely did not expect to enjoy this book. Yes, I read a book expecting not to like it. What of it? The premise for this series sounds amazing, I love the idea of bringing the Seven Deadly Sins to life in tight, sexy packages. Yes please! However, the first book was just…well, I didn’t like it. I tried to like it, I wanted to like it. But, in the end, I didn’t and I decided not to continue with the series. We all know at this point that I am a sucker, though, so my curiosity got the best of me.

Ya’ll, I’m so glad I gave in and read this.

Emilia has descended into the court of the Wicked where all seven personifications of the Deadly Sins reside along with their court of followers. Emilia, although she has promised her hand in marriage to Pride in hopes of finding her sister’s killer, is residing with Wrath until Pride summons her.

Folks, let me tell you, the sexual tension in this book is top tier. Yes, yes, of course there is a plot but there is a lot of sexual tension in that plot. So much yearning! So much fighting the yearning! And, my favorite part, far fewer descriptions of food than in the first book. I know I am in the minority on this one but I absolutely hated all the talk of food from the first book and was very pleased to see significantly less of it.

Our heroine begins to adjust to her new home in the world of vice and experiences a wide range of emotions about that adjustment from excitement and lust to guilt. Her ultimate goal, of course, is to identify why her sister was murdered and who did it. Along the way we get a great deal of character growth, more back story revelations, and some excellent steamy scenes.

As this is the second book in the series I don’t want to reveal too much but I will say that I was delighted. Emilia’s character growth from the first book is very satisfying and the expansion of the overall story fascinating. We are reintroduced to a few characters from the first book and are left little bread crumbs clues everywhere if you know where to look. I am very glad I decided to pick up this book and am looking forward to seeing how things shape up in book three.

2 thoughts on “Review | Kingdom of the Cursed (Kingdom of the Wicked #2) by Kerri Maniscalco

    1. I think it is very different from the first book. The setting going from a small human town to what is essentially one of the circles of hell gives everything an incredibly different vibe. I liked it better but if someone was really into the feel of the first book I could see this second one being off-putting.

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