Title: Kingdom of the Wicked
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: Jimmy Paterson (US)/Hodder & Stoughton (UK)
Source: e-ARC/Physical ARC (Thanks, Book Terminal & Hodder!)
Then Emilia meets Wrath, the outlier among the seven demon brethren, always choosing duty over pleasure. He’s been tasked by his master with investigating a series of women’s murders on the island. When Emilia and Wrath’s fates collide, it’s clear this disturbing mystery will take a bewitching turn…
Hello, hello! Welcome to my very first Reading Diary. I’ve never done anything like this before but I thought it would be fun to record my feelings and thoughts as I read this book. I’m hoping you’ll all enjoy this new kind of post as I’d love to do more of them.
Kingdom of the Wicked is quite possibly my most anticipated release of this entire year. I’ve been looking forward to reading it since I first heard about it so it’s been a while. If you don’t know, I’m a huge fan of Kerri Maniscalco. She’s an auto-buy author for me and has been ever since I read Stalking Jack the Ripper back in November 2016. When I saw that The Book Terminal were hosting an International blog tour to celebrate the release of Kingdom of the Wicked later this month, I thought I’d go for it and they accepted me!
Originally I was going to do a review for my post but have since decided to mix it up a little bit, so I’m using my date to bring you a Reading Diary. As I’ve already mentioned, I’ve never done this sort of thing before and this felt like the perfect book to try it with. I’ve been writing down my thoughts after every reading session about what my thoughts are regarding it. It was definitely fun to do so and I hope you enjoy this new type of post on my blog!
I feel incredibly lucky that I was also able to have the opportunity to read this book early, thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and The Book Terminal as they both so kindly sent me a copy of the book. Another thank you to The Book Terminal too for allowing me to be a part of their international blog tour! You can see all the other stops here – be sure to check out the other posts!
Kingdom of the Wicked in one meme
Dates Read: 4/10/20-7/10/20
I’m literally so excited to read Kingdom of the Wicked! I know quite a few people have read it by this point and really enjoyed it so I’m hoping I will love it just as much or more. Kerri Maniscalco is one of my favourite authors and her books are definitely an auto-buy for me. This is her first book that isn’t a part of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series so I’m excited to see Kerri’s writing away from that series. I’m glad she’s decided to go for a mystery set in a historical setting again because Kerri does that genre so well!
Day 1, Sunday Evening
I started Kingdom of the Wicked by reading 3 chapters. So far I am very intrigued. As mentioned in the synopsis, I am waiting for something to happen to poor Vittoria. Also, I’ve realised that I somehow forgot the synopsis mentions that our main character, Emilia, is from a long line of Witches so when that information first came up I stopped and thought ‘wait, what???’. I really do not remember this being mentioned at all but I’m happy with it. I love that Kerri has decided to explore magic and witchcraft in this book as it makes it all that bit more exciting seeing our world cross over into the supernatural. Mix it with a historical vibe and I’m absolutely sold.
I was hoping to read a bit more but it’s my own fault for not starting it a little earlier in the evening. I’m in a bit of a funny mood with books at the moment where I don’t really feel like reading until I pick up a book and then once I’ve started, I can’t be stopped!
Day 2, Monday Lunch Time
I didn’t manage to read a lot on my lunch time but I did read a few more chapters so progress, yay! I’ve reached the point where Vittoria has died, as foretold by the synopsis. I do feel a little like her death and Emilia’s mourning was sort of skimmed over. Instead, we’ve gone straight to Emilia seeking vengeance on who did this to her sister (as mentioned in the synopsis). I already have some suspicions as to who is involved so we’ll see if they’re correct at all. I am hoping that the pace will pick up a bit more as Emilia begins her search.
What I will say I’m really loving is the setting of Italy and the food mentioned. It makes me so hungry but also desperate to be back in Italy where I can chomp on some cheesy and tomato filled pasta to my hearts content.
Day 2, Monday Evening
So much has happened since my lunch time read! I probably read 130/140 pages so it’s kind of obvious that the story would really progress in that time. Emilia has found that her sister was keeping secrets before her untimely death that may have played a part in why she was murdered, we’ve been introduced Wrath and I am really looking forward to learning more about him and his world because there really is so much that we don’t know. Wrath is also a very mysterious character. One of the things I’ve enjoyed since Emilia and Wrath met is the bantering between the two of them, and it’s not easy banter, they sort of hate each other. But despite this, I’ve really enjoyed watching their strange relationship grow so far. Wrath is a character who seems quite selfish and that he only looks out for himself, or at least that’s how he is normally but not so much in this book.
On another note, I’m still sticking with my original suspect for the murders.
Day 3 was a little disappointing as I didn’t read a thing as I ended up busy at lunch time doing other things and then I saw my boyfriend in the evening…plus Great British Bake Off was on!
Day 4, Wednesday Lunchtime
I read quite a lot on my lunch break. I get an hour which is great to get some reading in. We’re getting to the point in Kingdom of the Wicked where things are coming together a bit more and also where Emilia is beginning to realise that all the things she was told about the Wicked and Demons aren’t all that correct. I mean, I’m not totally surprised because of how stories get passed down and turned into folklore and myths *Alexa, play the folklore album by Taylor Swift* but it would seem that there are also a lot of things that Emilia doesn’t know about the Wicked. Also, we were introduced to a certain bond between Emilia and Wrath which was unexpected but welcome. I’m looking forward to seeing how that is explored further in the book. I love Wrath now, I think he’s such a complex character and I would love to learn more but I’m not sure we’ll get that in this book, perhaps the next one.
All in all, I’m really enjoying it. It’s fast paced, has great writing and some wonderful settings. I’m confident I’ll be able to finish it this evening.
Day 4, Wednesday Evening
I’m clearly getting better with mysteries! My suspicions regarding the murderer were correct however there is definitely more to it.
I have so many questions, many including Wrath. I feel like we barely scratched the surface with his character and I really want to know more about him. You know, I just love the way that Kerri writes the male love interest and how she creates so much yearning. I hate it because I want to smush the characters together but also I do love a slow burn. Basically I can’t decide what I want except to know more about Wrath because you know, I am a Wrath stan now.
The fast pace and great writing mentioned in my last update carried on to the end of the book, and I finished it quite quickly. I, again, loved the settings as we were introduced to more. I just love the dark and supernatural vibes of this book, despite the sunny Italian setting. If this book was a colour, it would be a glittering black.
I really loved Kingdom of the Wicked, which was to be expected, and gave it 5 Stars. I need the next book right now because I don’t want to suffer over the next year waiting for it to come out! I feel like we’ll be getting a lot of answers as well as probably a lot more questions…
I hope you enjoyed my first Reading Diary. It was really fun to do one for Kingdom of the Wicked and I can’t think of a better book to start with! Be sure to look out for a full review on my blog closer to the release date at the end of this month.
And now for the moodboard! I’ve never created one before so this was very fun to do, albeit a little hard to decide which pictures I wanted to choose to feature for it. I hope you’ll agree that it was a good effort at least!
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Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.
She is the #1 NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series and the forthcoming Kingdom of the Wicked.