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Kingdom Of The Cursed

By Kerri Maniscalco

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.


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…

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


I am actually struggling with this one. I read the bookin one sitting…I could not put it down, and wanted to devour it. I found myself turning the pages so quickly, and one could easily say “She obviously loved it.” However, I think I found myself thinking, surely this is where the plot picks up. I kept hoping, and reading, and hoping…. but unfortunately it never tookoff for me like the first one did.

Not to say there were not some great parts. I particularly liked the part where she uses her brain and tricks Pride into gaining access to his Circle. The training against the Sin Demon’s powers felt raw and harsh… Lots of little twists that I honestly did not see coming. I enjoy not being able to predict which way a book will go, but one of those twists I was not happy about at all..

I definitely feel like this book suffered from 2nd book syndrome. It seemed to be alot of filler mixed with some angsty romance scenes. Book fluff if you will. Nothing wrong with this I guess. Lots of other authors do the same thing… and if it is building up to an epic conclusion, then I am here for it. I just think I expected so much more.

I am not saying it is not an enjoyable read. I obviously finished it so quickly for reasons other than I just hoped it got better. I was entertained. I laughed, gasped, and even shed a tear. I just loved the first one so so much I wanted to feel the same way after reading this one. It just ended up falling slightly short for me.

I very much am looking forward to Kingdom Of The Feared. I am hoping that this was just a buildup book, and that the conclusion will blow me away.

About The Author:

Born in The United States
Twitter kerrimaniscalco
Genre Young AdultHistorical FictionMystery

I’m mostly on instagram–where I’m always ready to talk fictional crushes and nerd out over books. (Okay, okay. And I’ve also been known to share snippets and teasers from my upcoming novels, if you’re into that sort of thing…) Please feel free to chat with me there @KerriManiscalco. I love talking with fellow readers!

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.


9 thoughts on “Kingdom Of The Cursed

  1. I completely understand the need to finish the other parts of the series real quick and then being left wanting more. Thats me waiting for the next book in acotar series right now


  2. I actually haven’t yet managed to get around to reading this duology yet. I heard that it’s kind of gritty and spooky? And that is really not my vibe. Also, yes, second book syndrome is real and when you land up with a book like that, it really does disappoint !!

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