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Kingdom of the Cursed: 2 Hardcover – 5 October 2021

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Praise for Kingdom of the Wicked:

An intoxicating, tightly plotted feast for the senses with a dramatic cliffhanger.--
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Lyrical writing and an immersive atmosphere accompany a well-built world rooted in 19th-century Palermo, especially evocative descriptions of food prepared in the family's restaurant, while intriguing plot twists round off the novel.--
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The characters are richly drawn; the worldbuilding is smart, based on historical events and infused with magic; and the page-turning plot is a force to be reckoned with. Food, family, magic, and romance are threaded into this propulsive story, making it a thrilling, wondrous, and atmospheric tale.--
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Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside New York City, 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 author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Stalking Jack the Ripper quartet.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Jimmy Patterson (5 October 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 448 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0316428477
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0316428477
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 13 - 17 years
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.26 x 4.06 x 23.75 cm
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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.

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Read, Read, No Sleep, Repeat
5.0 out of 5 stars Best read of 2021!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 November 2021
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Read, Read, No Sleep, Repeat
5.0 out of 5 stars Best read of 2021!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 November 2021
I just finished reading Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalo and I don’t don’t what to do with myself! I’m absolutely wrecked.

It’s a decadent and pulse raising read filled with sizzling romance, deception and intrigue and I never wanted it to end. Like Kingdom of the Wicked, it’s beautifully written with such exceptional world building and descriptions that I felt I was travelling alongside Emilia as she experienced the Seven Circles.

The book starts immediately after book 1, Kingdom of the Wicked, as Emilia travels to the Seven Circles to become Queen of the Wicked after selling her soul in an attempt to solve her sister’s murder.

We see much more of Wrath (wink wink) in this novel and see his real, multi-faceted personality. All I can say is that Wrath is EVERYTHING and has made it into my tight knit harem of book boyfriends alongside Casteel, Rhys and Roth. Yes, there’s a dark haired bad boy with a heart thing going on there. Despite being a Prince of Hell, he treats Emilia like a Queen, encouraging and empowering her and always has her back, even when she’s pushing him away.

Emilia’s character really develops during this book as she takes charge of her destiny, embraces her wrath and doesn’t let anything get in the way of avenging her sister. Not even her sizzling chemistry with Wrath.

Kerri Maniscalo is the real Queen of the Wicked to leave us with THAT ending. I need book 3 NOW! All fantasy/romance lovers need this series in their lives!
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Joanne Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars That ending? Kerri, how could you…
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 October 2021
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Kristel Greer
5.0 out of 5 stars The twists and turns were intense, addictive and had eagerly awaiting book 3!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 March 2022
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Kristel Greer
5.0 out of 5 stars The twists and turns were intense, addictive and had eagerly awaiting book 3!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 March 2022
Emilia made the ultimate sacrifice to revenge her murdered twin sister Vittoria. She has sold her soul to become the Queen of the Wicked. Wrath is tasked with guiding Emilia through the Seven Circles of Hell to the Prince of Pride. Along the way Wrath's presence, sensuality and power pull on Emilia's desire for him while he introduces her to the sinful decadence of Hell.

Wrath schools her on dealing with each of the Princes of Hell known as the Wicked – mainly Trust No One. Emilia is conflicted as she takes this advice on board as she instinctively trusts Wrath. As she manoeuvres through fabulous palaces, greets double-crossing Princes and obtains troubling and confusing clues to who killed her sister, Emilia is constantly surrounded but feels deeply alone. She wants to confide in Wrath but as he has proved secretive to her detriment in the past, she doesn’t know if he can ever be her true ally.

As she journeys to her future husband the King of Hell, she uncovers magical items that will help her unlock the truth she seeks and finally enact her revenge. But the closer she comes to being Queen the harder it is to resist her growing feelings for Wrath. Will her path lead her to a place so dark she will never see the light again and will Emilia embrace the sinful side of herself to defeat all who stand in her way?

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟. This was book 2 in the series and it certainly ramped up the action, intrigue and sexiness of the story and I loved it. Wrath is the dark, morally grey MC that I just love. He is conflicted, protects his kingdom but is trapped by his nature and responsibilities. He is also gorgeously seductive and powerful which makes him perfectly delicious. Emilia's character has grown from a naive young woman in the first book to a savvy, strong and commanding woman in this book. She also is more open to her sexuality and allows herself to explore that area of herself. The twists and turns were intense, addictive and had me gaping by the end of the book. The cliff-hanger was MEAN so I eagerly await book 3 so bad!!
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Hayley
4.0 out of 5 stars Much steamier than the first!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 May 2022
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Hayley
4.0 out of 5 stars Much steamier than the first!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 May 2022
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 butt!

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!
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Michelle Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic sequel
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 April 2022
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