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Kingdom of the Wicked, Book 1

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Compelling supernatural series starter can be violent.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 16+

Series great for ADULTS!

Book 1 is very fun as Emilia goes on a search to find her sister's murderer, and I think the narrator did a fantastic job of setting the scene with her many voices. However -- the story is full of vengeance and she often makes ridiculously bad choices that put her and others at risk. The problem with this is that she never realizes when she has made a poor choice. Even when she THINKS she is being logical (and the text says she is), she is completely ruled by her emotions for 97% of the book. I would say it's suitable for those 16 and up because we can see through her actions, but I think it would be a negative influence overall for those younger than that. Also it is violent and hints at sex. **The SEQUELS are only suitable for ADULTS 18+ that are okay with on-page sexual content and extremely raunchy descriptions! Since book 1 ends in a cliffhanger, I would HIGHLY suggest waiting to read book 1 until you're ready/of age for book 2!**
age 18+

ADULT series

Like others have mentioned great book AND way more mature than the authors other series which is more acceptable for teens. This book potentially okay for 16+ but then book 2 & 3 are DEFINITELY adult in explicit sexual content.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Part paranormal romance, part page-turning thriller, this series-opener by Kerri Maniscalco is entertaining, fast-paced, and intricately plotted. Readers will be invested in the world building, the obvious slow-burn romance full of witty banter, longing looks, and sizzling chemistry between Emilia and Wrath. He's a seemingly ageless prince of darkness with anger issues, and she's a disciplined, hardworking witch on a mission. The opposites-attract romance practically writes itself. Maniscalco doesn't make the romance the center of the story, however -- that belongs to Emilia's quest to solve the mysteries of Vittoria's death and punish her killers, even if it means sacrificing her safety and that of her family.

Not everything in the book is heavy and hellish. There are many references to Sicilian food, since the twins' family owns a beloved local restaurant. The traditional Italian dishes are described in delectable detail, and readers will want to find the nearest authentic ristorante (or at the very least, cookbook) to try some of the meals Emilia mentions. There's also something immersive about being swept away in a supernatural story that takes place in another country, another century, another world. Be warned, there are plot twists and a cliffhanger that might confound, but will eventually just make readers count the days until the next installment.

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